San Mateo County is recruiting inaugural members for its newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Commission.

The commission is the first of its kind in California, focusing specifically on the LGBTQ community rather than falling under the umbrella of other county human services.

The Board of Supervisors will appoint the nine members who will meet at least six times a year, develop a yearly work plan and provide recommendations at least once a year. Initial terms though will be staggered with four members serving two-year terms to avoid everybody’s time expiring simultaneously.

Applicants must be county residents and all ages are encouraged as one seat will be designated for a youth.

Other favorable attributes for applicants, according to the county, is a demonstrated knowledge of LGBTQ issues in underrepresented communities like minorities, youth, immigrants and the disabled; the ability to provide outreach to these populations; experience promoting programs fostering the well-being and civic participation of LGBTQ individuals; the ability to leverage community contacts; and an ability and willingness to devote time and work collaboratively with others on the commission.

San Mateo County is breaking new ground with the creation of the LGBTQ Commission,” Supervisor Dave Pine, who sponsored the resolution creating the commission, said in a prepared statement. “We are seeking energetic and dynamic individuals who are eager to take on the challenge of building and defining this important new commission.”

The deadline is Aug. 8 and applications are available at the county website, https://bnc.smcgov.org/vacancies or from Alicia Garcia, deputy clerk of the Board of Supervisors, at 363-4634 or 400 County Center, Redwood City.

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