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Guest editorial: A message from the board of San Diego Pride

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

San Diego Pride has the challenging responsibility to represent the complex nature of the full diversity within San Diego’s LGBTQ community.

While the board, staff, and volunteers are diverse in expertise, age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, and ability, we strive to listen, reflect, and respond to the ever-evolving needs and concerns presented to the organization.

We want everyone to know that we have heard them and will continue our efforts to best support the diverse community that we all share.

Our board has been focused on strategic planning and has spent the last two months meeting with key community stakeholders, community members and elected officials.

Additionally, the board has implemented and adhered to a code of conduct, and will continue to work under this code. It is our plan that in addition to our signature events, we will drive our energy and resources to continue and expand our advocacy, education and community organizing, which are so clearly needed in this post-election world.

Our board has undergone other leadership changes and will be continually working to improve our representation of the community.

Our board is currently in the process of welcoming new members. The newest addition to the board is Martha Henderson, whose years of community service, volunteerism and efforts to coordinate a wide range of organizations and events are well known in San Diego’s LGBTQ community.

In January, San Diego Pride will be relaunching our Community Advisory Council. One of Pride’s founders, San Diego Human Relations Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, will be leading this effort to bring together community change-makers and advisors to connect the board with the community.

Co-chairing the council along with Nicole Murray-Ramirez will be former AIDS Walk executive director and current Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) CEO, Barbra Blake. The two co-chairs will invite community organizations to nominate representatives to serve on the council.

San Diego Pride is committed to work in collaboration with our partners to see that our efforts continue to impact not just our San Diego LGBTQ community, but our global community as well.

As we do every year, we will hold a town hall meeting, which will be announced soon. We always welcome your ideas and suggestions; please send them to info@sdpride.org.

As an organization founded on advocacy for the LGBTQ community, the San Diego LGBT Pride Board of Directors would like to extend our gratitude to the community for sharing their voice and support in moving forward with our mission to foster pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Signed,

Bianca Burt, Co-chair

Jim Seal, Co-chair

Matthew Verdeflor, Treasurer

Phyllis Jackson, Secretary

Martha Henderson, Board Member

Nenette Agulto, Board Member

Lynn Barnes-Wallace, Board Member

Judi Schaim, Board Emeritus

Joe Mayer, Board Emeritus

Jeri Dilno, Board Emeritus

Doug Moore, Board Emeritus

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