President Obama called for unity and addressed gay rights during his inaugural speech Monday.
The message resonated throughout the nation and was seen as a step in the right right direction for civil rights advocates.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everyone else under the law," President Obama said.
The president's call for equality brings hope to many that his message will lead to change.
"Ten years ago to now, it's changed dramatically and there's more acceptance," said El Pasoan Oscar Leyva. "I think this is a stepping stone for us."
El Paso native Sidney Alvarez, publisher of Fuerte Men an online magazine advocating for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community said he would like to see more action being taken in changing laws.
"Actions speak louder than words and I'm glad the president is setting precedence with his words, but I would like to see a little more backbone with what he's doing," Alvarez said.
He added change also falls on the people doing their part.
"One of the best ways they can do this is by understanding what their political leaders are voting on and understanding the issues," Alvarez said.
District 75 State Representative Mary Gonzalez will be hosting a town hall meeting Friday, January 25th at the El Paso Community College, Mission del Paso Campus-Student Services Building.
What: House District 75 Townhall Meeting
Who: State Representative Mary Gonzalez
When: Friday, January 25th
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: El Paso Community College
Mission del Paso Campus-Student Services Building
10700 Gateway Blvd; El Paso, Texas 79927