LOS ANGELES — As state legislatures advanced an unprecedented number of bills attacking the transgender community — and trans kids, in particular — in 2021, California Attorney General Rob Bonta led efforts to protect the community in the Golden State and across the country. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, endorsed Bonta for a full four-year term on Monday. Bonta made history last year as the state’s first Filipino American to serve as Attorney General, after Governor Gavin Newsom appointed him to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of former Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“LGBTQ+ Californians have a great champion and ally in Attorney General Rob Bonta, and we are thrilled to support his campaign for a full term,” said Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang. “He is not only a trailblazer for the API community, but has consistently sought to uplift and empower all marginalized people. We are lucky to have such a powerful force for civil rights and social justice leading the California Department of Justice.”
Bonta previously served in the California Assembly, where he earned a 100% pro-equality lifetime score from Equality California for consistently supporting legislation to advance LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice. As California Attorney General, Bonta has continued to lead the fight for full, lived equality, defending California’s LGBTQ Seniors Bill of Rights in court, imposing travel sanctions on states that have passed laws attacking transgender children and filing amicus briefs in support of pro-equality laws being challenged in courts across the country.
“I’m grateful and humbled by the support of Equality California,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Thanks to Equality California and so many LGBTQ+ leaders and history makers, California is a world capital for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. But those rights and protections are facing legal and political attacks from the far-right. As your Attorney General, I will stop at nothing to defend California’s LGBTQ+ protections and ensure that California continues to project equality across the nation and world.”
Last Wednesday, Bonta led a coalition of 21 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief challenging an Arkansas law that denies quality, affirming healthcare to transgender children. The brief argued that the law “not only ignores broad medical consensus from established medical groups and organizations, it also oversteps by interfering in medical decisions that providers reach with their individual patients and their families.”
Bonta will face Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert — an openly lesbian Republican-turned-independent — and two Republican attorneys in the June 2022 primary. Schubert and her campaign did not respond to repeated invitations to apply for Equality California’s endorsement, making her ineligible for consideration.
For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements, 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