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For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Contact: John Vigna, 916.212.0357

Statement of CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman on National Coming Out Day 2018

Los Angeles– The following is a statement from Eric C. Bauman, the first openly gay Chair of the California Democratic Party: 

On behalf of California Democrats, I celebrate each person who takes the opportunity of National Coming Out day to break the silence and stigma of the closet, and to fulfill their unique and cherished place as members of the LGBTQ community and as a full member of our beautiful and diverse state. 

California Democrats fight every day to create equality for members of the LGBTQ community and to create a state where every person can live their truth openly and proudly.  

From history makers like Harvey Milk to todays generation of groundbreaking leaders, California Democrats are unwavering in our commitment to ensure LGBTQ people are welcomed and embraced at everywhere — in school classrooms and playgrounds, on college campuses, in the workplace, in healthcare, and in our golden years.

Celebrating marriage with my partner, Michael, was the fulfillment of our lifelong dream.  I am personally committed to ensuring that every gay person has the opportunity to fulfill their dreams – and today, this especially means ensuring equality and the safety of members of the transgender community. 

And I promise this California Democrats will take every opportunity to fight the hateful, divisive and backward anti-LGBT agenda of the Trump Administration, because we have never been more energized in the fight for civil rights than we are today.

For every person considering coming out today, tomorrow, or the next day know that your courage makes it possible for others to do the same.  And know that your vote matters, is valued by the Democratic Party, and is essential to creating the Blue Wave that will move us forward and allow us to #TakeItBack this November. 



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