On Friday, July 15, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National President Roger Rocha, Jr., awarded the National Council of the Year to Orgullo de San Antonio #22198 which is San Antonio's only LGBTQ LULAC Council. The award was presented at the 87
National LULAC Convention in Washington, D.C.
Orgullo de San Antonio LGBTQ LULAC Council 22198, one of only 10 LGBTQ councils in the nation, was awarded District 15 Council of the Year at the Texas District LULAC Convention in March of 2016. Subsequently, the Council was nominated for the state award. On June 11th, Orgullo won the Council of the Year at the Texas State LULAC Convention in Laredo, Texas elevating the Council to compete for the national award. Orgullo was ultimately recognized and awarded National Council of the Year at this year's national conference in Washington D.C. LULAC National's membership extends into every state in the Union and Puerto Rico with over 1,000 councils nationwide.
"Orgullo de San Antonio has worked to facilitate an open line of communication between the LGBTQ and Latino/Hispanic community," said U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, in a letter of support, "...this council works to bridge these communities through education and increased awareness of current issues involving civil and human rights."
"With this national award from LULAC, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country, San Antonio's LGBTQ LULAC Council has been notably recognized, at every level, for their community work in advocacy, civic engagement, voter education, HIV awareness, immigration reform, as well as effective collaborations with local, regional and national organizations," said Robert Salcido, President Orgullo de San Antonio. "This honor is exciting and reflective of our entire council's commitment to the community"
The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens, Orgullo de San Antonio #22198 is to establish open and positive communication between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities by promoting social and economic opportunity and full equality for ALL.
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2016
Contact: Robert Salcido, President
LULAC LGBTQ Council 22198