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GLBT Historic Task Force leads campaign for local AIDS memorial

(This post originally HERE in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner.)

SAN DIEGO -- After leading last year’s successful “Harvey Milk Street” campaign, the San Diego GLBT Historic Task Force will now focus on creating a San Diego AIDS memorial, in part to honor over 7,600 AIDS-related deaths in San Diego County.

“It is long overdue that we commemorate and remember their lives, as so many other cities have done across this great nation,” City Commissioner and Task Force member Nicole Murray Ramirez said in a release.

Ramirez founded the AIDS Assistance Fund, the first non-profit HIV/AIDS client services agency in the County.

The AIDS memorial will be the main focus of the Task Force in 2013, with a coalition created to represent a diverse group from the County.

“We will be establishing an AIDS Memorial Coalition to work on this campaign,” Ramirez said. “We have informed Mayor Bob Filner and Council President Todd Gloria of our resolve and commitment to make a San Diego AIDS memorial become a reality.”

Early discussion of the memorial, including a permanent location, include a memorial garden in Balboa Park or a memorial wall along the Embarcadero, however all details will be decided on by the new coalition.

The Task Force seeks wide community input in the process, as well as private funding and contributions.