After the repeal of DADT was certified on Friday, The Center organized a celebration for Monday night. Community members gathered to celebrate and discuss the next steps in the march for full equality.
Stuart Milk, nephew of the assassinated San Francisco supervisor, gave the keynote speech, saluting San Diego voters and their willingness to elect gay and lesbian politicians as a model for cities around the U.S. and the world to emulate.
The state Senate will now take up AB 887, which would strengthen employment, housing, and other civil rights protections for all Californians, especially those who face discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
The students include LGBT and straight ally young people from small towns and cities across the state, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles to speak out about bullying and discrimination in their schools at the annual event known as Queer Youth Advocacy Day.