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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Elected President and Vice President of the United States
November 7, 2020 at 9:34 am

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November 7, 2020

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — CNN projected Saturday morning that Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and secure the 270 electoral votes needed to become the next president and vice president of the United States. Harris will be the nation’s first woman, first Black person, first AAPI person and first Democrat from the State of California to serve as vice president.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization and the first LGBTQ+ group to endorse Biden for president in April 2020, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur:

“Harvey Milk said, ‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.’ The last four years have been unquestionably dark. But today, we see a ray of hope in the historic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to serve as the next president and vice president of the United States of America.

“More Americans than ever before have voted for the most pro-equality president and vice president in our nation’s history. We have elected leaders who see our fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice not as a policy issue, but as an essential struggle to fully realize the promise of America.

“Vice President-elect Harris has always represented the very best of the Golden State and what we have to offer — a passion for justice, a commitment to equality and an unbroken spirit. From the battle for marriage equality to the struggle for safety and justice for our transgender friends and family, Kamala Harris has always been on the front lines of our movement, standing shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we couldn’t be happier to help her shatter so many glass ceilings that have at times before felt unbreakable.

“This election is not the end of our battle, but the beginning. We are in the middle of a devastating pandemic that has hit our LGBTQ+ community particularly hard. Hundreds of children ripped from their parents’ arms at the border have not yet been reunited. Transgender women of color face an epidemic of violence, and we have yet to fully reckon with centuries of racial injustice in America. And this election has laid bare deep divisions in our nation and cracks in the fundamental institutions of our democracy in desperate need of repair. We have our charge, and I believe with all my heart that our community is up to the task. Together, we will meet this moment as we have others throughout history, and soon with two incredible partners in the White House.”


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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