Meet Robert Garcia: Long Beach’s history making gay mayor
He’s young. He’s gay. He’s Hispanic, and at just 36-years-of age, he made history by being the youngest mayor ever elected to office in California, and the first Hispanic person to ever secure the top job.
After receiving the endorsement of LA mayor Eric Garcetti, Garica romped home in the polls beating out a real estate agent and former NFL player Damon Dunn to win office.
Garcia already has a proven record of championing LGBTI rights. In 2009 he worked on the Equal Benefits Ordinance, that ensures the city’s vendors provide equal benefits to same-sex partners as they would heterosexual couples. In 2013 he sponsored Long Beach’s first anti bullying bill. The bill provided guidelines and set up a process to support children who were being bullied.