SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, has endorsed Assemblymember Todd Gloria for Mayor of San Diego in 2020, the organization announced Friday. If elected, Gloria will be the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected mayor of San Diego, California’s second largest city.
“Todd Gloria will be a mayor who fights for every San Diegan, in every community,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Throughout his career, Todd has championed civil rights and social justice for the LGBTQ community and worked tirelessly to give all Californians a shot at success. We’re ready to make history in 2020.”
Assemblymember Gloria is a third-generation San Diegan and currently serves as the Vice Chair of California’s Legislative LGBT Caucus, after being elected to the state legislature in 2016. Gloria has been a champion for the LGBTQ community — and LGBTQ youth in particular — during his time in the Assembly. Working closely with Equality California, he passed historic legislation protecting the rights of LGBTQ foster youth to access quality, gender-affirming health care last year and just last month introduced the Safe and Supportive Schools Act of 2019, which would provide California teachers and school staff with tools and training to better support their LGBTQ students.
“I am proud to have Equality California join our diverse coalition looking to make history in San Diego,” said Gloria. “My campaign is about sending a clear message that San Diego is a place for all people where everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful. I know Equality California shares my vision for San Diego and I look forward to making it a reality in 2020 and beyond.”
Gloria has spent his entire professional life in service to the public. He began his career at the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency and then served as District Director to U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis. In a volunteer capacity, Gloria served as a San Diego Housing Commissioner and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel. Gloria was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2008, following Chris Kehoe and Toni Atkins in serving the Third District. His fellow councilmembers elected him as their Council President in 2012. In 2013, Gloria served as the city’s interim mayor after Bob Filner resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. During that time, Gloria is widely credited with restoring the public’s trust in city government.
Equality California recently endorsed San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward to succeed Gloria in the California Assembly. For a complete list of Equality California’s 2019 and 2020 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