San Mateo County Establishes State's First LGBTQ Commision

Officials said they hope the newly formed commission will serve as a model for counties and cities in California.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
By Bay City News Service:    

California's first commission designed to serve the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities will be established in San Mateo County following unanimous approval of a resolution by the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Supervisor David Pine sponsored the resolution to establish the LGBTQ commission after members of the LGBTQ community requested a formal body within the county to inform future policy decisions and further the cause of inclusiveness, according to Pine.

State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who chairs the Legislature's LGBT Caucus, praised the creation of the LGBTQ Commission in the county where he once served as supervisor.

 "I applaud the bold action taken by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors ... in creating the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission. This first of its kind commission for the State of California will provide an invaluable perspective to the board, and reflects our community's commitment to tolerance and diversity," Gordon said in a statement.

According to Board of Supervisors spokesman David Burruto, the commission will have nine voting members who will serve three-year terms.

The commission will meet six times a year and will provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

Pine said in a statement that he hopes the newly formed commission will serve as a model for counties and cities in California.

carole mason June 06, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Force Ten June 06, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Totally agree Carole. The LGBTQ community have turned into "thugs" really. Like when they demanded a float in the Saint Paddy's Day parade…and when they were denied they succesfully pressured beer companies to pull out. Imagine that…the LGBTQ community demanding to be in a parade that celebrates a Christian Saint that was against homosexuality. Lets hope the same thing doesn't happen to our Hometown Days parade…the last thing I want my kids to see is a LGBTQ float complete with ass-less chaps and men and women tonguing each other. It's a complete BS organization.
Joe Witherspoon June 06, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Excellent news! Totally don't agree with the hate-fueled comment above. San Mateo has very few resources so far for the LGBTQ residents here and the demographic is clearly different than in highly urban areas. Given our location and the hub of technology innovation, creativity and cosmopolitan nature of our community, this is great.
Force Ten June 06, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Hate fueled? I was just stating facts. The whole "strive to be treated equal" creo is so backwards. So this commitee was formed "to inform future policy decisions and further the cause of inclusiveness"? The more "special" committee's they need the more they separate themselves from everyone else.
MadMonkey June 06, 2014 at 07:34 PM
I am 100% for LGBT rights, some of my close friends are gay and lesbian. That said, it is one thing to be treated equally and another to be given special consideration and rights making it more difficult for others. We have seen this in the form of affirmative action and know it does not work. It is about equality for ALL. Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, and not been given equal opportunity due to affirmative action, I know the tide works both ways. I was denied a couple times because they were not accepting any white males into the academy. That is just as wrong and not accepting someone because they are LGBT or black or any other reason beyond their skills. So let us not forget history and how that does not work. LGBT community will gain greater acceptance by not excluding others as they have been excluded themselves.


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