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An Message From Our CEO, Cara Dessert

May 22, 2020

Dear Center Community,

Today, May 22, 2020, would have been Harvey Milk’s 90th birthday and The Center’s Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Over the past 11 years, The Center and community have created cherished memories from this powerful and moving breakfast. We will miss seeing you this year, but due to COVID-19, we had to postpone this very significant community event and Center fundraiser.
We still want to share the morning, and breakfast with you, so we invite you to join us as we honor Harvey Milk’s Legacy and the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Share your photos from the event over the years or take a photo of you and your breakfast this morning, and post on social media using the hashtag #HMDB.
Postponing this event has created a financial loss for The Center, and this week, California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins generously issued a special matching challenge to support The Center’s Emergency Fund. All donations that were made this week through the end of today will be personally matched by Senate President Pro Tempore Atkins — dollar for dollar — up to $5,000.
Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins shared why she is proud to support The Center and offer this match, “The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is one of my favorite events of the year. While I’m saddened that we can’t gather together to mark the event and celebrate what would have been Harvey’s 90th birthday, it is important to remember that we carry his legacy inside of us. We can honor his memory every day by living up to the commitment to battle for economic equality, environmental justice, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, and the protection of our LGBTQ community. As Harvey Milk said, ’Hope will never be silent.’ And neither will we. I am proud to support The San Diego LGBT Community Center, whose dedicated staff continues to serve our community in the midst of the current public health emergency.”

Thank you, Senate President Pro Tempore Atkins — and thank you to our community — for your incredible and ongoing support. I look forward to the day when we can come together in person and make new memories together.

Cara Dessert, CEO

Read The Center’s E-news from May 22, 2020

The Center provided more than 84,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members,  and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.

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