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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.

Rep. Mark Takano is latest LGBTQ+ lawmaker calling for Biden to step aside

He joins other Democrats who are concerned about the president’s ability to win against Donald Trump.

Out Rep. Mark Takano Introduces Four-Day Workweek Legislation

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

Meet the Candidates: The Only Out Person of Color in Congress, Mark Takano

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

25 Congressional Dems to LGBT People: We're With You

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

Editor’s Letter: Time for LGBT Voters to Mature

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

Rep. Mark Takano Wants to Marry You

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.

Republican and Out Members of Congress Say 'No H8'

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

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

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

Rep. Nadler reintroduced the Uniting American Families Act.

Meet the Class of 2013

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.

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

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

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