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November 27, 2012
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Equality California Congratulates Cathleen Galgiani on Historic Win
(Sacramento) Equality California congratulates Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani on her historic win in the 5th State Senate District, becoming the first out lesbian to represent the Central Valley in the upper house. While the results are not yet officially certified, there are fewer outstanding ballots than her current 2,000 vote margin over her opponent. The newly drawn 5th Senate District includes portions of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Sacramento Counties.
“We congratulate Cathleen Galgiani on her unprecedented win,” said Suzy Jones, Equality California PAC chair. “Her victory illustrates the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians not just on the coast, but throughout the state. We applaud Senator-elect Galgiani for her courage in coming out last year and breaking barriers for our community in the Central Valley.”
Galgiani’s election brings the LGBT Legislative Caucus to eight members, the largest it has ever been, and increases the total number of victorious EQCA-endorsed candidates to 53 in the most recent election.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org