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California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani comes out

STOCKTON, Calif. - Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani is gay, she said Tuesday during an interview at The Record.

Galgiani, D-Livingston, said that by coming out now, she hopes to send a positive message to young people who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity.

"It sickens me that young people would think about taking their lives because of who they are," Galgiani said.

Galgiani, 47, said it was not until well into adulthood, after she was elected to represent the 17th Assembly District in 2006, that she knew she was gay.

Galgiani is listed as one of 10 Assembly co-authors of SB48, a bill passed by the Legislature this year and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to ensure social studies courses in schools include instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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