Equality California Endorses Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Equality California is proud to endorse Tony Thurmond for California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Tony Thurmond currently serves in the California State Assembly and formally served on the Richmond City Council and the West Contra Costa Unified School Board. This past year he was a joint author on Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill SB 396, the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, which made California the first state in the country to require LGBTQ+ employment diversity training. Throughout his time in the California Assembly, Tony Thurmond has had a perfect 100% Equality voting record.

As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Thurmond has promised to support and advocate for funding of programs that train teachers, school counselors, and administrators about how to better serve and protect LGBTQ students who face low rates of school success, bullying, and high rates of suicide risk.

“Tony Thurmond understands the importance of protecting LGBTQ students and making all schools safe, and inclusive places to learn,” said Rick Zbur. “With high rates of bullying, suicide, and school drop outs experienced by LGBTQ students, we need a strong advocate for LGBTQ youth leading the Department of Education. Equality California endorses Tony Thurmond because he will work tirelessly for LGBTQ and all youth.”

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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