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Cressman, Pope to Address LGBT Political Club in Napa Next Week

Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club meets 7 p.m. Wed., Jan 15 at Slack Collective, 964 Pearl St., Napa.

Matt Pope, State Assembly Dist. 4 candidate, addresses Bayard Rustin LGBT political club meeting in Fairfield last month. Pope will speak at the club meeting Jan. 15 in Napa. courtesy photo
Matt Pope, State Assembly Dist. 4 candidate, addresses Bayard Rustin LGBT political club meeting in Fairfield last month. Pope will speak at the club meeting Jan. 15 in Napa. courtesy photo
Derek Cressman, a candidate for California Secretary of State in this year's elections, and Matt Pope, a candidate for State Assemblyman in District 4, will address a meeting of the newly formed Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club in Napa on Wednesday, Jan 15.
 
The meeting, the group's third, will be 7 to 9 p.m. at the Slack Art Collective, 964 Pearl St., Suite B, Napa. 

Pope, a Napa County Planning Commissioner, is one of several candidates for the seat being vacated by termed out State Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. The candidates will face off for the first time in the June primary elections.
 
To read Pope's blog on marriage equality, visit http://www.pope2014.com

To learn about Cressman, go to http://www.derekcressman.com 

The Bayard Rustin Political Club met Dec. 19 in Fairfield. Guests Sue Englander, and Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde from the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club spoke about their work with the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco. Hyde is the past president of the club.
This was the second meeting of the LGBT club which serves Solano and Napa counties.  
At the last meeting, the club unanimously endorsed a resolution affirming AB 1266, the Student Success and Opportunity Act which will allow transgender students the freedom to fully participate at school under the gender with which they identify.
Marching orders were given to the leadership of Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club to take the resolution to other governing bodies in Solano and Napa Counties for more endorsements and to form a committee to work on this important issue.
People interested in working on supporting transgender kids in schools, by supporting AB 1266, contact bayardrustinLGBTpoliticalclub@gmail.com.
 The first meeting of this committee will be Wednesday Jan. 8, in Vallejo, to begin discussing strategy. For more information on the issue check out Support All Students at http://supportallstudents.org.  
A committee was also formed to work on the many LGBT political issues impacting Vallejo. Vallejo recently was recently evaluated in HRC’s annual Municipal Equality Index and received a score of 66. 
The Vallejo Committee will be tackling how to improve Vallejo’s ranking as well as how to duplicate their efforts in other cities throughout Solano and Napa.

The Club also received an offer by Reverend Bayani of Ascension Church in Vallejo, to allow the club to use a room in the church as their base of operations. For more information on Ascension Church, go to http://www.ascensionvallejo.org. The Bayard Rustin LGBT Political Club is profoundly appreciative of the gesture of support for our community.

Club members Judith Lerner, President Craig Scott, Andy Pembroke, and David Crumrine were also recently featured on OutBeat Radio, on  KRCB-FM, Santa Rosa/Windsor 90.9 & 91.1 FM. 

The members spoke with host Jeff Basham about the club, it’s progress and challenges for the LGBT community within Solano and Napa counties. Check it out at http://www.outbeatnews.com/show-notes-december-22-2013. The link to the audio is on the bottom left of the page.

The group can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BayardRustinLGBTPoliticalClub.

 To contact or join the club, email BayardRustinLGBTPoliticalClub@gmail.com.

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