The Los Angeles LGBT Center Congratulates Karen Bass on Her Historic Mayoral Win - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center Congratulates Karen Bass on Her Historic Mayoral Win

November 16, 2022
Contact: Media Relations

In response to the results of the midterm elections, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following statement:

Following the U.S. midterm election results, the resounding message for the LGBTQ+ movement is clear: Our fight is ongoing and more urgent than ever. While the number of anti-LGBTQ policymakers elected to the U.S. Congress gives us pause, this unprecedented election year—with over 400 openly LGBTQ candidates elected for office and a massive youth voter turnout—gave us hope for the future ahead.

Furthermore, the Los Angeles LGBT Center congratulates Karen Bass, the first woman, and the first Black woman, to be elected Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. For decades, she has been a staunch advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, the LGBTQ community, and communities of color. Even before making history as the first Black woman to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly, she was a nurse providing care to people living with HIV/AIDS during the 1980s, when many medical providers refused to treat them. She went on to found Community Coalition, an organization that empowers Black and Latinx communities to address substance use, poverty, and crime, and the National Foster Youth Institute, which advocates for improvements to the child welfare system.

“We are confident that Mayor-elect Karen Bass will continue to champion the issues that impact our communities and we look forward to working with her and her staff to make Los Angeles a city in which LGBTQ people can truly be healthy, equal, and complete members of society,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Joe Hollendoner.

While ballots for the mayoral race were still being counted, Angelenos showed up down the ballot in favor of progressive issues. The Center had previously published its stance on nine different state and LA county ballot initiatives, with seven of those ultimately being supported by the majority of voters. 

“In many ways, California and Los Angeles continue to show up as bright spots in this country’s fight ahead,” said Joey Espinoza-Hernández, the Policy Director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “On election night, Angelenos showed up to codify abortion rights, encourage accountability from our sheriffs, and elect our city’s first Black woman mayor.”

While most of the races have officially been called, the fight continues. Today, the Senate took up debate on the Respect For Marriage Act, and made progress towards codifying marriage equality. As political attacks continue to mount on our community, the Center also encourages its supporters to get involved in the movement through advocacy, volunteering, and community-building. Join the Center in the resistance by Texting ‘RESIST’ to 33339 or visiting

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