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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
Teresa Oyos

photoTeresa Oyos’ activism began in 1970 while she was attending San Diego City College. During that time, she became involved with the Chicano Newspaper, La Verdad and MECHA. Eventually Oyos began volunteering for The United Farmworkers Union.

Several years later, she came out as a lesbian and began volunteering at Las Hermanas Women’s Coffeehouse and Cultural Center which provided a safe, warm space for all women and children. In 1986, she co-founded the first GLBT Latin organization, Orgullo, which translates to “pride.”

Throughout the years, Oyos has served on a number of boards and planning committees, including AIDS Walk San Diego, The Western Regional Conference on HIV, AIDS and Women, The HIV Care Partnership for Women Children and Families, and Vagina Fest. She is currently on the advisory council of the Latino/a Services at The San Diego LGBT Community Center and has recently been appointed to the Human Relations Commission. She has also spent the past 13 years serving as a Senior Community Program Representative at UCSD’s HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center

Oyos lives in San Diego with her partner of 22 years, Rose. She has a daughter, son and two grandchildren.