LGBT Caucus Announces Endorsement of Kirk Caldwell
The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i (DPH), the Aloha State’s oldest and largest LGBTQ political organization, announces their endorsement for Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s re-election campaign.
“The LGBT Caucus is proud and honored to announce our endorsement for Kirk Caldwell and his candidacy for re-election as mayor of the City & County of Honolulu,” said Michael Golojuch, Jr., chair of the LGBT Caucus of the DPH. “Hawaii’s LGBTQ community could not ask for a better ally than we have in Kirk Caldwell. Mayor Caldwell has shown a commitment for justice and equality for Hawaii’s LGBTQ community, not just in word but also in his actions. To ensure that all the progress the LGBTQ community has made in recent years are protected and honored we need Kirk Caldwell as Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.”
The decision was made after the LGBT Caucus of the DPH met with Mayor Caldwell on Saturday, September 17, at the ILWU Headquarters in Honolulu.
Kirk has a strong record of support for the LGBTQ community of Hawai‘i:
- First major mayoral candidate to walk in the Honolulu Pride Parade (2012)
- First mayor from the state of Hawai‘i to sign on to Mayors for the Freedom to Marry (2013)
- Named Ally Grand Marshal of the 2014 Honolulu Pride Parade and was the first sitting mayor to walk in any Pride Parade in the state of Hawai‘i
- Speaker at the rally supporting US v. Windsor (2013)
- Lit up Honolulu Hale in rainbow colors to celebrate Marriage Equality becoming law in 2015
- Issued the government travel ban for City & County of Honolulu employees to North Carolina and Mississippi when both states passed laws to discriminate against the LGBTQ community earlier this year
- Founding member of Mayors Against Discrimination this year
- Lit up Honolulu Hale in rainbow colors to honor the victims, survivors and families impacted in the Orlando hate crime at the Pulse Nightclub – and was the only elected official in Hawai‘i to do so