LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced Monday that group’s boards of directors have voted to endorse Schools & Communities First, the November 2020 statewide ballot measure to reclaim over $12 billion per year for K-12 schools, community colleges and local communities, while protecting homeowners, renters and small business owners by maintaining tax protections for residential property and small businesses. The organization released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:
“Equality California is proud to support Schools & Communities First because we believe it is a critical first step toward providing every child with a safe and supportive school and every family with the resources they need to succeed and thrive. California has led the nation in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice. But the reality is too many LGBTQ students and families across our state — especially LGBTQ immigrants, people of color and people living with HIV — still face persistent disparities in health and wellbeing. Four in 10 California youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ. Sixty-four percent of LGBTQ students report being bullied and harassed in school. Behind each of these statistics are real people with futures we simply cannot afford to sacrifice. Equality California is committed to creating a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and that starts with investing in educating all of our kids and in the vital services necessary to support our families and communities.”
Equality California has consistently supported state and local ballot measures to raise revenue to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ Californians and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong, including Propositions 1 and 2 in 2018 and Propositions 55 and 56 in 2016. For a complete list of Equality California’s 2020 endorsements, please 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