“I’m not going to bow down,” says Lozano. “I’m who I’m. Settle for me or not.”
A homosexual service member who as soon as wore heels in a Veteran’s Day parade will change into the following mayor of a small border city in Texas.
Democrat Bruno “Ralphy” Lozano captured greater than 60% of the vote within the Might 5 mayoral election in Del Rio, Texas, about 110 miles west of San Antonio. His opponent, Republican incumbent Robert Garza, picked up simply 38%.
Lozano is the primary brazenly homosexual elected official within the city of fewer than 41,000 folks. And, at, 35, he’s additionally its youngest mayor.
Previous to in search of workplace Lozano labored to scrub up native waterways. He ran on a platform of bringing again tourism to Del Rio, in addition to making investments in tradition and infrastructure.
Whereas serving within the Air Drive, it was truly Lozano’s job to implement “Don’t Ask, Don’t Inform,” informing LGBT service members after they had been being discharged. He described the position as “heartbreaking” to Into
A a outcome, he selected to not reenlist, saying, “I’m not ashamed of who I’m.”
When he donned pumps to march within the Veteran’s Day parade final 12 months, Lozano says he obtained hugs and reward. However after the parade, a meme circulated on Fb that includes photos of him in heels and a tutu, and textual content calling him a “faggot” with AIDS. Lozano dismissed the incident, and his orientation didn’t seem to have an effect on the race.
“Stonewall occurred as a result of drag queens and a minority group stood as much as animosity, and I had to return within the closet due to that very same hatred,” Lozano informed Into. “I do know what that was like, and it interprets to at the moment’s marketing campaign. I’m not going to bow down. I’m who I’m. Settle for me or not.”
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