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LGBTQ Leaders from across the country support Grace Meng for DNC Vice Chair

Press Release
February 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. – With just weeks left until the DNC elections, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl D. Fowlkes Jr; DNC member and California Assemblyman Evan Low; DNC member and New York Democratic Party Vice Chair Christine Quinn; and Congressmembers Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Takano, and Kyrsten Sinema announced their support for Grace Meng’s re-election to DNC Vice Chair.

These LGBTQ leaders join Congressmembers John Lewis, Cheri Bustos, Judy Chu, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, Barbara Lee, Gregory Meeks, and Maxine Waters; Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; Stuart Appelbaum, President of Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union; Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trades Council; the Chairs of the Democratic Parties in Alabama, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming; the DNC Caucus Chair for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; Andrew Lachman, the Chair of the DNC Small Business Council; DNC Voting Member Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs; and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) in supporting Grace Meng’s re-election.

Earl Fowlkes is the founder and President and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, an organization that fights for equality and social justice for Black LGBT communities in America and across the globe. He was elected as LGBT Caucus Chair in 2013.

Evan Low represents Silicon Valley in the California State Assembly where he has fought for jobs, the environment, marriage equality and civil rights, transparency in government, and fiscal reform. He was previously the first Asian-American, openly gay member elected to Campbell’s City Council and, once elected Mayor in 2010, became the youngest Asian-American Mayor nationwide.

Christine Quinn served on New York City Council for 12 years, where she was the first female and first openly gay Speaker. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the New York Democratic Party, runs Women in Need, a nonprofit serving New York City’s homeless women and children, and advocates for women’s rights within New York State.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has served in Congress since his election in 2012, when he became the first openly gay representative from New York State. He has spent his tenure fighting to improve resources for veterans and serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, of which Grace is also a member.

Also elected in 2012, Congressman Mark Takano represents Riverside County, California in Congress. He was a public school teacher and member of the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees. He is a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema represents the people of Maricopa County, Arizona in Congress and has spent her career fighting against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. She is the first openly bisexual member of Congress and also serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

“As a member of the Board of Directors of EQUALITY PAC, I’m privileged to have known and fought alongside Earl, Evan, Christine, Sean, Mark, and Kyrsten for years. They all know not just how far we’ve come as a party and a country, but also how hard the fight has been,” said Grace Meng. “I’ve been working with them to create a more inclusive and equal democratic party for years, and I’m looking forward to continuing that partnership as DNC Vice Chair.”