Tom Brougham is a Bay Area native who became active in Berkeley’s Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s. In 1982, he was a co-founder of the East Bay Lesbian/Bay Democratic Club (EBL/GDC) and later served as its president. In 1987, he was the first openly gay candidate to win election to public office in the East Bay, when elected as a trustee of the Peralta Community College board. Tom is now retired and lives with his partner of 36 years, Barry Warren.
Barry Warren moved to Berkeley in 1975 from Michigan, where he taught English in a community college. Also a co-founder of the East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club, he retired from his position at the University of California and has since pursued a second career as a jazz vocalist and lyricist. He performs regularly at venues throughout the East Bay.
Kerry Woodward moved to the Bay Area from Minneapolis in 1981 and became the West Coast Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign Fund. She also served on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Also a co-founder of the EBL/GDC, she continues in her career as a Montessori teacher. She lives in Oakland with her spouse, Mary Ann Brownstein.
Mary Ann Brownstein is a native of St. Louis, MO. After college at Rutgers University, she settled in the Bay Area in 1967, later becoming politically active with Berkeley Citizens Action. Also a founder of EBL/GBC, she continues part-time as a Montessori teacher.
Leland Traiman, originally from southern California, became active with the Gay Students Union while attending UC Berkeley. Also a co-founder of EBL/GDC, he served on Berkeley’s Human Relations and Welfare Commission as chair of the Domestic Partners Task Force. He lives in Alameda, CA, with his partner Stewart Blandon, and their two children, Julian and Rosalinda. He operates the Rainbow Flag Health Services and Sperm Bank.
Ethel Manheimer was a school librarian elected to the Berkeley School Board in 1981. Retiring after one term, she was later recognized by the Northern California chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus for her achievements while in office. Ethel died on December 4, 2012.
Eric Hsu grew up in the Bay Area and was a student at UC Berkeley when he became a co-founder of the EBL/GDC. He is currently the scholarship chair of the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, which funds $6,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors for their service to the LGBT community. He and his spouse Jim Chambers live in Oakland.
Ann Chandler was elected to the Berkeley City Council in 1982 and retired after four terms. She continued to be active in local politics and was recognized by the Northern California chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus for her service in office. Ann died on November 17, 2012.
Nancy Skinner was elected to the Berkeley City Council in 1982. In 2008, she was elected as a California State Assemblymember and continues in office, representing the East Bay.
Lana Hameister originally hails from the South. After becoming active with the EBL/GDC, she was recognized for her service as treasurer of the Campaign Against the LaRouche Measure. She lives in Albany with her spouse, Jan Setchko.
Darryl Moore moved to the East Bay from Washington, DC. In 1995, he was elected to the seat on the Peralta Community College Board vacated by Tom Brougham. Since 2004, he has served as a member of the Berkeley City Council. He lives with his partner, Bradley Johnson.
Albert Lucero is originally form New Mexico. Active with the Rainbow Coalition, he was elected as an alternate delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention, pledged to Jesse Jackson. He has been active with a union representing University of California employees, where he continues to work. He lives with his spouse Richard in Berkeley.