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Equality California Endorses Four Out LGBTQ+ Candidates for Local Offices
July 18, 2022 at 12:46 pm

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July 18, 2022

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, endorsed four openly LGBTQ+ candidates running for local office on Monday. The group includes Seal Beach City Council candidate Stephanie Wade, who would be the fourth openly transgender person elected to public office in California history, and Fullerton City Councilmember Ahmad Zahra, who made history in 2018 as the first openly gay Muslim to be elected to a city council in America.

Equality California released the following statement announcing the endorsements from Executive Director Tony Hoang:

“We are proud to stand with this incredible group of LGBTQ+ leaders as they fight for their communities and to improve the lives of all Californians. This year’s election is of enormous importance to LGBTQ+ Californians, as the U.S. Supreme Court and anti-LGBTQ+ politicians across the country threaten to roll back our civil rights. Having LGBTQ+ representation at all levels of government is a key part of safeguarding those rights and advancing full, lived equality.”

The newly endorsed candidates include:

  • Alameda County Transit Board Director, At-Large: Alfred Twu
  • Culver City Council, At-Large: Freddy Puza
  • Fullerton City Council, District 5: Ahmad Zahra
  • Seal Beach City Council, District 3: Stephanie Wade

Bold names indicate openly LGBTQ+ candidates.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 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

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