Dems for Equality eNews

Tuesday, September 17, 2013  

     Freedom Awards 

 Speaker John Perez

 California Assembly Speaker John Pérez 
Will Accept the Brad Truax Human Rights Award
at the Freedom Awards on
Sunday, September 22
1:00 p.m.


John Pérez will be attending the Freedom Awards to accept the A. Brad Truax Human Rights Award, the club's highest honor. Pérez made history in 2010 when he became Speaker of the California State Assembly, the first openly gay person to hold such a position in the nation. Raised in working-class communities, he learned the value of hard work and community service and spent more than 15 years advocating for more jobs, expanded healthcare, and the protection of workers' rights. A longtime champion for LGBT issues, he was appointed by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to serve on the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. 


Event Details

Home of Maureen Steiner & Camille Davidson
830 Alameda Blvd., Coronado

$50 Members; $60 Non-Members

One free admission for all Sustaining Members

Two free admissions for all Sponsoring and Patron Members


Light Hors D'oeuvres and Desserts  

 Wine, Beer, Champagne and Sodas

Award Recipients:

A. Brad Truax Human Rights Award: 
California Assembly Speaker John Perez

J. Douglas Scott Political Action Award:
Don Mullen

Gloria Steinem Communications Award:
Lambda Archives

Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award:
Connor Maddocks

R. Steven Pope Award for Volunteerism:
Phyllis McGrath

Special Recognition:
San Diego Democrats for Equality Transformation Task Force

President's Award:
Announced at the event

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P. O. Box 33050, San Diego, CA 92163 

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Council President Todd Gloria  

September 26 Club Meeting
To Feature Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and
Mayoral Candidates Forum with Potential Endorsement 

Mike Aguirre   David Alvarez   Bruce Coons    Nathan Fletcher

     Pictured (left - right): Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Bruce Coons, Nathan Fletcher
September 26 Club Meeting
To Feature Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and
Mayoral Candidates Forum with Potential Endorsement 

The San Diego Democrats for Equality meeting on Thursday, September 26, will include remarks from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria followed by a candidate forum for San Diego Mayor.  Gloria will speak about his experiences as Council President and Interim Mayor and will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the city. 


Following Gloria's remarks, candidates for Mayor will explain their vision and answer questions.  The special election to replace Bob Filner will be held Tuesday, November 19.  If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote, a run-off election will be held early next year (date to be determined.)


Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez, Bruce Coons, and Nathan Fletcher, all Democrats, are scheduled to appear at the club's forum. Republican Kevin Faulconer, was invited to complete the club's candidate questionnaire and participate in the forum but declined.  Democrat Lori Saldaña who filed to run, has been invited, but she has not yet announced whether she will be a candidate. Immediately after the forum, the club will consider making an endorsement in the race. A 60% vote of the club membership is required to endorse. 


The public is invited to attend, but only club members may submit questions for the candidate forum and participate in the debate regarding endorsement. The meeting will be held in the Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Avenue in Hillcrest, directly across from Trader Joe's. The meeting begins with refreshments and social time at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7:00. Members and guests can park in the Uptown District shopping center's underground parking garage; those who park in the surface parking lot may be towed.  


  AIDS Walk San Diego 2013


Join the Dems for Equality AIDS Walk Team or

Sponsor One of Our Walkers


San Diego Democrats for Equality will once again be having a team in the AIDS Walk and Run San Diego. This year's event, which begins and ends in Balboa Park will be on Sunday morning, September 29, 2013, is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser and the biggest non-governmental financial provider for HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Click here to join our team or to sponsor one of our team members. 



Thank you for your continuing support of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Doug Case Signature
Doug Case, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Fighting for LGBT Equality since 1975
An Affiliate of National Stonewall Democrats