San Antonio mayor appoints LGBT liaison in response to city’s MEI score

Adam Greenup

After reviewing San Antonio’s score on the Human Rights Campaign’s new Municipal Equality Index, Mayor Julian Castro took action in appointing a mayoral LGBT liaison to keep him informed about LGBT issues.

San Antonio scored a 48 out of 100, compared to Austin’s 91 score and Dallas’ 76.

“We weren’t last in Texas, but our score showed room for improvement,” Castro told the San Antonio Express-News.

Castro appointed Adam Greenup last week. He currently serves as senior policy adviser to Castro and will continue in that role in addition to his new duties as LGBT liaison.

Greenup has worked with the LGBT community during his time as chief of staff for Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros.

“My life experiences have provided me a good foundation to connect with members of the LGBT community and groups that feel like they are underrepresented in the community,” he said. “I am a familiar face a lot of members of the community feel comfortable going to.”

HRC reports on its blog that Greenup hasn’t wasted any time getting to know people in his new role as LGBT liaison for the mayor, attending a local HRC Steering Committee after his appointment.

“The local San Antonio LGBT community and HRC are thrilled that Mayor Castro took this important step,” HRC regional field director Karin Quimby writes.

While Dallas officials have pledged to increase the city’s score by 10 percent this year, no specific initiatives have been announced yet.

—  Dallasvoice

FWPD names new LGBT liaison

Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead this week announced that Officer Kellie Whitehead, at left, has been named the department’s new LGBT community liaison officer. She replaces former liaison Officer Sara Straten, who was assigned to the position in the wake of the Rainbow Lounge raid in 2009 and who left the position to return to patrol.

Whitehead has been with the FWPD since 1999and has spent the last six years as a neighborhood police officer in the department’s South Division.

In a written statement released late Wednesday, Sept. 28, Halstead said: “This position has been very successful for our department and for our city. At the time we introduced this position, there were challenges in many parts of our community and relationships were broken. When Sara Straten volunteered to be transferred to the Chief’s office and assume this role, she had no idea how important her job would be for the future of our department. Kellie will continue in the service-based legacy that Sara started. The strength of our profession is that we are made up of thousands of different personalities. We are so proud of what Sara accomplished in her position and we are excited what a new set of eyes will bring as well.”

Watch Dallas Voice next Friday, Oct. 7, for a complete profile on Officer Whitehead.

—  admin