Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Ex-SF Pride ‘Queen’ supports Fiorina

A supporter of Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina with ties to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage is also known as an ex-Pride “Queen.”

Karyme Lozano, a Mexican soap opera star and musician, performed at the Latin stage at the 2008 San Francisco LGBT Pride celebration, and she appears to have been given royalty status as a promotional gimmick from one of the stage’s organizers.

In a news release for that year’s celebration, Granda Entertainment boasted Lozano, who has “great fans in the San Francisco” would be crowned “Queen of the San Francisco Pride 2008 Parade.”

Lozano, who couldn’t be reached for comment, was to appear at a Tuesday, July 27 event for the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles to announce details of a $1 million campaign in support of Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO.

The story appears to have been reported first by the Los Angeles Times.

Fiorina, who’s working to oust Senator Barbara Boxer (D-San Francisco) from her long-held seat, opposes marriage equality.

Lozano is on the board of advisors of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, according to the group’s website. The organization is a project of the American Principles Project.

American Principles’ founder is Robert P. George, who’s also the chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage. Maggie Gallagher, NOM’s president, is on the American Principles board.

The marriage organization was a big backer of Prop 8, which California voters passed in 2008, banning same-sex marriages in the state. The group is now working to defeat marriage equality across the country through its “Summer for Marriage Tour.” (The California-based Courage Campaign has been tracking that tour.)

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 30, 2010 @ 3:45 pm PST
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