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Equality California on Violent Incident at Glendale School Board Meeting
Far-right anti-LGBTQ+ agitators are showing up in increasing numbers at school board meetings nationwide.
June 7, 2023 at 4:49 pm

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June 7, 2023

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 regarding anti-LGBTQ+ protests which led to the outbreak of violence at a Glendale School Board meeting on June 6:

“Over the past several months, school board meetings across the country have been turned into arenas for anti-LGBTQ+ political propaganda. Sadly, this is also happening in California where, at last night’s Glendale Unified School Board meeting, an innocent resolution recognizing Pride Month turned into an opportunity for far-right extremist agitators to continue their hate-filled attacks, leading to an outbreak of violence and multiple arrests.

It is not a coincidence that this happened on the same day that the Human Rights Campaign declared a national State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ people in response to a flurry of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation introduced and signed across the country, as well as a rising tide of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment.

Data from our partners at The Trevor Project shows that students that feel supported and safe in school are much less likely to experience suicidal ideation and engage in self-harming behaviors. It is disturbing that these acts of anti-LGBTQ+ violence are occurring on school property — the very environments these extremists claim they want to protect.

We applaud the Glendale Unified School Board for supporting the Pride Month resolution, and GUSD administrators and educators for supporting and affirming LGBTQ+ students every day.”

In 2023, more than 500 pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation have been introduced across the country, and hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people have risen by over 70% since 2020.

In the past two weeks in California, we have seen multiple hate-filled incidents including in North Hollywood where anti-LGBTQ+ extremists showed up at Saticoy Elementary to hatefully reject a book that simply stated the different types of families that exist and burned a Pride flag near school property, in Temecula where a racist and homophobic school boardmember falsely accused LGBTQ+ civil rights hero Harvey Milk and banning a book that mentioned him, and in Orange County, where the Board of Supervisors voted against flying the Pride flag in a 3-2 vote.

The overwhelming majority of the American people across the political spectrum — 71% — believe that LGBTQ+ people should be protected from discrimination in the places they call home.

Equality California calls upon community leaders to be allies during these critical times, support LGBTQ+ youth, and stand on the right side of history.


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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