Max Disposti | North County Update
The fourth annual Gala for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center will be held May 31, at 7 p.m. at the wonderful venue of the Oceanside Museum of Art.
This year titled “Outrageous,” this annual fundraiser is what makes our “Little Center that Could” a possibility. Your ticket, sponsorship and presence will support the wide variety of programs that we offer to nearly 10,000 people each year.
It signifies the need of our San Diego community to be more visible and supporting. Even if you are not a LGBT person but you sympathize with what we do for our youth and families, or even if you live in San Diego, this event is also for you.
In the past two and half years our North County Center has created a voice and a presence for an LGBT community that in North County continues to struggle for recognition and political presence. What does it mean to be in a county where our elected Supervisor — Bill Horne — can easily dismiss the positive value of having a LGBT Center in his district? What consequence does it imply to have the North County elected officials struggle with the idea of publicly supporting our LGBT youth and families and refrain from even acknowledging their existence? What happens when the County offices of Welfare & Child Protective Services and local mental health providers continue to refer hundreds of individuals in need because there is no other place for LGBT people to go in North County?
It means that our “Little Center that Could” is a true lifesaver. It even helps those local government institutions that are still lacking to provide a safe space and services for our LGBT people in North County. However, it also means that your support is vital, and even if you don’t live in North County, a stronger LGBT Center here can help empower thousands of LGBT individuals, to avoid them becoming just another statistic.
Help us to reach out to the many in North County that are still unaware of our existence, to our people of color that are still underserved and often do not have a voice, and our transgender brothers and sisters that face rejection and discrimination every day.
If you are reading this article and feel that coming to our Gala is too difficult for you, then support our efforts, become a monthly donor or donate what you can now. Another way to help is to ask your local politicians what they are doing to support our Center and if you live in San Diego and you are a politician yourself, pick up your phone and ask your North County colleagues to come in support of the North County LGBT Center.
California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has done just that, she will be our guest of honor for the evening and her presence alone will encourage others to come and do the same.
Give voice, presence and support to what you believe in.
Donate, Educate, Celebrate!
To purchase tickets to the Gala or to donate if you can’t attend, visit ncresourcecenter.org/gala.
—Max Disposti is a human rights activist, a community organizer and the founder and executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. He is currently also serving as a board member of the Oceanside City Library and of Main Street Oceanside and previously served on Oceanside’s Community Relations Commission. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.