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Equality California Endorses Nine Out LGBTQ+ Candidates
October 16, 2023 at 1:59 pm

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October 16, 2023

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements of nine out LGBTQ+ candidates running for local, state and federal offices Monday — the organization’s second round of endorsements ahead of a local special election in November of 2023 and the Presidential Primary Election in March of 2024.

“We are thrilled to support these qualified pro-equality candidates,” said Equality California Executive Tony Hoang. “Last year, Equality California endorsed a record number of out LGBTQ+ candidates for office, and we expect to reach even higher numbers this year. We look forward to building upon the historic 10% LGBTQ+ representation we achieved in the California state legislature, which made California the first state in the nation to achieve that milestone.”

The full new list of endorsements can be found below.

United States House of Representatives:

  • Congressional District 41: Will Rollins

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 53: Javier Hernandez
  • Assembly District 54: Mark Gonzalez
  • Assembly District 57 (dual endorsement): Sade Elhawary and Dulce Vasquez

California Senate:

  • Senate District 03: Christopher Cabaldon
  • Senate District 07: Kathryn Lybarger
  • Senate District 25: Sasha Renee Perez

Local Offices:

  • San Jose-Evergreen Community College District – Trustee Area 7: Clay Hale [special election to be held November 7, 2023]

Bold names indicate out LGBTQ+ candidates.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 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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