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San Mateo County, Calif. to vote on creating LGBTQ advisory commission

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday whether to establish an LGBTQ Commission, which supporters say would be the first of its kind in California.

San-Mateo-County-CAThe nine-member commission would advise the board on policy, bring greater visibility to the LGBT community, provide a forum for individuals to air their concerns, promote inclusion for transgender individuals and focus on reducing bullying, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

County supervisor Dave Pine, who is co-sponsoring the proposal, said he would like San Mateo County’s commission, if approved, to serve as a model for other cities and counties in the United States.

There are approximately 1,970 same-sex couples in San Mateo County in 2010, according to a census analysis conducted by the Williams Institute of UCLA Law School.

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