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New LULAC group aims to advocate for LGBTQ community

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 18:39:08-04

The controversy over some recent comments made by a local priest prompted the creation of a new LULAC chapter.

It’s called “LULAC para todos,” which translates to “LULAC for everyone.”

Members say it’s specifically intended to advocate for people in the LGBTQ community and anyone else who are discriminated against.

As KRIS 6 News reported earlier this week Father James Farfaglia of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church called Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales “a fool” after she was named grand marshal of the upcoming Pride Parade.

Farfaglia also told his congregation that the values of the LGBTQ community are not the values of Corpus Christi or South Texas.

The new LULAC chapter wants to give a bigger voice to the LGBTQs in the area.

“Now is the time for us to speak out and show that we are a force in the community and that we’re also part of this community,” said Eric Holguin, president of LULAC Para Todos. “And that we’re not here to rattle cages. We’re here to educate the community on who we are.”

The chapter had planned a protest at Our Lady of Guadalupe in response to comments by Father Farfaglia.

But instead, members say they’ll attend the noon mass at the church on Easter Sunday.