Krebs steps down from SAGA presidency

Ruby Mae Krebs, the charismatic and visible president of the San Antonio Gender Association, is relinquishing her title at Thursday night's regular meeting, effective immediately. Vice President Aaron Laughher will step up until next month, when the organization â?? which advocates for gender-identity equality â?? will hold an election.

Krebs took office in February, just in time for the Craig Nash incident, in which the SAPD officer was arrested and charged with official oppression for sexually assaulting a transgender woman.

“Very simply, I have too many irons in the fire at this point, and I don't feel I can give SAGA the time and effort its necessary for the president to give,” said Krebs, who is a precinct chair with the Bexar County Democratic Party, a board member of the Stonewall Democrats, and serves on the SAPD advisory board. “Plus my job, and an 82-year-old mother who needs me â?¦ I feel someone who has more time should take the reins.”

Krebs, who ran for the District 1 council seat in 2009, told the Current last week that she doesn't have immediate political plans, but didn't rule out a future Council race â?? perhaps after fellow Democrat and D1 race veteran Chris Forbrich holds the seat.

SAGA needs to focus on getting its 501©3, Krebs said, and on broadening its appeal. “I feel that some facets of our community maybe don't feel that welcome; mainly cross-dressers have not really felt welcome because that's a different thing from being transgendered, and sometimes we transgendered people can be a bit snobby. But that's something I've been working to alleviate because I want every facet of our community to be welcome.”

SAGA's meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Metropolitan Community Church downstairs social hall at 611 E. Myrtle. Krebs herself may be a few minutes late: She rides VIA, and has an SAPD advisory-board meeting until 6 p.m. Although she says “getting to scheduled appointments is very hard for me,” on account of it, she's “an incredible advocate of VIA,” and would love to serve on the VIA board â?¦