In 2016, California passed AB1887 restricting government travel to North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas in response them passing laws discriminating against LGBTQ people. That list grew this week after a review of new laws were passed this year in Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas.
Many communities that supported a Trump presidential agenda are scrambling to roll back protections and force LGBTQ people back into the closet.
This back and forth from lawmakers in different states is symbolic of what is happening in our country around equality and how we treat each other.
When a government raises a flag that represents a particular minority community, it sends a message that you are welcome, accepted and protected by that government. This month White House failed to issue a proclamation for LGBTQ Pride month but chose to create one for birds.
It is an unfortunate reality that the treatment of minorities is often related to how our leaders publicly treat these groups. So when the fourth smallest city in our county decided to raise the rainbow flag for the first time this week, it was very timely and did not go unnoticed. That gesture will have an effect on the treatment of LGBTQ people in Santa Clara.
If we are to roll back the hate that has sprung up around the country, we must look around in our local communities and ensure that all are welcomed and embraced.
No matter where you live in the United States right now, if you are a vulnerable minority, it can feel like you are being attacked. If you live in Santa Clara, you may feel a little better driving down El Camino Real now that those bright colors are flying above city hall.
As Pride month comes to an end, take a moment appreciate all the work that has been done to get us to where we are today. Then think about what you will do to help us get to where we need to be.
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Happy Pride From the BAYMEC Board of Directors.
On Sunday, June 11 we hosted our first event of the year which immediately followed the Equality March for Unity and Pride San Jose. Built on its tone and mission, the mixer featured two excellent guest speakers from the County of Santa Clara, Supervisor Ken Yeager and Deputy County Executive David Campos who touched on how we are leading locally to be an equal and inclusive society for all.
As over 35 guest mingled in the patio of the SoFA market, we took a moment to introduce our many new board members and to chat and network with concerned and politically active residents. We also showcased a new piece of technology that can put you in direct con tact with your congressmembers easily from your smart phone. James Gonzales, our Board President, demonstrated how a simple text message to ResistBot will find and deliver, real traceable letters and faxes to your congressional offices.
We know that politics at the local level is going to be more important than ever given our current federal political climate and that’s why with this new and refreshed re-launch of BAYMEC, you can expect to see and hear a lot more from us throughout this year.
A great way to stay in touch and support our efforts is by becoming a member which you can do by clicking here.
We thank The Fountainhead Bar at SoFA Marketing for their hospitality.
As the White House fails to acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month, local governments are stepping up to the plate to ensure the inclusion of otherwise marginalized communities.
On Thursday, we were proud to watch as the City of Santa Clara, California raised the rainbow flag for the first time. The flag is a public symbol of acceptance, inclusion, visibility, and equality for the LGBTQ community of Santa Clara and its employees.
The week prior Santa Clara proclaimed June 2017 as LGBTQ Pride Month. Upon the suggestion of our co-founder and former board member Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, the Vice Mayor of Santa Clara, Dominic Caserta, agreed to raise the rainbow flag and fly it throughout the month of June.
We were glad to see so many community members, leaders, and Santa Clara Councilmembers attend this historic occasion.
For Immediate Release
June 21st, 2017
Contact: James Gonzales
City of Santa Clara to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time
Local Governments Take a Stand in Support of LGBTQ Inclusion for Pride Month
SANTA CLARA, CA – Santa Clara will join other Bay Area cities and counties to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month by flying the rainbow flag at their city hall. This will be the first time the City of Santa Clara has publicly recognized its LGBTQ community in this way. As the White House fails to acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month, local governments are stepping up to the plate to ensure the inclusion of otherwise marginalized communities.
Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) board members will attend this historic flag raising ceremony in the Mission City on Thursday to cheer on the city’s public show of support for LGBTQ Pride Month.
“Raising the rainbow flag in Santa Clara is significant to our community, particularly after the White House failed to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month as it has in the past, said BAYMEC President James Gonzales. “People in our community and other minority communities experience treatment emulated by our leaders and institutions. Santa Clara is publicly saying we recognize, accept and acknowledge you and your struggles will result in better treatment of LGBTQ people. The White House failing to do so will have the opposite effect.”
“I remember the first time I raised the rainbow flag in San Jose in 2001 and Santa Clara County in 2007. It still makes me proud every time I see another government building fly the flag as a symbol of support and inclusion for the LGBTQ community,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor and BAYMEC Co-Founder Ken Yeager.”
When: Thursday, June 22nd 10:00 AM
Where: Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave Santa Clara, CA 95050
What: LGBTQ Pride Flag Raising
Who: City and County Elected Officials, Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Center, Community Leaders, and Members, BAYMEC Board Members
BAYMEC board members will be made available at the event for interviews.
The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) is a bi-partisan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) political action group. It has been advocating for the civil rights of LGBT people since 1984.