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Celebrating North County Council of LGBTQ Center's first year

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Not many people are aware that in North San Diego County, the panorama of LGBT activities and visibility is slowly but steadily changing. Only in the past five years has the work of many local leaders and supporters come to fruition.

California State University, San Marcos opened their first Pride LGBT Center in 2008 at a beautiful location within the campus. Director Robert Aiello-Hauser has already established a rich and diverse program of activities available to students, staff and faculty. Their vision is to create community, serving as a voice of advocacy and sponsoring programs and events, while providing educational resources and opportunities. The university has also twice hosted the annual Gay Straight Alliance Awards ceremony, as well as the first North County LGBTQ Resource Center Pride Prom.

In 2011, after years of tenacious work, Palomar College established a one-of-a-kind – the third in the Nation – Pride Center within a community college. Located in San Marcos, co-chairs Abbie Cory, an English professor, and Monika Brannick, a math professor, became responsible for creating a safe space for every LGBT student and ally. In response to years of intimidation towards LGBT students and faculty members, Monika and Abbie have been instrumental not only for the realization of the center itself, but also for more LGBT awareness inside and outside the campus by participating in, supporting and creating numerous initiatives.

Read the full column in Gay San Diego, a SDGLN content partner, HERE.