SAN DIEGO -- As a result of her leadership in the law enforcement and LGBT communities, and in recognition of her dedication as a role model for women, Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego (LCRSD) will award San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis with its Woman Of The Year Award at its monthly meeting this Wednesday, Sept. 18.
According to LCRSD, Dumanis has earned a national reputation as a law enforcement leader and innovator, and is the first openly gay woman to run and win election to the office of District Attorney in the United States.
As the nation's first openly gay DA, Dumanis represents the LGBT community on a daily basis in her position as the County's top law enforcement official. During her tenure, Dumanis has brought increased sensitivity to LGBT victims of crime and assigned a specially-trained hate crimes prosecutor who also conducts outreach and prevention.
“DA Dumanis has been not only a role model for women in law enforcement, but she has set the bar for LGBT Republican women who wish to run for public office,” LCRSD president Susan Jester said. “Bonnie demonstrated great courage in running in 2003 as an openly gay candidate under the GOP banner and has helped pave the way for those who would follow in her footsteps.”
Dumanis has consistently been endorsed and supported by the Republican Party leadership in both San Diego County and the California Republican Party. She is also known as someone who reaches across the aisle and brings all sides to the table to protect public safety.
At the event, City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer will present the award on behalf of LCRSD.
“As a Councilmember, Kevin Faulconer has been a friend and advocate of the LGBT community by supporting resolutions that opposed California’s Proposition 8, supported the repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' and supporting the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” Jester said.
Additionally, Faulconer contributed $10,000 from his Council office budget to support The San Diego LGBT Community Center earlier this year, LCRSD said.
California Republican Party chairman Jim Brulte will also be at the event, helping to present the award to Dumanis.
“It has been almost 30 years since we had a visit from our state chair, and it signals a new day in the California Republican Party,” Jester said. “Not only is it monumental because Republican state leadership is attending an LGBT event, but helping to present an award to one of our County’s most respected elected LGBT elected leaders shows just how much has changed in the Republican Party.”
There is no charge to attend the event, emceed by talk show host LaDona Harvey.
LCRSD said community members from all walks of life are invited to join the event on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm in the lobby of the Diversionary Theater, 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights.
A one-hour networking event will be held prior to the event, where the adjacent Lambda Archives will open their doors for guests to learn more about LGBT history.