Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Milk Club elects new executive officers

As expected the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club has elected its first set of co-presidents to head the progressive queer political group as well as its first transgender female president.

The club voted last night (Tuesday, January 26) to install David Waggoner (pictured at left) and Denise D’Anne as co-leaders of the group. Late last year the 34-year-old club changed its bylaws to allow for the election of male and female co-presidents. [See this week’s online Political Notes column for more about the two co-presidents.]

In the only contested election for a spot on the club’s board, Douglas Welch beat out Larry Cohen for the vice president of internal affairs position.

In a statement following the election results, the two expressed optimism about their ability to work together in leading the club.

“It’s an exciting mix of youthful energy and deep community wisdom that will serve the club exceptionally well in this critical year,” said D’Anne, a veteran queer political activist.

“I’m honored to serve,” added Waggoner. “The Milk Club is of such huge significance to the LGBT community and the issues we champion, and 2010 promises to be one of the most exciting and important years ever in the club’s storied history.”

Current Milk Club president Rafael Mandelman stepped down after two years in the post in order to focus on his bid for supervisor in District 8 where Bevan Dufty is termed out of office this year.

“I’m so excited to leave The Milk Club in such capable hands,” stated Mandelman. “It has been humbling to serve as President of Milk – I will be forever grateful for the opportunity given me by this amazing, diverse community of passionate activists.”

Others elected to the board Tuesday night included Vice President of Political Affairs Linnette Peralta Haynes; Vice President of External Affairs Barbara Lopez; Treasurer Michael Lee; Recorder Jenette Lanning; and Correspondent Scott Trammell Moore.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 27, 2010 @ 5:00 pm PST
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