LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced an early endorsement of Rick Chavez Zbur for Assembly District 50 on Tuesday. Zbur is a longtime leader in California’s LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and is the organization’s outgoing executive director, having served in that role since 2014. Under his leadership, Equality California has quadrupled in size, passed groundbreaking legislation to advance LGBTQ+ equality and sued the Trump-Pence Administration twice to block attacks against the transgender community. Equality California has made increasing the number of openly LGBTQ+ legislators a top priority in 2022 and joins the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and other LGBTQ+ leaders across the state in supporting Zbur’s Assembly campaign.
Both Zbur and Equality California PAC Committee member Cecilia Cabello, who serves as a senior advisor on his campaign, recused themselves from the endorsement process.
Equality California released the following statement from Executive Director-designate Tony Hoang:
“For the last seven years, I’ve watched Rick Chavez Zbur lead California’s LGBTQ+ civil rights movement with passion, conviction and an unyielding commitment to full, lived equality. Rick has helped pass groundbreaking legislation to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination in our schools, create a bill of rights for LGBTQ+ seniors and help finally end the HIV epidemic. He has moved California forward — for LGBTQ+ people and the diverse communities to which we belong. We know Rick, we know his character and we know that he’ll be a tireless champion for civil rights and social justice in the Assembly.”
Zbur‘s campaign released the following statement:
“I am thrilled and humbled to receive Equality California’s endorsement of my campaign to represent the people of Assembly District 50. I have dedicated my life to the fight for equality, and it has been such an honor and a privilege to lead this incredible organization. We’ve made great strides, but we still have so much work to do — and I look forward to being a partner to Tony and Equality California in the months and years to come. In Sacramento, I will continue to be an unrelenting advocate for our community, working tirelessly to create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people.”
For a complete list of Equality California’s endorsements, visit eqca.org/elections.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org