About the Author

Nathan Purkiss

OutHistory Constributor Nathan Purkiss

Nathan Purkiss grew up in Southern California and got involved in politics first as an activist with ACT UP Los Angeles. Purkiss moved to San Francisco in 1993 and completed his Masters Degree in History at San Francisco State University, specializing in the history of gender and sexuality. He was hired out of college by Robert Barnes to work as a political consultant, and managed several campaigns including Dan Kelly for School Board. Purkiss worked as a Senior Legislative Aide to Mark Leno both in San Francisco at the Board of Supervisors and in Sacramento at the California State Assembly. His projects included staffing the Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force, the San Francisco Transgender Health Benefit, designing the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, staffing Proposition B (the Solar Revenue Bond), Assembly Bill 196 (Employment Protections and Housing for Transgender People), and many other projects. Nathan currently serves as the Government Affairs Manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Nathan has been a longtime member of both the Alice and Harvey Milk Democratic Clubs.