Is Lorie Zapf being gay baited?Bottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
Before President Obama “evolved” on the issue of gay marriage he repeatedly stated, “I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.” Such statements were made in the past by both Clintons and many of our strongest allies and supporters. Well, the same goes for pro marriage supporter Councilwoman Lorie Zapf who has stated for years now that she deeply regrets some of her past statements about our community and issues. To quote Councilwoman Zapf, “I believe in and support marriage equality and full civil rights for all LGBT Americans.”
Like Obama, Zapf has greatly evolved on our issues and has made her support of our community well known. Then why are her desperate opponent Sarah Boot and her supporters bringing up Zapf’s statements from years ago at two recent Town Council meetings?
Well, because they are trying unsuccessfully to portray Councilwoman Zapf as a right wing extremist in their uphill negative campaign. Shame on you Sarah Boot! Your pro-GLBT stands are exactly like Lorie Zapf’s and you know it.
Councilwoman Zapf even earmarked thousands of dollars to our LGBT Center for counseling and suicide prevention. Zapf has gotten support from past LGBT Community Center presidents, Robert Gleason and Bob Nelson as well as former decorated lesbian Marine Captain Jacque Atkinson and AIDS Walk founder and LGBT Wall of Honor recent inductee Susan Jester as well as businessman Big Mike Phillips to name a few.
One of Lorie Zapf’s sisters died of a very painful lung cancer and this has made her stand in support of compassionate use of marijuana by HIV/AIDS and cancer patients very personal.
This Thursday, Lorie is once again taking her staff out for dinner at a local restaurant for Dining Out For Life. So when you see Lorie Zapf at this year’s Pride Parade take the time and thank her for her support of our community and its civil rights issues and when you see Ms. Boot tell her to please stop the gay baiting.
Yes, I don’t agree with Councilwoman Zapf on all her stands and Council votes (I don’t agree all the time with Todd Gloria either) but I’ve gotten to know Lorie very well and she brings to that council something that no other councilmember does. Lorie Zapf was placed in foster homes as a child and her mother greatly suffered from mental issues. Her grandmother owned a taco stand in Los Angeles (yes, Lorie is half Latina) and at times was near homeless. Lorie Zapf knows about poverty and the struggles of abandoned children from a very sad and most difficult childhood. Ten years ago she had to mature very quickly as Lorie ended up taking care of her sister and brother because her mother was always struggling.
Yes, Lorie Zapf does not talk about all this very much (she does to children at different social service agencies) as I can tell when we discuss her background I can still see the pain and sadness in her eyes.
Lorie Zapf is a true role model for women and all children and, yes, I am proud to call her my friend and a friend and ally of our GLBT community.
Six hundred children attend Easter Egg Hunt
Twelve years ago when great grandmother Linda Childs and I started the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Trolley Barn Park 50 children showed up. This year 600!
Trust me, the great success of this event has to do with a lot of unsung heroes like The Center, Family Matters (Jane and Carolina) and the Council offices of Council President Todd Gloria.
While the Imperial Court hosts the event among the many unsung heroes are the Leather community, Ben Dillingham, Speaker-elect Toni Atkins, Sherman Mendoza and The Caliph, Nick Moede and Rich’s/Numbers, The Firefighters Association, Walgreens (Franko), The Eagle, William Oryos, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Harvey Milk’s American Diner, Big Mike, Candi Samples and James, Emperor XLII Robert and Empress XLII Pearl, Robert Gleason and so many others.
A very big thank-you to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Council President Todd Gloria, School Board President Kevin Beiser and Assemblywoman Atkins and Mayor Faulconer staff members … all of them who stayed for hours handing out hundreds of baskets to the children on this hot sunny day. From the bottom of my heart God bless everyone who supported this event.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for more than 45 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last seven mayors of San Diego. He is also a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council of the USA, Canada and Mexico. In 2013 Murray Ramirez was named “Mayor of Hillcrest” by a City proclamation. Nicolemrsandiego@aol.com
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