California’s First Openly LGBT Representative to Give Keynote Speech During Annual Fundraiser of Nation’s First LGBT Democratic Club

San Francisco — On June 30, 2013, Congressman Mark Takano is headlining the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s annual PRIDE breakfast and fundraiser. The event, which consistently draws 400 people, is attended by nearly every San Francisco elected official and marks the largest political affair of PRIDE weekend.


Takano, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, represents California’s 41st Congressional District, which includes the city of Riverside and surrounding cities in western Riverside County. Takano, a teacher by trade, has served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990 and narrowly lost a 1992 bid for Congress in California’s then 43rd District.


“As the first openly LGBT person elected to Congress from California, the Alice Club recognizes the historical significance of Takano’s victory,” said Co-Chair Martha Knutzen. “The election of an LGBT person to federal office outside of one of our traditionally LGBT-friendly metro regions speaks to the monumental shift in attitudes in support of our community. The Alice Club is thrilled to have Congressman Takano speak at our annual Pride Breakfast.”


The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and takes places at Yank Sing–Rincon Center, 101 Spear Street in San Francisco. For more information about the event or how to sponsor the breakfast, please visit


The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club was founded in 1971, making it the first registered LGBT Democratic Club in the nation. Forming only two years after the Stonewall riots in the infancy of the LGBT civil rights movement, Alice has grown to become a vibrant organization, making a profound impact on San Francisco through the advocacy of issues important to the LGBT community.


For media inquiries, please contact Co-Chairs Martha Knutzen and Ron Flynn at


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