We are so thrilled to announce Delaine’s latest endorsement from the heart and soul of Newsom territory: one of San Francisco’s largest Democratic clubs, The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club of San Francisco.
I first heard of Delaine Eastin after the 2016 election. It was a difficult time for many of us. She had been watching from the sidelines and she knew how hard it would be to step back on the political stage, but I could tell that she did it for people like me. The more I looked, the more I sensed the reason she was entering the race was out of a sense of civic duty, not for political gain.
Which is why I think it is so fitting that one of the largest LGBT clubs in California has endorsed her. Personally, because of her work creating the first anti-bullying LGBT Task Force, me and people like me were not statistics. Her foresight and passion and energy and courage allowed an entire generation of LGBT students to feel safer in school. That’s why I feel so fortunate to be a part of her team.
As I mentioned, as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine convened the Department of Education’s first LGBT Task Force. They published a radically progressive report that was slammed by conservatives. (Delaine herself received death threats.) Among the recommendations: a revision of the California State Board of Education’s Hate Motivated Violence Policy to include gender and sexual identity based violence, a new focus on anti-bullying initiatives for LGBT Students in K-12; integrated curricula teaching LGBT Historical Figures and Events with expanded LGBT resources in libraries; and a modification of existing data gathering methods in order to provide information on the prevalence of threats, harassment, or violence against students based on gender or sexual identity. Furthermore, it called on California public schools to develop resources for and protect the rights of transgender students.
Delaine was also the first Superintendent of Public Instruction to march in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade (along with her high school drama teacher and nephew) and, as a University of California Regent, she was one of the deciding votes against Pete Wilson’s attempt to take away domestic partnership rights from LGBT employees.
I am so honored to be part of Delaine’s campaign team, and to see her hard work rewarded with this amazing endorsement from San Francisco’s Harvey Milk LGBT Club.
I see her momentum building and growing everyday and I am convinced that we can win this election.
Let's do this!
Southern California Outreach Coordinator