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Equality California Endorses John Heilman and Heidi Shink for West Hollywood City Council
April 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

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April 10, 2015

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (415) 595-9245/EMAIL: jason@eqca.org

Los Angeles – Equality California, California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced today its dual endorsement of John Heilman and Heidi Shink for West Hollywood City Council in the city’s special municipal election taking place on Tuesday, June 2.
John Heilman has served residents of West Hollywood as a member of the City Council since first being elected in 1984 and continued to serve until 2015. He was a key leader in the city’s incorporation and in helping make West Hollywood one of the most progressive cities in the world.

As a member of the City Council, Heilman helped draft West Hollywood’s landmark ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS, which was among the first in the country. He was also instrumental in making West Hollywood the first city to legally recognize domestic partnerships in 1985. More recently, Heilman was a founding member of what is now the Victory Fund and helped establish West Hollywood’s Transgender Advisory Board, the first in the world, and the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board. A dedicated volunteer for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Heilman has participated in almost every AIDSWalk since its inception and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist people living with HIV.

“John’s exceptional leadership over the past 30 years created the West Hollywood we know today — a model of progressive values and a city that embraces the LGBT community,” said Equality California executive director Rick Zbur. “John’s passion for creating lasting change for our community is inspiring and he will continue to push for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in West Hollywood.”

Heidi Shink is a community leader who understands the needs of the LGBT community and is well qualified and prepared to serve on the City Council. She currently serves on the West Hollywood Planning Commission where she has worked to protect West Hollywood’s unique neighborhoods by creating the first Neighborhood Overlay Zone. She previously served on West Hollywood’s Human Rights Commission. She has been a strong advocate and leader for LGBT equality and acceptance, including transgender inclusion and parity, as a member of the board of the Victory Fund and through leadership roles at Liberty Hill and the California Democratic Party.

“Heidi has been a respected and dedicated community leader and an advocate for LGBT rights and acceptance,” Zbur continued. “Heidi’s passion and dedication to serve the people of West Hollywood and the LGBT community is apparent as a result of her service on City Commissions and various boards. Heidi understands the diverse needs of the LGBT community and would be a valued asset serving the people of West Hollywood. If elected, she would be the first out lesbian to serve on the West Hollywood City Council in approximately 30 years.”

The election for West Hollywood City Council will be held June 2, 2015.

Equality California endorses LGBT candidates in local races who have exhibited exceptional leadership and ongoing commitment to LGBT equality and social justice. It is vital to have LGBT voices represented at all levels of government. Growing the bench of LGBT elected officials is important to the mission of Equality California and advancing full equality for LGBT Californians.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org

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