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San Diego Pride grants over $85,000 to LGBT groups

SAN DIEGO -- As a result of a successful 2012 pride celebration, San Diego LGBT Pride announced grants to 14 local community organizations at its annual meeting Tuesday night in the auditorium of The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

About 50 people -- many from organizations that will receive grants -- were in attendance at the event and heard a presentation from San Diego's LGBT Pride's board of directors and staff. At the start of the meeting, board members were introduced to the crowd, followed by a prepared presentation by Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director, who gave a recap of the past year.

Financially, Crenshaw said that San Diego Pride had its first profitable season in several years. Numbers from the 2010-12 San Diego Pride events were shared, which showed that 2010 and 2011 suffered losses, while 2012 put the organization "back in the black." Because of the surplus, the organization was able to open up a grant cycle to give the proceeds back to the local LGBT community.

In total, $85,565 is being giving out to local LGBT community serving organizations including the following 14 grantee organizations or programs:

- GLSEN San DIego

- Live and Let Live Alano Club

- Diversionary Theatre

- Lambda Archives of San Diego

- Being Alive San Diego

- PFLAG San Diego

- San Diego Gay Men's Chorus

- St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation

- Mental Health Association of San Diego County

- North County LGBTQ Resource Center

- The Center for Wholeness

- SDSU LGBT Advisory Board

- Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership

- UCSD LGBT Resource Center

Pride officials say that in order to help these important organizations raise even more money, they will announce a donation matching program next week. SDGLN will report on this program when additional information is available.

More information about San Diego Pride, including its annual reports, is available online.