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2008: Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers
Ben Dillingham III
Delores Jacobs
Cleve Jones
Christine Kehoe
Klein & Reise
Stanley Lewis
Robert Lynn
Doug Moore
Teresa Oyos
Steve Padilla
Regina Reinhardt
Matt Stephens
Kevin Tilden
Ted Weathers
Bridget Wilson
Bridget Wilson
Activist, veteran

photoBridget Wilson has been involved in the struggle for LGBT rights since 1972. She was on the first volunteer staff of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, at that time called The Gay Center, serving as the co-director of military counseling. She has served in many of the LGBT community’s organizations and has also served on several San Diego LGBT Pride parade committees.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Wilson serves as a judge advocate in the California State Military Reserve. She is a founding member of American Veterans for Equal Rights. Her most extensive involvement has been her efforts for 36 years on behalf of gay and lesbian service members in the battle against the anti-gay policies of the U.S. Armed Forces, having helped fight the witch hunts that threatened gay and lesbian service members for more than 30 years. She has been a pioneer in this work and continues to work with LGBT service members as an attorney and advocate. Wilson has written numerous articles, law reviews and book chapters on the topic of LGBT service members, and has worked as consulting counsel with the Service members Legal Defense Network since it was founded in 1994. Currently, Wilson is the vice president of the San Diego Democratic Club, a board member for the AIDS Project, an officer of Dignity/San Diego and is actively involved with a number of other organizations as a member, volunteer and officer.  Bridget is also a San Diego LGBT Center Wall of Honor 2006 Honoree.

On July 13, 2008, she married her partner of 27 years, Kim McAlister.