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Torie Osborn Gets a Little Help From Her LGBT Friends

Running for the new 50th District Assembly seat, Osborn taps LGBT legends.

A small group of gay and lesbian activists gathered Saturday night in Studio City to support in her run for the California Assembly’s new . For Osborn, it was a particular treat, because many in the group were activists and civic leaders whom she considered mentors and legends.

Seated near the piano was Sheila Kuehl, the first out lesbian to be elected to statewide office in California in 1994. Sitting in front of her was the Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who became the most prominent clergy member to come out of the closet, in 1977. On the sofa was feminist-artist-activist , and next to her, nun-turned-author-activist

Doctors, attorneys, venture capitalists and civic leaders were among the few dozen attendees at a home in the Donas neighborhood owned by Studio City resident Terry DeCrescenzo, founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS). The room held authors of more than 100 books. 

“This is particularly exciting because I’ve known and respected so many of you for such a long time,” Osborn said. “I am honored and humbled by this group.”

Although she had already kicked off her campaign for the office—and has already raised a substantial $407,000—this was the first time that she specifically focused on her allies in the LGBT community, whom she’d known since her early activism.

Journalist Mark Thompson recalled how as cultural editor of The Advocate magazine in 1979 he fought to have Osborn write reviews of the lesbian music scene. She worked with singer Holly Near and became an activist and feminist.

Bottini said, “I have seen her grow up as an activist and told her that her next step is to run for office. This is someone you can trust.”

Osborn responded, “I never wanted to run for office, but I have just become so angry about what is going on in our state and in our country.” She likened her call to activism to the era of the early years of the AIDS epidemic when someone had to step up and do something.

Cordova, who worked with Osborn at the Lesbian Tide in the mid-1970s, said, “What matters is your ethics and integrity, and you certainly have both.”

Studio City is not in the new 50th District, but it does include the nearby communities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, the Westside, Agoura Hills, Topanga and Malibu. She said that the district is perhaps the least diverse one in the new remapping.

“This is also one of two districts in the state that were drawn up that is thought to be an LGBT district, and no one who is LGBT has ever represented West Hollywood in the state Assembly,” she said. The new district is 53 percent Democrat and 19 percent Republican, and 73 percent Caucasian.

Osborn talked about creating a strong economic base for California again, and ticked off her concerns about developing a strong public education system, strong environmental programs and universal health insurance.

In the primary, Osborn's opponents are and

Boyd said, “We need more growing up ... and Torie Osborn will represent something different and new.”

Mary McGrath November 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM
This is so exciting! Good luck-
Tami Miller November 21, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Finally a politician I can get behind! Take a look at her platform.... it makes cents!
Miki Henderson November 21, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Most of my freinds live in her district in SM and BH and I will spread the word...she speaks my speak...better edumacation and better health care. Stop these do-nothing Tea Parties who want to destroy everything because they are so rigid. There has been no economic recovery in history without spending by the government. Shame on you Republicans who are in the back pocket of Grover Norquiest. My stocks went way down because of you!!!!
The Man The Myth A Legend in his own Mind February 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The Beverly Hills City is now part of the newly formed 50th Assembly District. Torie Osborn, Betsy Butler, and Richard Bioom are the candidates that are in the race. “TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” The facts speak for themselves. Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
The Richard Bloom facts speak for themselves. Bloom had one hundred Santa Monica Police Officers to become his Political tool to remove a wheelchair bound Handicap. I am a Handicap man uses life support equipment. I am a Handicap man only wanted to use his sign as part of his two minute audio/visual presentation of City Council Agenda 14. I am a Handicap man that founded the Santa Monica Disabilities Commission on May 1, 1998 to try and yet failed to stop the Mayor and City Council from spending a million dollars to modify City Hall to deny the Handicap from being able to speak at any future City Council meetings. I am a Handicap man that presentation sign read SantaMonica4HumanRights@gmail.com The sign was to protest the fact that Bloom changed the City Council rules so that Handicap people that used life support equipment and thus had special needs wouldn't be denied to be seen or heard providing their two minute public input presentations at the start of the City Council meeting on agenda items that might be heard at the end of the meeting.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Mayor Richard Bloom 9/29/2010 Jim Crow like Law only targets people with special needs. My Federal Criminal Complaint is now being investigated by the U.S Justice Department. My Doctors gave written prescriptions to Mayor Bloom to provide Disability Accommodation as a patients that use life support equpment so that I would be able to speak at the start of the City Council meetings Bloom instead pulled a hateful Lester Mannix on me by useing 100 Police Officers to remove me by force and thus violated his oath of Office concerning the A.D.A Act Federal Law. Bloom changed the City Council rules on 9/29/2010 to only allow people with special needs to write down their audio and visual two minute presentations and submit it to the City Clerk so that they would thus become separate and unequal and not be seen or heard giving a two minute presentation at City Council meetings at the start of the meeting. Keep in mind that Bloom only allows several of his able body friends the right to speak early and to also use presentation signs as seen in several recent City Council meetings.
Pro Se February 02, 2012 at 04:12 AM
“TORIE OSBORN WILL BE ANOINTED" Bloom might have become a contender. When he made a deal with the devil joining with the developers, he became every woman’s man and every man’s woman and all of his credibility is gone. He is delusional though in thinking the rank and file of Santa Monicans love him. There is a certain reminder of Muammar Gaddafi here, and he sure did receive the full measure of his people’s love. Legislatively, Bloom will deserve the same judgment. This will be a prelude to Bloom’s‘Last Hurrah.’ The political graveyard is filled with hypocrites.” Santa Monica Mayor Bloom was compelled to moved out of West Hollywood. Bloom got no love from West Hollywood or any other Democratic Club for the simple reason of his known record.He was appointed as Mayor of Santa Monica by other Council Members like him that used his voting position to reward developers that donated thousands of dollars towards his election. If they quack like a Duck then they are a Duck. That being said, Bloom is quacking as loudly as he can.

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