Briefs – Dec. 9 – 22, 2016

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Every year, San Diego Pride gives back a percentage of the profits from its annual weekend-long celebration to deserving LGBT-serving organizations in the area and has given more than $2 million over the years.

This year, the San Diego Pride event was so successful, 40 different organizations will split an $80,000 disbursement through the Pride Community Grant Program.

“Pride’s annual celebration, year-round advocacy and education efforts serve our community well, but no one organization can do it all — which is why our grant programs are so vital,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride director of operations. “Pride grants help to fund HIV testing, LGBT youth programs, sobriety services, programs that support our transgender community, LGBTQ arts and culture, QPOC programs and a variety of other LGBTQ health and human services that our community relies on and enjoys.”

This year’s list of recipients includes 2-1-1 San Diego; Being Alive San Diego; Breakthrough Workshop Theatre; Casa Ruby; DETOUR (Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment); Diversionary Theatre; Family Health Centers of San Diego; Fierté Simcoe Pride; FilmOut; GLSEN; Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA); Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center; Lambda Archives of San Diego; Lead the Way; Live and Let Live Alano Club; Mama’s Kitchen; Mental Health America; North County LGBTQ Resource Center; PFLAG San Diego County; Political Animals; RISE San Diego’s LGBTQ Fellows Initiative; San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus; San Diego LGBT Visitors Center; San Diego Unified Council of PTAs; San Diego Women’s Chorus; SEED – Malaysia; Special Delivery San Diego; Stepping Stone of San Diego; Strength for the Journey; San Diego LGBT Community Center; The Industry – Chula Vista; The Neutral Corner; The Recovery Ride; Trevor Project; Trans Youth Project; TransFamily Support Services; TransPride 2017; Uptown Community Service Center; and Y.E.S. San Diego.

For more information about San Diego Pride, visit


One of the last things City Councilmember Todd Gloria did before jetting off to Sacramento to be sworn in as the new Assembly member representing District 78 was officially designate the first gender-neutral restroom inside a city-owned facility. That facility was the University Heights Public Library, located at 4193 Park Blvd. on the Hillcrest border.

The restroom begins the city’s official compliance with California State Assembly Bill 1732, calling for all single-user public toilet facilities to be labeled as “all-gendered” beginning March 1, 2017.

Well in advance of the required date, the gender-neutral bathroom proves the city of San Diego’s support for its LGBT community.

“Now more than ever, I am proud that the city of San Diego continues to be a leader and a champion for equality and inclusion,” Gloria said. “Today’s designation of gender-neutral restrooms demonstrates our city’s unwavering commitment to the basic rights, respect, and dignity of all people. More importantly, from this day forward, all of our public single-user restroom facilities will be more safe and accessible for all people.”


After a closely fought race for County Supervisor representing District 3, openly gay incumbent Dave Roberts finally conceded the race to Kristin Gaspar on Nov. 28, nearly three weeks after the election.

Roberts was leading on election night by 2,300 votes, but eventually trailed by 1,242 votes at the time of his concession. Gaspar’s lead was less than half of a percent but fewer than 1,000 votes remained to be counted in the district when Roberts chose to make the call. He said he offered Gaspar his help with the transition.

In an email sent to supporters, Roberts thanked them for their “dedication, support, patience and encouragement” and called for the community and the nation to come together to heal. “I am so proud and grateful to have been given the honor of serving as your County Supervisor,” Roberts said. “I am looking forward to continuing to work to fulfill our vision for a prosperous San Diego County that protects our quality of life today and for future generations.”

Roberts — who is married and has five adopted children with his husband Wally — suffered multiple accusations of impropriety from four of his former employees, each of them filed lawsuits seeking damages, which were later settled to the tune of $310,000.

After a yearlong investigation into the supervisor’s workplace, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said earlier this year that no charges would be filed. Many feel all the turmoil made it difficult for Roberts to win re-election. Gaspar’s win brings the County Board of Supervisors back to an all-Republican board as Roberts had been the first and only Democrat for over two decades.

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