BY Ricardo Lara
Ricardo Lara, 37, is an out member of the California Assembly who has LGBT equality at the top of his agenda (he was recently chosen as one of The Advocate's "40 Under 40.") One of the politician's most recent endeavors is the introduction of Assembly Joint Resolution 43, or the LGBTQ American Bill of Rights. Here he tells us what the legislation is about and why it's so important:
The Declaration of Independence is the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty but its most famous words "…all men are created equal…" and have the inalienable right to "…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"… are promises yet to be afforded to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals who live as second-class citizens because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.