‘La Bamba’ star Lou Diamond Phillips calls San Antonio a ‘loving place’ after Pride brunch awards – mySA

Lou Diamond Phillips remains a big fan of San Antonio. The Corpus Christi native, who got his break in the 1987 Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba, is clapping for the city’s inclusiveness. 

On Sunday, June 12, Pride Center San Antonio hosted the annual Icon’s Brunch. Part of the festivities honored standout San Antonians for their contributions to LGBTQ+ causes. Mayor Ron Nirenberg was recognized for being a “Political Icon.” 

Nirenberg, who is in his third term as San Antonio’s leader, called the award an “honor.”

“Together we continue our work to ensure San Antonio remains an inclusive and welcoming place for all,” the mayor’s tweet, which includes photos taken during the afternoon, says. 

Phillips responded Monday evening. 

“Congrats, my friend,” the actor, 60, says. “Thank you for ensuring that San Antonio remains the loving place I hold dear. #LoveIsLove.”

The back-and-forth ended with Nirenberg telling Phillips he hopes to see him in town soon. This isn’t the first time Phillips, who is very active on Twitter, praised the city and Nirenberg. In recent years, he’s applauded new Fiesta events and took the mayor up on a kindness challenge. 

The Pride Brunch is an annual event hosted by (and fundraises for) the center’s health and wellness program. The group says the gathering is the largest event supporting the city’s LGBTQ+ resource center, which connects community members to resources and groups for health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy. 

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