More Than 190 LGBT Leaders Back Osborn for Assembly

December 1st, 2011

A Wide Variety of LGBT Leaders Choose Torie Osborn to be Their Voice in Sacramento

SANTA MONICA, CA- In an unprecedented show of strength, over 190 prominent members of the LGBT community today announced their support for Torie Osborn to represent the new, open 50th Assembly District. Those endorsing Osborn today are champions in the fight for equality, and leaders across a broad spectrum of arts and entertainment, business, politics, philanthropy, and religion as well as civic activism on health, environment and education.

Oscar winner Bruce Cohen, producer of Milk and host of an upcoming Hollywood fundraiser for Osborn, said, “Torie Osborn follows in the tradition of Harvey Milk, who reminded us that true leaders are always ‘independent and un-bought’, and that nobody can ever substitute for one of our own in the corridors of power. Nobody can fight homophobia in policy like one who himself or herself has walked through the fires of discrimination.” The December 7th event features Bruce Vilanch and is co-hosted by Cohen and his partner, Gabe Catone, along with Chad Griffin, Paris Barclay, and Dean Hansell.

“California’s status as the golden state and golden standard for economic growth and excellence in education has crumbled over the years, crippling its future,” said Ivy Bottini, legendary lesbian feminist and West Hollywood community leader. “It’s high time for deep change, and the only way there is to elect new leaders like Torie Osborn who can help reshape our state through progressive reforms.”

Philanthropist Bill Resnick said, “Torie Osborn is the kind of leader we need more of in Sacramento—unafraid to think big, bold and long-term. She’s been an executive, an organizer, a coalition builder — a proven leader on poverty, on AIDS, on LGBT equality. She’s the real deal, which is why I’m enthusiastically supporting her for Assembly.”

“I am deeply moved by the tremendous show of support from so many colleagues I have worked with for decades, respected leaders and activists from across the LGBT community,” said Osborn. “Much of my life’s work has been in the trenches and helping to lead the LGBT movement, not only in California, but across the country.”

To view the full list of over 190 LGBT supporters, click here:

Included are:
Gwen Baba, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board Member*
Paris Barclay, Executive Producer, Sons of Anarchy*
Elizabeth Birch, Former Executive Director, Human Rights Campaign*
David C. Bohnett, Baroda Ventures*
Ivy Bottini, Longtime Activist
John M. Cleary, Past President, Stonewall Democratic Club*
Chad Griffin, President, American Foundation for Equal Rights*
Dean Hansell, Board Member, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation*
James Hormel, Former Ambassador
Cleve Jones, Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt*
Robin McGehee, Co-Founder, Get Equal*
David M. Mixner, Author and Political Strategist
Troy Perry, Founder, Metropolitan Community Church*
Jenny Pizer, Legal Director, The Williams Institute*
Thomas C. Schumacher, President, Disney Theatrical Productions*
Tom Watson, Co-Founder, Love Honor Cherish*
Chuck Williams, Founder, Williams Institute, UCLA Law School*
Phill Wilson, President, Black AIDS Institute*
Doreena Wong, Co-Founder, Asian and Pacific Islander Equality-Los Angeles*

In addition to today’s list of endorsers, Osborn has already won support from the influential Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization that has helped hundreds of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices.

The upcoming LGBT/Hollywood fundraiser December 7th, from 6-8 p.m. features comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, and is co-hosted by Cohen and partner Gabe Catone, along with Chad Griffin, Paris Barclay, and Dean Hansell. For more information about the event, please contact TAI EVENTS. Phone: 310.996.1188 Email: taiattaieventsdotcom

*Titles for identification purposes only


Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform.

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