CATHEDRAL CITY — A State bill that would make a Cathedral City memorial California’s official LGBT Veterans Memorial is at the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
AB 2439, which also would make California the first state in the nation to dedicate a memorial recognizing the service of LGBT veterans, has passed the Assembly and Senate and was heard in the Assembly yesterday for concurrence. The bill was then sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia ( D-Coachella) authored the bill.
“California must honor all the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” Garcia, (D-Coachella) told Q Voice News in May. “This memorial is a testament to honor the contributions the LGBT community has made to the security of the United States.”
The Cathedral City memorial, dedicated May 27, 2001, features an obelisk with an eagle and a pink triangle.
Presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama and California Governors Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown all have sent special letters praising this memorial.
Tom Swann, founding chair of AMVETS Post 66 and a driving force to have the LGBT veterans memorial dedicated in 2001, approached Garcia last year with the idea of making it the official state LGBT veterans memorial.
“If AB 2439 becomes law, California will become the first state in America to honor the brave sacrifices of LGBT veterans. Many of these heroes died in silence because they were forced to conceal their sexual orientation,” Hernandez said. “California should lead the country in honoring these brave soldiers.”