BAYMEC Gala 2017-05-26T19:16:06+00:00

 Saturday, October 3

2015 Annual BAYMEC Gala Celebrates 31 years of Moving Equality Forward

Malisa with her mom, Michelle Honda-Phillips, dad Travis Phillips and brothers Zachary and Trey. Photo by Kate Snow / NBC News

Malisa with her mom, Michelle Honda-Phillips, dad Travis Phillips and brothers Zachary and Trey. Photo by Kate Snow / NBC News

Featuring Keynote Speaker Michelle Honda-Phillips

Michelle Honda-Phillips and her husband began a very public journey after her father, Congressman Mike Honda, tweeted his support for his granddaughter, Malisa, in hopes of her living safely as a transgender youth. Since then, his tweet has been retweeted 10,000 times, liked 18,000, and has been seen in countries all over the world.

Her family has been covered locally in the Mercury News, featured on the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show which had a Facebook reach of over 30 million views, 210K likes, and 185K shares. Most recently, Michelle was a panelist at the Association of LGBT Journalists’ National Convention and Media Summit speaking to journalists about the issues faced by parents of trans* youth.

NBC News: Congressman Mike Honda’s Transgender Granddaughter Makes Him Proud by Kate Snow

The Gala

Your commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights has supported BAYMEC over the last 31 years and allowed us to work with our partners in equality to create a world where all are treated equally. Please join us as we work toward a better future!

  • Come celebrate with us!
  • Meet and greet elected officials and candidates!
  • Partner with us for equality!

BAYMEC works to elect public officials who support the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Your generous donations and gala attendance allow us to continue our work with elected officials and candidates for office who are Moving Equality Forward.


6:00 – 7:15 Jazz and Cocktails
7:15 – 9:30 Dinner and Program


The Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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Pre-Sale After Sept. 22
Individual  $150.00 $175.00
BAYMEC Champion* $200.00 $200.00
Table of 10 $1,500.00 $1750.00
BAYMEC Champion | Table of 10* $2,000.00 $2,000.00


* BAYMEC Champions and Champion Tables receive prime seating and recognition during the dinner program for their additional commitment to equality.


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Sponsors receive premier table seating, recognition for their sponsorship level in the program, and during the dinner for their additional commitment to equality.

 Sponsorship Levels
Platinum Level $10,000.00
Gold Level $7,500.00
Silver Level $5,000.00
Bronze Level $2,500.00


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