The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio is an official affinity-based club of the Democratic Party. We fight every day for equality for all gender minorities, and eagerly join forces with all those who support the cause of justice. How did we get started? Read on for more.
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio (SDSA) began in February of 2000 at the Democratic Headquarters of Bexar County. Seven LGBT individuals, the majority of whom were Precinct Chairs, saw a need for our community to come together to be heard and represented in the Democratic Party. The first name of the group was Stonewall Democratic Club—San Antonio. Later, in 2003 the organization changed its name to SDSA and elected a Board of Directors with Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and seven at-large members. SDSA is a chapter of National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) and an affiliate of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus (TSDC).
In 2004, SDSA formed a general purpose political action committee (PAC) in order to conduct endorsements of candidates, make campaign contributions and help elect fair-minded Democrats to public office. The PAC is officially registered with the Texas Ethics Commission. Today, SDSA is the only LGBT organization in San Antonio that screens and endorses candidates for public office. SDSA has sponsored candidate forums for the purpose of inviting candidates to speak to SDSA members about where they stand on LGBT issues prior to the members voting on endorsements.
Since its inception, SDSA has grown to over 150 members and has a distribution list of over 4,000 LGBT individuals and supporters.
Stonewall members become very active during election cycles and give of their volunteer time and money to support candidates who stand with our community.