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Tonite’s Courage Campaign congressional debate… with an openly gay Republican


By Adam Bink

Many of  you know our work on LGBT equality, but probably fewer know that Courage Campaign was originally founded as a multi-issue organization working to bring progressive policies — including equality — to the state of California. As such, we work on budget issues, different propositions on the ballot, and more.

As such, tonight (at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST)  we’ll be hosting a debate among the candidates to replace Jane Harman in a special election in California’s 36th district (Los Angeles area). We’re hosting the debate to make sure progressive voices and questions are represented.

Participating will be:

  • CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen
  • LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn
  • Two-time former candidate and educator Marcy Winograd
  • Openly gay, two-term Republican Mayor of Redondo Beach, Mike Gin

I think it’s particularly exciting as all of the candidates are LGBT allies, so we can progress to a broader conversation beyond yes/no on issues to talking about who is best to lead on LGBT issues in Congress.

You can submit questions you’d like the candidates to answer (Rick Jacobs will be moderating) via this link:

Which is also the place where you can listen to the live-stream of the debate tonight at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

You can also follow along and submit questions on Twitter with the hashtag #Courage36.

More from the Los Angeles Times and the Bay Area Reporter. This is an open thread on the CA-36 special election.


  • 1. Rhie  |  March 24, 2011 at 6:15 am


  • 2. Kathleen  |  March 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

  • 3. JonT  |  March 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

  • 4. Ronnie  |  March 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm


  • 5. Sagesse  |  March 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Following along.

  • 6. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Sorry I missed this. Will the audio link be posted to listen to?

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