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Equality California on the Passing of Former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin
April 24, 2024 at 1:36 pm

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April 24, 2024

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

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang following the news that Delaine Eastin, the 25th California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, had passed away on April 23, 2024:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin. Delaine was a champion for LGBTQ+ rights and a lifelong advocate for equality for all. Throughout her career, she was the epitome of an LGBTQ+ ally. She was the first State Superintendent to march in the San Francisco Gay Rights Parade and led the creation of an LGBT Task Force to ensure students felt safe and supported in schools — a fight we continue to carry on today.

Even in the face of adversity, including death threats, she remained steadfast in her support for LGBTQ+ rights. Delaine was not afraid to speak up against injustice even when it wasn’t popular, regardless of personal, professional, or political risks.

Her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of LGBTQ+ activists and allies to work towards a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our thoughts are with Delaine’s loved ones during this difficult time, and we honor her remarkable contributions to advancing LGBTQ+ rights in California and beyond.”


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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