San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Houston Mayor Annise Parker were guests at Sunday’s Spirit of Texas Brunch benefiting Equality Texas.

Chuck Smith, deputy director of Equality Texas, said he’s hoping the event raised more than $50,000 — the most ever — in its fifth year.

He said the speakers were all inspirational. In addition to Castro and Parker, they included David and Amy Truong, who lost their son, Asher, last September to suicide.

Castro appeared at the brunch a day after being re-elected.

“A newer, younger generation of Texans will understand how important is to … love who you want to love, and marry who you want to marry,” Castro told the audience.

Parker, meanwhile, is just gearing up for a re-election campaign.

“Until we believe we are just as equal, just as worthy, that our cause has an essential rightness to it, we are not going to win the war,” Parker said at the brunch.

“The discussion was on the legislative work and how people’s lives are affected by what policy is,” Smith said.

To read a full story on the brunch, go here.