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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.

The pandemic, Takano said, has provided an opportunity to examine our relationship with the workweek. 

August 18 2021 11:06 AM

The California congressman is a voice for LGBT rights and intersectionality of minority groups.

November 07 2016 3:43 PM

“I know you’re hearing a lot of hateful rhetoric about our LGBT families,” says Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego. “Please, hang in there.”

May 17 2016 1:39 PM

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