By Yvette Tello

A very good friend of mine wanted to give me some well intended advice. He said I should tread lightly when supporting those apart of the LGBTQ community. He said other organizations that support my newspaper may take offense and choose not to do so anymore. Initially, I thought he was kidding. You see, my friend that is telling me this is a gay elderly man. I didn’t know how to respond so I just said I can’t stop being me even if that means I offend people by doing that. I support causes, good people; not all causes and not all people. What do you think? Do you think that someone should only support the LBGTQ in private? Is that truly support? I thought we passed this. Am I wrong? Let’s talk about it..

Carlos Araiza: “Do what feels right. What you believe on what to report. Too many people out here in this world will always try to silence others.”

Jeff Hull: “I support.”

Braulio José Veloz Carvajal: “Yvette Tello, a true friend and ally of our LGBTQ community; we have your back sister!!!!”

Lila A’Giza: “There’s a lot of politics behind it. Been there. I can just not support the community. It would be like not supporting family and friends but I get what he was trying to tell you. Everybody is not ready for that. He came from a time where to be gay openly was to be threatened or killed. Those times are over.”

Steve A Duran Sr.:  “I think we are all people and need to be treated as so…this is a whole new era. So let’s not judge others for what they believe. So god bless everyone.”

Hector Gonzales: “I love you for being you”

Shawn Armstrong: “Here’s my point of view….I really don’t care what one’s beliefs or choice of lifestyle is as long as that belief or choice of lifestyle is NOT forced upon me. (Just like all those Baker’s that are being sued because they don’t want to make a cake because that’s not their beliefs. That is what’s being forced upon people. That’s unacceptable, but they want us to accept what they do and how they act.) Some laws are being made that are being forced upon us as a whole. Like about things that you can say about that choice of Lifestyle to someone and then get offended and you can be in trouble for that. I think that’s totally unacceptable. Right there you are binding someone’s First Amendment, rights…. So as for me, my motto is: “You Have the right to be offended and I have the right to not care.”…. as for supporting that lifestyle that is up to each and every one’s own self because It’s up to you whether you want to be Open about it or not. It’s no one else’s business.”

Marti Salazar: “ No. I’m a Catholic, pretty conservative person. I’ve met many gay, transgender people and transvestite performers. I grew up with gay classmates and taught gay students. Other Christian friends tell me they’re concerned. God commands us to love our neighbor. I have a Catholic Bible with all of the chapters that is complete. I don’t recall Jesus specifying which neighbors to ignore. I met gorgeous in spirit men, awesome parents, accomplished lesbians and transgender women who I bonded with instantly and love dearly. Follow your heart.”

Holly Benchoff: “If he is elderly, he may have just been trying to save you some of the pain and heartache he had been put through….however its 2020…I don’t care who you love as long as you are not hurting anyone else…you do you!”

Rick Carter: “We passed this one in Romans 2:2, none of us are perfect, be yourself, accept who you like, distance others, the guys I despise the most are straight white dudes in their 60’s with narcissistic behavior.”

Candace Price: “We’re all sinners and need God, holy guidance and His direction. Jude 1:22–23 says, “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” These verses tell us to extend mercy and compassion for people, and hate for the sin.”

Denise Castano Wirth: “I’m Conservative and support LGBTQ, as most Conservatives I know are. Do what you feel is best for you.”

Alexander Steele:  “In real estate, there are a lot of Christian people. I would not do it. It’s suicide, people in San Antonio are still Bible believing people.”