Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, San Antonio’s first openly gay council member, wants a local civil rights office to investigate the kind of discrimination he faced as a city staffer.
Michael Barajas is a staff writer covering civil rights for the Texas Observer. Before joining the Observer, he was editor of the San Antonio Current and managing editor of the Houston Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Articles by Michael Barajas
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