City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez made city history when he was re-elected the chair of the San Diego Human Relations Commission (HRC) for an unprecedented fourth term.
The HRC comprises leaders from the religious, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, black and Native American communities appointed by the mayor and the City Council. Ramirez was appointed by then-Mayor Dick Murphy, and reappointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders. When first elected seven years ago, he was the first openly gay man elected as chair.
Ramirez was unanimously elected chair by the fellow commissioners.
"I am proud of the Human Relations Commission's bridge building between communities and increasing the visibility of our religious communities and communities of color."
Ramirez has served the last five mayors of San Diego, and was elected as the chair of the first mayor's GLBT Advisory Board and the first GLBT Advisory Board to the chief of police.
Ramirez has been a Latino and gay activist for over 40 years and is a past national board member of the Human Rights Campaign, past national chair of LLEGO, the national chair of Stonewall 25, and the only gay activist in the country who has been elected to all four national boards of the marches on Washington, D.C. He was also elected chair of the Millennium March. He is the past state chair of Equality California and is currently serving a four year term on the national board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He was also appointed by the county Board of Supervisors to the Regional Task Force on AIDS in the 1980's and has served as a county deputy marriage commissioner.
He has been honored for his work a number of times by the Latino community, including receiving the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award present by Chavez's widow, Helen Chavez, and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Latino Unity Coalition.
Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund
Annual Blanket Drive
Toni Atkins Lesbian Health Fund
S.G. Reichen Transgender Fund
“Toys for Kids” Annual Drive
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
Tijuana AIDS Fund
Benjamin F. Gillingham III Community Grant
Scott Carlson Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Harvey Milk/Nicole Murray Ramirez Scholarship Fund