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January 24, 2013
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Equality California Endorses Ben Hueso for 40th District of California Senate
(San Diego) Equality California is proud to announce the endorsement of Assemblymember Ben Hueso for the 40th District of the state Senate, representing Imperial County and parts of San Diego and Riverside Counties. Hueso currently represents the 80th District of the state Assembly, and is running to replace Rep. Juan Vargas, who won election to U.S. Congress in November. Hueso has a 100 percent rating from EQCA, and has worked frequently with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in San Diego.
“With Assemblymember Ben Hueso, we know that we have an ally who takes concerns like school safety, anti-gay hate crimes and effective health care for LGBT people seriously,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director. “He has repeatedly and proactively reached out to the LGBT community, and we’re proud to make him the first endorsement of the year for EQCA.”
Hueso has continually worked to decrease hate crimes, including those committed because of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; as a member of San Diego City Council, he sponsored a resolution that named March 10, 2009 "United for a Hate Free San Diego Day,” and authored Assembly of California Resolution 86, naming February 2012 “No Place for Hate Month,” encouraging the discussion of bias crimes and their prevention in public schools.
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 human rights 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