The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco was the first registered Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Democratic Club in the nation. Forming only two years after the Stonewall riots in the infancy of the LGBT civil rights movement, Alice grew to become a vibrant organization that has made a profound impact on San Francisco, California and American politics.
Alice made its impact by training activists over the last four decades to become political professionals and by electing candidates that fight for the issues important to the LGBT community. The club has been instrumental in growing new leaders who would rise to the highest levels of government in the nation, such as Dianne Feinstein, an early friend of the club. Alice has been critical to the fight for LGBT leaders to win office, such as Mark Leno, the first gay man elected to the California State Senate. These leaders have helped make San Francisco the epicenter of the LGBT political movement, advancing causes such as equal benefits, domestic partnership, transgender health care, and marriage equality. Alice continues to be a major player in local, state and national politics and remains an inspiring and effective organization to this day.Join Us
The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is dedicated to advocating within the Democratic Party for human rights, social and economic justice, and equality for all persons, foremost the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. We strive to ensure that all persons are valued and represented, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mission is to improve the lives of all San Franciscans by identifying and electing candidates who fight for inclusivity, integrity, diversity, and fairness, and by placing the needs of people above politics. We believe in holding elected and appointed officials accountable for their actions and insisting that they maintain the highest ethical standards. Our endorsed candidates must work toward making local and statewide policies responsive to the needs of all, and to ensuring that LGBT and other traditionally marginalized communities are able to live safely, with dignity and equality, to the fullest extent possible. We work to empower the community by providing an open forum for debate and education, voter registration and mobilization, and encouraging participation in the political process.