State Senate Candidate Anthony Portantino,

Fierce Advocate for LGBTQIA Community


(This image is proudly displayed on his campaign website here)

October 12, 2016, Los Angeles - The Stonewall Democratic Club is pleased to have endorsed State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino for California State Senate early on in the campaign cycle.  While there were many qualified Democrats in this race, he was the only candidate in the race who had decades of history defending LGBTQIA rights in the public sphere.  Anthony Portantino was and continues to be that candidate.

Anthony began his political career serving as a Councilman for eight years in the City of La Canada Flintridge and went on to serve as an Assemblyman in 2006 for three terms (six years).  Now Portantino is competing to become the State Senator from District 25. 

Club President Stephen David Simon had this to say about Portantino, “He has been a bulwark for LGBTQIA rights here in Los Angeles and in the State Legislature, and I know he will continue to be so once elected as a State Senator.”

Portantino has been supporting the LGBT community for many years.  He has successfully authored laws to bring more federal dollars to California to fight AIDS and to streamline the HIV testing process.  Here are three of the HIV Bills he authored that were signed into Law:

AB 2899 HIV AND AIDS COUNSELING - Requires Department of Public Health to develop an HIV counseling program. (This one Law alone has helped an untold number of HIV patients)

AB 221 HIV TESTING: SKIN PUNCTURES - Exempts specified HIV counselors from phlebotomist certification requirements.

AB 2541 HIV: MONITORING AND FUNDING - Helps California draw federal funding by ensuring all cases of HIV are included in names-based conversion.

In addition to these efforts, for the past nine years, Anthony has convened the highly respected San Gabriel Valley HIV Action Summit at City of Hope Hospital. Every year the summit has focused on critical issues facing HIV/AIDS treatment after more than three decades since its discovery. 

6 years ago, he worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and authored Assembly Bills No. 144 & 1527 making it illegal to openly carry firearms in the State of California.  He worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Gov. Jerry Brown signed these bills into law in October of 2011.  He was able to overcome fierce lobbying efforts by the NRA and he met with headwinds from some of his fellow Democrats.

Anthony is also a Women’s Rights advocate. As the spouse of a successful businesswoman and the father of two wonderful daughters, Anthony proudly recognizes the accomplishments of successful businesswomen in the 44th Assembly District.  Nearly 500 people attend the Women in Business awards luncheon in what many folks in the 44th AD call the most uplifting event of the year.  Anthony hopes to continue the program upon his election to the State Senate.

Awards he has received for his outstanding work include, 2011 Hero Award - Stonewall Young Democrats, Extraordinary Advocate Award - California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Public Policy Award - Sierra Club - Los Angeles Chapter, and the Distinguished Service Board of Directors Award - Habitat for Humanity - San Gabriel Valley.

For Anthony, the LGBT community has a special place in his heart, making the struggles for equality and acceptance deeply personal. He has fought for each and every member of our community and will continue to do as State Senator.

The State Assemblyman had this to say, “The legislation I’ve authored and the initiatives I’ve championed have all been in the spirit of ensuring that everyone can be included and share in our community. I have been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community and I am proud to work with Stonewall Democrats”.

To learn more about Anthony Portantino please visit his website  

SDC Steering Committee Member Marilyn Grunwald

to be Honored at 24th Annual Access Awards




LOS ANGELES - Congratulations to Ms. Grunwald! The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on Disabilities are pleased to announce that she has been selected as a 24th Annual Access Awards and ADA25 Anniversary Celebration Awards honoree. Ms. Grunwald was selected by long time SDC supporter Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to receive this special recognition for your outstanding work in the community and commitment to promote equality and improve the quality of life for people living with a disability.

The Luncheon will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015.




(From CA.Gov)


Screen_Shot_2015-09-25_at_4.50.41_PM.pngSACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Vito Imbasciani, 69, of Los Angeles, has been appointed secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Imbasciani has been director of government relations at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 2004, where he has been a urologic surgeon since 1997. He served as state surgeon for the California Army National Guard from 2006 to 2014 and as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986 to 2014. 

Imbasciani is president-elect of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and a member of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and the California Association of Physician Groups Board of Directors. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in musicology from Cornell University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $188,451. Imbasciani is a Democrat.


Congratulations from all of us at Stonewall!






Stonewall_Democratic_Club_BBQ_Stephen_Simon_Paul_Koretz.jpgWest Hollywood, CA – While the event was primarily a fellowship gathering to enjoy good food and company, the organization chose to also highlight the work of Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz in front of over 50 Stonewall members & elected officials gathered at the West Hollywood Park by honoring Mr. Koretz. Prior to joining the Los Angeles City Council, Mr. Koretz served as a West Hollywood City Councilmember. In 1975, he was the first heterosexual male to join the Stonewall Democratic Club. 

After receiving his Stonewall award, Mr. Koretz stated, “As a proud member of Stonewall, it has been my great privilege to work time and again on countless vital issues that Stonewall has courageously championed, and we have accomplished many significant victories.  Stonewall provides inspiration and profound friendships, and I eagerly look forward to years to come of this cherished partnership.  I will always be grateful for this kind and caring tribute.”

Also in attendance were West Hollywood Councilmembers John Duran, Lauren Meister, and John Heilman.  The event attracted Los Angeles elected officials as well, including Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, LA City Controller Ron Galperin and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer. Also, Los Angeles Community College Board members Andra Hoffman and Sydney Kamlager attended.

The organization boasted significant sponsorship raising prowess by raising thousands of dollars to support their pro progressive equality agenda.  Major sponsors included U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Eric C. Bauman and husband Michael Andraychak, Garry S. Shay and husband Burt Burlant, along with Paul Dumont and HERE Lounge.

Additional sponsors included State Senator Ben Allen, State Assemblymember Richard Bloom and wife Robbie Black, Ed Buck, West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath , West Hollywood Councilmembers John Duran, John Heilman, and Lauren Meister, LA City Controller Ron Galperin, Todd Elliott Esq., LA Community College Board member Andra Hoffman, Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz, and Stonewall’s Programming Committee Chair Jane Wishon.


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