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SDGMC's Bob Lehman honored by City Human Relations Commission

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Executive Director Bob Lehman wins prestigious City award.
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The City Human Relations Commission of San Diego announced last week that San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) Executive Director, Bob Lehman, will receive their coveted Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award being presented in November.

This, the eighth time the award has been bestowed upon a community member honors a veteran involved in regional and public service, something of which Lehman is very passionate.

"It’s a real honor for me to receive this award named after a WWII veteran and POW.," Lehman told SDGLN. "As a combat veteran myself, I am especially proud to have served my country both in the military and as a civilian."

Along with fundraising for schools and other organizations throughout the year, he also traveled to San Francisco this past August as a delegate representing San Diego at the official USS Harvey Milk ship naming ceremony.

Lehman is the past President of American Veterans for Equality in San Diego and is immortalized on the Veteran’s Wall of Honor as a combat Marine.  

His 17-year involvement with the SDGMC led him to become its Executive Director back in August 2015. 

"I think this award also acknowledges the impact the Chorus has had on our community this year," he continues. "My name may be on the award, but it’s the 200 members who inspire us, help us celebrate and help us heal.

"There’s power in music. It can make positive change happen—it can change people’s attitudes and lives. We include the word 'gay' in our name because we know the impact we can have when we stand up on stage, loud and proud, and do our part to make the world a better place."

Hale Media congratulates Bob Lehman as the 2016 recipient of the Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award

The awards will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at the City’s Central Library Shiley Special Events Suite with the theme “I See You.”

The event is underwritten by UC San Diego Health, is open to the public and is free of charge. The reception begins at 5:30 pm with the award ceremony lasting until 7 pm. 

The City of San Diego Human Relations Commission conducts and promotes activities that foster mutual respect and understanding, protects basic human and civil rights and creates an atmosphere that promotes amicable relations among all members of the San Diego community. More information on the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission is available at www.sandiego.gov/human-relations.