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Equality California Stands Against Recall of Transgender Calexico Councilmember Raul Ureńa
March 28, 2024 at 10:16 am

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March 28, 2024

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

CALEXICO, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, today announced its opposition to an attempt to recall transgender Calexico Councilmember and former Mayor Raul Ureńa:

“By an incredibly slim margin, a group of far-right extremists has qualified a recall election against Calexico’s first out transgender public official Raúl Ureña. Ureña is one of only a handful of out transgender elected officials in California and, at a time when trans Californians are facing unprecedented political attacks, trans representation in elected office is more important than ever. As councilmember and mayor, Ureña has a proven track record of delivering to the people of Calexico,” said Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang. “We must name this for what it is — an anti-LGBTQ+ attack against Councilmember Ureña. It will not be tolerated. We strongly urge Calexico voters to reject the recall.”

The recall election is scheduled for April 16, 2024.


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

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