|Mark Stone, Stan Hajduk, Wiggsy Sivertsen, John Laird|
and my son Jordan.
Ron, Jordan and I had the privilege of being invited to the annual The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) Dinner Gala held on September 28th at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel by Stuart Rosenstein.
It was a fancy affair that was honestly more than I expected. We had a terrific time.
Stuart Rosenstein is Chair of the Queer Youth Task Force and a board member of PFLAG he is also a member of BAYMEC. The Committee, founded in 1984, is a four-county lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) political action group that advocates for the civil rights of LGBT people. It is the only political action committee dedicated to this purpose representing the Central Coast counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey.
We met a number of politicians who routinely support the LGBT community: California State Assemblyman Mark Stone, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Senator Bill Monning just to name a few. There were over 35 politicians present. I had no idea that so many of our local politicians were a part of the BAYMEC organization.
We also had the opportunity to speak with Wiggsy Sivertsen, Co-Founder & Board Member of BAYMEC and Stan Hajduk Board Member of BAYMEC who have been apart of BAYMEC since it’s inception. Listening to their stories of working to get the LGBT community the same rights as everyone else was very inspiring. I was so honored to meet all of these people who have been fighting for the rights of all the LGBT community for so long.
Jordan talked with many of the folks there and said, “I was very impressed by how many people support my community. I heard many people speak about our rights and heard them say the younger generation, my generation, needs to educate and inspire others.” He added, “The people I met made me feel proud of who I am. I want to focus on being a leader for all LGBT youth and to continue the work these amazing people have done before me.”
It was absolutely amazing to see my son interact with politicians like it’s what he does everyday. I could tell that they inspired him to speak out about the LGBT community. Seeing him be so relaxed at at ease with all these power-brokers made me wonder about Jordan’s future.
You never know, he just might follow in their footsteps.