Pride Advisory Council formingAround the City Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
San Diego Pride executive director, Dwayne Crenshaw, was pleased with the turnout of approximately 40 people for a meeting at The Center to answer questions about, and distribute applications for prospective membership in the organization’s new Community Advisory Council.
“I don’t mean to keep repeating myself,” Crenshaw told the crowd in The Center’s main auditorium. “But that will be up to the council to decide.” The statement was in response to an attendee’s question about whether or not the Advisory Council could ask the board of San Diego Pride to allow a designee from the council to become a voting member of the board.
In fact, as portrayed by Crenshaw, the new Community Advisory Council will have unusual autonomy in terms of how it operates. It will, however, be limited (at least initially) by both a lack of authority to do fundraising and wield actual power in terms of directing policy.
“But, sure; the board would be open to discussing and considering giving the council a vote on the board,” Crenshaw said. “But first we need to form the council and then it would have to ask.”
The council will be made up of 30 people (divided equally between male and female members). Crenshaw and the Pride board say they want to see regular citizens, as well as representatives from business, non-profit organizations and community activists to join the San Diego Pride Community Advisory Council.
There are no requirements that the board represent gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender community members specifically, according to Crenshaw. A decision by the board as to who will sit on the council is expected this month. Anyone can apply who is not a Pride employee or contractor.
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