KQED: LGBT Caucus Bigger and More Diverse Than Ever

June 20, 2017

By Scott Shafer

South Bay Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Los Angeles Sen. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) were in a mischievous mood when they stopped by KQED’s Sacramento bureau recently to talk about their paths to the State Legislature as openly gay men.

Low is chair of the Legislature’s LGBT caucus and Lara is vice chair....

As Lara puts it, “I’ve had my Republican colleagues come to me sometimes after a heated debate on something that’s passionate for me and say ‘I get it, I understand.’ Because they understand my story, my upbringing and what I care about.”

Being openly gay also gives their colleagues in the Legislature a safe place to share family stories — a sounding board for how to support their LGBT children and other family members.

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