The 8th Annual Harvey Milk Breakfast celebrated the lives of those who have worked hard to change the landscape of the American LGBT community.
The 8th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel this morning.
Over 1,000 influential LGBT community members from around the country were in attendance to honor those who have made a difference in the community.
It was also a time to recognize the new generations of LGBT youth as well as honor those who have passed within the last year.
City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez and Dr. Delores A. Jacobs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) were the emcees of the morning, each giving powerful speeches about the changing landscapes of the LGBT movement.
Ramirez wore a sticker which read "Ward," giving a nod to Chris Ward, the gay city official running for City Councilmember of District Three against Anthony Bernal who, last week, recieved an endorsement from Mayor Faulconer.
However the focus was not on politics this morning, it was on transgender Americans who currently find themselves at the forefront of diminishing civil rights laws.
Yet it was also a time of celebration, Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave the welcome remarks in which he stated many times that San Diego will finally get the AIDS Memorial it’s been hoping for.
Trans high schoolers Lily Rubenstein and Trinity Anne Martinez recalled their struggles and triumphs coming out as trans to their parents and their classmates.
“I am not a boy, I’m just a different type of girl,” Martinez said, finishing up her speech.
The Honorable Annisse Parker, former mayor of Houston, was given the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award. She was honored by the recognition, but warned there is still work to be done, “We have done a lot, but not enough,” she said. “I’m not done yet, and neither are you.”
The Harvey Milk Youth Award was given to the San Diego Trans/GNC Youth project. Several members stood at the podium to give their thanks of support and funding.
Special guest speaker Mr. Michael Connolly, Member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta Canada noted that our neighbors to the north are also working hard to serve their LGBT communities.
Connolly is one of the youngest gay members of the Alberta Legislative Assembly and serves alongside two other gay individuals elected into office the same year.
The morning ended bringing focus back to the transgender community with the showing of the now famous video of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch assuring the trans public that the Obama administration stands behind them and will ensure their civil rights are not comprimised