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- In addition to being a city council candidate, Patrick Von Dohlen is president of the anti-LGBTQ San Antonio Family Association.
In the District 9 runoff, Von Dohlen is facing off against incumbent John Courage who received 47% of the vote in the general election. Von Dohlen also ran for the District 9 seat in 2019 and 2017 but didn't make it into the runoffs either time.
Von Dohlen is a partner at the Von Dohlen Knuffke Financial Group located at 45 NE Loop 410. He's also president of the anti-LGBTQ San Antonio Family Association (SAFA) which he helped establish in 2013 as a coalition of right-wing groups united to oppose the nondiscrimination ordinance passed by city council.
Other examples of Von Dohlen’s anti-LGBTQ actions include:
• On August 9, 2017, Von Dohlen was one of the 33 Texas businessmen to sign a letter circulated by the anti-LGBTQ group Texas Values in support of the then-proposed Texas bathroom bill, which would have limited the use of public restrooms by transgender citizens. The letter stated: “We, the undersigned support legislative efforts to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of Texans in bathrooms, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities in all government buildings, including public schools.” The bill didn't pass.
• On December 11, 2018, Leaders of Von Dohlen’s SAFA sent out a letter urging members to oppose the appointment Ruby Resendez, a lesbian business woman and former president of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, to the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. In an essay posted later that month on SAFA’s website Von Dohlen wrote, “I believe the City of San Antonio shouldn’t be a vehicle for politically correct social engineering ... It is not the job of elected city officials to implement their social agenda on our residents and artificially divide our population. Cities that are, quite literally, on the verge of destruction, like San Francisco, should serve as a wake-up call to all of us, a warning that gender and sexuality issues should not be the focus of our time.”
• On June 10, 2019, members of SAFA, led an unsuccessful protest to block the Bexar County Commissioners Court from recognizing Pride San Antonio’s Pride Bigger Than Texas parade and festival. In an action alert on the day before the proclamation Von Dohlen and SAFA founder Michael R. Knuffke wrote: “Bexar County Commissioners plan to condone & promote homosexuality as healthy & good as the Commissioners Court honors the ‘LGBTQ+’ community with a proclamation that states, essentially, that ‘We the people’ approve of its unhealthy and unnatural lifestyles.” During public comments before the commissioner’s vote, SAFA members (including Von Dohlen and Knuffke) argued homosexuality is an evil abomination, that marriage can only be between one man and one woman and that LGBTQ people spread disease.
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