RELEASE: LGBT Equality PAC Chair, Congressman Mark Takano Endorses Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Highlights Cisneros’s Commitment To Equality And Opposition To Trump Transgender Ban

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Chair of the pro-LGBT Equality PAC, California Congressman Mark Takano, endorsed Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. Takano, who represents the neighboring 41st Congressional District, highlighted Cisneros’s commitment to equality and opposition to Trump’s bigoted military transgender ban.

“In Congress, we need leaders who have the courage to stand up to the divisive Trump agenda,” said Takano.“I am proud to join organizations like VoteVets in supporting former Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros, because we can count on Gil to promote diversity in all branches of government and oppose the ban on military service by transgender Americans. As a lifetime educator, I know how important it is to champion equity and equality. When Gil gets to DC he will join me in reinforcing these values for our community and country.”

Takano’s endorsement comes days after fellow Southern California Congressmember Judy Chu, who Chair’s the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, endorsed Cisneros.

“I served in the United States Navy with LGBTQ sailors who were forced to hide their true self because of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” said Cisneros. “I was so proud the day that policy ended, so that our military now respects all who sacrifice for our country. I stand resolutely with VoteVets against Trump’s transgender ban, and in Congress, I will always protect and empower the LGBTQ community. It is an honor to receive Congressman Takano’s endorsement, he is a true champion of equality, and I look forward to working with him.” 

Earlier this year, Cisneros released his policy plan to advance LGBTQ rights.

You can read the plan here:

Takano’s endorsement adds to a truly impressive coalition of support including SEIU California, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), UniteHere! Local 11, United Steel Workers, thirteen Democratic members of Congress, more in-district local elected officials than any other candidate running, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.



Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board, on which he still serves, and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.