Anthony Woods, openly gay Iraq war veteran, has received the endorsements of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and the Human Rights Campaign in his race to represent California’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. A special will be held to fill the seat left vacant when Ellen Tauscher, accepted a presidential appointment as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
A victim of the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Woods was awarded the Bronze Star for his two tours in Iraq before being discharged from the Army because of his sexual orientation. He is also a graduate of West Point and Harvard University.
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: “Anthony Woods is an exciting candidate with a tremendous record of accomplishment. He’s also running an impressive campaign. Anthony has assembled a solid campaign team that understands what it will take to win this extremely competitive race. We need more leaders like Anthony Woods in the U.S. Congress, so we are proud to endorse him. His will be an authentic voice not only for the people of California’s 10th Congressional District, but for the millions of Americans who are denied equal treatment because of their sexual orientation.”
His is a voice that may just be heard above the din of those who choose to deny the LGBT community equal rights and protections under the law.