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28th Annual BAYMEC Dinner

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Saturday September, 22, 2012 

5:00 -6:00 pm VIP reception 
6:00 -7:00 pm Reception
7:00 - 9:30 Dinner and Awards 

Keynote Speaker 
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano

Awardees

Community Service Awards
Diversity Center, Santa Cruz
Bonnie Sugiyama
Head of the LBGT Reasource Center, SJSU

Straight Ally Award
Councilmember Ash Kalra
Cynthina Leachmoore

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The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) is a four-county lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) political action group. It has been advocating for the civil rights of LGBT people since 1984. It is the only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to this purpose in the central coast counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. BAYMEC is governed by a Board of Directors and is supported solely through private contributions.

The organization's purpose is to lobby and fight for LGBT civil rights. BAYMEC has raised its concerns with countless politicians; worked to elect LGBT people and supportive allies to political offices; lobbied Sacramento and the state on AIDS and LGBT civil rights; and worked with police, fire department, governmental, organizational, and a variety of community groups to further equality for LGBTs. However, perhaps one of BAYMEC's greatest accomplishments is ongoing: It provides an experienced, broad-based, and coherent political voice for the LGBT community.