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Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast celebrates a "legacy of courage, commitment and collaboration"

"The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast was established in the tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. All Peoples Breakfast and the Cesar Chavez Community Breakfast."
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Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast 2016

The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that the 10th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 18 from 7:30-9 am at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

“The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast was established in the tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. All Peoples Breakfast and the Cesar Chavez Community Breakfast,” said City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, founder of the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. “In its tenth year, it has continued to attract thousands of San Diegans from all walks of life.”

The event celebrates the legacy of Harvey Milk, who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Castro Street” served less than a year as Supervisor before he was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, the same year San Diego held its first Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.

“We’re so proud to host this incredible community event that brings together the great diversity of San Diego,” said Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, chief executive officer of The Center. “We get to take a moment to celebrate the legacy of Harvey Milk – a legacy of courage, commitment and collaboration – and draw inspiration for the year ahead.”

This year’s event will also celebrate the contributions of Lillian Faderman and Russell Roybal. 

Faderman, an internationally renowned scholar and author of LGBT history and literature, will receive the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award. She has received six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Stonewall Awards and the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction Writing. Three of Faderman’s books -- -- Surpassing the Love of Men, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers and The Gay Revolution -- have been named by the New York Times as a “Notable Book of the Year.”  She is also the author of Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, recently published by Yale University Press. 

Roybal, a longtime leader in the LGBTQ movement, will receive the Harvey MilkChampion of Equality Award. He currently serves as Chief Advancement Officer of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and was previously the deputy executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Roybal was also the director of training and capacity building at the Gill Foundation, a private funder of LGBTQ organizations. In addition, he has served on the staffs of LLEGO, the national Latina/o LGBT organization, The San Diego LGBT Community Center and San Diego LGBT Pride. In 2017, he was honored by the California LGBT Legislative Caucus as a Pride honoree and was named Grand Marshal of the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.

Previous honorees at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast have included Bishop Yvette A. Flunder; San Diego Police Department Officer Christine Garcia and Sgt. Daniel Meyer; Hon. Annise Parker; the Trans Youth Project; Phill Wilson; Rev. Troy Perry; Hon. Toni Atkins; the Ryland Whittington Family; Dustin Lance Black; Hon. Barbara Roberts; Hon. Christine Kehoe; Hon. Jerry Sanders; the San Diego Unified School District; Cheryl Kilodavis; and the late José Julio Sarria.

Click HERE for tickets and more information. Proceeds will benefit the social services programs of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. The Hilton Bayfront is located at 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc. (The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the San Diego LGBT community's anchor organization, The Center is led by a 12-member board of directors, employs more than 55 paid staff and utilizes more than 1,200 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including youth, seniors, families, the LGBT Latin@ community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 73,000 service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.