Todd Gloria at White House
Todd Gloria at the White House on Wednesday. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria was in Washington on Wednesday to join President Biden, members of Congress and local elected leaders in a special LGBTQ Pride Month celebration at the White House.

Gloria, who is head of the LGBTQ Alliance in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, was invited to the White House event by the President and First Lady.  

Biden has criticized anti-LGBTQ laws introduced in state legislatures over the past year and signed an executive order on Wednesday aimed at curbing discrimination against transgender youth.

“We have a lot more work to do — a lot more work to do,” Biden said before signing the executive order.

While at the White House, Gloria participated in a roundtable discussion with senior administration officials and other mayors from across the country focused on issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Gloria is the first LGBTQ person to be elected Mayor of San Diego.  

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.