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HEARTBREAKING: San Antonio Councilman and His Husband Die Within Hours of Each Other From Coronavirus

HEARTBREAKING: San Antonio Councilman and His Husband Die Within Hours of Each Other From Coronavirus

A tragic story comes out of San Antonio, Texas as city councilman and his husband died within hours of each other of coronavirus.

Philip Tsai had gone to the doctor and was given medications, then sent home to only go back days later and be put on a ventilator. In his last post on Facebook he said

Back in the ER.. oxygen super low. Heart rate low. Shortness breath vomiting blood pressure high fever 102.9. Update: I tested positive for corona. Be here for a couple of days.. then quarantine 14 day”

Philip would never make it back home, his husband would soon join him in a San Antonio ICU. Tony had also been sick, but didn’t want to go to the E.R. He was found unresponsive by Philip’s mom and days later ended fighting for his life in a hospital room near his husband’s.

“These doctors in the ICU and nurses they tell us new frontier for them they’re trying to figure it out all the stuff that you’re hearing on the news and all the stuff that we hear from the actual people fighting in the front lines,” said Alfred and Robert Tsai, Philip’s brothers.

Alfred and Robert say they want to share Philip and Tony’s story, and they know the way they died should serve as a warning to everyone young or old, healthy or sick, male or female.

“You can look at the end of the day, there are two family members we will miss and will never get back. It’s not worth going out socializing and having that chance risking the chance of getting it.

Tony Brooks Tsai was a councilman at Live Oak and worked at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Phillip Thai Brooks owned his own salon called Extreme Opulenece Hair Studio, LLC. They will be buried together at Fort Sam Houston.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is rushing to try and open the state by May 1st despite the states lack of coronavirus testing

EXCLUSIVE: Three People Shot Outside San Antonio Gay Bar

EXCLUSIVE: Three People Shot Outside San Antonio Gay Bar

Three people have been injured after someone open fired outside a gay bar in San Antonio. Texas last night.

According to San Antonio police at the scene there was an altercation between two parties and as one group left the Pegasus nightclub someone drove off in a red vehicle and fired shots at the bar.

Two men and a woman were injured during the shooting and were taking to San Antonio Military Medical Center and were treated for their non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene.

San Antonio police are still looking for the shooter as they continue to investigate.

Matt Massey of KSAT reported on his Twitter account that the altercation began when the groups left the club to get tacos which are sold outside. One of the men was called a slur and the situation escalated. The manager of Pegasus said that he heard 8 shots fired outside the club.

None of those shot were involved in the initial confrontation.

This is a developing story. Please check up as we will update this story with the latest developments.

 

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Major Cities Across America Reject Hosting the Next Republican National Convention

Major Cities Across America Reject Hosting the Next Republican National Convention

Via The Hill

Cities across the country are turning down the opportunity to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, where Donald Trump is expected to be nominated for a second term.

“Most of the cities that have turned down the RNC are Democratic cities,” said Evan Siegfried, a New York-based Republican strategist.

“Their leaders do not want to suffer blowback with their residents for hosting Trump and neither do they want to have local business owners angry because protestors smashed their store windows.”

Any convention attracts protestors, but the interest and passion stirred up in the Trump era, breathlessly covered by cable news networks, is expected to attract throngs of presidential critics to a host city in 2020.

Adam Bruns, managing editor at Site Selection magazine, said any city hoping to host a mammoth event like a political convention would have to take security, protests and disruption into account.

“Unlike most corporate site selections, conventions bring armies of protestors — virtually a complete menu of side evens with their own security and traffic demands,” Bruns said.

Only three cities are even in the running to host the GOP in 2020 — and only one, Charlotte, N.C., is public and open about its interest.

As for the Democrats they are currently reviewing bids from at least eight cities.

Well for the RNC they can always have it at Mar-a-Largo!

San Antonio, TX Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance By 8-3 Vote

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Despite months of intense public debate, religious bigots public prayer against it, and  City Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s now infamous statements in which she called LGBT people “disgusting”.  San Antonio, Texas has passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a vote of 8-3. (Guess how Chan voted?)

More than 700 people registered to speak Wednesday during a marathon session of citizen testimony that stretched past midnight. Just a few hours later, 100 people signed up Thursday morning to get in a final word before the vote

Opponents went on to say the ordinance would stifle religious expression and does not have the support of most of the city’s residents.

“The problem I have is that you criminalize us if we speak our faith,” said Marc Longoria, a pastor at My Father’s House Church. “We are Christians all the time. We don’t have an on and off switch.” with some even resorting to using the anti-gay religious rights meme that LGBT rights are not civil rights.

“My parents and my grandparents rode the back of the bus,” said Sylvia Villarreal, who urged the council to vote no. “And I say shame on them for comparing this to civil rights.”

But after all the lies and gnashing of teeth from opponents were said and done San Antonio, Texas will now join nearly 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances that prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity

San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan Defends Her Anti-Gay Hate Speech – Audio

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San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan who was secretly taped by her aide James Stevens, making hateful and disparaging remarks against LGBT individuals in Chan’s city hall office during a discuss with her staff the city’s upcoming nondiscrimination ordinance vote.

Chan is defending her bigotry by hiding behind the First Amendment:

“The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.” – Councilwoman Elisa Chan

In the recording, the Chan discusses with her staff  how the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of incest or bestiality, Chan can be heard calling homosexuality and other “non-traditional”preferences “disgusting to even think about.” She also says being gay is a “behavioral preference” and that same-sex couples should be “banned” from adoption.

“I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption,” she says on the audio. “They should be banned by adoption. You’re gonna confuse those kids. They should be banned. If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but it shouldn’t affect the young people. How terrible that we actually allow them to adopt?”

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D-Texas) has spoken out against Chan’s remarks.

“Councilwoman Chan’s remarks were hurtful and ignorant, “[No one should] believe for one second that they represent the views of San Antonians. Ours is a city that welcomes everyone and appreciates diversity.”

You can listen to the audio from the meeting below: