Nirenberg Says LGBTs Deserve a City That Treats Them With Respect

Mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg, with his son at his side, speaks at the "1000 LGBTQ for Ron Nirenberg" event at W.D. Deli on May 21. (Photo: Facebook/Brian Lopez-Rosa)

Speaking to a group of LGBT supporters at a fundraiser on May 21, mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg said that San Antonio’s LGBT citizens deserve to be treated fairly by their city government and that he was prepared to the defend the community from attack.

Nirenberg’s comments were made at a fundraising event dubbed “1000 LGBTQ for Ron Nirenberg” which was held at W.D. Deli and organized by the Texas Equity PAC, the political action committee of Equality Texas.

Ron Nirenberg with supporters at Texas Equity PAC fundraising event. (Photo: Facebook/David Solis)

Texas Equity Pac endorsed Nirenberg prior to the general election saying, “Nirenberg is the most consistent and proven champion of equality and most reflects the diversity and values of San Antonio.”

Nirenberg attended the event with his wife, his son and former Mayor Julian Castro who recently endorsed Nirenberg.

In his remarks, Nirenberg said the passage of the nondiscrimination ordinance in 2013 reflected a “fundamental decision” by city government that equality must be “exhibited in everything that we do.”

“Do not allow anyone to make an excuse based on politics for not doing the right thing,” Nirenberg said. “We deserve a city that treats everyone fairly whether you’re transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay or straight or whatever your definition, you deserve to be treated fairly by your city government . . . I also want you to know that when you’re under attack you will have a mayor who will stand and defend you. That’s what you deserve.”

Nirenberg has received almost unanimous support from San Antonio’s LGBT community where he has also been endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio and the San Antonio Gender Association.

In their endorsement, SAGA called Nirenberg a “man of integrity” who “not only voted in favor of San Antonio’s NDO, he advocated for it, so that he could ensure all San Antonians are treated with respect.”

Proprietors of W. D. Deli, Michael Bobo and Wayne D. Beers, with former Mayor Julian Castro at Nirenberg fundraiser. (Photo: Facbeook/Wayne D. Beers)

In his brief remarks, Castro asked the group to reach out to their friends and loved ones and ask them to vote for Nirenberg.

“We had a lot of momentum in San Antonio but frankly I feel that in the last couple of years we’ve lost some of that momentum and we need to get it back. Ron is going help us get it back and he’s gonna get it back for everybody,” Castro said.

The runoff election is scheduled for June 10. Early voting begins on Tuesday, May 30 and ends on Tuesday, June 6. Use this link for more information about the election.

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