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California Hall of Fame LGBTQ Inductee

By Charlotte Robinson, August 18, 2023

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that José Julio Sarria one of our LGBTQ most legendary iconic trailblazers & heroes will be inducted into the prestigious California Hall of Fame. Sarria was a proud Latino & World War II veteran & in 1961 became the first openly gay candidate to run for public office as a candidate for the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors placing fifth among a field of 29 candidates. Sarria’s courageous run for public office put “Gay Power” on the political map & paved the way for over 600 elected LGBTQ officials now in public office. San Diego County/City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez stated, “José Julio Sarria was the Rosa Parks of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement. It is very symbolic of Governor Newsom to name José into the California Hall of Fame during this time when drag queens & transgender people are under attack by the Radical Right Wing.” Commissioner Ramirez & then San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty led the campaign that resulted in Sarria being the first openly gay man to have a street named after him by the City of San Francisco. He was also inducted into the National LGBTQ Wall of Fame located in the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City as well as being honored as an historic figure on the Rainbow Honor Walk in the Castro District of San Francisco. The 16th class of the California Hall of Fame will be inducted in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday August 22nd at 6P. The all-posthumous 16th class will be featured in online exhibitions developed by the Museum in collaboration with the inductees’ representatives. 

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