Frontiers LA: HONOR PAC ‘Established LGBT political group on the California scene’

Frontiers LA covered HONOR PAC’s upcoming Gala and underscored the group’s influence in California Politics:

HONOR PAC has been around since 2005 but was primarily known within the Latino community as a political action committee dedicated to enhancing the political power of LGBT Latinos. The organization splashed onto the mainstream political radar in 2008 when prominent Latino activists and elected officials such as Supervisor Gloria Molina helped open HONOR PAC’s ‘No on Prop. 8′ office in East L.A.

And now, with its inaugural gala on Saturday, March 22, at the Japanese American National Museum, HONOR PAC squarely takes claim to being an established LGBT political group on the California scene, home to the largest LGBT Latino population in the country. The debut event, “It’s a Love Affair: HONOR PAC 2014 Gala,” will honor Richard Blanco, the first LGBT Poet to speak at a presidential inauguration, and will recognize the historic contributions of John A. Pérez, the first LGBT person to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly. Pérez is now running for State Controller and, if elected, would make history again as the first gay man elected nationwide to a state constitutional office.

Additionally, the gala is being co-hosted by HONOR PAC co-founder State Sen. Ricardo Lara, a 2013 David Bohnett Foundation LGBT Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and one of 10 named by the White House last year as a “Harvey Milk Champion of Change” recipient.

“HONOR PAC has helped elect dozens of openly LGBT Latino candidates, and our success on issues like equal protection laws, anti-bullying, transgender rights so far proves that electing representatives with our interests in mind does make a difference,” said Alfred Fraijo Jr., HONOR PAC President. “Our inaugural gala will celebrate those elected leaders and allies whose advocacy has strengthened our community, as well as the supporters who have supported our efforts. The gala will also be a call to action in a critical election year where the diversity and composition of the California Legislature and statewide elected offices will depend on mobilizing our communities and supporting pro-Latino LGBT candidates.”

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HONOR PAC advocates for the political empowerment of Latina/o LGBT communities. HONOR PAC supports candidates and ballot propositions that advance progressive policies and serve the unique needs and interests of Latina/o LGBT communities.