AirTalk for June 6, 2014

Have LGBT advances changed the meaning of gay pride and politics in SoCal?

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The Los Angeles City Council celebrated LGBT Heritage Month by endorsing a state bill to ban therapies that "convert" homosexual minors to heterosexuals.

The LA Gay Pride Parade is taking place this weekend in West Hollywood. Last year, Prop 8 was overturned and the Defense of Marriage Act was repealed — huge, seismic leaps toward true equality for the modern gay rights movement.

On the political front, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) became the first lesbian to become the head of the California Assembly last month, but her ascension felt more historical for her being the first politician from San Diego to assume the position than anything else.

Robert Garcia this week was elected Mayor of Long Beach, the first openly gay and Latino to hold that post. But his sexuality was no more talked about during the election than his ethnic heritage and his age (at just 36 years old).

Historically, pride parades were about visibility and political empowerment, but has the meaning of gay pride observation changed for you in the wake of the political victories the community has had over the last few years?

Does the sexuality of a political candidate matter to you anymore? Are you as likely to vote for someone who identifies as LGBT today? Is a candidate’s sexuality enough of a “swing factor” for you? Politically, are we entering a “post-gay” phase in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California?


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