Equality California Honors Mayor Garcia With Vanguard Leadership Award

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Mayor Robert Garcia - Photo from Facebook

Mayor Robert Garcia – Photo from Facebook

Mayor Robert Garcia will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award from Equality California this Saturday, September 20, at the Los Angeles Equality Awards. The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, honors leaders in the movement to ensure full and lasting equality for all LGBT people.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to receive this award from Equality California,” said Mayor Garcia. “EQCA is an incredible advocacy organization, and I’m proud to stand with them during this historic time in the human rights movement.”

Garcia, the first gay mayor of Long Beach, took the lead on several important policy issues affecting LGBT individuals, including authoring the City’s Equal Benefits Ordinance, creating Harvey Milk Park, the first park in Long Beach named after an openly gay person, supporting inclusive healthcare, and leading an anti-bullying campaign to promote safety and equality for young people and students. Long Beach over the last three years has consistently scored 100 or above on the municipal equality index and is considered a national top ten city for LGBT rights.

Each year, Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California, recognizes individuals and organizations who have made an impact on the movement to secure full and lasting equality for LGBT people at its annual Equality Awards. Past honorees, among others, have included Facebook, Adam Lambert, Dolores Huerta, Debra Messing, Arianna Huffington and California Governor Jerry Brown.

Honorees this year include the Honorable Betty Yee, who sits on the State Board of Equalization and will receive the Ally Leadership Award.

Equality California has helped California become a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation, partnering with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 100 pieces of pro-equality legislation and advancing equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment.

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