Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; California Legislative LGBT Caucus; John Cleary, Co-Chair of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Debra Broner, Secretary of LGBT Caucus of California Democratic Party*; Demetri Moshoyannis; Health and Transgender Community Advocate Cecilia Chung; and former Bay Area Reporter Political Columnist and Harvey Milk Confidante Wayne Friday
Newest endorsements in campaign for Senate District 11 underscore Wiener’s effective leadership on LGBT issues
San Francisco, CA – (February 18, 2016) Today, Scott Wiener announced key new endorsements from LGBT organizations and community leaders in his race for State Senate, District 11:
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices. In announcing the Victory Fund's endorsement of Wiener, CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills stated: "Scott Wiener has a 25-year history working to strengthen the LGBT community, including his key role building the LGBT Community Center and his support for people living with HIV, our growing LGBT senior population, and our LGBT youth. The Victory Fund is proud to endorse Scott's candidacy for State Senate and will work to get him elected and ensure continued LGBT representation in the State Legislature."
California Legislative LGBT Caucus
The California Legislative LGBT Caucus consists of the LGBT members of the California Legislature. The chair of the Caucus, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, emphasized Wiener's track record of legislative leadership on issues of importance to the LGBT community: “The LGBT Legislative Caucus proudly endorses Scott Wiener for State Senate and looks forward to working with him in support of the many issues that impact our community. Scott has a significant legislative record supporting the LGBT community, including his work to expand transgender healthcare access; to create a bill of rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities; to protect and expand funding for HIV care and prevention services; to insist that insurance companies not escalate co-pays for HIV drugs; and to expand affordable housing opportunities for all LGBT people and particularly for LGBT seniors and at-risk youth."
John Cleary, Debra Broner, Demetri Moshoyannis, and Cecilia Chung
Wiener also announced endorsements from LGBT leaders in the California Democratic Party, John Cleary (co-chair of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party*) and Debra Broner (secretary of the caucus*), as well as local community leaders Demetri Moshoyannis, Cecilia Chung (Health Commissioner and long-time transgender community advocate), and Wayne Friday (former Bay Area Reporter political columnist and Harvey Milk confidante).
These key endorsements join Scott Wiener’s growing list of LGBT leadership support, including Equality California, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Peninsula Stonewall Democrats, Senator Mark Leno, Senator Ricardo Lara, Neil Giuliano (former CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation*), Donna Sachet, Sam and Julia Thoron (founders of PFLAG*), and Ambassador James C. Hormel.
(*Titles for identification purposes only and endorsements individual in nature only.)
Supervisor Wiener’s full list of endorsements can be viewed at www.scottwiener.com/endorsements.
Wiener's Decades of Leadership in the LGBT Community
Since coming to San Francisco as a young gay man in the mid-1990s, Wiener has devoted much of his life to the LGBT community, including:
-Serving on the board of directors (including as board co-chair) of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Wiener was part of the core group of people who built and opened the Center.
-Co-chairing Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the Bay Area's LGBT bar association.
-Serving for a decade on the national board of the Human Rights Campaign.
-Co-chairing the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the oldest LGBT Democratic Club in the United States.
Since Wiener's election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2010, he has continued his work supporting the LGBT community, including:
-Authoring legislation to create a task force to study the needs of LGBT seniors. Based on the task force's report, he authored groundbreaking legislation setting clear standards for long-term care facilities' treatment of LGBT residents.
-Playing a key role each year ensuring strong funding in our city budget for HIV care and prevention services, including backfilling draconian federal cuts that, without local backfill, would devastate San Francisco's social safety net for low income HIV-positive residents.
-Serving as a member of San Francisco's "Getting to Zero" consortium, which has formulated an innovative plan to eliminate new HIV infections and HIV deaths in San Francisco within the next decade. In 2014, Wiener publicly announced that he takes Truvada as an HIV-preventative, in an effort to promote awareness and access to this critical prevention tool, as well as reducing stigma.
-Authoring legislation allowing for a new gay, bisexual, and transgender men's health center in the Castro. He also obtained significant public funding to help complete the project.
-Authoring legislation to include coverage in San Francisco's safety net health program - Healthy San Francisco - for all transgender health needs, including gender reassignment surgery and other therapies. He then obtained funding in the budget to ensure that UCSF could hire a full-time surgeon to provide this care.
-Obtaining significant funding in our budget for the needs of LGBT at-risk youth, particularly funding for additional housing units. He works closely each year with Larkin Street Youth Services, the LGBT Center, and LYRIC to ensure we are supporting these youth.
-Obtaining significant funding to support the needs of LGBT seniors, including for programs to address isolation and dementia in the LGBT senior community.
-Partnering with Openhouse and Mercy Housing to move forward the 55 Laguna project, which will provide 110 affordable housing units focused on low income LGBT seniors.
-Partnering to create a program to educate the LGBT community about how to access the city's affordable housing programs.
-When several Covered California providers shifted almost all HIV medications to so-called "specialty tier" status, dramatically increasing their co-pays, Wiener pushed back hard, held an oversight hearing, and persuaded Kaiser Permanente to reverse its decision.
-Providing significant support to our LGBT Historical Society, including funding and other resources.