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2017 Press Release | City of Santa Clara to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time

Press Release
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 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

By | 2018-03-13T06:30:27+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Press Releases|Comments Off on 2017 Press Release | City of Santa Clara to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time

Equality, Unity, and Pride Social Mixer

Equality, Unity, and Pride Social Mixer

Sunday, June 11, 2017
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Immediately following Equality March San José & Unity + Pride Rally

The Fountainhead Bar
SoFA Market
387 South 1st Street, San Jose

Facebook Event

Meet the new BAYMEC board members and learn about upcoming political events
Update on The Trump Administration’s Attempts to Defund Santa Clara County

Mix, Mingle, and Learn How To Make A Difference in Local Politics

Special Guest Speakers

Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager and Deputy County Executive David Campos

David Campos
David Campos

By | 2017-06-21T08:20:29+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Events|Comments Off on Equality, Unity, and Pride Social Mixer

Whitehouse.gov Email Announcement from Jim Obergefell

From the Whitehouse.gov Email Announcement

June 26, 2015

Jim Obergefell is one of the plaintiffs in the case decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court that held that, for the first time, any couple — straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — can obtain a marriage license and make their commitment public and legal in all 50 states.

We reached out to him to ask for his thoughts on this historic occasion, and this is the open letter he wanted us to share with you.

If you’re standing with couples like Jim and John, Pam and Nicole, Joe and Rob, and millions more around the country today — say so here.

My husband John died 20 months ago, so we’re unable to celebrate together the Supreme Court’s decision on the case that bears my name, Obergefell v. Hodges.

Today, for the first time, any couple — straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — may obtain a marriage license and make their commitments public and legal in all 50 states. America has taken one more step toward the promise of equality enshrined in our Constitution, and I’m humbled to be part of that.

John and I started our fight for a simple reason: We wanted the State of Ohio to recognize our lawful Maryland marriage on John’s impending death certificate. We wanted respect and dignity for our 20-year relationship, and as he lay dying of ALS, John had the right to know his last official record as a person would be accurate. We wanted to live up to the promises we made to love, honor, and protect each other as a committed and lawfully married couple.

Couples across America may now wed and have their marriage recognized and respected no matter what state they call home. No other person will learn at the most painful moment of married life, the death of a spouse, that their lawful marriage will be disregarded by the state. No married couple who moves will suddenly become two single persons because their new state ignores their lawful marriage.

Ethan and Andrew can marry in Cincinnati instead of being forced to travel to another state.

A girl named Ruby can have an accurate birth certificate listing her parents Kelly and Kelly.

Pam and Nicole never again have to fear for Grayden and Orion’s lives in a medical emergency because, in their panic, they forgot legal documents that prove both mothers have the right to approve care.

Cooper can grow into a man knowing Joe and Rob are his parents in all ways emotional and legal.

I can finally relax knowing that Ohio can never erase our marriage from John’s death certificate, and my husband can now truly rest in peace.

Marriage is about promises and commitments made legal and binding under the law, and those laws must apply equally to each and every American.

Today is a momentous day in our history. It’s a day when the Supreme Court of the United States lived up to the words inscribed above the front entrance of the courthouse:

Equal Justice Under Law.

Thank you,



By | 2017-06-21T07:45:30+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Civil Rights, Legal Action|Comments Off on Whitehouse.gov Email Announcement from Jim Obergefell