On Friday, June 2, 2023, the San Antonio Express News reported that Rosie Speedlin-González, Judge of the County Court at Law No. 13 in San Antonio Bexar County, is again the subject of an anti-LGBTQ complaint.

Since she first unfurled the Pride flag in her courtroom almost four years ago, Judge González had experienced more than most. She endured opposition and rumors of bias every step of the way as she remained resolute to advance equality and acceptance.

As Pride Month lay ahead, González readied herself for the festivities and celebrations that would march through her community. The gay strip in San Antonio would be the event’s hub, with organizations affiliated with LGBTQ nonprofit groups and agencies crowded quickly together. She awaited the June 24 parade where she would ride aboard a lowrider waving to the San Antonians who lived in this accepting “blue bubble.”

But once again, the controversy over the Pride flag hovered over González nipping at the side of all things good and kind. Earlier on, back in the year, a Special Review Committee had ruled on her case declaring her “not guilty of all charges” furnished together by an attorney named Flavio Hernandez. The very first accusation that was made towards the judge accused her of bringing forth an offensive Pride flag. But now Hernandez had resurrected his grievance using caustic language like “sodomite flag.”

It was crucial to understand the judge’s background to comprehend the absurdity of the case against her. In 2019, González made history as the first openly gay Latina judge in Bexar County. She presided over a domestic abuse docket in one of the two misdemeanor courts focusing on family violence. Her expertise and leadership in the field were widely recognized.

However, González had always been a leader. She had held the position of class president for three of her four years of high school. She was elected president of the student government during her first year of college at Norwich University, the oldest private military academy in the country. Unfortunately, an illness during her sophomore year forced her to transfer to St. Mary’s University, which was closer to her home.

González majored in political science at St. Mary’s University and was given the chance to work as an intern at City Hall under the supervision of well-known people like Mayor Henry Cisneros and Rosie Castro. Her understanding of public service was shaped by these experiences, which also gave her a desire to change the world.

Judge Speedlin-González began her legal career in 2001 after graduating from law school, where she encountered people who needed mental health treatment, were in legal trouble, and were at risk of addiction and domestic violence. She moved forward because of her unwavering spirit and rebellious nature. She defied social norms with her motorcycle rides, tattoos, and colorful nails. She embodied strength and resilience as she stood next to her wife, Stacy Speedlin González, a therapist, educator, and researcher.

Now, faced with an attorney who attacked her and her way of life, Judge Speedlin-González stood tall. She recognized that this case was not just about her; it was a reflection of a larger national issue—a persistent bigotry that LGBTQ individuals encountered daily. Despite the ongoing challenges, she remained committed to fighting for equality, justice, and the right to be proud of who she was.

The case was started by San Antonio attorney Flavio Hernandez, who complained to the commission that the Pride flag in her courtroom was offensive. He resubmitted his complaint in May, and this time it sounds more serious. The case was started by San Antonio attorney Flavio Hernandez, who complained to the commission that the Pride flag in her courtroom was offensive. He resubmitted his complaint in May, and this time it sounds more serious. It alludes to the “sodomite flag” of Speedlin González.

Hernandez added, “The judge continues to maintain her sodomite flag on courthouse property against the findings of the Special Review Committee.”

As Pride Month unfolded, Judge Rosie Speedlin-González became an even more prominent symbol of resilience and defiance. Her participation in the parade and her unwavering support for her community showcased the progress made and the battles yet to be fought. She stood firm, determined to ensure that her courtroom and her life were spaces where LGBTQ individuals could feel safe, authentic, and visible.

 

Source: San Antonio Express News