Rep. Cisneros Celebrates LGBTQ Pride and Breaks Ground on New Temple

June 26, 2019
Press Release

FULLERTON, CA – This past weekend, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) attended a recognition ceremony hosted by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Santa Ana and broke ground on a Buddhist temple expansion at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chino Hills with Consul General Mungkorn Pratoomkaew of Thailand.

Rep. Cisneros (center) with (from left to right) Michael Sean Wright of HRC, Isabella Rubio, Priya Shah, Stephanie Wade, and the Bernstein family from the Blaze it Forward Movement

“I was proud to join HRC in celebrating Orange County LGBTQ Pride this weekend. As we celebrate the passage of the Equality Act and the advancements of inclusion and equality, let us also find time to celebrate the unique journeys of our LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Cisneros. “No person should ever be denied equality because of who they are and who they love, and we must continue to push for equal rights and inclusion, especially for our transgender servicemembers. It was an honor to recognize the Bernstein family of the Blaze It Forward movement, Priya Shah, Isabella Rubio, and Stephanie Wade for their dedication and hard work in supporting our LGBTQ community.”

“The Human Rights Campaign of Orange County was honored to host Congressman Gil Cisneros in recognizing LGBTQ+ community advocates. His service to the community includes working with our LGBTQ+ members to ensure an inclusive and more informed Southern California for all,” said Michael Sean Wright, HRC representative.

“Gideon and I started the #BlazeItForward Facebook group and movement to inspire people to kindness and community service to combat hate, especially among young people and in our schools. We are proud and know Blaze would be proud of our work in creating a legacy of hope and the Congressman who showcased our work today,” said Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, mother & founder of Blaze It Forward.

“It was very special to be recognized for my work because we all want to recognize Congressman Cisneros for his work: championing the Equality Act, fighting the trans troop ban and standing with trans women of color like me,” said Isabella Rubio, civil rights activist and Placentia resident.

"It was wonderful to be honored on Saturday but what gives all of us far more pleasure is knowing that we finally have representation that cares about and is fighting for the local LGBTQ community. Thank you, Congressman Cisneros, for caring about and fighting for us, especially the transgender and gender non-conforming kids here in our own OC schools. They need our love, they need our respect and they need your leadership,” said Dr. Priya Shah, PhD, LGBTQ activist, and Yorba Linda resident.

“As a Marine, it was inspiring to watch my former battalion commander, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, successfully begin the integration of openly transgender servicemembers. And I was never prouder to be a congressional staffer than today when Chairman Takano and Congressman Cisneros recognized me for my small part in supporting troops and vets like myself. Transgender Americans have the right to serve and the country is with us,” said Stephanie Wade, Trans Woman, Former Captain, US Marine Corps and Field Representative & Veterans Liaison to Rep. Cisneros.

Rep. Cisneros with members of the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple in Chino Hills.

“This weekend I was welcomed at the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple in Chino Hills to celebrate the ground breaking of their newest expansion,” said Rep. Cisneros. “It was a pleasure to join our community and Consul General Mungkorn Pratoomkaew of Thailand to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and diverse history in the 39th District.”

Rep. Cisneros is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.