On Tuesday, September 9th the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a recommendation to appoint 11 residents to the first California city or county commission dedicated to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. 

The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at the Board Chambers, San Mateo County Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

On June 3, 2014 the board adopted a resolution establishing the San Mateo County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Commission. Following a five week application period, fifty San Mateo County residents applied for nine available seats.

Following extensive interviews, the interview panel, consisting of Supervisors Dave Pine and Carole Groom and Kerry Lobel, the Executive Director of Puente de la Costa Sur, recommended in a report to the Board that the commission be expanded to 11 members due to the depth and quality of applicants.

The panel is recommending the following candidates for appointment to the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission:

Dr. Jei Africa, San Mateo
Richard Faust, Pacifica
Jason Galisatus, Redwood City
Gabe Garcia, Portola Valley
Stan Kiino, San Mateo
Kate MacKay, South San Francisco
Alex Neumann, Atherton (Youth Representative)
Glenda Savage, East Palo Alto
Lynn Schuette, Pacifica
Stevie Stallmeyer, Menlo Park
Jennifer Walter, Half Moon Bay
 

“With so many outstanding candidates for the new LGBTQ Commission, it was very difficult to select the 11 proposed members,” said Dave Pine, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and author of the resolution establishing the Commission. “We are excited to recommend such a talented and diverse group of individuals who will be charged with launching the commission and defining its short and long term goals.”

The LGBTQ Commission was established to promote programs and policies that foster the well-being and civic participation of LGBTQ individuals in San Mateo County. Potential areas of focus include:

•     Bringing greater recognition and visibility to the LGBTQ community in San Mateo County by supporting such events as the County’s Pride celebration.

•     Reducing harassment and bullying of LGBTQ youth in local middle schools and high schools.

•     Developing policy recommendations to improve outcomes for underserved and at-risk segments of the LGBTQ population, including youth, communities of color, non-English speakers, seniors, and immigrants.

•     Promoting transgender inclusion among private and public entities in San Mateo County including access to health care and to gendered spaces such as bathrooms and shelters.

•     Recommending initiatives to support LGBTQ families with children.

•     Taking positions pertaining to federal, state and local policies, programs, and procedures, and any legislation affecting LGBTQ individuals.