Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

LGBT leaders host SF fundraiser for gay CA Assembly Speaker John A. Perez

A veritable who’s who of LGBT leaders from San Francisco and the Bay Area are hosting a fundraiser next week for Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), the first out person to hold a top leadership post in the state Legislature.

Perez (pictured at right) was vindicated this week for remarks he made during his first press conference with LGBT media after being sworn in to what is considered to be the second most powerful position in Sacramento. During the phone call March 2 Perez declared that efforts to repeal Proposition 8 in 2010 had failed, more than a month before the deadline to qualify the measure this year.

The grassroots groups behind the effort to rescind the constitutional ban against same-sex marriage that voters passed in 2008 denounced Perez’s comments. But this week they admitted what Perez and other LGBT leaders had been predicting for months, that the signatures were not there to place a Prop 8 repeal measure on the fall ballot.

Next Tuesday, April 20 the former University of California at Berkeley student will be feted in San Francisco, where he once worked when he served as the political director of the California Labor Federation in 2000. Tickets to the event cost $100.

It is being organized by the Political Action Committee of Equality California, the statewide LGBT lobbying group. Among the LGBT hosts of the event are state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco); Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco); San Francisco City Treasurer José Cisneros; former Ambassador James C. Hormel and his partner Michael Nguyen, a San Francisco library commissioner; Vallejo City Councilman Michael Wilson, who is running for a North Bay Assembly seat; and Rebecca Prozan, who is seeking a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Straight allies state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), who hosted a local fundraiser for Perez’ first Assembly race in 2008, are also co-hosts for the event next week.

The reception takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, One Embarcadero, 30th Floor, in downtown San Francisco.

To RSVP and pay by check or for questions, contact Owen Stephens at or call 415-581-0005 x317.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 15, 2010 @ 3:41 pm PST
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