Another Crowned Queen Joins the Anti-LGBT Dark Side

Posted on 03 August 2010

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By Jorge Amaro
Equality California

Mexican actress Karyme Lozano was crowned Queen of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade in 2008. So I was shocked to hear that she has joined the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles in a new initiative benefiting radically conservative Carly Fiorina, who is running for pro-LGBT Senator Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. At a press conference this week hosted at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the Washington-DC-based conservative Latino group announced the $1 million-dollar “Tus valores” (“Your Values”) campaign to bring their toxic agenda to California by helping elect anti-equality candidates like Fiorina.

While it is troubling to see Karyme Lozano blatantly disregard the LGBT community’s warm embrace, it is even more disturbing to see her align herself with a group that disingenuously propagates the Latino values of familia y tradición as rigid conservative convictions. Furthermore, to add insult to injury, it seems that Lozano, who serves on the advisory board of the misguided Latino conservative group alongside with fellow actor Eduardo Verastegui, who in 2008 campaigned against marriage equality, has taken bold steps to joining the hate mongering anti-marriage groups.

The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a project of American Principles in Action, made public they received a significant contribution from the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage, yet as the LA Times reports, none of the parties involved in the fundraiser have “filed financial records with the Internal Revenue Service — nor are they required to.” What we do know is that these groups will continue injecting their money into the campaigns of anti-equality candidates in order to sway voters’ opinions. Their target is now the 13 million Latinos that call California their home. We should expect to see much of what we saw in the 2008 elections again in the coming months as these groups continue to fuel the anti-LGBT rhetoric already present in Latino media by spreading the same vicious lies and scare tactics used during the Prop. 8 campaign.

While we know a large majority of Latinos identify as Catholics, we’ve also learned that many of them are very likely to become supportive of the right for same-sex couples to marry. Among those Latinos who identify as Catholics, 57 percent are already supportive of marriage equality. Additionally, thanks to the efforts of Californians working to win marriage back for all, we’ve seen an increase in the support for civil marriage rights for same-sex couples, with the majority of Latinos now supporting these rights.

In the last year, public opinion has significantly progressed on the issue of marriage equality; yet there is still much work to be done. We cannot allow our Golden State, which has some of the most comprehensive protections for LGBT people and minorities, to regress into a one with a climate of hostility and fear. We should not become content with the positive numbers on our favor, but instead we should work together toward redoubling our work. The fight for full equality for all calls for our combined efforts in order to successfully stop Lozano, Verastegui and their anti-LGBT group from importing hate into our state.


Jorge Amaro is the Communications Manager for Equality California (EQCA). EQCA works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people.

Thanks for monitoring this. Here is some more from my blog.Fiorina campaign seeks to segment the Latino vote.
Carly Fiorina is running for Senate in California against Barbara Boxer. I came across an ad on La Jornada ( a Mexico City left newspaper). It linked to a Latino focused web pages for Fiorina.
The campaign must recognize the significant new energy and unity in voting among Latinos is California produced by the Republican bruha in Arizona over SB 1070, the Arizona equivalent of California’s Proposition 187 of 1994. Seeking to segment the vote is a good idea if you are a Republican campaign manager.
The campaign page features lots of smiling family members, presumably Latinos. It is light on responding to key issues.
There is among Latino voters a traditional split, liberal on economic issues but more conservative on social issues. The polling differences on these issues are cited on the web pages. The Fiorina web page works this split with skill. It focuses on traditional marriage, anti abortion, and is linked to a severe assault on LGTB issues.
Here is the web page: Carly Fiorina campaign video; targeted at Latinos.
She wants you to vote your values.
Note, it is put up by a very conservative group. This raises an interesting question. Did Americanprinciples coordinate with the Fiorina campaign ? The Tus Valores Campaign is an independent expenditure of American Principles in Action, a 501(c)(4) organization.
The group is permitted, as a result of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, to make independent communications that support the election or defeat of federal candidates, but doing so may trigger FEC reporting obligations. Once certain spending thresholds are met, they would be required to report both the expenditures to make these communications and the donations
(including the identity of the donors) that were earmarked to support these expenditures.
There certainly are differences within the Latino community over issues of immigration. Most polling show Latinos in favor of a comprehensive approach to immigration including allowing those already here to gain eventual citizenship. Over 5 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented people here have U.S. citizen children. Dividing these families is unacceptable in most Latino communities as it is with the Catholic church.
Since this issue is front and center, then what does the Fiorina campaign say about immigration on these pages? Only, “Carly Fiorina showed her resolve in support of common-sense immigration policies during the Republican Primary and represents a real opportunity to pass a reform bill.”
That is, Fiorina, in a campaign targeted toward Latinos, says she is in favor of immigration reform. Even John Mc Cain, Arizona Governor Brewer, and Pete Wilson say that. The issue is , which reforms? To favor the Republican routes to reform, including the support for the Arizona law, and now support for amending the U.S. constitution to ban citizenship to certain children born here would offend the very voters she is trying to capture. So, candidate Fiorina is silent.
And, she doesn’t say where she stands on the current Republican campaign to extend the Bush tax cuts for the super rich. Republican Senators have blocked efforts to hire teachers and police, to extend health care, to provide stimulus jobs, but they are in favor of protecting the Bush era tax cuts of the super rich.
Note, the SusValores page is linked to several groups including the National Organization for Marriage, which is promoting this campaign to fire an administrator in the Obama department of education over his writings on the LGBT community.

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I would like to know how to respond to this stuff effectively.