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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Meet Christopher Grant Contreras, businessman and volunteer

Christopher Grant Contreras is one of the many people who are actively engaged in San Diego's LGBT community, participating in community organizations and using his successful business to help give back.

As owner of Chris Contreras Insurance Agency as a Farmers Insurance Agent, Contreras enjoys participating in organizations like the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, and GSDBA, while regularly donating his professional services to benefit these groups and others.

At 37 years old, Contreras has been in San Diego for 12 years and currently lives at the border of North Park and South Park. He is single and makes it clear that he is "not taken," and hails from San Jose, Calif.

Learn more about Contreras below:

What organization(s) do you volunteer for, and why?

I am a member of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus and also a member the GSDBA (Greater San Diego Business Association). Within GSDBA, I am a member of one of the organization's Business Networking Groups.

I also recently joined the San Diego Chapters of the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign.

What motivates you to do the volunteer work you do?

I would like to do more for my community and I know I have many people to be inspired by. I held many positions for the LGBT club on campus while in college. I also was the first person to come out of the closet in the school newspaper at both high schools I attended. Back in those days, that was very brave.

I came out when I was 15, almost 16, at a time when gays were not out in high school. I literally was the only out of the closet gay at both schools.

I felt it was important to help create a positive environment for fellow students and to help prevent bullying and suicides and I important to have visibility for us and to open up dialogue between gays and straights.

What is something that many people do not know about you?

Most people do not know that I have played four musical instruments and also took 2 1/2 years of classical singing classes in college. I was also in wrestling, track and field, and competed in power lifting competitions starting when I was 14.

What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life other than volunteering?

Socially I try to make many social events and plan on being at more and more as my social network continues to grow. The most important thing for me in the connections that I do have is that I try to encourage everyone in all aspects of their lives.

I love to motivate people and give positive reinforcement. I love to help and educate people which is why I think being an insurance advisor has worked out for me. It also helps that I have been in the insurance industry since I was 17 years old.

What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?

What I would like to see change in the LGBT community is perhaps more things to do outside of the bar and club scene. Those will always exist and are fun but I would like to see more things out of our community.

What do you like most about the local LGBT community?

What I like most about the LGBT community locally is our size. We have more than 12 gays in San Diego, isn't that great!

I love the fact that there are so many people striving to make good for themselves and represent our community in a positive way.

If you could host a dinner party and invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?

If I were to host a dinner party, the three people I would like to invite would be my recently passed grandfather and my two deceased grandmothers.

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Contreras with friends and fellow singers of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.

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