Editors note: This year's San Diego Pride weekend may have looked different than we are used to, but it will still be one to add to the long legacy of pride celebrations in the city. Longtime activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez shared his history of San Diego's pride celebration with us and we are publishing it below.
Before I was called names like faggot, freak, queer, or it, I was called things like wetback, beaner, greaser, etc. As an activist in the 1960s and 1970s, I was beaten up and threatened by both the Los Angeles and San Diego Police Departments.
I am an MIT-trained physicist and complexity scientist who studies pandemics. I have warned about global pandemics due to increasing travel for 15 years. I recommended community-based monitoring of symptoms to stop Ebola in West Africa in 2014, and it worked.
After the recent Tuesday election in which I was reluctantly able to vote in, rather than provisional, as I assumed I would have been required to. Other than my military service, I have NEVER voted by mail in ballot. I always go to the polling station and vote that Election Day, on the day.