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Statement on Governor Newsom Issuing a State of Emergency to Support State’s Response to Monkeypox
August 1, 2022 at 5:59 pm

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August 1, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (818) 307-7387/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency due to the growing Monkeypox outbreak across the state, Monday. California currently has over 800 confirmed and probable cases out of more than 4,900 identified nationwide. Last week, San Francisco declared a state of public emergency as cases have continued to increase rapidly and become an imminent threat to public health. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang:

“Equality California applauds the leadership of Governor Newsom to ensure that Californians are protected from the fast growing monkeypox outbreak in our state. While anyone of any sexual orientation can get Monkeypox, the fact is that, Monkeypox continues to disproportionately affect gay, bisexual and queer men here in California and across the country.

Equality California is committed to continue working with government officials, public health leaders and other LGBTQ+ organizations to increase awareness and education while fighting stigmas.”

A copy of the emergency proclamation can be found here.


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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