By Nicole Murray Ramirez
Because of our caring and generous LGBT community, friends and allies, more than 550 children received an Easter basket and 15 won new bikes through a raffle. When grandmother Linda Childers and I first decided we wanted to hold a special Easter egg hunt at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights for children of LGBT parents and about 40 children showed up. But soon word got out and we immediately welcomed all children of all parents and this past Easter Sunday these children received Easter baskets, met two Easter Bunny’s, got popcorn, snow-cones, sodas, and more. The Imperial Court de San Diego has organized this annual event for the past 17 years with help from the entire LGBT community especially our LGBT Center, the wonderful leather community, the Gay Sports League, Assemblymember Todd Gloria, and Sen. Toni Atkins. For 47 years the Imperial Court has made outreach to children from the annual Toys for Kids Christmas Drive, Children’s Egg Hunt, and adopted Florence Elementary School in Hillcrest for well over a decade now, with last year’s establishment of Emperor I Omar’s Closet for children in need of school supplies, shoes, clothing, and more.
I want to make it very clear that we could not have accomplished these annual projects without the strong support of you, our LGBT community, friends, and allies, and especially our bars, businesses and organizations. Indeed it does “Take a Village” and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for always being there for these projects and supporting them. Also a special shout out goes to our LGBTQ media who always promote our benefits and projects: San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Rage Monthly Magazine, San Diego Pix and Gay San Diego.
The 2019 Children’s Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success especially because of the outstanding support of: Rich’s, State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, State Senator Toni Atkins, Council member Chris Ward, Elaine Graybill, Big Mike, Noel Guanzon, Jeff Jackson, Flicks, Redwing, Paragon, Charles Rozanski of Denver, the San Diego American Flag Football, Milo Angel Jr., San Diego Pride, Jerry Coletti of San Francisco, Redwing Bar & Grill, Gossip Grill, Joe Letzkus, Sarah Critchlow, Moe Girton, Ryan Bedrosian, Robert Gleason, Carolina Ramos, Tom Hebrank, Stephen Whitburn, Anthony Maserati, City Council President Georgette Gomez, Council member Jen Campbell, The Eagle, the leather community and title holders, insideOut, Toni Duran, Regina Styles, Mikie Lochner, Chris Olson, Empress Gigi Masters, Emperor Darnelle, Prince Royale Duncan, Princess Royale Rickie, and so many more. Truly, God bless you all for your kindness.
GLBT VOTE endorsements
Founded by the late John McCusker and me, GLBT VOTE is a committee of business people and GLBT activists who support candidates for office and have voter registration drives. GLBT VOTE is non-partisan and endorses both Democrats and Republicans.
GLBT VOTE 2020 has made these early endorsements: Council member Georgette Gomez for City Council, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott for City Attorney, Assemblymember Todd Gloria for mayor, Stephen Whitburn for City Council, Nora Vargas for County Supervisor, Lorena Gonzalez for California Secretary of State, Chris Ward and Brian Maienschein for California State Assembly, and for president: Republican primary: Bill Weld. Democrat primary: Pete Buttigieg.
— Nicole Murray Ramirez has been writing a column since 1973. He has been a Latino/gay activist for almost half a century and has advised and served the last seven mayors of San Diego. Named the “Honorary Mayor of Hillcrest” by a city proclamation, he has received many media awards including from the prestigious San Diego Press Club. Reach Nicole at Nicolemrsd1@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @Nmrsd2.
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