Gay Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) will be in the Bay Area this weekend for a number of events.
In November Takano became the first openly LGBT person elected to Congress from California. The Japanese American is also the first LGBT person of color to serve on Capitol Hill.
Takano is scheduled to be an invited guest Sunday, February 17 at the Day of Remembrance (DOR) being held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francsico’s Japantown. The annual event is held on or near February 19 to commemorate when, in 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending 120,000 people of Japanese descent, including Takano’s grandparents and both parents, to internment camps during World War II.
The event is free and open to the pubic.
Later that day San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is hosting a reception for Takano. The meet and greet will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lady Shaw Senior Center, 1483 Mason Street.
Takano will then be back in town Friday, February 22, for a fundraiser for his campaign coffers followed by a private dinner with local donors. The events are being coordinated by local gay politico Bob Michitarian, who hosted a similar fundraiser for Takano last fall.
The wine and cheese reception will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michitarian’s Noe Valley home. Tickets start at $100 a person and can be bought online.
For additional information, contact (951) 289-0250 or email Charlie@marktakano.com.