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LGBT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LGBTAC)

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 LGBTAC group website

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee (LGBTAC), established in 1975, provides assistance and advice to the Commission regarding discrimination against the LGBT communities, advocates for the civil rights of persons with AIDS/HIV, and educates the LGBT communities about a diverse range of issues that impact their communities.

 

 

 

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MEETINGS SCHEDULE, AGENDAS & MINUTES

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The LGBTAC meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the main conference room of the HRC. Please choose the year from which you would like to review meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.

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COMMISSION MEMBERS

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STAFF MEMBERS 

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Division Staff

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David Miree David.Miree@sfgov.org (415) 252-2502

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COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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Diane Alcala

Diane Alcala

Diane Alcalá is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. With family background of community service and activism a focal point of her clinical work is equity and justice in housing employment and education.  She has worked with diverse populations in various community based agencies.  Currently she is with the National Health Service Core providing psychotherapy services to under served communities.  She has a small private practice with a focus on children, youth and families.  With other Queer family members residing in the city of San Francisco.  Diane is fully committed to serving the LGBTQ community.  She resides in the Richmond District of San Francisco with her partner of 7 years, Victoria.

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 Heather Rose

Heather Akers-Healy

Heather is a volunteer with Out4Immigration, an organization that advocates on issues relating to same-sex binational couples. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her partner.

 

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 Jackson Bowman

Jackson Bowman

Through his work with the L.I.F.E. Program at The Shanti Project, and previously through UCSF and Larkin Street Youth Services, Jackson has had the opportunity to impact the health and wellbeing of HIV positive people and those that are at high risk for HIV. Jackson is committed to the equality, health and empowerment of his community, especially those that face poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. He is excited to be part of the LGBT Advisory Committee and proud to add his contribution to this work.  

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 Derek Brocklehurst

Derek Brocklehurst

My name is Derek Brocklehurst. I'm 29 years old, born and raised in the Bay Area. I graduated from the University of California Berkeley with my B.A. in Biology in 2006. Shortly after that, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Nursing in 2008. I'm an infectious disease registered nurse working at Quest Clinical Research on Hepatitis C and HIV clinical trials. My hobbies include gardening, playing the trombone, mountain biking, snow skiing, camping, and practicing zen buddhism.

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 MonicaD

Monica Davis

Monica is currently serving as the Advocacy Director for Trikone (the world's oldest South Asian LGBTQ organization) and loves it. She also works full-time at her old law school, Santa Clara Law, where she manages the international program offerings. Additionally, at Santa Clara University, she co-leads the LGBTQ Staff + Faculty Group. Monica engages with other staff and faculty members to provide safe space trainings, assists with the development of LGBTQ curriculum, and facilitates educational opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies. She also collaborates with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. After she finishes up her evening MBA program in March, she is looking forward to spending more time hiking and traveling with her partner, Colleen.

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 Stephen Downey

Stephen Downey

Stephen is a mixed race Chinese American Christian and has resided in the Bay Area since 2006. He currently works at OneJustice, a statewide legal nonprofit that helps to remove barriers to justice for low-income Californians. Before joining OneJustice, he worked at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center where he coordinated statewide trainings for HIV service providers and helped fight HIV-related stigma in the A&PI community. Stephen graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Urban Studies and is originally from Sacramento County. In his free time, he came usually be found playing board games.

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 Scott Miagro-Fotre

Scott S. Milagro-Fotre

Scott is a user insights strategist at YouTube, studying user behavior in order to provide innovative solutions for product improvement. In his spare time he is the Bay Area leader of the Gayglers, Google's LGBT employee resource group. With the Gayglers, Scott has worked on strengthening the LGBT community within the company, organizing events and speakers, and facilitating corporate collaboration with local and national non-profits (Larkin Street Youth Services, the Trevor Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Human Rights Campaign). Scott received a Masters of Public Health from Emory University. After graduation he worked on HIV policy research for the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. While at CAPS, Scott's major projects were based in Namibia (HIV counseling and testing on military bases) and Uganda (Implementing HIV counseling and testing amongst TB patients). Scott also volunteered as an HIV test counselor at Magnet in the Castro. Scott is passionate about cyberbullying prevention, workforce equality, and community organizing. He is originally from Springfield, Illinois. 

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 JFrislid

Joseph Frislid

Joseph Frislid is an Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the San Francisco District Attorney. In 2006, he received his B.A. from UCLA, after studying English and Psychology. In 2011, he graduated with a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Joseph has committed himself to serving his community. He lives in San Francisco.

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Tracy Garza

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 Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs is a third year student at UC Hastings College of the Law. Prior to law school, he worked for Larkin Street Youth Services--a non-profit that houses homeless youth in San Francisco. He also worked as a school based mental health care worker for Patapsco Elementary and St. Katherine School in Baltimore City and as a drug and alcohol counselor for the Baltimore County Department of Health. Since coming to law school he has interned with the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Legal Services for Children, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He is currently trying to start a free legal clinic for sex workers focused on fair housing.

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 Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim 

Michelle is a young professional in the exciting world of technology startups. She works as a Strategic Account Manager at Moovweb, a software company offering close-based platform for mobile site development. Prior to joining Moovweb, she was a consultant at Deloitte where she served as the Regional Programming Lead for the company's LGBT Business Resource Group. She is a proud Cal alumni, where she co-founded Queer Straight Alliance and co-chaired the UC system-wide LGBTQ Steering Committee. She is passionate about queer youth empowerment and activism, and organizing around issues impacting queer youth of color from low income communities. Since her teenage years, she has worked with various queer youth services organizations and was invited to speak at the Amnesty International General Assembly in 2011 about the importance of queer youth activism.

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 Alex Lazar

Alex Lazar

A lifelong Bay Area resident, Alex Lazar is a strong proponent of asset based community development. Alex is an alumni of San Francisco State University and the AmeriCorps program "Public Allies." As a Constituent Services Representative his job is to assist residents of San Francisco navigate problems they are having with Federal Agencies. This year as a member of the LGBT AC, Alex is motivated to identify resources in the community which can help us achieve our common goals. 

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 Frank Lester

Frank Lester

Frank Lester is proud to call San Francisco his home since 1986. He graduated from City College of San Francisco, and received his BA and MSW from San Francisco State University. San Francisco has a sizable Deaf LGBT community. Frank is proud to be a part of it, as a member and an activist. He was one of the earliest Deaf HIV/AIDS Educator from the late 1980's. Today, he continues to be an educator. He as a Peace Corps volunteer served for three years (2006-2009) in the capacity of HIV/AIDS educator in the Deaf community in Africa. Today, he is a high school teacher at California School for the Deaf in Fremont. 

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Amos Lim

Amos Lim

Amos Lim immigrated from Singapore to the United States in 1999 to be with his husband, Mickey. But this move was not simple. Amos and Mickey encountered first hand the discrimination faced by same-sex binational couples under current US immigration law, that was compounded by DOMA. The struggle to stay in America, and have his marriage recognized, led Amos to activism, first co-founding Out4Immigration http://www.out4immigration.org, and then becoming a proponent of marriage equality. As the Community Outreach Director for the all-volunteer grassroots group, Out4Immigration, Amos has worked both locally and nationally to raise the profile of same-sex binational couples, leading workshops, speaking to the media and teaching other couples to advocate for change to U.S. immigration law and meet with their Congressional representatives to ask for support of the Uniting American Families Act and Reuniting Families Act. Amos was an early supporter of full federal marriage rights, and forged strong alliances for same-sex binational couples with Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL. Amos has been instrumental in raising awareness about the unique struggles same-sex binational couples face and bringing that into the larger immigration dialog. In 2007, he organized San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Summit where LGBT immigration issues were discussed for the first time. He has also been part of the San Francisco City ID Card committee. Amos currently sits on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the City College of San Francisco's Bond Oversight Committee. Amos has an extensive professional background in the corporate sector, with experiences in project management, community organizing, business development and human resources. He currently lives in San Francisco with his husband Mickey and their adorable 5-year-old daughter. .

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 Mitch Mayne

Mitch Mayne

Mitch Mayne is an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint (Mormon). He currently serves as the executive secretary in the bishopric (ecclesiastical leadership) of the LDS Church in San Francisco. In addition to the formal duties of his calling, Mitch works to build bridges between the LGBT and Mormon communities, and speaks and writes publicly about his experiences as an openly gay Mormon. He works in corporate communication for a Fortune 100 firm. Mitch lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Bonnie Miluso

Bonnie Miluso

Bonnie Miluso has over seven years of experience as an attorney.  In her current role at Grotefeld, Hoffmann, Schleiter, Gordon & Ochoa, Bonnie is a litigation attorney focusing on plaintiff’s side products liability and insurance subrogation. Prior to that she was an associate practicing health care litigation. A lifelong gay rights activist and former Board Member of GAYLAW in Washington, D.C., Bonnie was awarded her BA from Northwestern University and received her JD from The George Washington University Law School. In her free time Bonnie enjoys captaining her lesbian pool team, playing ultimate frisbee and taking her SPCA certified dog, Boise Giuseppe, to the VA hospital and senior citizen homes. She lives in the Mission with her partner, Patrece, and their other two dogs, Rufus and Tuch.

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 Renata Moreira 2

Renata Moreira

Renata Moreira is the Policy and Communications Director of Our Family Coalition, a San Francisco based NGO working to promote the equality and well-being of LGBTQ families since 2002. Prior to joining OFC, Renata served on the Board of the LGBTQ Pride Center of Northern NJ and led public education campaigns on sexual assault/DV prevention, economic justice issues, marriage equality, and ENDA for over a decade. She also served as VP of Community Outreach for Hudson Diversity Action Council, a political action committee working to advance the issues of low income and immigrant families through voter mobilization, political engagement, and research-based advocacy campaigns. She offers pro-bono strategic consultant services to both public organizations and NGOs that are committed to advancing equity and inclusion for women and LGBTQ people here and abroad. Renata has taught sexuality and gender studies courses at NJ City University, Hunter College, and Montclair State University. She holds a cum laude Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Gender Studies from the City University of New York. Renata lives in San Francisco with her Fiancé Lori and their 60lb pitlabboxer, Mr. Petey. She was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil, and became a U.S. citizen in 2011.

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 Patrick Pablo 2

Patrick Pablo

Patrick Pablo works for the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), a nonprofit housing a variety of youth leadership development, employment, prevention, and educational programs within San Francisco. Since 2009, he has been a High School Educational Advisor for AACE Educational Talent Search under JCYC, a federal TRIO program that assists low-income, first generation students in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Patrick enjoys working with students of all diverse backgrounds and helping them realize their potential and opportunities available to them. During his undergraduate career at UC Berkeley, Patrick served as the Gender and Sexuality Awareness Coordinator for the Pilipino Academic Student Services, a student run recruitment and retention center from 2007-2008. He facilitated a safe space for queer and queer minded students of color providing the opportunity for discussion, access to LGBT resources, and community building for students to create stronger support networks within the university. In his spare time, Patrick loves trying new restaurants in the Bay Area, keeping physically active both outdoors and the in the gym, and traveling wherever he can find a great deal on Travelzoo.com.

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Fayaz_Rajani

Fayaz Rajani

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 MeganR

Pastor Megan Rohrer

Pastor Megan Rohrer is the first openly transgender pastor ordained in the Lutheran church and has served as the Executive Director of Welcome since June of 2002. With a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, Megan is rostered by both the Lutheran church (ELCA) and the Episcopal Diocese of California. Megan worked at Project Homeless Connect for two years to learn about how the city of San Francisco responds to homelessness. During that time, the garden for homeless individuals managed by Megan won the 2010 Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s Best Community Challenge Grant Project Award and Megan developed the vision and denture processes used by the Everyday Connect program. Megan won the Out History Since Stonewall Local History Competition, received an Honorary Doctorate for Community Service from Palo Alto University, was a finalist for the 2011 Lambda Literary award in transgender non-fiction, August 19, 2012 was named “Pastor Megan Rohrer Day” by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and in February, Megan will receive an honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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 LarryS

Larry Saxxon

Larry Saxxon is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force where he serves as a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator specializing in outreach to the ethnic, racial, transgender, linguistic minority populations. Larry has a 40 year track record of distinguished public service and civic engagement effectuating positive outcomes for vulnerable communities and communities of color. He served as a Social Worker and educator in the beginning years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and has worked extensively in immigrant rights advocacy. Larry also has a background working in philanthropy, nonprofit, and energy fields. He is a respected community leader known for his activism as an Advisory Member of the Reducing Disparities Project, serving on the Mayor’s African American Out-Migration Task Force, working with the African/Black and Afro Caribbean Outreach Advisory Group and presently advocating for the Senior Community. Saxxon holds a Masters in Business Systems and is a 3rd year doctoral student of Education at Fielding Graduate University. Larry is married to his life partner of 32 years and they are the proud LGBT to an 18 year old son whom they both legally adopted.

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 Mauro

Mauro Sifuentes

Mauro is a scholar-advocate and works as the Youth Program Manager at the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland, training youth as peer educators on issues of community and dating violence. He also serves as a Research/Education Advisor on the board of the Trans* Medical Legal Alliance, a new non-profit that focuses on the medical, legal, and advocacy needs of transgender communities of color in California and Texas. Returning to school in Fall 2014 at the University of San Francisco to pursue a doctorate in Education (with a focus on Human Rights Education), Mauro plans to develop a critical pedagogy of gender, race, sexuality, and immigration for California public schools. His past academic work has looked at the ways queer youth navigate Christian cultural dominance in his hometown of Fresno, CA and has also engaged issues of cultural assimilation/survival, feminisms, counter-memory, and postcolonial thought. During time spent away from work, writing pursuits – both scholarly and creative – fill his hours, and he has performed on the violin with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, having received a degree in Music from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. His largest personal victory to date is nursing Oscar, his cat, back to robust health after he swallowed a large piece of rubber back in 2010.

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 Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith is a native of Louisiana but came to San Francisco on a road trip a few years ago and after just a day in the city he quit his job back in Louisiana, signed a lease on an apartment, and made the Bay Area his adopted home. In 2012, he helped organize several actions as part of Occupy Oakland, Occupy SF, and Occupy Pride. Now, he is a student at San Francisco State University, debate coach at the City College of San Francisco, and remains a dedicated activist in the areas of anti-capitalism, HIV/AIDS advocacy, and police accountability.

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Mark Synder

Mark Synder

Mark is the Communications Manager for the Transgender Law Center. He has a passion for utilizing new media and succinct messaging to inspire people to create a world that treats transgender people and their families with dignity and respect. Mark grew up in a house made from an old barn on a mountain in rural Pennsylvania where he enjoyed the serenity of nature and his many rescued farm animals and pets. He currently lives in downtown San Francisco with his partner Wing and their Jack Russel Terrier, Willy. Mark identifies as gender, sexually, and politically queer. He also identifies as “Second Gen,” which for him signifies that he has a gay parent. Mark majored in Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston. He brings a wealth of experience working with organizations serving LGBTQ parents, people with LGBTQ parents, and LGBTQ youth. Mark is a dedicated activist for social and economic justice. In 2000 he founded one of the first online hubs for queer activists, QueerToday.com, which has garnered media attention worldwide for sparking creative LGBTQ rights demonstrations. Mark currently serves on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

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 Christopher Vasquez

Christopher Vasquez

Christopher Vasquez got his start in LGBT activism when he was just 16 years old when he went to the state capitol of Florida to lobby for a non-discrimination and anti-bullying act for state schools that would include sexual orientation and gender identity. His work on this issue and the news that it later garnered helped Christopher earn a spot of Teen People's 2002 list of the "Twenty Teens Who will Change the World" for his work in LGBT political activism. Since then Christopher has gone on the work on LGBT youth and political issues for over a decade, including here in San Francisco, where he is on the board of the Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (the old LGBT political club in the nation), as well as serving on the local steering committee for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the planning committee for the SF LGBT Center's annual soiree. Christopher first came to San Francisco when he was 17 and spent four days exploring the City solo when he decided he would one day call the SF home, in awe of its openness and open acceptance of its LGBT brothers and sisters. In addition to LGBT activism and politics, Christopher enjoys cycling, specifically for the AIDS LifeCycle fundraiser, as well as nightlife, exploring the City and random, useless trivia knowledge.

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Vaughn Villaverde 

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Emanuel Yekutiel

Emanuel Yekutiel is Los Angeles native and a Williams College graduate where we was Co-President of the Student Body and majored in political science. After graduating he worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement for the White House LGBT and Native American liaisons, traveled for 12 months on a Watson Fellowship studying the LGBT rights movements in England, India, Australia, China, and Brazil, and organized a portion of New Hampshire for President Obama’s re-election campaign. He currently lives in San Francisco and is the Special Assistant to the President of FWD.us, an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform.

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