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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.

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

November 01 2013 4:00 AM

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.

June 28 2013 6:00 AM

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.

June 24 2013 1:19 PM

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.

March 07 2013 7:03 PM

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

March 06 2013 4:09 AM

Rep. Nadler reintroduced the Uniting American Families Act.

February 05 2013 5:45 PM

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.

January 03 2013 4:00 AM