Julian Castro addresses national gathering of HRC leadership

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former San Antonio, Mayor Julian Castro addressed the HRC conference in Washington, DC on October 2. (Video capture: HRC/YouTube)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addressed a conference of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors, the HRC Foundation board of directors and the HRC board of governors at a luncheon on October 2 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

In his remarks, Castro, the former San Antonio mayor, talks about the steps the Obama administration has taken to protect LBGT Americans. “In just the past few months, we’ve seen our nation take remarkable steps in the movement for full equality.”

He also mentioned his successful effort to add LGBT protections to the nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio two years ago.

Castro acknowledged HRC’s leadership. “The fight for full equality for LGBT Americans is a defining issue of our time — a fight that HRC has been leading for 35 years.”

The next morning, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed HRC leaders and that evening, Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner.

Present at the three-day conference were San Antonio HRC Governors Chad Reumann, Julian Tovar and Tonya Pacetti-Perkins.

Reumann, who is stepping down as a local governor this year, posted on Facebook, “It has been an amazing experience, all the people and moments, while I have served on the Board of Governors for HRC SA, there are too many things to list. Yet, I feel so honored to have dedicated myself to trying to make the world a better place, and will continue in other capacities.”

Below is a YouTube video with Castro’s remarks to HRC.

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