September 15, 2016
EQCA Board of Directors
202 W 1st St., Suite 3-0130
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dear Equality California Board of Directors:
We are writing as San Francisco LGBT community leaders. Among us, we have more than a century of activism supporting our community and serving in leadership roles.
One focus all of us share is electing more LGBT people to office. We are passionate about ensuring that our community truly has a seat at the table. We applaud Equality California for its strong support for so many LGBT community needs and particularly for its staunch efforts to elect LGBT candidates to office.
This year, EQCA is endorsing and fighting hard to elect Supervisor Scott Wiener to the State Senate, to succeed Senator Mark Leno. We all support Scott’s candidacy and thank EQCA for fighting for him.
We are supporting Scott because we believe in him, particularly his commitment to expand affordable housing, improve healthcare, and support our seniors and youth. Scott’s work for the LGBT community spans decades. He will be a terrific State Senator and will make us proud.
But our support for Scott goes beyond his own work. If Scott does not win this race, San Francisco will have no LGBT representation in Sacramento. That scenario is completely unacceptable, which is why we are working to get Scott elected. If Scott loses, it will create a vacuum of LGBT political leadership in San Francisco, as Mark Leno and David Campos are termed out of office this year.
This race and Scott’s candidacy is a high priority for the LGBT community.
We understand that some San Francisco LGBT leaders are pressuring you to back off your support for Scott. Please do not back off. These same people attacked Scott when he ran for Supervisor, and he won, because he has support in the community. Scott continues to enjoy significant community support.
Please stay the course and help us elect Scott Wiener to the State Senate.
Brian Leubitz, Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Louise E. Fischer, Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Zoe Dunning, Immediate Past Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Jeff Sheehy, Former President, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Martha Knutzen, Former President, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and Past Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Fran Kipnis, Former Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Andrea Shorter, Emeritus Board, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; President, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women* (*for ID purposes only)
Julius Turman, Former Co-Chair, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; Vice President, San Francisco Police Commission* (*for ID purposes only)
Sent via email
Andreas Meyer, Board President, Equality California Board of Directors
cc: Rick Zbur, Executive Director, Equality California
Tony Hoang, Deputy Director, Equality California