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LGBTQ Accomplishments


Co-founded the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC), the first lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered political action group in the four-county region in 1984

Elected to the San Jose Community College District becoming the county’s first out elected official (1992), later becoming the first out San Jose City Councilmember (2000), the first out member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (2007), and the first out Board of Supervisors President (2010)

Created an Office of LGBTQ Affairs to meet the unique needs of the LGBTQ community and ensure the smart and efficient use of resources, only the third of its kind in the nation 

Helped secure nearly $2 million in funding from the City of San Jose to remodel the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center and operate its senior lunch program

Voted to appoint Molly O’Neal as the first openly LGBTQ person to head the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office

Authored a resolution condemning the Russian Federation for its discriminatory policies against LGBTQ people, urging the United States Government and the International Olympic Committee to take measures to protect LGBTQ participants and spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

Appointed as a founding chair of the Santa Clara County’s AIDS Prevention Task Force in 1986

Raised the Rainbow Flag for the first time over San Jose City Hall in 2001 and over the Santa Clara County Government Center in 2007, where it now flies daily


Authored an amendment to the City’s harassment policy to include protections for gender identity in addition to existing protections for race, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, and religion 

Appointed the first transgender woman to the County’s Commission on the Status of Women

Added gender identity discrimination as a matter affecting human rights and covered under the functions, powers and duties of the Human Rights Commission

Raised the Transgender Pride Flag over the County Government Center for Transgender Awareness Day in 2015, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.


Launched a first-of-its-kind health assessment to determine the unique needs of the LGBTQ community in Santa Clara County which led to the creation of a 19-point action plan addressing gaps in services across the Health and Hospital System

Advocated for expanded STD testing at County clinics and increased public awareness campaigns promoting sexual health

Secured funding to expand HIV/AIDS programs, including a pilot program for at-home HIV testing, contracts with nonprofit agencies to serve unmet needs such as dental, housing, and legal services, and intensive case management services for homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS

Worked with Santa Clara County staff to implement a project providing greater dignity and fairness for LGBTQ youth in our juvenile justice system and secured funding for specialized outreach and counseling services to LGBTQ youth who are homeless and disconnected from their families 

Authored a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors resolution urging Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to repeal its lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

Proposed the creation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Intimate Partner Violence that includes an LGBTQ expert to evaluate the County’s prevention and treatment programs

Launched a Getting to Zero program in Santa Clara County with the goal of reaching zero new HIV infections, zero HIV related deaths, and zero stigma


Proposed that the City of San Jose provide recognition for all valid marriage licenses of city employees who are in same-gender relationships, resulting in full and equal benefits to all married couples or registered domestic partners, regardless of sexual orientation, for employees and retirees 

Advocated successfully for a policy to waive fees charged by the City of San Jose on property transfers for same-gender couples, just as it does for opposite-gender couples

Opened the doors of the County’s wedding chapel to same-gender couples to use as a site for their commitment ceremonies by amending the fee schedule of the Clerk Recorder’s Office to include a stand-alone fee for use of the County’s wedding chapel

Became a registered Deputy Commissioner of Marriage for the County and officiated over the first gay and lesbian weddings in the County, performing over 100 same gender wedding ceremonies since 2008

Officiated the County’s first same sex weddings when the California Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in 2008 then again in 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Prop 8.​
Last updated: 10/4/2017 11:05 AM