San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office Deputy District Attorney and Tracy City Councilmember Dan Arriola has been named among the "40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association. Arriola is recognized along with eight other recipients from California, but he is the only 2021 award recipient from the California Central Valley.
"Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBTQ+ legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality."
"The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity."
In 2015, Arriola accepted a position as Deputy District Attorney of San Joaquin County, becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color to become a prosecutor in San Joaquin County. Arriola also served as one of the first-ever community prosecutors in the county. As the "Neighborhood District Attorney," Arriola implemented innovative "progressive prosecution" strategies to address community concerns including homelessness, human trafficking, neighborhood nuisances, school truancy, and other quality-of-life issues. "Dan exemplifies what the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office stands for - equality for all and fully embracing our diversity as key to our success. He is leading the way in innovative justice, and on behalf of the entire office, I say well-done, well deserved, and keep up the great work!" said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.
In 2018, after enduring and overcoming hateful anti-LGBTQ+ attacks during his campaign, Arriola was elected to the Tracy City Council, becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ elected official in the history of the City of Tracy. As a Councilmember, Arriola has championed progressive efforts in the region and succeeded in passing pro-LGBTQ+ policy in the City of Tracy. Arriola succeeded in officially recognizing LGBTQ+ history month in June 2018 and also for the first time ever successfully raised the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag in the City of Tracy, the City of Stockton, and in San Joaquin County. In the summer of 2019, when anti-LGBTQ+ advocates hosted the nation's first-ever "Straight Pride" rally in Modesto, California, Arriola helped organize with local activists to hold a protest opposing this abhorrent anti-LGBTQ+ event. In 2020, in response to the BLM movement, Arriola also authored and passed the "Tracy Equity and Empowerment Initiative"-which is being used as a model social equity reform policy for cities throughout the State of California.
Learn more about the "40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40" Class of 2021 award recipients at https://lgbtbar.org/programs/awards/best-lgbtq-lawyers-under-40/