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League of United Latin American Citizens' 84th annual convention to discuss LGBT issues

LAS VEGAS -- The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) began its 84th annual convention today with a look at LGBT Latino issues.

At today's opening session, convention attendees heard the results of findings from LULAC and the Human Rights Campaign's co-branded report "Growing up LGBT Latino in America," with the goal of supporting family inclusion and anti-bullying.

“The deck is stacked against young people growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” stated LULAC Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. “LULAC is rooted in civic participation and protecting residents from discrimination or indifference along with social ostracism. While we’ve advanced significantly in the last 84 years of LULAC’s existence, unfortunately, far too many LGBT youth and adults are still disaffected and disconnected in their own homes and neighborhoods.”

As the nation’s premier Latino gathering, the convention attracts top government, business, labor and community leaders for a week filled with renowned speakers, important seminars, celebrities and entertainment. Taking place in Las Vegas, which is now home to more than 183,000 Latinos, the city is one of the fastest-growing Hispanic communities in the nation.

Joining LULAC leaders in today's presentation was openly gay Daniel Hernandez Jr., a board member of the Sunnyside Unified School District. Hernandez was integral in saving the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and an advocate for youth, LGBT and gun safety.

More information about LULAC and the convention is HERE.