I have been and always strive to be an ally of the LGBTQ community. We must fight for full equality together.
We have made big strides in California on Marriage Equality and discrimination, but we cannot rest. I would like to turn new attention and vigor to improving the lived experience of members of the LGBTQ community in this district and our state. Specifically:
- The experience of young people as they come to understand their own gender identity and sexuality. Do they do so in a safe, nurturing and bully-free environment that does not assume conclusions and that supports them in those journeys with love, mentorship, and openness?”
- Seniors and retirees as they move into new settings
- The intersectional lived experience of LGBTQ Angelenos in immigrant communities and other communities that have themselves faced unwarranted oppression for other reasons.
AD 51 is home of the Black Cat Tavern demonstrations (just three blocks from where my family lives), which preceded the Stonewall riots by a couple of years. I will champion that story to make sure that the place of AD 51 in the history of LGBTQ civil rights is heard loud and clear. And when we honor and recognize the civil rights of any one of us, we advance that noble cause for all of us.
In celebrating and supporting our differences and diversity, we must be open to listen and learn from all people and certainly that is my goal in being an ally of the LGBTQ community. I will fight for you and know that to do so I must learn from you.