|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 9, 2012
CONTACT: Steve Roth, OutThink Partners
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Equality California Celebrates LGBT History Month With Gratitude to All Those Who Have Worked to Advance a State of Equality in California
(San Francisco) October is designated as a special month for celebrating the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement and for honoring the achievements of LGBT community leaders. In that spirit, the boards of directors of Equality California and Equality California Institute proudly honor and thank the many grass-roots activists, advocacy organizations, government leaders, and California voters and residents who have furthered equality for LGBT Californians and their families.
In reflecting particularly upon the past dozen years of progress in California, the boards of directors of EQCA and EQCAI especially salute the visionary leadership and dedication of Geoff Kors, who served for nine years as Executive Director, of Jim Carroll, who served as Managing Director and Interim Executive Director, and of the many Equality California staff and board members, both past and present, who were instrumental in strategically moving California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation.
Equality California has partnered with legislators and other organizations to sponsor successfully more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation, including six measures in the legislative session that just concluded. We look forward to a vibrant future that builds upon Equality California's heritage and commitment to partnering with sister organizations in leading California to a state of equality for LGBT people.
In advance of National Coming Out Day on October 11, the boards of directors of EQCA and EQCAI also honor the bravery and honesty of all those who have chosen to come out and live their lives openly. Through their example, we are given both the responsibility and the possibility of living confidently and loving sincerely. We are thankful to them and promise to work to make California a state where everyone can live openly as who they are.