The Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County elected new officers for its 2020-22 Executive Board at its general membership meeting on Saturday, April 11th, 2020.
The 2020-22 Lambda Democratic Club Executive Board includes:
President: Devin Murphy
Vice President: Kelliane Parker
Secretary: Robyn Kuslits
At Large Members: Carolyn Wysinger, Sarah Flashman, John Haberkorn, Joey D. Smith
“I look forward to steering this incredible organization of LGBTQI+ Democrats and allies — the first and only LGBTQI+ Democratic club in Contra Costa County,” stated Murphy, who is the club’s first openly gay Black president. “With the most important election of our lifetime coming up soon, including many critical local county and cities races, it is vital now more than ever that we mobilize the LGBTQI+ community to vote and elect Democrats who will fight to achieve equality for all and advance progressive values in county — especially if they identify with our community. Our club has been very effective these past few years, and we don’t plan to stop any time soon.”
In 2019, the Lambda Democratic Club was instrumental in urging local elected officials to proclaim June as Pride Month in their cities. Lambda members also encouraged officials to raise the rainbow pride flag in their cities to send a strong message that all are welcomed and included in their cities, regardless of how they identified or who they loved. Twelve cities in Contra Costa County and five school districts raised pride flags and passed resolutions, including Antioch, Concord, Pinole, Pittsburg, and Richmond. They were proud to see their efforts scale to Sacramento where Governor Gavin Newsom raised the pride flag at the State Capitol for the first time in California’s history.
The Club also received the Community Ally Award from the Contra Costa Labor Council at its annual dinner. This year, the Lambda Democratic Club looks forward to continuing its efforts of grassroots organizing with diverse demographics in the Democratic Party, including African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, organized labor, immigrants, people with disabilities, veterans, students, and women to continue its efforts for LGBTQI+ representation and equality for all.