By Robert Haugh
Santa Clarans Arlene Rusche and Clara Brock were honored for being pioneers for the LGBTQ+ community by Assemblymember Evan Low.
“I was honored to be able to recognize Arlene and Clara for their accomplishments and continued advocacy for the LGBTQ community. They have paved the way for our nation and we must continue to build on their work.”
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and the City Council honored Arlene and Clara on June 21 during the Council meeting.
Arlene taught at Santa Clara Unified School District for 16 years.
Clara served in the U.S. Navy for five years and served 15 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant.
Arlene and Clara have been in a committed relationship since early 1992. They were legally married in 2013.
Arlene was 73 at the time. Clara was 86.
Low said they “remind us that love can be found at any age.”