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Equality California Welcomes Sen. Kamala Harris to Democratic Presidential Ticket
Historic Choice Positions Harris to Be Nation's First Female, First Black, First AAPI Vice President
August 11, 2020 at 1:24 pm

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August 11, 2020

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

LOS ANGELES — Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, announced Tuesday that he has selected U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization and its Nevada-based affiliate Silver State Equality were the first two LGBTQ+ organizations in the country to endorse Biden, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur congratulating Senator Harris and welcoming her to the ticket:

“Senator Kamala Harris is an exceptional choice to serve as the next vice president of the United States, and Equality California is proud to stand with her and Vice President Biden in their historic campaign to take back the White House and restore the soul of America. Throughout her career, Senator Harris has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to civil rights and social justice for all LGBTQ+ people. As vice president, we are confident she will continue Vice President Biden’s tradition of using the office to champion and advance full, lived LGBTQ+ equality — and equality for the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong.

“Since Senator Harris’s election to public office nearly two decades ago, Equality California has had the privilege of working alongside her in her fight for civil rights and social justice. We’ve seen her commitment to LGBTQ+ equality first-hand — from her decision not to defend Proposition 8 to her work to ban the offensive “gay and trans panic” defense to her work in the Senate to enact a federal lynching ban and expand access to life-saving HIV prevention medication PrEP and PEP. Senator Harris has exemplified what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

“The LGBTQ+ community knows that representation is power. We strongly believe that when America’s leaders look like the diverse communities they serve, everyone benefits. We applaud Vice President Biden for choosing a Black, Indian American woman to serve as his running mate and the next vice president of the United States, and we look forward to helping her make history this November.”


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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