He gives us details on what he's doing and what he won't in the coming years.
San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez is in Washington DC for seven days, not only to march in our nation’s capital, but also as one of the national co-chairs.
Also known as The Mayor of Hillcrest in San Diego, Murray-Ramirez says this is his last hurrah on the national scene. And although he will remain involved in “Stonewall 50” in New York in 2019, he says he is going to take his doctor’s orders to, “slow and rest at my senior housing (aka Shady Pines.)”
Murray-Ramirez has been at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement since it began. He has been an outspoken activist, spearheading many campaigns to honor and recognize fallen, gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.
For nearly forty years he has attended LGBT marches in the capital, but this will be his last.
“As many of you know, I have also had the honor of having been elected to the National Executive committees for all six LGBT marches on Washington, the first being in 1979. Trust me, this is my last national march as I have learned from this experience that I am just too old and can’t handle the stress on my mind and body.”
Perhaps this year’s march is the most important of all. With the political climate the way it is, and the country virtually divided, many LGB men and women, people of color and transgender folks are taking part in rallies all across the country.
But his duties aren't just as a leader of the Equality March.
On Saturday, Murray-Ramirez was the grand marshal for Washington D.C.’s annual Pride Parade which attracts over 150,000 people annually. He applauded those who joined him on this special day.
“My co-grand marshals are true LGBT Icons: Jim Obergefell, Mandy Carter and Marshall Edith Windsor,” said Murray-Ramirez.
“The four of us will also be honored with Capital Pride’s Heroes and Engendered Spirits Awards. It kind of feels like we are the four 'Golden Girls' that are being recognized and I will not comment on our ages, but will say if that if you combined all of our ages you would be nearing four-hundred!!!"
He also says you don’t have to go all the way to the nation’s capital to find LGBT heroes there are some right here in San Diego.
Author, LGBT history and literary scholar Lillian Faderman for example.
“She has written several award-winning books on LGBT history and our civil rights movement,” said Murray-Ramirez. “Her books have been named by The New York Times as “‘Notable Books of the Year.’”
Faderman’s latest book, The Gay Revolution was hailed by the The Washington Post as “The history of the gay and lesbian movement that we have been waiting for.”
Murray-Ramirez notes, "The San Diego Lambda Archives recently named Lillian Faderman as its first Historian in Residence.
"Last week I attended a first reading of her next book The Lives and Death of Harvey Milk, which will be out on Harvey’s birthday, May 22nd of next year," he adds. "Trust me, this book will be a best seller and I believe of the best books written about Harvey Milk… a must read."
Hill be joined in Washington on Sunday from one prominent figure from right here in San Diego.
“Among San Diegans going to Washington will be a LGBT veteran advocate, who has been helping me with a special salute to America’s LGBT veterans that I proposed."
Even though Murray-Ramirez cannot be here for our march, he encourages every one to take to the streets and give San Diego its voice for equality.
"Please support the local San Diego march on June 11th and hope to give you a full report when I return," he said.
We will definitely see him for our Pride in July.
The Equality March: San Diego is on Sunday, June 11, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Gather 10 am: Sixth Ave & Juniper St, San Diego, CA 92101
March is at 11 am.
Rally noon: County Admin
*Marchers are welcome to join at any point along the route.
**Supporters who prefer to skip the marching portion can meet at the southwest end of the County Admin Building. An ASL area will be designated near the front of our the rally point.