During an interview on Tuesday, California State Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani came out as a lesbian. In the interview with the Record of Stockton, a reporter questioned Galgiani about her sexual orientation. Gagliani’s spokeswoman, Robin Adam, said the assemblywoman had been asked about this before, but that this time, "She was prepared to deal with it and responded honestly." Galgiani, who is 47, told the interviewer that she came to terms with her sexual orientation in adulthood and said she was coming out at this time to show support for LGBT youth.
Galgiani represents the 17th Assembly District of California, which includes Merced County. Eileen Vidales, former president of the Merced Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, shared her support for Galgiani’s decision to come out, saying, "She is letting the world know, 'this is me, it's part of who I am.'” Though Galgiani is being termed out of her assembly seat, she announced plans this August to run for the 5th state Senate District. She is now one of eight openly gay California state lawmakers who, with her addition, will make up the country’s largest LGBT caucus in a state legislature.
GLAAD congratulates Assemblywoman Galgiani for coming out and thanks her for voicing her support for LGBT youth.