A gay seniors group organizes
to provide support to elder gays and lesbians. Possible names under consideration
are: the Silver Hair Society, the Silver Fox Society, the Silver Lambda
Organization, and the Senior Assistance Society. It settles on
Seniors Active in a Gay
Environment (SAGE), the name of a similar group in New York.
The Center for Social Services
moves to 1447 30th St. in Golden Hill.
New gay businesses
launched in 1980: Adams End, The Golden Eagle, The
Eagle in Exile (under 21 disco), Mr.
Dillon’s, the Club Gemini (bath), Club Aladdin (bath), The Loft (reopened) and Saloon III.
Allison Ross of KFMB/Channel 8
produces a TV news report on "Today’s Gays in San Diego." She wins an Emmy for the
A new vaccine for Hepatitis B
viral infection is available. Gay male carriers of the virus are asked by Trimar Biologics
of San Diego to donate blood to be used in the manufacture of the vaccine.
King is the first open lesbian delegate from San Diego to
the National Democratic Convention.
The Oceanside MCC launches the
area’s second gay center, called the Oceanside MCC Center for Social Services. It is
located at 122 N. Cleveland Ave. Jim Weatherall is director.
The 1980 Gay Pride celebration
attracts 700 persons.
the MCC TV program airs on cable TV in September.
The California Supreme Court’s Pryor
decision clears up years of confusion over what constitutes lewd behavior. The
conduct must take place in public or an area open to public view, and other persons must
be present to witness the behavior and be offended by it. In San Diego the
ruling results in the City paying damages
of up to $500 to persons who have been
arrested for lewd conduct, such as sexual conduct of gay men in cars and peep
United San Diego Elections Council
(nonpartisan political action for the gay/lesbian community)
is founded by
Dr. A. Brad Truax.
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A gay/lesbian rights organization is
founded in Tijuana, Mexico by Emilio Velasquez with the help of gay San Diegans.
(lesbian/gay runners club) San Diego Chapter is
Accord magazine announces the
founding of the
Jess Jessop Historical
/ Reference and Research
Library. Its purpose is to provide the San Diego gay community with a
historically comprehensive library of gay publications and newspapers. The library has
copies of San Diego Son, Pacific Coast Times, The Rose, Encounter, The Reporter,
Update, Thursday’s Child, Pride, and The Advocate dating back to 1963.
A new Republican club, San Diego
Log Cabin Club is formed in April. Its name is chosen in association with the first
Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, to symbolize its mission of broadening
the human rights agenda within the Republican Party.
The West Coast Cavalier Band,
San Diego’s first gay marching band, is launched. Michael St. John is chairman of the
board. A fundraiser is held at the Club San Francisco.
Gay Softball League
The Men’s Center is founded in
November. It provides social events, rap and discussion groups, counseling,
referral services and community programs.
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Justin Brent and the Gay Academic
Union founded Network in January. Members meet monthly as a forum for
information exchange among gay groups.
a social support group offering the choice of an alternative
lifestyle, is founded in January.
The youth disco Studio 9 opens
at 2533 El Cajon Blvd. August 5. Earlier endeavors at gay youth discos include Basin
Street in Hillcrest, Lombard’s inside the San Diego Hotel, Lombards II on Columbia St.
downtown, and a disco at University and Wabash near the 805 freeway.
History of a gay publication: The
San Diego Son began publishing January 1976. In June 1980 it became the Accord.
Between 1981 and May 1982 it ceased publication, then resumed with a new
format June 1982. Duane Pierce is publisher.
Fire destroys the F Street
Bookstore at University and Florida streets, August 21.
The 4th annual Faerie Gathering
is held in San Diego, a spiritual gathering of gay men, August 28 – September 5.
The first issue of the
San Diego Gayzette is published September 2.
The award-winning Gayzette was
published by community activist
MCC moves to new location,
larger facility at 4333 30th St.; first service is held in September. MCC was founded in
The Great Gay Music Festival
is held in Golden Hall in the Community Concourse in downtown San Diego. It is the
first event of its kind to be held in city-owned facilities. Performances include the
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los
Angeles and the comedienne Carol Roberts.
Show Biz supper Club,
the major San Diego showplace for female
impersonators, closes in October.
The Wing Café closes December
18. The café opened 2 ½ years ago. Its Friday evening women’s open showcase
provided opportunity for many women to test their talents. The Wing was the only local
coffeehouse to bring a consistently high level of out-of-town women’s entertainment.
The first meeting of local
(Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is held Dec 12. PFLAG
is a nationwide organization formed to help others unlearn the homophobia
inherent in the socialization process.
Winters and Derek Juazo had an idea to start a
gay tennis club. They had their first meeting in a restaurant in
old town San Diego.
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In late 1982 and early 1983 community
members attempt to form a Gay Cultural Center.
Organizers envision it to house an art gallery, motel, shopping
mall, library, historical museum, theater, concert
hall for local gay events, gay bank or credit union, meeting rooms, medical center,
and senior citizens housing.
founded – later to become San Diego AIDS Project.
is founded by the San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC).
SDDC member Barbara Bick organizes the first
drive held July 15, thought to be the first such blood drive anywhere. The donations of
blood create credits for blood to be given to people with AIDS and ARC. Nearly 200
lesbians give blood in response to news that gay men are no longer allowed to donate
blood because of the possibility of AIDS virus contamination.
The San Diego Gay Labor Organizing
Committee holds its first meeting June 13 at the home of Jonathan Dunn-Rankin.
The Committee is an attempt to bring gay rights issues into the labor movement
and labor issues into the gay community. Its first project is to organize the gay
labor contingent for the lesbian/gay pride parade in San Diego.
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< Openly gay psychiatrist and sex
Dr. David McWhirter of San Diego, is appointed to the Kinsey Institute’s
Scientific Advisory Board.
An arsonist torches the
original home of the Metropolitan Community Church, location of the MCC in the early
1970s. Over the years it housed a gay information hotline and the gay center, in
addition to its religious services.
Weekly half-hour gay/lesbian radio
program produced by Rick Moore begins airing on KPBS at San Diego State
America’s Finest City Freedom Band
(gay/lesbian Marching Band) is formed.
Protective Order of Opera Fans
(POOF) holds its first organizational
meeting in January. It is a special interest
group of the Gay Academic Union.
San Diego County AIDS Assistance Fund
is founded February 13. Monies raised go to AIDS patients, not to education
or political lobbying.
The first meeting of
Lesbian Veterans of San Diego
is held in February.
possible cause for a February fire in the Stepping Stone
building on Central Ave. in east San Diego.
Damage to the building is at least $30,000 plus $15,000 in contents.
names an official liaison to the gay and lesbian community, Lt. Dave Spisak. "I think
it’s the first liaison between the police and gays and lesbians."
Students at the Catholic
Church-operated University of San Diego form a
support group of
lesbian and gay students dedicated to developing a positive attitude
about their sexuality and to help them cope
with the special problems of being gay and lesbian at a Catholic university.
A new beer, Wilde’s, goes on
sale in San Diego. Wilde pledges 35% of profits will be returned to the gay community.
Gay and Lesbian Latinos (GLLO)
holds its first regular meeting June 19.
The Hot Flashes are hot. The
local comedy team consists of Maggie Gillette, Maureen Gaffney, Robyn Samuels, and
Sherri Glaser. One of their routines is "Coming Out of the Closet," which
portrays every possible fear of coming out.
Lesbian publication, If the Shoe
Fits, is published. It presents monthly themes such as body image and the goddess as well
as news of local events.
Baptists march in what is thought to
be the first anti-gay demonstration in Hillcrest. Included in the
demonstration are Rev.Bob Lester of the Bible Missionary Fellowship in Santee and Rev. Dorman
Drs. David P. McWhirter and Andrew M.
Mattison, partners and psychotherapists, publish a book on
local research, The Male Couple.
lists 14 San Diegans among 400 U.S. gay
leaders: Philip Baldwin, DDS; Justin Brent; Terry Cunningham;
Judith A. Carton; Steven Desdier; Jonathan Dunn-Rankin; Rev. David S. Farrell;
Allan Glesen; Gloria Johnson; Stanley Lewis; Andrew Mattison; David P. McWhirter;
Nicole Murray; and A. Brad Truax, MD.
John Mitchel forms a new chapter of
the organization for gay and lesbian
The Martinez ordinance is
passed in August. It requires that owners of adult bookstores remove all doors and
curtains from their peep shows and position the peeps so that customers using them
can be seen from the sales counter. Bookstore owners form the Adult Bookstore
Association of San Diego to challenge the constitutionality of the ordinance.
campaigning in Hillcrest in October, introduces the San Diego City Council representative A. Brad Truax to a
crowd of perhaps 10,000.
The MCC holds its first service in
Tijuana. It marks the achievement of a two-year goal of Rev. Howard Williams to serve
the needs of residents of Tijuana.
Acheson helped start the San Diego AIDS Project in 1984
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Athletes in Motion (AIM)
is founded to promote organized athletic groups in preparation for the 1986 Gay Games II
in San Francisco. This is followed by proliferation of gay/lesbian sports
clubs that formed teams for volleyball, basketball, swimming, surfing, bicycling,
racquetball, track and field, billiards, and skiing.
Southern California Women for
Understanding (SCWU), the largest lesbian organization in the Southwest, forms
a North County/San Diego chapter. The primary focus of SCWU is education.
is formed under the auspices of Couples National
Network. Its purpose is to provide social and
educational outreach to persons in lesbian/gay relationships.
The MCC of San Diego selects Rev.
Sheila Rawls as its first woman assistant pastor.
founds Mothers of AIDS Patients (MAPS) to
combat prejudice and ignorance and to provide a
sounding board for mothers to share their experiences.
San Diego Men’s Chorus
(gay men’s singing group) is founded.
The Gay/Lesbian Police Liaison
Committee is established by Susan Jester for the purpose of providing an open
channel of communication between the San Diego Police Department and the lesbian/gay
is appointed by
Mayor Roger Hedgecock as the only
openly gay member of the mayor’s Advisory Board
on Neighborhoods. The board represents the mayor’s commitment to the
preservation of neighborhood diversity.
The first Desert States Lesbian
and Gay Conference is held March 30-31 in San Diego. The purpose is to bring
together gay activists from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and
Utah to share information and lay the groundwork for a permanent regional
coalition of communities.
The gay press reports that fires and
threats plague gay businesses. The Disc-OPizza
restaurant suffered a fire April 1.
The West Coast Production Company
received a threatening letter in
Longtime activist and gay community
Dr. A. Brad Truax is appointed to the San Diego County Human Relations
Commission by Board of Supervisors Chair Leon Williams in May. The appointment was
made after months of speculation concerning whether an openly gay or lesbian
would be appointed.
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The "Premiere Performance" concert of
San Diego Men’s Chorus is held at the First Unitarian Church in Hillcrest.
The 50-voice choir performs to a full house.
San Diego Women’s Chorus
(lesbian singing group) founded.
Dr. Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace is founding
Superior Court Judge Mack P. Lovett
issues an order which prohibits Sheriff
John Duffy, his
agents and employees from discriminating based on sexual
orientation in employment, promotion or
advancement, or in terminating an employee.
A San Diego judge
of 16-year-old Brian Batey to his late father’s gay lover, Craig Corbett, even though
the youngster’s mother had also petitioned for custody after Frank Batey (Brian’s
father) died of complications from AIDS.
A surge of "lewd conduct"
arrests are made over a two-month period of time in Presidio Park and at Spanish Landing.
San Diego Blood Bank
begins sending names of persons to the County Health Department who have tested positive
for antibodies to the AIDS virus.
The San Diego gay and lesbian
community unites to defeat the
A fundraising coordinator is hired and so much money
is collected that a surplus remains after the
defeat of the initiative.
◄Mayor Maureen O’Connor becomes the first
elected official to march in the local Lesbian and Gay Pride
Mayor O’Connor and
Brad Truax Human Rights Award.
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◄The premier issue of Bravo is
published February 12.
Tony V. Zampella is
co publisher and editor.
Larry Baza organizes artists for
AIDS assistance. The performance at the Lyceum raises over $6,000.
Dignity San Diego opens
Dignity Center in May at 4561 Park Blvd. It houses a chapel, library, and a drop-in area.
Supervisor Leon Williams and former Dignity/San Diego President Henry Ramirez cut the
The San Diego County AIDS
Assistance Fund moves into a home of its own in May after four years of spending 100% of
contributions on care for PWAs and PWARCs. Greg Vasic of F Street Corp., a major
financial supporter, paid for a year’s lease on the building located next door to MCC
on 30th Street.
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power
(ACTUP) San Diego is founded by
Bell for direct political action in the
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Mayor Maureen O’Connor
proclaims June 13-14 as "Gay Pride Days" in
San Diego and marches in Lesbian/Gay
Pride Parade with the San Diego AIDS Project. Several candidates for City Council
ride in the parade.
runs as openly gay candidate for San Diego City Council. He finishes
a close third in a crowded primary
San Diego’s historic monument, the
Villa Montezuma, turns 100 in June. It was home to
Jesse Shepard, a celebrated
pianist in Europe and America, who embarked on a second career as a writer under
the pen name of Francis Grierson. He lived with his "companion-secretary" Lawrence
The Rev. Pat Rocco of the
U.S. Mission opens the first shelter for homeless gays and lesbians in August. It is
immediately filled to capacity. A second shelter opens in October. The U.S. Mission operates
with no government funds and also operates shelters in Los Angeles and San
Francisco. The San Diego shelters are located at 2002 Irving Ave. and 643 26th Street.
Hundreds of gay/lesbian San Diegans
travel to the nation’s capitol in October for the
National March on Washington
for lesbian and gay rights. Among the 862 arrested in the largest civil
disobedience action ever at the Supreme Court are local activists Albert Bell and
The first issue of the San Diego
Lesbian Press is published in October, just six months after a group of women meet to
discuss the need for such a publication and form a collective to make it happen.
Beautiful Lesbian Thespians (BLT)
is founded and produces the play Sisters
in November, written by Kate Rosenblatt
of Solana Beach.
The First Annual Lesbian
Cultural/Arts Weekend is held November 21-22. It is organized by Nancy Gordon and Ramona
Rev. Dorman Owen, noted
anti-gay activist, is jailed in November for his participation in the attempted
bombing of a clinic that performs abortions.
is founded in December 1987. The first
planning meeting of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of San
Diego meets at Jess Jessop’s apartment. The Archives is established to "Preserve
and Teach Our History."
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The International Latina Lesbian
Organization (ILLO) is established in January in San Diego. It promotes cultural,
social, and philosophical efforts of lesbians. ILLO offers Latin dances at the Flame the
first Sunday of each month. Salsa Sundays are co-hosted by Paula Valentine and
San Diego’s newest weekly for the
lesbian and gay community is launched in January, the San Diego Gay Times.
Larry L. "Lair" Davis is editor. In its inaugural issue, the newspaper declares
Neil Good "Gay Person of the Year." Good chaired the committee, which wrote the ordinance
creating the county’s Human Relations Commission. The Times declares
Mayor Maureen O’Connor
the gay community’s "Friend of the Year."
Harvey Milk Democratic Club
becomes the first gay contingent to march in the Martin Luther King Day Parade in
A crowd of 600 gay and lesbian
activists greets the mayor at her annual
State of the City address
at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park January 11.
They demand more funding to fight AIDS in San
The San Diego Chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) established the
Lesbian and Gay Rights Committee.
Its first forum is titled "Civil Liberties and AIDS," and is held at the California
Western School of Law in January.
The Board of Supervisors votes
unanimously to direct the county’s Human Relations Commission to develop a registry
of hate crimes to determine the nature and extent of hate violence in San Diego
The "Use Condoms" campaign is
launched in Tijuana in February by the Proyecto SIDA Tijuana. Thousands of free
condoms are distributed.
In February the City Council votes
8-1 to approve an AIDS anti-bias ordinance, which
protects PWAs and PWARCs against discrimination. Santa Monica, San Francisco, Los Angeles City, Los
Angeles County, West Hollywood, Berkeley, and Oakland have similar laws. Bruce
Henderson votes against the measure.
The San Diego Board of Supervisors votes unanimously in February for a controversial
ordinance they hope will close gay bathhouses. In March the San Diego City Council votes
unanimously to order the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to restrict gay bathhouses.
Bathhouse proprietors register strong objections to the proposed measure.
In May attorneys
Thomas Homann and Michael Crowley file a lawsuit in Superior
Court seeking to overturn the March City Council ordinance that could be used to close
Fierstein’s Safe Sex
opens at the Bowery to wide acclaim.
As part of its nationwide tour, the
Names Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt comes to San Diego April 12 and is visited
by thousands at Golden Hall. The San Diego visit is the second stop on its 20-city
Reception Group Photo.
In April the first Mr. Baja Gay
is chosen at Los Equipales disco bar in Tijuana. Martin del Castillo is selected from among
representatives from Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada. 300 attended the ceremony.
After a repressive atmosphere is
created in Mexicali in 1986 by city and state police, 1987 sees a rebirth of
lesbian and gay nightlife with the opening of the Disco Club Marimba, the only gay club in
Mexicali. Lesbian participation is said to be significant.
San Diegans organize against
Proposition 69 which would require reporting to local health officers
the names of persons with AIDS or those suspected of carrying the virus. It could force
law enforcement and health officials to quarantine and isolate persons with
AIDS and who are HIV positive. It is defeated.
Community Actively Supporting People
with AIDS (CASA) is launched in May. It is founded by Neil Good and Norma
Assam and will solicit contributions from large corporations to assist in housing and
caring for PWAs.
A new lesbian social group forms in
June to provide weekly women-only space as an alternative to the bar scene. It is
called For Lesbians Only (FLO).
is sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for his
part in the attempted bombing by Eric Svelmoe of
a San Diego family planning clinic in 1987.
Svelmoe is sentenced to 179 days in
jail and 5 years probation. He once flew a plane pulling the banner that read "Repent
Fag" over San Diego’s Pride Parade.
The first general meeting of the
Democratic Club of San Diego is held
on July 5.
U.S. Mission opens San Diego’s
first gay thrift store on 30th & Beech St. in July (supporting homeless and persons with
San Diego Career Women
is started during the summer by ten women to offer opportunities for professional
development and networking in non-bar settings. Within one month it has 120 members
and grows to include over 250 members.
and Fred Scholl are appointed to the Police/Committee Relations Advisory
Board. Appointments were made by Mayor O’Connor and unanimously approved by
the City Council.
Bill Kollender makes a
three-hour course of the gay/lesbian community a
permanent part of the Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Program.
Outreach for Couples,
co-founded by Steve Whiting and Keith Roberts to "support the positive aspects of the couples
Gay/Lesbian Asian-Pacific Islanders
Social Support (GLASS) is founded by
San Diegans send a large contingent
to the March on Sacramento for Lesbian and Gay Rights to "bring the message
home" from Washington. Jesse Jackson addresses the crowd of 20,000 – Sacramento’s
largest civil rights demonstration to date.
National Lesbian Rights
Conference meets in San Diego October 7-10.
Speakers include Robin Morgan, Jean
O-Leary, Karen Thompson, and Carmen Vazquez. The event is kicked off with
a Lesbian Solidarity March and Rally at the County Government Building. Over
1,000 attend the conference. Previous Lesbian Solidarity marches were held in 1979,
1980, and 1981.
starts Auntie Helen’s Fluff ‘n’ Fold, a
laundry service for PWAs in his garage with three "customers."
It grows to occupy a thrift shop on 30th street in North Park, washing hundreds of
loads of clothes a week.
Pat Rocco and the
In 1962 the U.S. Mission was founded by the Rev. Robert Humphries to provide
shelter, meals, clothing, and jobs for homeless gay men and lesbians. It is the
second oldest gay organization in the U.S. The Mission operates with donations,
without the use of government funding. No one of any sexuality, sex, race, creed or
religion is turned away. Facilities are developed in San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco,
and Los Angeles.
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The first meeting of the Gay and
Lesbian Association of County Employees is held January 24. More than 50 gay and
lesbian county employees are on hand to acknowledge their identities and
their vital role in county government.
Lesbians and Gays of African Descent
United (LAGADU) is founded in San Diego. The group becomes first
African-American group to march in San Diego Gay Pride Parade.
The Center for Social Services offers
first Lesbian and Gay Community Leadership Training Program.
27 persons attend the initial training session.
Robert Walsh is awarded $5,000
in an out-of-court settlement in an AIDS discrimination suit. He filed suit
against Hillcrest chiropractor Joseph Cicmanec when the latter
refused to treat Walsh in 1988 because he has AIDS. Walsh’s attorney, Timothy Pestotnik, chair of the San
Diego AIDS Project, is able to use the 1988 AIDS anti-discrimination ordinance to
settle the matter out-of-court.
The Human Rights Campaign creates the
Lesbian Issues and Outreach Project in July.
The 4th annual National Gay Tennis
Tournament is held in San Diego July 1-3, hosted by the San Diego Tennis
Jeff Palmer and Joe Pascal create the
AIDS Benefit Calendar (proceeds donated to direct-service AIDS/HIV-related
Paradigm Publishing Company
is founded in October. The lesbian-owned company is dedicated to publishing
works created within communities of diversity. Proprietors are life partners Brenda
Hines and Deanna Leach.
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