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Nicole Murray-Ramirez given 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by human rights group

Nicole Murray-Ramirez was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 30th Anniversary Dinner of Boarder Angels in San Diego
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San Diego LGBT activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 30th Anniversary Dinner of Border Angels in San Diego on November 5, 2016.

The event was held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to a sold-out crowd.

Murray-Ramirez was honored alongside stage producer and director William A. Virchis.

Many community leaders were present at the dinner including Congresswoman Susan Davis, Councilman David Alvarez, the new Counsel General of Mexico, as well as other cultural leaders.

The proclaimed “Mayor of Hillcrest,” Commissioner Ramirez has headed many programs that not only celebrate the Latino community, but the LGBT one as well.

He is a co-founder of Orgullo/San Diego, a past chair of the national Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization of Washington, D.C.; Co-founder of the People of Color AIDS Services Task Force of San Diego, and Founder of the Tijuana AIDS Fund. 

The Nicole Murray-Ramirez Latino Services at the LGBT Community Center was named in his honor and an AIDS hospice in Tijuana. 

There are Nicole Murray-Ramirez LGBT Student Scholarships named in his honor in the cities of Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Border Angels founder Enrique Morones said Ramirez is a hero and role model for the Latino community.

Ramirez addressed the crowd after receiving his award and said while, “the golden state is indeed turning brown, the Latino community must continue to reach out and build bridges with other communities.”

Commissioner Ramirez, who has worked with both Harvey Milk and Cesar Chavez, has also been a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latino Unity Coalition, The Frida Khalo Leadership Award and the Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award by his widow Helen Chavez.