(This post originally appeared in HERE in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner.)
SAN DIEGO -- North County LGBTQ Resource Center Executive Director Max Disposti was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Award by the North San Diego County NAACP at a ceremony held Monday, Jan. 21. The award acknowledges outstanding civic leaders in the community, and is handed out at the NAACP’s annual community prayer breakfast.
“This recognition is more than a personal achievement, it acknowledges the existence of our North County LGBT families,” Disposti said. “This is the beginning of a new chapter in our North County region.”
Disposti founded the North County LGBT Coalition in 2008, which led to the current Resource Center. The organization opened a permanent location in 2011, serving all LGBT individuals and allies in North County.
“There are so many people in our community that are dedicating personal time and resources in helping others,” Disposti said, “but many of these local heroes … are also LGBT people that often struggle to get their families and loved ones recognized and protected. Despite that, I believe change becomes possible everywhere, from the remote Africa villages where being gay is a death sentence to the heart of our communities, where persistence [and] perseverance, but also compassion for others, can make … a better quality of life a possibility.”
Disposti also serves on the board of the Advancing Compassion Project and Main Street Oceanside.