Nation’s Largest Statewide LGBT Civil Rights Group Endorses Caforio for Congress

Immediate Release: March 3, 2016

Contact: Orrin Evans (818) 359-5536

Nation’s Largest Statewide LGBT Civil Rights Group Endorses Caforio for Congress

Calls Out Knight for Anti-LGBT Record

Valencia, Calif. – Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, has endorsed Bryan Caforio for Congress in the 25th Congressional District.

“Equality California enthusiastically endorses Bryan Caforio for Congress. Bryan will fight for the full and total equality of all Californians. Voters in the 25th District deserve a Representative who will fight for their civil rights, not stand in opposition to them,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “From failing to protect children against harmful pseudo-science to opposing anti-discrimination measures, Steve Knight has failed to protect the legal rights and equal protections of LGBT Californians.”

Congressman Steve Knight has opposed gay marriage, voted against banning conversion therapy for minors, voted against protecting transgender individuals from discrimination, and voted against allowing transgender students to join sports teams and use bathrooms associated with their identifying gender. Knight’s father, Pete Knight, authored Prop. 22, the basis for Prop. 8.

“Equality California is on the front lines of social change, and I am proud to receive their endorsement,” said Caforio. “I’ve spent my career taking on the biggest banks and I will bring that fighting spirit to Congress to defend legal protections for LGBT Americans.”

Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Valencia with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential election year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.


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