Los Angeles LGBT Center Stands with California's Immigrant Communities and Supports SB 54 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Stands with California's Immigrant Communities and Supports SB 54

August 22, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz

In support of Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia released the following statement:

“The Los Angeles LGBT Center believes that all Californians—regardless of immigration status—should be allowed to pursue their lives in peace and without fear of harassment and deportation. Our schools, hospitals, clinics, and courthouses are the very symbols of a free and open society and should remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life. To that end, the Center supports SB 54 (the California Values Act) in its current form in order to ensure that the state’s precious resources are not used to enforce inhumane and legally questionable immigration policies.

“Many LGBT immigrants have found a safe haven in California after experiencing persecution and physical abuse in their own countries. For that reason, we stand not only with our LGBT brothers and sisters, but with all immigrants who have come here to escape poverty, discrimination, and violence in their homelands. Further, we commend SB 54’s author, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De León, for his leadership, and we join Los Angeles immigration, civil rights, labor organizations, and local civic leaders in supporting the bill.

“California is once again in a position to lead the country and to serve as a beacon of progressivism and human decency in the face of federal actions meant only to injure and divide the residents of our state. The Center calls on the Governor and all state legislators to stand with immigrant communities and all decent Californians to support the strongest version of the California Values Act.”

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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