Mayor Julian Castro agreed to serve as Grand Marshal of San Antonio's Pride Parade this July 4th, becoming the first San Antonio mayor to ever serve in this role. Prior Grand Marshals have included SAPD Chief William McManus, Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez, US Congressman Charlie Gonzalez and former Marine Eric Alva. In doing so, Castro has drawn attacks from conservative talk show host Adam McManus who has encouraged his listeners to oppose Castro's action. McManus has leveraged his radio program to promote conservative and right-wing positions regularly, including opposition to a proposed change to the city's non-discrimination employment ordinance to include sexual orientation in 1998.
Please take the time to express support for Mayor Castro's decision and outrage to Adam McManus for opposition to such action. At such an early time in his career Mayor Castro has taken a bold action to show that San Antonio is an inclusive city and rejects divisive and repressive acts by people like McManus.
Gay Pride SA is planning to attend city council on June 11th at 5pm in a show of support for Mayor Castro. More info at the Facebook event page.