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"I'm proud of all the [community leadership] positions I've held, but I can't go tell my mom. All these accomplishments, I can't share them with my family," he says. He's hoping she'll be as supportive of his sexual identity as she is of his commitment to their Hispanic heritage.
Six months ago during Dallas' "Mega Marcha," in which 500,000 people marched against the House bill and in favor of immigrant rights, Garcia stood in front of the cathedral downtown and called his mother.
"She knew I was there for immigrant rights. She didn't know I was there surrounded by all these gays," he says. "She was watching the march on TV, and she said, 'We're cheering you on.'"