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To achieve full equality for all LGBTQ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice.

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Our Candidates

Current Endorsements

Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local, state and federal offices who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

2019 Candidates

  • Senate District 33*: Lena Gonzalez – Win
    • Primary: Lena Gonzalez – Win and José Luis Solache – Loss
  • Riverside City Council: Erin Edwards – Too close to call
  • Signal Hill City Council: Keir Jones Win
  • West Hollywood City Council (3 Open Seats): John D’Amico Win, Lindsey Horvath – Win, Lauren Meister – Win, James Duke Mason Loss, Sepi Shyne Loss, Marquita Thomas Loss

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ candidate.
*Special Election: March 26 Primary Election, June 4 General Election

2020 Candidates

  • Congressional District 10: Josh Harder
  • Congressional District 21: TJ Cox
  • Congressional District 25: Katie Hill
  • Congressional District 39: Gil Cisneros
  • Congressional District 45: Katie Porter
  • Congressional District 48: Harley Rouda
  • Congressional District 49: Mike Levin
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar
  • Senate District 17: John Laird
  • Assembly District 78: Chris Ward
  • San Diego Mayor: Todd Gloria

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ candidate.

Past Endorsements

Click here for a list of our 2018 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2017 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2016 endorsements.

Our PACs
Equality California PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for local, state legislative and statewide offices, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Federal PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or the White House, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Issues PAC endorses or opposes select initiative and issue campaigns that come before California’s voters. This PAC endorses or opposes initiatives relevant to the LGBTQ community, as well as initiatives that are important to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong or that have a substantial impact upon our state.

Endorsement Process and Guidelines
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local office, statewide offices, the state legislature and Congress who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Except in rare circumstances, Equality California only endorses exceptional LGBTQ candidates in local races with the goal of supporting the careers of exceptional leaders in our community to build a bench of strong candidates for higher office.

In races for State Assembly and Senate, United States Congress and Senate, and California State Constitutional Offices, Equality California considers endorsement of all candidates that meet our screening and endorsement criteria.

Endorsement Process

Equality California conducts field research to determine candidates’ records on LGBTQ equality and social justice and will extend invitations to participate in the endorsement process based on past record, viability, and Equality California priority considerations.

Endorsement by Equality California requires completion of a candidate questionnaire and candidate interviews. Candidates who are interested in our endorsement should contact Tony Hoang at tony@eqca.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.

Key Candidate Considerations

  • Candidate must be 100% in support of LGBTQ equality to be considered for endorsement.
  • Candidate must be viable and able to run a competitive campaign.
  • Candidate’s prior depth of work in support of full LGBTQ equality is a key factor.
  • Is the candidate openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning?
  • Will endorsement diversify and expand support for LGBTQ equality and social justice?
  • NOTE: A candidate who is not 100% in support of full LGBTQ equality is not eligible for endorsement.

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