Equality California Mourns the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco - December 12, 2017 – Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur today issued the following statement on the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

"The City of San Francisco and State of California have lost a key ally in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice. Throughout his career as a civil rights attorney, civil servant and eventually as the city's first Asian American mayor, Mayor Ed Lee was a tireless champion for equality for all the diverse communities that make up San Francisco. He was a founding member of the 'Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination' coalition, a coalition of city leaders that applies political and economic pressure to stop discriminatory laws from spreading in the United States. He fought to backfill tens of millions of dollars in federal cuts to essential HIV services, which saved thousands of lives. As the first mayor to attend the San Francisco Trans March, he reaffirmed his commitment to the transgender community by creating the nation's first position dedicated to transgender issues with the newly created post of senior advisor for transgender initiatives. He also barred public funding for city employees' travel to North Carolina in protest of the state's law prohibiting localities from passing legislation to protect LGBT rights. Equality California mourns the passing of Mayor Lee and will keep his wife, Anita, and his daughters, Brianna and Tania, in our thoughts and prayers."

Equality California is the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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