Mark Takano
Learn more about openly gay congressman Mark Takano. The out politician from Riverside, California was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 41st congressional district in 2012. A graduate of Harvard University and a member of the Democratic Party, Mark Takano has served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990. Rep. Takano became the first non-white openly gay member of Congress, and serves as a proud member of the LGBT Equality Caucus with fellow LGBT representative Tammy Baldwin.
Editor’s Letter: Time for LGBT Voters to Mature
November 01 2013 3:00 AM ET

Editor’s Letter: Time for LGBT Voters to Mature

Matthew Breen

We, as LGBT voters and givers of campaign dollars, have to be especially discerning.

Rep. Mark Takano Wants to Marry You
June 28 2013 5:00 AM ET

Rep. Mark Takano Wants to Marry You

Michelle Garcia

The Advocate interviewed the gay California congressman just minutes after the Supreme Court issued its decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act and found him in a good mood.

Out Congresspeople, Republicans Pose for No H8 Campaign
June 24 2013 12:19 PM ET

Republican and Out Members of Congress Say 'No H8'

Sunnivie Brydum

In new photos released today, the No H8 campaign added 67 additional supporters from the U.S. Congress — including the campaign's first U.S. senators and a Republican member of Congress.

WATCH: Out Calif. Rep. Mark Takano Submits His First Bill
March 07 2013 7:03 PM ET

WATCH: Out Calif. Rep. Mark Takano Submits His First Bill

Sunnivie Brydum

The California Democrat took to Twitter's video service, Vine, to document the first bill he submitted as the first LGBT person of color in Congress.

Op-ed: How to Get Elected in America
March 06 2013 4:09 AM ET

Op-ed: How to Get Elected in America

Jamie Ruddy and Rupert Russell

The first LGBT person of color was elected to Congress in the land of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

House Introduces Immigration Bill For Gay Partners
February 05 2013 5:45 PM ET

House Introduces Immigration Bill For Gay Partners

Michelle Garcia

Rep. Nadler reintroduced the Uniting American Families Act.

Meet the Class of 2013
January 03 2013 4:00 AM ET

Meet the Class of 2013

Michelle Garcia

The 113th Congress has the highest number of openly LGBT members in the body’s history, with six in the House and, for the first time, an openly gay senator. Each politico here brings something unique to the table. They’re all Democrats, and all were endorsed by the Victory Fund, meaning they fully support federal, state, and local efforts to advance LGBT rights. Meet your new representatives.

Pastor Says Churches Can Be As LGBT Accepting as The Ballot Box
November 09 2012 4:46 AM ET

Op-ed: Churches Can Be as Accepting as The Ballot Box

R. Scott Colglazier

A pastor sees the same progress that became evident on election night in his own church.

Mark Takano Becomes First LGBT Person of Color in Congress
November 07 2012 11:40 AM ET January 07 2014 1:08 PM ET

Mark Takano Becomes First LGBT Person of Color in Congress

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Mark Takano has won the congressional race in the 41st Congressional District in California, becoming the first person of color in Congress.

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