of San Diego gives $600,000 in Community Block Grant monies
to the Lesbian and Gay Center for Social Services to be used for the
acquisition of a building.
Gay and Lesbian Vegetarians of San
Diego is founded in January by Brett
Over 1,000 cardboard tombstones
commemorate those who have died of AIDS in San Diego County at a
memorial service February 4 in Balboa Park.
“a space for Lesbian culture,” opens its doors in
February in downtown San Diego at 856 8th Ave. It provides a
gathering place for lesbians to share their art and writing and to
create and perform new works.
The San Diego Police Department
creates liaison officers for specific community groups in
April. Matthew Weathersby was appointed as the first liaison officer
to the gay and lesbian community.
opens Paradigm Women’s Books in April on
Kettner Blvd. She has operated a wholesale music distribution
business for seven years prior to this.
9004—"City Council Approves Human
Dignity Ordinance by 8-1 Vote; fundamentalists announce repeal
petition drive; Congress also approves the Hate Crimes Statistics
Act." San Diego Democratic Club Political Voice Vol. 15, No. 3,
9006—"Human Dignity Ordinance
becomes Law [petition against fails]. Citizens in San Diego can now
file civil suits against landlords or employers if they feel they
are being discriminated against on the basis of Sexual Orientation."
San Diego Democratic Club Political Voice Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1990.
Human Dignity Ordinance (HDO)
becomes law in San Diego on May 16. The
HDO offers civil rights protection making it illegal to discriminate
against any person in housing or employment on the basis of sexual
orientation. This ordinance was cosponsored by Councilpersons Wes
Pratt and Abby Wolfsheimer.
Buttino, an FBI agent,
has his security clearance revoked in May and is
fired for being gay. Mr. Buttino, an agent for 20 years, was placed
on leave without pay when it was discovered that he is gay. The
Bureau refused to consider his exemplary record and fired him citing
“exploitable sexual conduct.”
attend the fifth annual “Trauma and Sexuality”
conference in San Diego. The purpose is to discuss “recovery” for
homosexuality. Sy Rogers, a born again Christian and “recovered”
homosexual is the featured speaker.
MCC of San Diego celebrates its
The 16th annual San Diego
Lesbian/Gay Pride Parade in June features
and Fundi, the first African-Americans to be
chosen to lead the local event.
The San Diego AIDS Project
AIDS Assistance Fund merge operations in July. Citing
cumbersome and repetitive application procedures for assistance as
well as financial constraints, the two primary support organizations
for PWAs and PWARCs combine their operations to become the AIDS
Foundation San Diego.
was crowned Emperor de San Diego XIX and
Nicole Ramirez Murray Empress de San Diego
in the Imperial Court Coronation on July
An essay and several cartoons of
Germain are included in Silverleaf’s Choice: An Anthology of
Lesbian Humor. Germain is one of the founding mothers of Dykes on
Hikes, the Lesbian Referral Service and the theatre group Beautiful
(pictured on the left)
to the lesbian and gay press at The Center in Hillcrest in October.
A highly respected officer, Graham said he felt it was important to
come out so that gay men and lesbians could see that they could
become police officers and be good ones.
Chief of Police Bob Burgreen
(pictured on the right) encouraged Graham in his action.
9011-"Jeri Dilno Day [November
6th, 1990] proclaimed in honor of her selfless work as an advocate
on behalf of the GLBT community." San Diego Democratic Club
Political Voice Vol. 15, No. 10, November/December 1990.
On December 5th, the first person
prosecuted locally for committing a hate
against a gay man was sentenced to 60 days in
County Jail with a work furlough program recommended. Bradley John
Fowler, son of San Diego Sockers owner Ron Fowler, pleaded guilty to
“interfering with the civil rights of a person because of their
sexual orientation,” and to grand theft. The incident occurred in
Hillcrest on September 3. He was fined $260 and will volunteer at
the AIDS Assistance Fund.
On December 14, Richard K.
becomes the second San Diego police officer, after John Graham,
to come out while on the police force. He is a native San Diegan.
San Diego State University’s
Women’s Studies Department celebrates its
in December. It is the oldest women’s studies
department in the country. The head of the department is
Dr. Bonnie Zimmerman, author of The Safe Sea of Women, Lesbian
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David Y. Products, Inc.,
the makers of a new line of hair care products by the same name,
announces the formation of a nonprofit entity designed to raise
money for organizations that assist persons with AIDS. The charity
has been guaranteed 100% of gross sales, to be distributed to
hospices and homecare organizations. David Y. Products was founded
this year and is headquartered in San Diego.
Project Lifeguard celebrates its one-year
anniversary on February 6th. Lifeline meetings consist of intimate
discussions among a group of 10-15 gay and bisexual men about the
impact of AIDS on their lives.
authored by activist/writer
M. Corinne Mackey,
took place at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza on February 11. It
was sponsored by Lesbians and Gays of African Descent United (LAGADU).
The performance art piece consisted of short skits about reclaiming,
healing, affirming, and celebrating African-American lesbians and
San Diego organization of the
Coalition to Unleash Power (ACTUP)
is reformed during the summer, its third
is elected the Southern California Chair of the
Democratic Party Lesbian and Gay Caucus in March. His election at
the State Party Convention in Oakland makes him a full voting member
of the California Democratic Party Executive Board. This is the
first such position for a member of the lesbian and gay community of
In July of
1991, a small group of Native Americans gay men from San Diego were
watching the Gay Pride Parade in San Diego from the sidelines when
they decided to jump in behind the Gay and Lesbian Asian and
(GLASS) contingent. One of them, Tom Lidot, knew the GLASS
group. They marched a few paces behind GLASS. After the
parade, they decided to start their own Native American gay
Nations of the
4 Directions was founded. San Diego's first
organization of and for native 2 Spirited people.
British playwright Debby Klein
created six very different lesbian characters and brought them
together in a steamy soap/play, “Coming Soon: A Sapphic Sudsaga,”
presented by San Diego’s
A lesbian version of the
traditional fairytale, Cinderella, was created by Cheryl Moch.
In “Cinderella: The Real True Story,” the heroine falls for the
princess instead of the prince. The play was presented by Labrys
Productions, San Diego’s lesbian theatre company.
The arts organization and
production company Fresh Dish is established to support
emerging local artists and present diverse gay and lesbian
performers from around the country.
A gay and lesbian contingent
is among the 100 units that marches in the coming home rally for
those who served in the Gulf War. 100,000 spectators watch
For the first time, local
openly gay and lesbian law enforcement officers take part in the
San Diego Pride Parade.
As of September 30, 2,898 cases
of AIDS have been confirmed in San Diego County since 1981.
A noon rally Friday October 4 is
held outside the California State Building to protest
veto of AB101. The bill would have outlawed employment
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Much anger is
expressed at Wilson’s “betrayal.” He courted the gay and lesbian
vote and indicated he would support the measure.
“Our World News” debuts
October 11 as a monthly half-hour telecast on Cox Cable TV’s Channel
24 Community Service TV.
Patricia Stone and her lover police officer
Natalie Stone come out to the public at the Coming Out luncheon held
at WD’s on October 11. Patricia becomes the first openly
lesbian/gay member of the San Diego Fire Department, and Natalie the
first open lesbian in the Police Department and the City’s third
openly gay or lesbian police officer. The luncheon was sponsored by
SOLO. At the same event Municipal Court Commissioner Sandy Berry
who has lived as an open lesbian for many years, makes her first
A Coming Out Day rally at
Police Department Headquarters supports openly gay and lesbian
officers in San Diego.
“Stop the Church” is broadcast on
KPBS Public Television. The highly controversial film depicts a
ACTUP against the Catholic Church in New York City. Despite
protests, KPBS airs the film in October.
The first meeting of
Alliance Embracing Sexual Orientations (SAESO)
is held October 30 at the
University of San Diego. This is a first for an undergraduate group at
this Catholic University. Founder and president Pete Fajkowski
introduced members of the school administration and faculty advisors
and explained the goals and concerns of the organization.
San Diego’s first gay and lesbian
Halloween street party is held October 31 in front of the future
home of The Center on Normal St. Hundreds of people participate.
The San Diego Women’s Chorus
participates in the Sixth National Women’s Choral Festival in
Houston in November.
(pictured on the left) and
(pictured on the right) attend the official opening of the
San Diego AIDS Adult Day Health Care Center on November 14.
One of three such centers in the U.S., the facility offers medical
and mental health services, physical and occupational therapy, hot
meals, and recreational activities for HIV-infected individuals.
Newly elected City Councilmember Valerie Stallings appoints local
Stan Lewis to her staff. Lewis is a former
president of the San Diego chapter of Dignity (LGBT Catholics) and
has served as administrative vice-president of the San Diego
A rally and march are organized by
Michael Spradley and Tony Valenzuela (pictured here) to commemorate the life of
John Robert Wear and other victims of recent “gaybashing”
murders and assaults.
Wear and two friends were victims of a hate crime in
December in Hillcrest. Community response was fast and strong and
included neighborhood patrols. Mayor Sanders makes reference
to the attacks in a
letter of commendation.
The Gay Community Defense
Committee (Comite en Defensa de la Communidad de Ambiente) is
formed in December in response to raids of Tijuana gay-lesbian bars.
The goal is to create a dialogue between the gay-lesbian community
and local authorities.
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and White Men Together
(also known as People of All Colors Together)
presents its first Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Civil Rights
Achievement to Rev. David Farrell of the MCC of San Diego.
and community leader
Fred Acheson dies of AIDS complications on Feb. 9, 1992.
He was 55. >
Members of the Lesbian, Gay and
Bisexual Association of UCSD, in their ongoing efforts to
increase their visibility, hold their first kiss-in on campus.
Their action addresses the issue of double standards for displays of
Diego’s first gay-lesbian-bisexual legal association, the
THLA, is formed in
February, Tom Homann was
one of San Diego’s leading civil rights attorneys. He died in 1991
of complications of AIDS.
Leon Williams appoints activist
Dr. Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace
to the County Human Relations Commission. She joins Vicky Butcher as
the second woman of African descent And Charles McKain as the second
openly gay person on the 15-member panel.
begins publishing on a biweekly basis.
The San Diego City Council honors
the gay and lesbian community with a proclamation that July is
Lesbian and Gay Archives month.
Councilmember George Stevens
does not sign the proclamation saying he refuses to "support any
legislation which would promote adultery or homosexuality." Tony
Valenzuela of the Lesbian and Gay Community Center and Debbie Zeyher,
President of the Lesbian and Gay Archives, are on hand to receive
the proclamation from Mayor Maureen O'Connor. SDGL Times 6/27/92
Members of ACT/UP San Diego join over 2,000 ACT/UP and Queer Nation
activists at the Republican National Convention
at the Houston Astrodome to confront the Republican Party for
its role in promoting homophobia, neglecting AIDS, and embracing the
bigotry of the religious right fundamentalists. SDGL Times
8/20/92 p.11 photo.
El Cajon police officer Chuck
Merino is notified by the local council of the Boy Scouts that
he is no longer welcome in its Explorer program because he no longer
meets "the high standards for membership which the Boy Scouts of
America seeks to provide for American youth." Earlier in the year
Merino came out publicly as a gay man during a community meeting
held to plan a response to hate crimes against gays in the Hillcrest
area. He chaired the Citizen's Patrol, which was formed to combat
the crimes. SDGL Times 9/20/92 p.11.
The first public meeting of Mayor
Maureen O'Connor's Gay and Lesbian Advisory
Board is attended by over 100 persons. A
majority of those attending complain about the narrow makeup of the
board, stressing the need for more diverse community representation,
and criticize the method used to determine community priorities,
pointing out the lack of input from a broad sector of the gay and
lesbian community. SDGL Times 9/24/92 p.11.
Lesbian and Gay Men's Community Center officially opens its
new facility at 3916 Normal Street. Over 400 community members
attend the opening at which the late Jess Jessop is acknowledged for
founding the Center in 1969. In 1990 Councilmember Hartley gained
approval of a $600,000 grant from the city for the new Center and
Mayor O'Connor obtained $100,000 in public money. At the opening,
proclamations are given to Chris Kehoe and Scott Fulkerson who were
instrumental in working on the project. SDGL Times 10/1/92 p.9
Human Rights Commission condemns the San Diego Council of Boy
Scouts for its decision to expel police office Chuck Merino from
its Explorer program because he is gay. Police Chief Bob Burgreen
ends the police contract with the Boy Scouts. SDGL Times 10/22/92
The Lesbian And Gay Archives
opens its doors on Park Boulevard in
University Heights on Coming Out Day, October 11. One hundred
persons visit on opening day to view displays and peruse periodicals
raises nearly $250,000, the largest AIDS fundraiser this year.
Allocations from the march go to the Lesbian and Gay Community
Center and to other local nonprofit direct–service providers. More
than 5,000 people participate in the walk along the bay, doubling
1991’s attendance. SDGL Times 1/28/93 p.14 photo.
San Diego Unified School District Board of Education approves a
policy prohibiting discrimination against both employees and
students based on sexual orientation. The board approves the policy
in the face of an overwhelming show of community opposition. SDGL
Times 12/2/92 p.9.
Sheriff Jim Roache, the San Diego
ACLU, and Lambda Legal Defense Fund announce the resolution of a
lawsuit in which Laura Shands alleged
sexual orientation discrimination in the Sheriff’s Academy.
As a result of the lawsuit, the Department’s policy manual will be
amended to forbid prejudice or harassment based on sexual
orientation. SDGL Times 12/10/92 p.8.
(Marti) Corinne Mackey,
well-known writing and activist, dies of cancer at age 42. She was a
founding member of lesbians and Gays of African Descent United and a
columnist for local gay and lesbian publications. Her play The
Gathering was recently performed to great acclaim at the Lyceum
Theater. SDGL Times 12/17/92 p.11 photo.
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San Diego radio station B100
issues a written apology in response to complaints by Queer
Nation, ACT UP and NOW for the homophobic comments of morning
Jeff and Jer. The hosts issue an on-air apology to
the gay and lesbian community January 26. SDGL Times 1/2/93 p.9.
new chapter of the
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) is formed in San Diego. The purposes of
GLAAD is to monitor the news and entertainment media, report on
their treatment of lesbian and gay people and issues--whether
positive or negative--and take actions such as letter writing to
media companies in order to engender positive portrayals of gays
and lesbians in the media. SDGL Times 1/14/93 p.9.
One of GLAAD's first acts is to target talk shows
Roger Hedgecock for his antigay rhetoric, including his
statement that the only reason gays want to be in the military
is "because that's where the boys are." SDGL Times 2/25/93 p.9
The San Diego Unified School District board
trustees votes 5-0 on January 12 to
ban the Boy Scouts
school programs during class time.
Citing the school board's
December 1992 anti-discrimination policy,
Superintendent Tom Payzant stated, "Because the Boy Scouts have a policy forbidding
homosexuals from serving as scout leaders, [they] are
discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation." SDGL Times
1/14/93 p.9. However, Payzant pulls back from plans to include
information on lesbian and gay lifestyles in the curriculum.
SDGL Times 2/25/93 p.9.
Queer Nation-San Diego activist B.
Allan Ross (pictured here) begins a hunger strike January 12 against the Boy
Scouts for discriminating against gay young men who want to be
Scouts. SDGL Times 2/11/93 p.11. And the San Diego Regional Board of
the Anti-Defamation league calls on the City Council to enforce the
spirit of the Human Dignity Ordinance by revoking the subsidized use
of public lands by organizations that discriminate based on sexual
orientation. SDGL Times 2/25/93 p.14.
A memorial service for
R. Schindler, Jr, a Navy sailor aboard the
U.S.S. Belleau Wood who was allegedly
beaten to death by two fellow crewmen last October because he was
gay, is held January 17. His mother, Dorothy Hajdys, attends the
service. Over 150 attend the service. SDGL Times 1/14/93 p.9.
Facebook Memorial Page
HEAL (Health, Empowerment and
Advocacy for Lesbians), the first San
Diego support network for lesbians living with physical illnesses
and challenges, completes a 1992 survey of lesbian community. For
the 210 respondents health insurance is the primary concern. Seven
of ten have insurance but nearly 30% feel it is inadequate. Nearly
20% of those without insurance had been abandoned by their insurance
companies as a result of illness or disability. Over one-third
report they have lived with a chronic/life-threatening physical
illness or disability. SDGL Times 1/14/93 p.14.
The San Diego Chapter of
Black and White Men Together/People of All Colors
presents its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. award to Emilio
Velasquez of Tijuana for his work over the past 10 years helping
Latino gay men and lesbians on both sides of the border. SDGL Times
1/21/93 p.15 photo.
City Councilmember John Hartley
drops his bid for re-election, opening the door for community
to run for office. Hartley was instrumental in
passage of the Human Dignity Ordinance, in getting funding for the
new Lesbian and Gay Men's Community Center, and in keeping the Boy
Scout issue before the public. SDGL Times 2/4/93 p.11 photo
and 2/18/93 p.9 photo.
Over 200 people attend the first
annual Adams Avenue Womenfest February 11 organized by
Paradigm Women's Bookstore and the Adams Avenue Business
Association. Gloria Steinem and Midge Constanza speak at the event.
Two weeks later at Paradigm lesbian activists
Del Martin and Phyllis
Lyon introduce the 20th anniversary edition of their Lesbian/Woman.
SDGL Times 2/18/93 p.10 and 3/4/93 p.36 photo.
SDSU Gay and Lesbian Student Union changes its name to the
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Union
to reflect its "openness toward members of the
bisexual community and our acceptance of the diversity without our
community." SDGL Times 2/25/93 p.15.
Sixth District Councilmember
Valerie Stallings announces the promotion of her
Council representative Stan Lewis to the
post of chief of staff. Lewis is now the highest-ranking openly gay
staff person in San Diego city government and the first to hold the
position of chief of staff. He has been a member of Stallings' staff
since she first took office in January 1992. SDGL Times 3/4/93 p.20
►Openly gay candidate
Lindahl comes in second in his bid for presidency of SDSU
Associated Students. He is subsequently appointed by newly elected
president, Amy Gilbertson, to the position of Liaison for Student
Concerns. He is also awarded the
Shuford C. Swift Award at the
annual SDSU Awards Ceremony, given each year to an individual who
exhibits outstanding leadership qualities. SDGL Times 4/1/93 photo;
SDGL Times 5/13/93 p.10.
gay candidate for 3rd District City Council
officially launches her campaign April 10 in Trolley Barn Park in
University Heights. She is endorsed by retiring Councilmember John
Hartley in whose office Kehoe worked for over two years. SDGL Times
4/15/93 p.9 photo.
The Lesbian and Gay Men's
Community Center turns 20 and holds
celebratory events throughout the year. Leaders who are acknowledged
for their work in building the Center include Jess Jessop, Cynthia
Lawrence-Wallace, Peggy Heathers, George Murphy, Jeri Dilno, Fred
Scholl, Gary Rees, Bridget Wilson, Scott Fulkerson and Karen
Marshall. SDGL Times 4/15/93 p.30 photos.
4th District City
Stevens comes under fire for allegedly making homophobic
remarks. Charges are made by Donald Peter Ray who says he
visited Stevens' office to hand-deliver a letter to staff member
Luis Navidad, who is alleged to have said, "We don't speak to
faggots here." Stevens is said to have followed the remark with,
"All gays and lesbians should be put in a gas chamber."
Stevens claims the allegations are "lies." SDGL Times 4/22/93
1,000 San Diego gay men and lesbians
attend the March on Washington April 26. Local gay activist
Nicole Ramirez-Murray is a member of the National March
executive board and an emcee at the rally.
Jim Cua is chair of
the San Diego March Committee. The San Diego contingent is
joined in the March by Congressman Bob Filner. SDGL Times
4/29/93 pp.9-10 photo.
Local author Wendy Caster publishes
The Lesbian Sex Book, a sex positive "guide for the 90's." SDGL
Times 5/13/93 p.8 photo.
Pat Burke, editor of the Update, dies
at the VA Hospital of complications from HIV. He has been
editor of Update since 1979. SDGL Times 5/20/93 pp.9,11 photo;
Update 5/19/93 A-1,A-6 photos.
The Citizens Patrol, founded as a
result of the murder of John Wear in Hillcrest, officially opens
its new storefront office at 1010 University Avenue. SDGL Times
Stepping Stone purchases a residential
recovery home on Central Avenue in Hillcrest. The facility is
one of only five residential recovery homes in the country
devoted to the rehabilitation of alcohol and drug users
primarily from the gay and lesbian community. SDGL Times 5/20/93
first Human Rights Campaign dinner honors former mayor Maureen
O'Connor and retiring Chief of Police Bob Burgreen for their
contributions to the gay and lesbian community. New Police Chief
Jerry Sanders makes his first appearance at a gay event by
attending the dinner. Update 5/26/93 A-1,A-10 photo.
San Diegans join veterans and active military enlistees from
around the county in urging President Clinton to lift the
ban against gays/lesbians in the military. The MCC and the
San Diego Veterans Association both sponsor postcard-writing
campaigns and community activist Herb King participates in the
cross-country Campaign for Military Service bus tour. SDGL Times
Collections from the San Diego Lesbian and Gay Historical
Society are on display at the Public Library downtown. This
is the first time its collections-- international timeline,
Pride memorabilia, examples of local gay authors and publishers,
examples of homophobia--have been open to the community at
large. SDGL Times 6/3/93 p.16.
Shilts' comprehensive study,
Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military,
is published. In its 800 pages it tells the stories of gays in
the military including San Diego's Jess Jessop, founder of the
Center and the Historical Society. SDGL Times 6//10/93 p.44
The organizational meeting of the local Stonewall 25
commemoration effort erupts into a shouting and shoving
match as members of ACT/UP protest the involvement of national
co-chair Nicole Ramirez-Murray. The meeting is moved from the
Center to a residence in North Park where an interim committee
is selected. Bravo! 6/17/93 pp.1,7; SDGL Times 6/17/93
(pictured here) Log Cabin Club president and publisher of Bravo!, is approved by
the City Council as the lesbian and gay community's new
commissioner on the Human Relations Commission. LGBT community
members at the meeting oppose his confirmation noting his
published articles against gay rights. Update 6/23/93 A-5,A- 6
photo; SDGL Times 6/17/93 pp.9,18.
On May 27, in Yokosuka, Japan, Airman Apprentice
Terry M. Helvey was sentenced to life imprisonment for
the murder of Allen Schindler in a public restroom in Sasebo,
and Charles McKain of the San Diego Democratic Club
Vice President Al Gore,
who is visiting San Diego for a meeting with the National
Performance Review Commission. In front of media Case reminds
Gore of Clinton's broken promise to end the ban on homosexuals
in the military and labels the Administration's policy "don't
ask/don't tell" an affront to gay and lesbian Americans.
Bravo! 7/17/93 p.1 photo; SDGL Times 7/1/93 p.16 photo.
U.S. Postal Service
approves a special cancellation for mail to commemorate San
Diego Pride Weekend, July 17-18, 1993. This is only the fifth
time in history and the first time on the west coast that the
Postal Service has approved a special cancellation. SDGL Times
One hundred demonstrators
march in Balboa Park on July 4th to protest
the ban on gays in the military. All
branches of the military are represented. Some march in uniform;
some wear paper bags over their heads to conceal their identities.
The demonstrators are met by an anti-war end-the-military counter
demonstration by Queer Nation and Act-Up. SDGL Times 7/8/93 pp.11-12
photo; Update 7/7/93 A-1.
new chapter of Lesbian Avengers opens in San Diego. Its first
action is a kiss-in in front of the main gate to the Naval Base at
32nd and Harbor Drive. SDGL Times 7/22/93 p.12.
begin walking precincts in the Third District for Councilmember
candidate Christine Kehoe, the first openly lesbian
candidate for City Council.
Kehoe hopes to replace retiring Councilmember John Hartley, who
is helping to train Kehoe's volunteers. SDGL Times 7/15/93.
Record crowds watch the Pride Parade and attend the
Pride Festival. The parade draws 40,000 spectators and the
festival 15,000, doubling attendance figures for previous years.
SDGL Times 8/12/93 p.16.
Naval Criminal Intelligence Services begin an investigation of
500 Marines from
participated in gay pornography. The allegations stem
from the arrest of a gay porn producer on unrelated charges.
Community activists charge that the sensational reporting in the
press and on television has been caused by Nicole Ramirez-Murray
who leaked the story to local media. SDGL Times 8/26/93
pp.12,23; Bravo! 8/26/93 p. 1.
becomes the first openly gay person to be awarded
America's Finest Citizen Award
presented by Al Best, the first openly gay person
chosen to present the award. Isner is honored for volunteer work
in the San Diego and Tijuana AIDS community. SDGL Times 8.26/93
Patrique O. Lindahl
is the first openly gay student elected official at
SDSU selected to serve on the Student Advisory Committee on
International Education for the California State University
system. SDGL Times 9/2/93 p.10.
which stages lesbian and gay plays, acquires a new permanent
space at 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights. This move
gives it a permanent stage and comfortable seating and allows it
to experiment and grow. SDGL Times 9/9/93 p.14.
The Alano Club,
also known as Live And Let Live, which does special outreach to
the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, moves to
its new home on Monroe Avenue in University Heights. Update
wins the primary race for City Council by beating
nine other candidates. This victory is a major step toward
becoming the first openly gay San Diego elected official. She
will face runner-up Evonne Schultz in the election November 2nd.
SDGL Times 9/23/93 p.9 photo.
Seventy lesbian and gay couples are joined in a
Celebration of Commitment
Balboa Park on October 11, National Coming Out Day. The ceremony
is organized by the Lambda Associates for Social and Service
Outreach and The Equal Marriage Rights Fund. The non-sectarian
service is conducted by the MCC. Update 10/6/93 A-8,A-9; SDGL
Times 10/14/93 p.14 photo.
outside the offices of KSDO radio on Murphy Canyon
Road to protest the on-air anti-gay remarks of talk show host
Roger Hedgecock. The protest comes after months of negotiations
with the station's management and after the station refused to
curb Hedgecock's offensive remarks about gays and women. Update
10/6/93 A-1,A-6 photo; Bravo! 9/24/93 pp.1,7 photo.
a founding member of
Being Alive, is fired as
Executive Director. His firing is one of several that affects
staff and sets off heated protests that rock the agency
throughout the last months of 1993. Update 10/20/93 A-10.
The Lesbian and Gay Center
celebrates its 20th year of existence with its annual
Gala at the Hyatt Regency in downtown San Diego. The Center
started from one telephone line in founder Jess Jessop's home
and has grown into a full social service facility on Normal
Street in Hillcrest. Update 10/27/93 A-1 photo; Bravo! 10/7/93
Christine Kehoe wins
the Third District City Council election and becomes
the first openly gay elected official in San Diego. SDGL Times
11/4/93 pp.9,16 photo; Bravo! 11/4/93 pp.1,17 photo.
43, dies from AIDS complications. In 1970 Bell was a
founding member of the first Gay Liberation group in San Diego.
He was an early director of the LGBT Center and also served on
the Center's Board of Directors. He established Our House, the
first AIDS residential facility in San Diego, and Blood Sisters,
a group for lesbians to donate blood to the Blood Bank. SDGG
Times 12/2/93 pp.9,10; Update 12/8/93 A-1.
a conservative gay newspaper,
founded and published by Tony Zampella,
after seven years of operation. Zampella cites
financial problems as the reason for its demise. SDGL Times
resigns after six years as Executive Director of the
LGBT Center when asked by the Board of Directors because of
differences on how to handle the Center's deficit. Fulkerson
oversaw the move of the Center from its site at Fifth and
Robinson to its own building on Normal Street in Hillcrest and
the growth of the Center to become the second largest AIDS
agency in the county after the close of the AIDS Foundation.
Karen Marshall, Associate Executive Director, replaces
Fulkerson. SDGL Times 12/9/93 pp.11,19; Update 12/8/93 A-1.
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All Saints Episcopal Church
at Sixth and
Pennsylvania in Hillcrest fires organist and choir master
Katherine Kamarath because of rumors that she is in a lesbian
relationship with her roommate and fellow choir member Karen
Parker. Neither Parker, the mother of four, nor Kamarath are
lesbians. Update 1/5/94 A-1 A-12 photo.
The AIDS Memorial Task Force, a group of community activists
planning to build a
in Balboa park, runs into problems when the proposed
design, a concrete walkway lined with live trees symbolizing
those who have died, causes controversy because of the high
cost--more than $300,000. Some community members object to
spending money on memorials instead of direct services to those
who are still alive. SDGL Times 1/6/94 pp.11-12 photo.
Two local marines are
dishonorably discharged for posing in explicit gay
pornography. Six other marines are awaiting disciplinary action.
The police had originally been searching for pornography
depicting minors but turned the films over to the Marine Corps
when it appeared that some of the actors were marines. SDGL
Times 1/6/94 p.13.
Federal Court in San Francisco approves a settlement for San
a 20 veteran of the FBI discharged in 1989 for being gay. The
FBI agrees to pay legal fees and to allow Buttino to collect his
pension. In addition the FBI agrees to cease discrimination
based on sexual orientation. SDGL Times 1/13/94 p.17.
In tribute to
Albert Bell, community members carry his
ashes from David's Place on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest to the
First Unitarian Church. Speakers at Bell's memorial service
include Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society, and
Valerie Stallings, city council member. Update l/19/94 A-1 A-6
underground needle exchange program, an outreach to
at-risk drug addicts, is busted by city police and the program's
leader, Michael Stepler, is arrested for possession of a
hypodermic needle and syringe without a prescription. This is
the first arrest in the two years the program has existed.
Arresting officers say that they had been directed by the city
to "enforce the law." Update 1/23/94 A-
1 A-4 photo; SDGL Times 2/24/94 p.15.
appoints a gay and lesbian advisory board to help
keep her apprised of issues of concern to the GLBT community.
The board includes community activists Garrett Dettling, Leslie
Horn, Nicole Ramirez-Murray, Lori Sands, Kevin Woods, and Tony
Zampella. SDGL Times 3/17/94 p.15 photo.
The San Diego Blood Bank
refuses to publicize or promote an event encouraging lesbians to
donate blood because its name, The San Diego Lesbian Community
Drive, includes the
word lesbian. The event is meant to reproduce the success of the
Blood Sisters drive
in 1992. Update 3/9/94 A-1 A-10 photo. The organizers, Ann
Garwood and Cathy Paddock, file a complaint with the San Diego
Human Relations Commission. Update 3/23/94 A-8.
The lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts by gay El Cajon
police officer Chuck Merino goes to trial. Merino had helped
organize the Citizens Patrol in Hillcrest in 1991, and his
remarks at the first meeting led local Boy Scout representatives
to believe he is gay. The Scouts then terminated him as a leader
of an Explorer Program that he had headed for five years. Update
2/23/94 A-1 A-11. See also Update 4/6/94 A-1 and Update 4/13/94
radio talk show host and former mayor, promotes a
contingent for the annual Gay Pride Parade and
threatens legal action to force the issue. Hedgecock, spurred on
by some of his radio call-ins, contends the contingent will do
to the Pride Parade in San Diego what Boston gays did to the St.
Patrick's Day parade in that city. Pride officials, however,
point out that they have always denied entrance to groups not
supporting the principles expressed in Gay/Lesbian pride. SDGL
Times 3/24/94 pp.15,28 photo; Update 6/22/94 A-1,A-5 and 6/29/94
p.A-1 see also SDGL Times 6/30/94 pp.15,16 and 7/7/94 p.15 and
The Ocean Beach People's Food
Co-op removes the LN magazine (Lesbian News)
from its store
because it "might offend families and children." The
distributors, Pam Gusha and Diane Germain, protest its removal
to the Board of Directors and file a complaint with the San
Diego Human Relations Commission citing homophobia. Update
3/30/94 A-6 photo; SDGL Times 3/31/94 pp.15,30 photo. Later the
Board of the Co-op reaffirms its free press policy by a
unanimous vote. Update 4/27/94 A-6.
Vista School Board
adopts a controversial sex education program Sex
Respect that does not permit mention or discussion of
homosexuality. Teachers are permitted to correct any
misstatements made by students about homosexuality but may not
go into detail without written permission from parents. SDGL
Times 5/12/94 p.15.
president Thomas Day is accused by colleagues of gay bashing
when he rejects the Academic Senate's resolution supporting
domestic partner benefits for faculty and employees and
distributes a memo with sentences that label homosexuality
"unnatural" and equate it with "adultery and permissive
abortions." In a straw poll, 3/4 of the faculty responding
vote for his retirement "for the good of the university."
Ironically, SDSU spokesperson Rick Ford, a member of the gay
community, defends Day. Update 5/18/94 A-1,13; SDGL Times
San Diego City Council declares May 6-16 LIFE AIDS Lobby Days
in a resolution presented to Doug Case of the LGBT Center by
Councilmember Chris Kehoe. The resolution is signed by all
council members except George Stevens who refuses to sign
because the resolution speaks of diversity but mentions only
gays and lesbians. Update 5/18/94 A-12.
Timothy Walters Grummon, 42, local
artist, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia. His work
Panels of Love,
a series of eleven panels in the shape of a cross, has been
displayed in many local churches and in Grace Cathedral in San
Francisco. SDGL Times 5/26/94 p.15 photo.
magazine, a local bi-weekly for gays and lesbians, halts
publication. The publisher, David Dartt, cites economic problems
as the reason. The magazine has been published since June 1992.
Update 6/1/94 A-1; SDGL Times 6/9/94 p.17.
Television station K63-EN, known as
BAY 63TV, announces a gay-oriented live telephone talk show
called Lip Service. Station representatives say that the show is
an attempt to focus on one of the undeserved communities in San
Diego and to let the "gay community talk among themselves and to
San Diego in general." Update 6/1/94 A-13; see also 6/15/94 A-1.
The city of San Diego extends
domestic partner benefits to all city employees. Initially
the coverage was opposed by Mayor Susan Golding and
Councilmember George Stevens, but Councilmember Christine Kehoe
was able to get enough support from other council members to gain
approval of the benefits coverage. SDGL Times 6/2/94 pp.15,16;
see also 6/9/94 pp.15,16,17.
A teacher at
Oak Park Elementary School is given a written reprimand
for letting her gay son speak to her second grade class. She had
invited her son the day after the class had reacted negatively
to a student who told classmates that his family cares for a gay
man who has AIDS. Later another teacher at Oak Park is
reprimanded and then transferred after she explained to her
class that gay students do not deserve to be the victims of
physical violence. SDGL Times 6/23/94 p.12 and 7/21/94 pp.16,17.
a group of gays and lesbians who marched in San Diego's first
Pride Parade in 1974, celebrate 20 years of Pride by marching as
a group in the 1994 Pride Parade. SDGL Times 7/7/94 pp.36,37,47
photo. The parade draws 60,000 spectators while only 200 show up
for the Normal People's rally held at the same time. SDGL Times
7/21/94 p.15 photo.
A Superior Court judge rules that the
Boy Scouts committed "arbitrary discrimination" and
"wrongfully dismissed" gay Boy Scout leader Chuck Merino
The judge orders the Scouts to pay Merino's legal fees and
awards him $5,000 but does not order reinstatement. The Scouts
call the ruling a partial victory. Update 7/13/94 A-10; SDGL
Times 7/14/94 pp.25,26 photo. SDGL Times 8/1/94 p.17. see
The first Dyke March in San Diego is held as the kick-off
event of Pride Week. The march in Hillcrest of more than 500
lesbians also marks the founding of the SD chapter of Lesbian
Avengers, a direct action group using grass roots tactics to
create lesbian visibility. Update 7/13/94 A-10,A-12 photo; SDGL
Times 7/14/94 p.31.
The first Tom Homann Award
presented by the ACLU in memory of Homann's work for protection
of human rights is presented to San Diegan Frank Buttino, gay
former FBI agent. SDGL Times 7/21/94 p.14.
The San Diego Zoo refunds admissions and gives free
passes to 80 patrons who say they are offended by some of the
2000 homosexuals who hold hands or kiss while attending the
Pride Party at the Zoo. Zoo officials say it is the best way to
handle complaints and "get them out of our hair." SDGL Times
The San Diego chapter of GLAAD pickets the
meeting of KSDO radio officials and advertisers at the
Catamaran Hotel to protest the homophobic statements of KSDO
talk show host Roger Hedgecock [pictured here]. Update 7/27/94 A-l photo; SDGL
Times 7/28/94 p.17.
Later KSDO runs a two-and-a-half hour talk
show hosted by GLAAD to answer questions about the gay and
lesbian community. Community spokespeople include Dennis
Lucarelli, Sharon Parker, Karen Marshall, Diane Warner and Bill
Donnelly. Update 8/10/94 Al,A2.
The San Diego City Council rejects the proposed
AIDS memorial garden in Balboa Park. Surprisingly the vote
against the memorial is led by gay councilperson Chris Kehoe.
The project, controversial because of its large size and high
cost, is disapproved because it may draw community money that
might otherwise go to AIDS agencies. SDGL Times 8/4/94 p.15.
in San Diego
rules that the armed
forces cannot discharge gays and lesbians
solely on their statement that they are gay.
According to the court only a statement that shows a "concrete,
fixed or expressed desire to engage in homosexual acts despite
their being prohibited" justifies discharge. Update 9/7/94 A-1.
Gay off-duty peace officers
begin work at
Holiday Health Spa in Mission Valley to stop the on-going sexual
activity in the men’s shower and steam rooms. This work is seen
as a positive attempt of the community to police itself. The
officers advise club members that sexual activity may lead to
loss of membership and suggest that they take their activity to
a gay bathhouse or a private residence. Update 10/594 A-8.
The race for 4th District Supervisor presents an unusual
choice to San Diego gay voters. Both candidates, Peter Navarro
and Ron Roberts, are seen by the community as gay friendly and
both actively court the gay vote. Roberts, however, is endorsed
by both the San Diego Democratic Club and The San Diego Log
Cabin Club. Update 11/9/94 A-1.
Bonnie Dumanis is elected Municipal Court Judge
and becomes the second openly gay elected official in San Diego.
SDGL Times 11/10/94 pp.36,37 photos.
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A gay and lesbian studies conference is held at UCSD
entitled "Gay/Lesbian/Queer: Knowledge and Identities for the
90's." The conference debates the intellectual direction of the
scholarly field of gay, lesbian and queer studies. SDGL Times
1/12/95 p.14 photo.
Hillcrest's three months of violent crimes--shooting,
stabbing, robberies--appear to have been ended by the San Diego
Police Department and the Hillcrest based Citizens Patrol with
multiple arrests of youths in their mid-teens to mid twenties
who preyed on lone individuals leaving gay businesses. The wave
of violence is reminiscent of a similar six-month episode in
1991 that ended in the stabbing death of 17 year old John Wear,
who was killed while walking to a coffee house with friends, and
gave impetus for the founding of the Citizens Patrol in a
storefront at the Uptown Center. Update 1/18/95 A-6 A-7.
The formal induction ceremony is held in San Diego City Council
the first openly lesbian elected judge
in San Diego
Municipal Court. Update 1/25/95 A-9 photo.
Superior Court Judge Judith McConnell
requests that her nomination for U.S. District Court be
withdrawn after it becomes evident that the Republican majority
in Congress will not support her nomination because earlier she
granted custody of a 16 year old boy to his father's gay lover
after the father's death. The boy had requested to stay with his
father's lover and in the house he was accustomed to rather than
be placed with his mother. SDGL Times 1/26/95 p.7 photo.
◄The weekly newspaper The Reader decides not to allow gays and
lesbians to advertise in its classified personals section
because of the Roman Catholic beliefs of its owner Jim Holman
who says, "It was my decision not to be an agent for immoral
behavior." In contrast the Union-Tribune allows such
advertisements but bans the words gay and lesbian and places the
ads under the heading "Seeking Just A Friend." SDGL Times 2/2/95
Both the Reader and the Union-Tribune refuse to print
ads for the movie Erotique that show two women almost kissing.
The Union-Tribune eventually prints an altered ad, but the
Reader refuses to advertise the movie at all. The Union-Tribune
calls the original ad "too explicit." The Reader says it
"doesn't want to encourage gay relationships." SDGL Times 3/2/95
Community members march to protest the reversal of the
conviction in the murder trial for the stabbing death of the
high school student John Wear in 1991 by a man who assumed him
to be gay. The sentence was reversed on a technicality. The
murder was the catalyst for the creation of the Hillcrest and
North park Citizen Patrols. SDGL Times 3/2/95 p.11; 3/9/95 p.35.
The second trial ends in a guilty verdict. Update 4/17/96 A-1
Qualcomm, San Diego-based digital wireless technology company,
bans discrimination in its workplace
based on sexual orientation. President Harvey White says, "Our
respect and value for organizational diversity emphasizes
bringing people into the company who represent various
backgrounds, beliefs, values, perspectives, communities and
cultures." Qualcomm has an organization called Lambda
Pride for all of its LGBT employees. SDGL Times 3/16/95 p.7.
Ace Hardware opens on University Avenue. in Hillcrest
joining other gay-owned and gay-oriented businesses in an area
that has come to be known as the
Owner Bruce Reeves says his business is the first openly gay Ace
subsidiary. SDGL Times 4/6/95 p.17 photo.
La Jolla's Hyatt Regency Hotel publishes an
advertisement aimed at the gay community
by showing two tanned male models smiling at each other. The
places the ad in Out magazine and
uses it in direct mail advertising. The ad "ruffles
feathers" at Hyatt
headquarters, but other California Hyatts consider using a
similar advertisement strategy. SDGL Times 4/20/95 p.15.
Louganis, four-time Olympic gold medalist for diving, comes to San Diego
sign copies of his autobiography,
Breaking The Surface. Louganis grew up in El
Cajon and was the grand marshal of this year's Pride Parade.
Update 4/26/95 A-5,A-6 photo; SDGL Times 4/27/95 p.15 photo.
Sea World hosts a Gay Night at Sea World sponsored by the
MCC. Hundreds attend the event despite some bad weather. SDGL
Local gay rights activists picket
before an appearance by north county congressman Duke Cunningham
who, on the floor of the Congress during a debate over the clean
water act, remarked that those who opposed the amendment are the
"same ones who would put homos in the military." Another San
Diego congressman, Duncan Hunter supports Cunningham while Brian
Bilbray says Cunningham "crossed the line." Earlier in a
campaign appearance Cunningham said that homosexuals should be
banned from the military and from religious services and
schools. SDGL Times 5/18/95 pp.15,16 photo.
[pictured here] senior pastor of San Diego's MCC, retires after twenty years of
work at MCC and leadership in various community activities.
Update 5/31/95 A-10 photo.
Tijuana holds its
first gay pride parade
on June 15. Eighty-five gays and lesbians march, some of them
San Diegans who crossed the border to lend support. The parade
comes off without any problems; however, the gay bars and discos
of Tijuana, fearing repercussions from city officials, boycott
the parade. Update 6/21/95 A-1 photo; SDGL Times 6/15/95 p.15
and 6/22/95 p.15 photo.
City councilperson Chris Kehoe is among the 45
openly gay and lesbian elected officials invited
to meet with officials of the Clinton Administration,
the first time openly gay and lesbian elected officials have
been invited to the White House. Reactions after the meeting are
mixed, but all attending are offended that some officials
welcoming the group put on gloves before shaking hands from a
misguided fear of AIDS. SDGL Times 6/15/95 p.15 and 6/22/95
photos. See also Update 5/31/95 A-4.
Gary D. Cheatham ,
founder of Auntie Helen's Fluff and Fold laundry service for
AIDS patients, dies of AIDS. Cheatham began the service in his
own garage but quickly outgrew it and eventually moved to Auntie
Helen's present site on 30th Street in North Park. Auntie
Helen's currently does 1500 loads of laundry a month for 200
clients and furnishes clothing and medical equipment for another
600 clients. Update 7/5/95 A-1,A-7 photo.
The "Normal People" drops its lawsuit to be included in
the Pride Parade after losing in court. The Lambda Legal Defense
Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union helped Pride win the
victory. SDGL Times 7/13/95 p.31; Update 7/19/95 A-1,A-6.
Over 80,000 people watch San Diego's
21st Pride Parade. Two thousand attend the Spirit of Pride
Rally, 600 march in the Dyke March, and 7000 attend the various
official parties at the zoo and the U.S. Grant Hotel. Update
7/12/95 A-9 photo and 7/19/95 A-1,A-6 photos.
The Imperial Coronation XXIV
de San Diego takes place at the Hanalei Hotel in Mission Valley
attended by Empress I Jose who founded the court system 30 years
ago in San Francisco. The coronation is highlighted by the
crowning of Tony Puente as emperor, the first time a lesbian is
crowned as monarch of the Court system, and of Tom Maya as
empress. Both monarchs are Hispanic. Update 8/9/95 A-1,A-10
San Diego Police begin enforcing the closure of the "bushes"
area of Blacks Beach, the popular nude beach in La Jolla.
Police claim that signs are posted to close the area to protect
vegetation though no actual signs are found by gays using the
beach throughout the summer. Matt Weathersby, police/gay liaison
says that the city's position is that there is no nude beach in
San Diego. Further, he says, men who cruise the bushes looking
for sex are breaking the law by having sex in public. SDGL Times
8/31/95 p.15. see:
Bruce Kamerling, born Oct 16, 1950,
president of the Lesbian and Gay Historical Society of San
Diego, dies of AIDS complications Oct 17, 1995. SDGL Times 10/19/95 p.26.
Murray Dance Studio honors a gift certificate for dance
lessons for two gay men but refuses to allow them to dance
together. The owner/manager says, "It's just not moral . . .
Hell, send me 500 homosexuals. I'll teach them but I won't let
them dance together in the group." Several other dance studios
in San Diego have the same policy. The City Attorney's Office
says the policy may violate the city's Human Dignity Ordinance.
Update 11/1/95 A-1,A-10
Mayor Susan Golding reaffirms her
opposition to same-sex marriage and domestic partnership.
Golding tells the gay business group, the Greater San Diego
Business Association, that gays may engage in a "marriage" if
they like but she opposes official, legal marriages. Domestic
partnerships, she further contends, place on businesses new
requirements that she opposes. SDGL Times 11/2/95 pp.16,23.
founder of Being Alive San Diego, dies of AIDS complications.
Update 11/8/95 A-1,A-5 photo.
Brian F. Michaels,
founder of America's Finest City Freedom Band, dies of AIDS
complications. SDGL Times 11/23/95 pp.13,14.
senior pastor of the MCC of San Diego, retires after serving 20
years. Testimonials at Farrell's retirement party are given by
Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblymember Susan Davis, State
Senator Lucy Killea, and Councilmember Chris Kehoe. Update
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Frank, openly gay member of the House of
Representatives, makes an appearance in San Diego to support the
reelection of Bob Filner, gay friendly congressman from San
Diego. Update 1/3/96 A-6 photo and 1/21/96 A-1 photo.
from San Diego, among them Russell Roybal, Norris Nagaou and
Alex Garner, attend the first-ever Queer Youth Lobby in
Sacramento to lobby the state legislature for Assembly Bill
1001, which adds sexual orientation to the existing
nondiscrimination policy of the California Education Code. SDGL
Times 1/11/96 p.11 photos.
The first openly gay candidate for mayor of San Diego,
Pat Coleman, announces that he is running for office. Coleman
has the endorsement of the County Democratic Party but,
ironically, not of the Democratic Club, a predominately gay and
lesbian political club. Update 2/7/96 A-l,A-11 photo.
West Coast Production Company, which was the dance club for
many gays and lesbians in the 1980's, closes. The original WCPC
opened in 1977 in an old building on Hancock Street a few blocks
from the location of the Ball Express, the first disco dance
club in San Diego. The owners say economics are the reason. Many
community members see it as the end of a era. SDGL Times 2/1/96
the first gay member of the armed forces to be returned to
service by Federal Court order after being discharged for being
gay, announces his retirement from the Navy. Meinhold spent much
of his career in San Diego and Coronado. SDGL Times 3/21/96
pp.46,47 photo; Update 5/1/96 A-1,A-10 photo.
wins a second term on the City Council with 79
percent of the vote in the Third District. In the U.S.
Congressional race, gay friendly Bob Filner wins in the 50th
Congressional District, but anti-gay Randy "Duke" Cunningham
wins in the 51st. SDGL Times 3/28/96 p.12 photo; Update 3/6/96
45, artistic director of the Diversionary Theater, dies of
cancer. Joseph helped move the theater from Golden Hill to its
present site in University
Heights. His play,
Our Gay Apparel, is a perennial Christmas time hit at the
Times 3/28/96 pp.22,23 photo; Update 3/27/96 A-5 photo.
and Lesbian Times headlines a "unique dynamic" in San Diego-- most
gay, lesbian and AIDS organizations in town are headed
by women: the Center, Karen Marshall; AIDS Walk, Barbara
Blake; Pride, Brenda Schumacher; AIDS Foundation, Carol Nottley;
Democratic Club, Paula Rosenstein; Historical Society, Sharon
Parker; Diversionary Theatre, Gayle Feldman; Mama's Kitchen, Carolyn
MacFarlane; Imperial Court, Toni Puente; Special Delivery, Ruth
Hendricks. SDGL Times 3/28/96.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Voices Organized in Coalition for the 1996
presidential election, begins meeting to prepare to present GLBT
issues at the Republican National Convention to be held in San Diego
in August 1996. Voices '96 is headed by founders Brenda Schumacher
and Tony Valenzuela. SDGL Times 4/18/96 p.10 photos, 6/13/96 p.12
and 6/20/96 p.10; Update 1/24/96 A-10,
4/10/96 A-1 A-7 A-9. Voices '96
receives an award of $4000 from the San Diego Foundation for
Change to help start its campaign. Update 4/20/96 A--1 A-2
Pennysaver refuses to run an ad including the word lesbian
but then does run
the ad after many
calls from community residents to the publication's president.
The ad was placed by a clinical psychologist working on her
Ph.D. who wanted to connect lesbian mothers and their children
for research. Update 5/15/96 A-10.
The Lesbian and Gay Center receives a
$50,000 grant from United Way to fund a position of Clinical
Director for LGBT Counseling. This is the first time a gay
counseling program has been fully funded by United Way. SDGL
Times 5/23/96 p.35.
The San Diego Democratic Club, a local lesbian and gay political
organization, endorses gay friendly Peter Navarro (D) for
the 49th Congressional District while the Human Rights Campaign
Fund, the national gay political organization that lobbies
Congress, endorses Brian Bilbray (R) who is seen locally
as anti-gay because of his vote in favor of the ban on gays in
the military and his anti-HIV votes. SDGL Times 5/30/96 pp.9,10
photo; Update 6/5/96 A-13.
Gay and Lesbian Families of America,
an organization founded to give positive images of gays and
lesbians during the Republican Convention, announces plans for
12 billboards and 17 bus shelter signs featuring gay and lesbian
families to be placed throughout San Diego to be seen by
conventioneers, tourists and residents. SDGL Times 6/6/96 photo.
San Diego-based recovery organization serving the gay and
lesbian community, celebrates its
20th anniversary with a gala at the Marriott Hotel in
downtown San Diego. SDGL Times 6/13/96 p.10; Update 5/17/96
Imperial Court de San Diego celebrates its 25th
anniversary with Coronation XXV. SDGL Times 7/18/96 pp.9,38,39
photo; Update 7/17/96 A-5 photo.
Gays and lesbians of VOICES '96
march, rally and protest at the Republican National Convention
at the San Diego Convention Center. SDGL Times 8/8/96 p.10,
8/15/96 p.10, 10/3/96 p.10;Update 4/24/96 A1, 6/5/96 A7, 6/12/96
A-1, 6/19/96 A-9.
a new gay dance club, opens on Hancock Street at the site of the
old West Coast Production Company. At the same time Rich's,
the other gay dance club, celebrates is fifth year. SDGL Times
10/3/96 p.14 photo.
The first-ever national statistics on
same-sex domestic violence are compiled and published. San
Diego ranks third after New York and San Francisco in the number
of domestic violence incidents reported. It is thought that
same-sex domestic violence occurs in 25-30% of same-sex
relationships. SDGL Times 10/24/96 p.29.
All World's Video,
San Diego-based gay adult video producer, is the big winner at
the Erotic Video Awards in Los Angeles winning eight awards,
among them best video of the year, best director, best actor,
best screenplay and best depiction of safer sex. SDGL Times
The Lesbian and Gay Centers of
San Diego and Long Beach share a fundraiser, The
Challenge Ride, a 300 mile bicycle ride from San Diego to Long
Beach and back. This is the first time two gay centers have
combined forces to produce a fundraiser. The portion of the
money raised by the ride for San Diego are for the Center's AIDS
services. SDGL Times 12/26/96 p.10, 1/9/97 p.18.
The North County Gay and Lesbian Center opens in San
Marcos. The new Center is a branch of the San Diego Lesbian and
Gay Community Center. The North County Center is in the San
Marcos Health Center building and, though much smaller than its
San Diego cousin, offers all the services of The Center
including counseling, support group meetings, drop-in center and
social activities. Sheryl DaGang is
appointed the new coordinator. Update 11/20/96 A1,A11 photos,
1/22/97 A15 photo, 1/29/97 A1 photo; 4/17/96 A8; SDGL Times
1/16/97 p.10, 1/30/97 p.20 photos.
the San Diego-based wireless communication company, extends
its employees. The company says that such benefits are part of
Qualcomm's acceptance of its employees' diversity. Update
12/11/96 A-10 photo.
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Gay and lesbian bar employees
join forces to raise money for Special Delivery, a meal delivery
service for AIDS patients, by donating half their tips from one
work shift. The event will become an annual event in San Diego.
SDGL Times 1/2/97 p.18 photos.
San Diego chapter of GLAAD, the gay and lesbian alliance
against defamation, announces that it is being dissolved by the
national organization as it reorganizes and centralizes its
work. GLAAD serves as a national watchdog against homophobia in
the media. Update 2/19/97 A-l,A-10 see also 1/29/97 A-1,A-11.
The board of the AIDS Foundation San Diego meets in
emergency session and votes to close the Foundation and file
Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The closure comes after an OAC audit finds
$330,000 in undocumented funding. Ben Dillingham, the new board
chair, says of the leadership of the Foundation: "What you have
is gross stupidity and gross ineptitude." Some of the
Foundation's programs are taken over by other agencies in San
Diego. SDGL Times 3/1/97 special edition; Update 3/5/97. See
also all editions of the SDGL Times and Update from 1/2/97 to
The first-ever same-sex domestic violence case is held in
San Diego Superior Court. The accused is defended by local gay
attorney Timothy Lee Davis and the victim by the City
Attorney's office. The judge, Larry Stirling, is not known as a
friend of the gay community. Update 3/26/97 A-5 see also 4/2/97
The Dreamgirls Revue, a longtime drag show playing at the
Brass Rail, is the cover
story/feature of the Los Angeles
Times Calendar Arts section. The show receives a rare rave
review from Times critic Max Jacobson. SDGL Times 4/3/97 p.23
Applewhite leads 38 members of his cult "Heaven's Gate" to
commit suicide in a rented house in Rancho Santa Fe.
Applewhite is homosexual and spent years trying to hide "guilt
and shame for being gay." The autopsy shows he and some of his
followers were castrated "in an apparent effort to deny
sexuality." Update 4/2/97 A-1.
a local gay/lesbian Catholic organization, celebrates its
Dignity started in San Diego and soon became a nationwide LGBT
organization with over 70 chapters. SDGL
Times 4/24/97 p.9.
The police and the FBI begin looking for gay San
Diegan Andrew Cunanan (pictured on the left) in connection with the murders of
three men in Illinois and Minnesota. The men all had lived in
San Diego, and two had had relationships with Cunanan. Several
local gay men will "go in hiding" for fear of their lives, and
the search will become a nationwide manhunt culminating in the
murder of famous gay designer Gianni Versace (pictured on the
right), Cunanan's suicide
and a number of best-selling books focusing on Cunanan's gay
life in San Diego. SDGL Times 5/8/97 p.10 photo; Update 5/14/97
A- 1,A-10 photo. See also all Times and Updates for May and June
The California State Supreme Court rules that the Boy Scouts
of America were within their rights to fire El Cajon police
officer Chuck Merino because he is gay. In1994 a lower court had
ruled against the Boy Scouts. Merino plans to appeal the
decision. Update 5/28/97 A-1,A-12 photo; SDGL Times 5/29/97
Susan Golding dissolves her Gay and Lesbian Advisory Council
giving no reason for her actions and with no plans to appoint
new members or form a new council. Update 6/4/97 A-1 photo.
Local activists begin a campaign to end Municipal Code
Section 56.19, which prohibits cross-dressing in public.
Trans Action, a local group of transgender and transvestites, is
spearheading the drive with the support of the San Diego Human
Relations Commission. Update 6/11/97 A-1,A-12.
The LGBT Center creates controversy as it accepts a $5000
donation from the
Coors Brewing Company,
which has been the subject of a national boycott by gays and
lesbians because of its past practices of support for homophobic
groups. Karen Marshall, executive director of the Center,
explains that Coors has changed over the years and now has
enlightened domestic partner benefits for its employees and
nondiscrimination clauses in its employee manual. Update 7/2/97
A-5,A-9, 8/6/97 A-7
The SD Gay And Lesbian Times
celebrates the publication of its 500th edition. SDGL
Times 7/24/97 p.34.
San Diego Pride for the first time attracts more than
100,000 persons to watch the parade, which includes more than
150 marching units and makes the front page of
the Union-Tribune. The rally the
night before does draw protests for not including a
and for including a transgender speaker only after protest.
Update 7/30/97 A-1 photo; SDGL Times 7/31/97 p.10 photo.
San Diego hosts 1700 gay and lesbian softball players for
North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Gay Softball
World Series. Opening ceremonies are held at Balboa Park's organ
pavilion and the championship games are played at Kit Carson
Park in Escondido. SDGL Times 8/14/97 p.10 photo, 8/21/97 p.10
The FBI appoints an agent as liaison to the San Diego gay
community. This is the first time in the FBI's history that the
agency has established a liaison to any specific gay community.
The appointment is thought to be the result of the Cunanan
murder spree. Update 9/3/97 A-1,A-18.
and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) holds its annual
championship swim meet in San Diego. SDGL Times 10/16/97
The University of California at San Diego hosts
"Homosexuality and Public Life" conference
at its Price Center featuring speakers Kerry Lobel, director of
the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
Keith Meinhold, former
Navy serviceman and activist, Chris Kehoe, city council member,
and Sheila James Kuehl, California Assembly member. In a panel
discussion local activist Tony Valenzuela ignites controversy by
advocating unprotected sex to experience the "spiritual aspects
of sexuality." His ideas come to be known as barebacking. Update
10/22/97 A-12 photo, 11/5/97 A4 photo; see also 12/3/97 A16,
a new performance art space, opens at 6th and Pennsylvania in
Hillcrest. The new theater plans to offer gay and lesbian
performances that have played in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Update 10/29/97 A-1,A-11.
A District Attorney's report clears
AIDS Foundation San Diego and its staff of criminal activity
related to the closing of the Foundation in March. The report is
critical of both the Foundation and the County Office of AIDS
Coordination for the financial mismanagement that led to the
closure. Update 11/12/97 A-1,A-4; see also SDGL Times 6/26/97
San Diegan Tony Valenzuela
is named by Out Magazine as one of the 100 most
newsmakers in 1997. Valenzuela is an active spokesperson for
Panic, a national organization opposed to "sexual conservatism"
brought on by reaction to the AIDS epidemic. Update 12/17/97 A-6
photo,12/14/97 A-1 photo.
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The San Diego
makes history by being the first openly gay choral group to
perform at the White House. Update 1/7/98 A-1 photo.
activist Nicole Murray Ramirez becomes co-chair of the
National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGO) the only
national organization for gay Latinos/as. SDGL Times 1/29/98
Stone of the San Diego Police Department is appointed
liaison between the police department and the gay and lesbian
community. Stone is the first openly lesbian officer to hold the
position. Update 2/4/98 A-8 photo; SDGL Times 2/5/98 p.10 photo.
The local MCC hosts a blessing of relationships so that
San Diego can participate in National Freedom to Marry Day,
February 12th. The blessing is followed by a Hawaiian luau to
acknowledge the first state to confront legally marriage rights
litigation. Update 2/11/98 A-1.
a long-established gay bar in Hillcrest, closes business, a
victim of the new California law banning smoking in bars.
Waterloo Station had no patio or outside area where smoking
could be permitted. Update 3/4/98 A-1 photo.
Dave's Recreation and Workout Center, popularly
known as Dave's Bathhouse, closes in Ocean Beach after 39
years in business as a gay bathhouse. Rex Allen, who opened
Dave's in 1959 with his partner, says the closure was caused by
the building's current landlord who does not approve of such a
business and gave notice to vacate. SDGL Times 3/12/98 p.12.
of San Diego,
the Catholic university in Linda Vista, publishes a new
anti-harassment policy which includes harassment based on sexual
orientation, but students in the school's Student Alliance
Embracing Sexual Orientation (SAESO) point out that the school's
official anti-discrimination policy still does not include
sexual orientation. SDGL Times 5/28/98 p.10.
opposition to domestic partner benefits. She says, "For us to
establish benefits for domestic partners would undermine
marriage." The Service Employees Union is seeking domestic
partner benefits from the county. The city of San Diego already
has domestic partner benefits. Update 4/22/98 A-1.
Pharmaceutical, Inc., a La Jolla based company, sets a
biotechnology sales record of $308 million in sales of its HIV
drug Viracept, a protease inhibitor. Update 4/22/98 A-5.
students protest to school officials the announcement of Newt
Gingrich, a homophobic Republican congressman, as keynote
speaker at graduation ceremonies. The protest is led by Katie
Lane of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Student Union. SDGL Times
5/28/98 pp. 10,13
announces she will run against incumbent Brian Bilbray to
represent the 49th Congressional District. Kehoe is the first
openly gay person to be nominated by a major party to run for
federal office and the first to run from San Diego for Congress.
SDGL Times 5/28/98 pp.35,36 photo; see also SDGL Times 6/4/98
local business and real estate attorney, is elected president of
the San Diego County Bar Association. Stevens is the first
openly gay attorney to be elected president of the Bar
Association. SDGL Times 6/18/98 p.21; see also Update 12/9/98
The state Court of Appeals in San Diego permits a lawsuit
former employer California Casualty Management Company to
proceed. Kovitch had found working conditions intolerable
because of anti-gay harassment in the office. His protests were
ignored by California Casualty and the case was thrown out by
the original trial court. Update 7/15/98 A-1.
Over 130 San Diego athletes
compete in Gay Games V in Amsterdam, Netherlands, many of whom
belong to San Diego's athletic umbrella organization AIM,
Athletes in Motion. Update 7/15/98 A-5 photo.
San Diego's 1966 Crossdressing Law
that made it illegal to dress in the clothing of the opposite
sex is repealed. The council votes 7-1 for repeal. The one
dissenter, George Stevens, says, "The issue to me is deception.
It is a very dangerous thing to crossdress." Update 7/29/98
pp.1,7 see also 3/25/98 A-1,A-13.
Union-Tribune rejects the advertisement for the movie
because the ad depicts two young men about to kiss.
The ad has been
run in many papers, including the
New York Times, but the Union-Tribune says, "The
ad does not fall
within the company guidelines." SDGL Times 8/6/98 p.10; Update
8/12/98 pp.1,11 photo.
- The City of San Diego notifies businesses in Hillcrest that
rainbow flag is a violation of a city
ordinance aimed at reducing clutter in business areas and asks
them to remove the flags. Only a few businesses comply. The
notification is the result of a complaint by one unidentified
citizen. Currently over 80 rainbow flags are flying in
Hillcrest. SDGL Times 9/17/98 pp.12,15 photo.
in Hillcrest are closed October 14th for a silent candle light
the 21 year old gay student brutally murdered in Laramie,
Wyoming, whose death has triggered a national movement for hate
crimes legislation. The marchers stop on University Avenue at
the memorial to John Wear,
the 17 year old who was killed by
three men who called him faggot. Update
photos; SDGL Times 10/22/98 pp.12,15 photos.
The Center purchases Craftsmen Hall at 3909 Centre
Street. The former union hall is just one block from the
Center's present site on Normal Street and will become the new
Lesbian and Gay Center. Craftsman Hall, though an older
building, is much larger than the Normal Street building and has
more parking and frontage on University Ave. SDGL Times 10/22/98
p.20; Update 10/28/98 p.10.
loses her bid to be the first openly lesbian member
of Congress when she loses to Brian Bilbray by fewer than 4000
votes in the 49th Congressional District. Update 11/4/98 pp. 1,5
photos; SDGL Times 11/5/98 p.12 photo see also 11/19/98 p.12
El Cajon police office who was ousted from his leadership
position in the Boy Scouts because he is gay, loses his appeal
in the Supreme Court. The Boy Scout ban on gays has caused many
challenges, but Merino's case is the first to reach the Supreme
Court. SDGL Times 12/3/98 p.14.
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9901 - The Lesbian and Gay Center creates controversy when
it accepts a $10,000
from the Coors Brewing Company of Colorado. Coors has
been the target of a long-standing boycott by the gay community
because of its anti-gay policies and its support of conservative
groups. Update 1/6/99 p.7 photo.
9901 - The Center sells its old building.
For the first time San Diego hosts a national people of color
organization, the annual "El Encuentro" of the
National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGO).
More than 1000 Latinos/as from the United States, Mexico and
Puerto Rico attend. SDGL Times 2/4/99 pp.14,16 photo; see also
Update 10/20/99 p.10 photo.
Vulcan Steam and Sauna, one of
bathhouses in San Diego and the oldest now that Dave's in Ocean
Beach has closed, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Vulcan's
(pictured here), is cited by local activists for his many
financial contributions to the gay community and for his work
for AIDS Awareness. SDGL Times 2/18/99 p.16 photo.
- The MCC hosts the first Rainbow Summit, a day-long
meeting of interested community members to set goals for the gay
community as it approaches the 21st century. The event is
organized by local activist
(pictured here) and features speakers
Chris Kehoe and Nicole Murray-Ramirez. SDGL Times 2/25/99 p.16
photo; see also 3/4/99 p.17, 3/11/99 p.14 and Update 2/10/99
Once again local activists protest the city's subsidy of the
Boy Scouts of America. Despite the Scouts' open
discrimination against gays and atheists, San Diego allows them
to use city land in Balboa Park and Mission Bay rent free, a
violation of the city's Human Dignity Ordinance because of legal
issues, Chris Kehoe, lesbian councilperson representing
Hillcrest, says that even though she does not approve of the
Scouts' discriminatory nature they are still "entitled to a rent
exemption." SDGL Times 3/4/99 pp.16,20; 3/18/99 p.15, 5/6/99
The Update, one of San Diego's two
gay newspapers, celebrates its
publication. Update 3/24/99 p.7 photo.
Seniors Active In A Gay Environment, opens a drop-in center on
Fifth Avenue for seniors. The center is a few doors away from
The Caliph and across the street from the Inn at the Park, two
gay bars frequented by older community members. Update 3/31/99
a local meal-delivery service for AIDS patients, serves its one
millionth meal. Mama’s Kitchen was founded by members of the gay
community who volunteered at the old Food Bank, which later
became part of the AIDS Foundation. SDGL Times 5/13/99 pp.14,15
The Center's Executive Director,
Karen Marshall, resigns after 13 years. Marshall is largely
responsible for the growth of the Center's programs and its
recent move into new quarters on Centre Street. Update 6/2/99
p.1; SDGL Times 6/3/99
the well-known director of the Pride, resigns to go into private
business. Schultz gained national attention as a local
spokesperson for television during the
Andrew Cunanan manhunt.
SDGL Times 6/10/99 pp.14,15 photo.
the belief that gay men have created a nuisance on
Blacks Beach, the city of San Diego decides to enforce a
ban on nudity at the popular swimsuit optional beach north of La
Jolla. The La Jolla Shores Association had written the city
council complaining that there is "vulgar behavior" and "male
exhibitionism" at the beach from a "troublesome population."
SDGL Times 6/17/99 pp.23,24; Update 7/7/99 pp.1,8 photo see also
10/27/99 pp.1,8 photo.
The Lesbian and Gay Center
moves from Normal Street into its new home one block away at
3909 Centre Street, a former union hall, Craftsman Hall,
recently purchased by the Center. SDGL Times 7/1/99 pp.14,15
photo; Update 8/25/99 pp.1,14 photo.
Conservatives in the La Mesa/Spring Valley area begin a
recall campaign of the
Grossmont Union High
Ted Crooks, in retaliation for the board's including sexual
orientation in the school district's anti-discrimination policy.
SDGL Times 7/8/99 p.14 photo; Update 8/18/99 pp.1,12 photo.
9907 - The
Golden State Peace Officers Association of Southern California
(GSPOA) holds in San Diego its annual
International Conference of Gay and Lesbian Criminal
The conference is for gay and lesbian and other police personnel
interested in an inclusive work environment. Update 7/14/99 p.7.
The Lesbian and Gay Center
suffers severe financial problems caused by the purchase of its
new building, a temporary cash flow shortage, and low community
donations. The Board announces that it is considering options
such as joining services with another provider or closing the
north county satellite. SDGL Times 7/22/99 pp.32,34 photo see
also 7/29/99 pp.13,15,15 and 8/12/99 p.14.
An observer at the Pride Parade hurls a
tear-gas canister at the Family Pride contingent in the
parade and then escapes into the crowd. The tear gas causes
severe reactions among many parade watchers who flee from the
gas, but it only temporarily halts the parade. A $16,000 reward
for identification of the assailant has been offered. SDGL Times
7/22/99 p.14 photo see also 8/5/99 pp.13,16, 8/19/99 pp.16,17,
9/16/99 p.23 and 5/13/00 pp.13,19; Update 7/28/99 p.1 photo see
also 8/11/99 p.1 and 8/18/99 pp.1,12.
is hired as the Interim Executive Director of the
LGBT Center. At the end of his one-year interim position, he
will be hired as Executive Director. Update 8/14/99 pp.1,10;
SDGL Times 8/5/99 p.14 photo.
on India Street in the Middletown area of San Diego,
one of the two lesbian bars in San Diego, celebrates its 10th
anniversary. SDGL Times 8/19/99 p.20 photo
San Diego County health officials record San Diego's
Update 9/8/99 p.9.
The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA)
GSDBA is the largest minority chamber of commerce in the
country. Update 9/15/99 p.8.
9909 - Domestic Partnership
enacted in California on Sep 22, 1999.
is named the new Director of Pride replacing Mandy
Schultz. Update 10/27/99 p.9 photo.
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