Newsom backs "Transform CA", statewide coalition supporting the transgender community

04-18-16

SACRAMENTO - California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement of support for Transform California, a statewide movement to promote respect, understanding and safety for the transgender community:

"I enthusiastically lend my support to the Transform California coalition, in a state where we don't just tolerate diversity, we celebrate it. The fight for equality is not over. Far from it. There remains a long list of other rights that must be guaranteed before the LGBT community achieves full equality.

"There still are no federal workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity expression, no federal anti-bullying laws to protect LGBT students, and we are nowhere near having in place adequate protections of the rights of transgender Americans.

"Bigotry may never disappear completely but majority attitudes can change and with them, our public policy. I look forward to the work we will accomplish together."

Background:

Transform California is a campaign led by a diverse coalition of Californians committed to making the Golden State a place where all transgender people can feel safe and live free from discrimination. While varied in background, its mission in coming together is the same: promote respect, understanding and safety for the transgender community, and to oppose discrimination of all kinds. For more information, visit TransformCalifornia.org.

Thirty-six days into his first term as Mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Gavin Newsom threw himself into one of the most divisive issues in U.S. politics at that time by allowing same sex couples to marry in violation of state and federal law. More than 4,000 couples married before the courts intervened. Newsom said at the time it was a matter of principle, not a matter of politics.

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