Inaugural Bayard Rustin Civil Rights honors held
The first Bayard Rustin Civil Rights awards were held Tuesday, July 2 at The LGBT Center, honoring leaders in the community who exemplify the civil rights and LGBT activist’s nonviolent and equality-minded ethics. Rustin is considered by some to be the father of the 1963 National Civil Rights March on Washington, and served as an openly gay advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King. The evening was in part to honor Rustin, and served as a benefit for the National Black Justice Coalition. “We are proud to join the National Black Justice Coalition in this long overdue recognition of civil-rights icon Bayard Rustin,” Nicole Murray Ramirez said in a press release. Mandy Carter, Mayor Bob Filner and Ashley Walker received Lifetime Achievement awards at the ceremony. Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award honorees were Jimmy Lovett Jr. of the Malcolm X Library, Carole Norman of San Diego Black Nurses Association, Christopher Grinston of the Imperial Court de San Diego, Certez Burks, City Commissioner Stampp Corbin of the Equal Opportunity Commission, and Tracie Jada O’Brien of Stepping Stone. The evening was sponsored by the International Court Council, The Center and the GLBT Historic Task Force, and was underwritten by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. LGBT Weekly reported that Ramirez said there are plans for additional Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors in San Diego, as well as other cities in the United States, in a partnership with the Justice Coalition. “The GLBT community needs to lift up the name of Bayard Rustin to the level of Harvey Milk,” Ramirez said in LGBT Weekly.
Marine officers allowed to wear uniforms in Pride parade
Marines with the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) received authorization to wear authorized leave and liberty uniforms in the 39th Annual Pride Parade to be held Saturday, July 13, a press release from San Diego LGBT Pride stated. I MEF personnel will be joining active-duty Navy servicemembers, who also recently received permission to wear their uniforms in the parade. The military contingent will lead the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade for a third year, with over 300 servicemembers expected to participate in uniform or in branch specific T-shirts. I MEF’s move to authorize their members to wear their uniforms at the event shows the division’s commitment to making diversity a priority, commanding officer 1st Lt. Garth Langley said in the same release. “We are proud of the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and versatile skills of our men and women and embrace their personal decision to participate in this community event honoring their service,” he said. Servicemembers can register to participate in the military contingent online at sdpride.org/military, and can contact email@example.com with additional questions.
Log Cabin Republicans endorse DeMaio for Congress
Log Cabin Republicans’ board of directors endorsed gay Republican and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio to represent California’s 52nd Congressional District, a press release from the LCR said. DeMaio, who ran for San Diego mayor in 2012, will be challenging current Congressmember Scott Peters, a democrat, for the seat in the 2014 election. The LCR is a 30-year Republication organization based in Washington that represents gay and lesbian conservatives and allies. “The people of California need a reform-minded, new generation Republican to represent them in Congress, and I can think of no one who fits that bill better than Carl: a successful businessman, a proven leader, and a fine example of a strong gay conservative,” LCR National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in the release. DeMaio hopes to unite a new generation of Republicans by focusing on common issues, such as the economy and quality of life, and working towards keeping the politicians out of issues that are “frankly none of the government’s business in the first place,” the release stated.
Still time to nominate local philanthropists for award
The deadline for nominees for the National Philanthropy Day awards has been extended to July 23 at 5 p.m., a press release for the organization said. The Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter will honor the eight finalists at their 41st annual philanthropy awards luncheon on Nov. 7. The organization is looking for San Diego philanthropists, volunteers and non-profit organizations to fulfill the categories of Outstanding Organizational Volunteer, Outstanding Development-Fundraising Volunteer, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation, Outstanding Celebrity Volunteer, Outstanding Youth-Student Volunteer, Outstanding Philanthropist, and Outstanding Development Professional. For more information and to make a nomination, visit NPD2013.org.
Upcoming concert to benefit struggling veterans
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) is partnering with the Veteran’s Village of San Diego (VVSD) for the chorus’ summer show, a press release from SDGMC said. Called “Feelin’ Groovy – Songs of the ’60s,” the show will feature songs of peace and protest from the Vietnam era. Three concerts will be held at the Birch North Park Theatre, at which the SDGMC will collect cash donations. Show times are July 27 at 8 p.m., and July 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. In addition, chorus members are holding a two-week men’s clothing drive to support the VVSD’s annual “Stand Down” program. Stand Down provides a number of services and necessities to veterans who are homeless in mid-July, including meals, medical care, haircuts and employment counseling. “Given that our upcoming concert’s music is from the Vietnam War era, we wanted to team with the Veterans Village because of their great work helping veterans in need,” SDGMC Director of Outreach Marc Mangiantini said in the release. To purchase tickets to “Feeling Groovy,” visit sdgmc.org or call 877-296-7664. Tickets range from $25 to $40. Discounts are available for seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more.
Community groups plan neighborhood cleanups
The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) and Bankers Hill Residents Group (BHRG) are inviting everyone to take to the streets the morning of July 15, the Monday following the San Diego LGBT Pride weekend, to help clean up after the festivities. San Diego Pride will be donating $10 per volunteer hour to each neighborhood for cleanup efforts. Brooms, trash cans and bags will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom to help. The HTC will be meeting at 7 a.m. at Park Boulevard just south of University Avenue. Volunteers that meet that morning will receive orange Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. shirts, and the HTC are asking volunteers to report their hours when they leave the cleanup. BHRG volunteers received yellow BHRG shirts at their last monthly meeting for the cleanup, and additional shirts will be offered at their July 15, 6:30 p.m. meeting to those who participate in the cleanup. In Bankers Hill, volunteers can meet at either Thorn Street and Fifth Avenue or Ivy Street and Sixth Avenue, also at 7 a.m. They are asked to record their hours at the July 15 meeting. For more information call 619-260-1929.
Old Globe to hold open auditions July 21 for Sept production
The Old Globe Theatre will hold open-call auditions for Samuel D. Hunter’s comedy “The Few” on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. at The Globe’s Copley Plaza. The characters are men and women aged 40 and over from across the United States that call a local northern Idaho newspaper to place personal ads via voicemail. Those without prior experience are encouraged to participate in the audition on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are needed and scripts will be provided. Recordings from 17 members of the public will be selected for the performance and those chosen will be notified in August. The people selected will receive $150, two tickets to “The Few” and the opportunity to hear their voices featured in the show throughout its run. The world premiere of “The Few,” directed by Davis McCallum, will run Sept. 28 – Oct. 27 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. For more information visit theoldglobe.org/aboutus/jobs/auditions.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.