State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is heading to the White House on Wednesday to be honored as one of 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender officials to be named a Harvey Milk Champion of Change.
Lara’s selection comes a month after the California Senate approved his measure stripping an exemption from state taxes for groups including the Boy Scouts of America that do not allow gays as members.
The White House also named Redondo Beach Mayor Michael A. Gin and California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird as recipients of the honor.
“The fact that three Californians are being honored is telling of the essential role that California plays in advancing equality,” Lara said.