Second Annual Staff Appreciation Night


Monday, August 13th, 2018, 5:30pm
1201 K Street, 15th Floor (CDA Rotunda)

We’re hosting our second annual Staff Appreciation Night! This is a spectacular event to honor LGBTQ staff and advocates who have been trailblazers in the Capitol community. We have a stellar lineup of LGBTQ staff and advocates to honor this year — check out their bios here.

Chando’s Tacos will be provided! Capitol staff, former staff, lobbyists, state agencies, advocate groups, and any organizations involved in the political and policy-making process are welcome.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of this event!




Eric Astacaan & Michael Butler



Past Events

Pride Month Career Panel

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Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:00 pm, Capitol Room 317

Join us for pizza and a career development panel. Learn from our dynamic panelists about a typical day at their job, what steps helped them pursue their careers, and how being LGBTQ shaped their professional pursuits.

We’ll provide FREE pizza and beverages — bring questions for our panelists and business cards to network!. A list of our panelists and short career biographies are available here.

Membership Drive!

Membership Drive

Coffee with CQA

Coffee with the Board ,Friday, January 26th 8:00 am, Hosted coffee and pastries by DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler 1121 L Street Suite 408

Treats and Drinks - Lunchtime event

Bakery Treats and Drinks with the Board, Friday February 2th 12:30-1:30pm Capitol Room 317

2018 Kickoff Mixer, Thursday, February 8th 5:15pm-7pm, Capitol Garage 1500 K Street.

Staff Appreciation Night

Thursday,  August 31 5:00 – 7:00 PM, 1201 K Street, 15th Floor (CDA Rotunda)

The California Legislative LGBT Caucus and the Capitol LGBTQ Association are proud to co-host this event to honor the contributions of LGBTQ staff and recognize a number of long-time staffers who provide an example of professional excellence. A list of honorees and short career biographies are available here.


California Legislative LGBT Caucus Pride Ceremony

Monday, June 19 1:00 PM, California State Capitol

Join the Capitol LGBTQ Association in the Assembly Viewing Gallery at 1PM on Monday June 19th as we cheer on our community honorees during the 2017 Pride Ceremony.

• Mikayla Connell, Police Officer at the San Francisco Police Department
• Robert Gleason, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evans Hotels
• Roma Pauline Guy, Activist and Founder of San Francisco Women’s Building
• Joel Flatow, Chief of West Coast Operations and Artist & Industry Relations for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
• Daniel Jimenez, Activist and Volunteer at the San Joaquin Pride Center
• Ken Jones, Activist and Member of the BART Police Department Citizen Review Board
• Michaela Mendelsohn, Pollo West Corp & Mi Pollo, Inc.
• Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
• Brian Reagan, Manager of Pulse Night Club and survivor of Orlando, FL shooting
• Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California
• Chris Verdugo and Dr. Tim Seelig on behalf of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Capitol LGBTQ Association at Sacramento Pride

Saturday June 3rd 10:30AM, Crocker Park.

Walk with your colleagues in the Sacramento Pride Parade and show your support for equality and progressive values! Sacramento Pride is an LGBTQ celebration that promotes acceptance with a pride parade followed by an outdoor party in the Capital Mall. Meet the newly formed Capitol LGBT Association at Crocker Park (corner of 3rd and O Streets in Sacramento). Look for signs that say “Capitol LGBT Association” or our partner Mayor Steinberg. The Pride festival after the parade is $10 (kids 10 and under are free), and is located on Capitol Mall between 3rdand 7th streets and goes from 11am-5pm. High-energy live music, a dance pavilion, an activity-rich kid’s zone, local vendors and plenty of food trucks are just some of the many attractions at this day long affair. Contact: Erica Porter

Capitol LGBTQ Community Mixer

Thursday June 8, 5:15PM, Empress Tavern 1013 K Street, Sacramento CA.

Kick off Pride month with our Capitol LGBTQ Community Mixer along with your LGBTQ colleagues and allies! Join the newly formed Capitol LGBT Association for an evening of networking & building community at the Empress Tavern (1013 K Street). The Capitol LGBT Association is instituting a no-host mixer every first Thursday of the month (formerly known as LGBT First Fridays) and invites the greater Capitol community to participate.

NOTE: We are meeting in the second week of June this month in order to accommodate the legislative session.

Contact: Deepen Gagneja

RSVP and share the Facebook event here.

Harvey Milk Celebration

We had a great turnout to the Associations launch event, the Harvey Milk Birthday Bash at the State Capitol. Well over one hundred people came to sing “Happy Birthday” to Harvey.  The association was thrilled to be supported by members of the LGBT Caucus Asm. Evan Low, Asm. Todd Gloria, Sen. Toni Atkins, Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, Sen. Scott Weiner as well as Speaker Rendon and many allies including Asm. Jacqui Irwin, Asm. David Chiu, Asm. Miguel Santiago, Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Sen. Jim Beall, Sen. Bob Wieckowski .

Additional photos from the Harvey Milk Birthday Bash are online thanks to the Assembly Democratic Caucus and the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.

Harvey Flyer

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