LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, has endorsed U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for reelection, the organization announced Tuesday.
“From her time serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Harvey Milk to her ongoing battle to protect transgender service members and enact long overdue gun safety reform, Senator Dianne Feinstein has been a champion for LGBTQ equality and social justice” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Senator Feinstein stood with our community back when few others did; she fought for funding to combat the AIDS crisis when many elected officials looked away; and there’s no doubt that she will continue to serve as the fighter California’s LGBTQ community needs in Washington during these trying times.”
Feinstein earned a 100 percent on Equality California’s 2017 federal Legislative Scorecard, indicating a perfect pro-LGBTQ voting record in the Senate at a time when the Trump Administration and their allies in Congress have sought to roll back critical protections for the LGBTQ community, as well as for immigrants and communities of color.
“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of Equality California, a powerful advocate for LGBTQ civil rights in our state. Together, in this campaign and in the US Senate, we will continue fighting for progress and equality for the LGBTQ community in California and across the United State” said Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Equality California has worked closely with Senator Feinstein on critical priorities for the LGBTQ community, including strengthening federal hate crimes laws and providing resources to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Feinstein is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act and was the lead sponsor of the effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. She also was one of just a few members of the U.S. Senate to oppose Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell when the policy was first implemented and she was instrumental in the fight for its repeal. Equality California awarded Feinstein the Equality Leadership Award at the 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards.
The LGBTQ community is fortunate to have two dedicated allies running in this race.
“Equality California is extremely grateful to Senator De León for his years of service in the California Legislature, leading the way toward a more equal and more just future for our community and all Californians,” said Zbur.
During his time in the Assembly and the Senate, Senator Kevin de León has earned a pro-equality rating of 100 percent every year on Equality California’s Legislative Scorecard. In 2015, Equality California presented De León with the organization’s Ally Leadership Award.
For a full list of Equality California’s 2018 endorsements to date, visit eqca.org/our-endorsements.
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