The San Diego activist also answers a question about his retirement.
A San Diego LGBT activist and community leader was honored with not one, but two "Keys to the City" late last month.
City Commissioner Nicole M. Ramirez, or "the Mayor of Hillcrest," was bestowed this rare honor by mayors Jackie Biskupski and Linda Gorton of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lexington, Kentucky respectively.
Both mayors honored Commissioner Ramirez for his ongoing activism which spans nearly five decades. His dedication to the LGBT and Latino communities have helped forge major changes.
Ramirez's work in the International Imperial Court System was especially recognized. In his 12 years of leadership as Chairman/CEO of that organization, he has spearheaded successful national campaigns for both a Harvey Milk U.S. postage stamp and naval ship soon to be built and christened in San Diego.
The International Imperial Court System, founded in 1965 by gay icon and War World II Veteran Jose Julio Sarria, now has over 70 chapters in cities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Currently, Commissioner Ramirez is also the National Chair of the National GLBT Civil Rights Network, U.S.A. and is the founder and national co-chair of the "National LGBTQ Wall of Honor" to be dedicated on June 27th at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
There have been rumors that Ramirez will retire soon. San Diego Gay and Lesbian News asked him about that to which he gave us this equivocal reply.
"Yes I am living in Shady Pines and at times have to use a cane," he said. "But I still have a lot to do especially mentoring many GLBTQ young activists."