The City of Oceanside and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Program committee are honored to present the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award to Massimiliano (Max) Disposti. This prestigious honor has been awarded to community members in Oceanside since 1990. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recognizes volunteer activity and community service to the residents of Oceanside and non-profit organizations, as well as commitment to positive relationships between different racial, ethnic and cultural communities.
Since 2002, Max Disposti has been involved in creating a diverse Oceanside community through his commitment to community service, non- profit engagement, and by establishing a non-violent social movement and coalition for social equality. Past award recipient Reginald Owens said, “In this day and this society, Max Disposti has gone proudly into places where discussion on LBGT is politely dismissed or shunned entirely. He is courageous to a point where he cannot be compared, and his message that, “everyone is born to shine, not to hide” is one that we all should emulate. Janet Bledsoe Lacy, another past award winner said, ” He is being recognized for his courage and leadership for advocating for civil rights, especially for equal rights within the LBGT community, including children, families, the military, and other members in our community”. Other nominees were Raye Clendening, who is a retired educator and President of the Board of Directors for Vista Community Clinic, and Marcus Sneed, a retired Marine Officer who has devoted countless time to the Boy Scouts of America, and has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 790 on Camp Pendleton for the past 14 years. Past recipient Gwen Sanders stated, “In looking for the person who practiced Dr. King’s ideals and philosophy, this candidate was a great choice”. Massimiliano Disposti has proudly conveyed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s universal message of social equality and his hopes for our nation’s future. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
On December, 4th, 2011, the doors of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center opened to the public, and the dream of a North County LGBT Center finally came true.
In 2012, so far over 8,000 people have visited the Center, and each month the number of people using our services continues to grow.
We are so grateful for all our Group Facilitators, Project Youth Volunteers, Administrative staff, and many others that make our dream possible every day by donating their time and expertise.
Please join us for our VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY on Saturday, December 22nd from 2pm to 6pm.
You are cordially invited to come and join us for an afternoon of play, food, and music in appreciation of all our Resource Center volunteers and supporters.
We hope to see you there.
Article by Max Disposti, Founder and Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, April 20, 2012.
This year’s theme for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center’s upcoming Gala on May 19 is all about family.
Family is when our service members, reunited with their loved ones, have to struggle with their affections to avoid making national news. Family is the thousands of couples hoping to have their unions finally recognized as marriage. Families are federal government employees that cannot take care of their spouses because the Defense of Marriage Act denies them the right. Families or the bi-national couples forced to live apart because, in this country, their union is illegal.
Here in North County, a few hundred feet away from the entrance to Camp Pendleton, our families feel the burden of forced invisibility. This year’s Gala is not only about fundraising but is also an opportunity to reestablish dignity and humanity to all our North County families.
Only a year ago, the idea of opening a North County LGBTQ Resource Center was a general thought in our minds, an undefined desire inspired by years of community work and dedication that many North County residents have volunteered for.
At last year’s Gala, guest of honor and keynote speaker Steward Milk compared our effort to the great struggles of the past: establishing a community center in an area that was historically non-supportive. Ironically, a year after, we come to realize that because of these predetermined obstacles, establishing our presence happened because of an amazing support from our LGBT families, allies and service members.
Today, our community is transforming the way North County has been perceived for years. In fact, the presence of many different support and discussion groups, mental health programs, socio-recreational activities and other services the Resource Center provides are making a difference. We are already looking into extending our hours of operation and maybe, one day, moving into a bigger place.
In the meantime, having a safe space to gather, socialize, discuss and organize the LGBTQ self-identified youth it is really what makes any LGBT Center a resource that everyone can use.
Guest of honor and keynote speaker and for this year’s Gala is West Hollywood mayor and civil rights leader John Duran. Duran has years of activism in educating about HIV prevention and AIDS, while being the force behind many of our community’s antidiscrimination efforts. An active duty officer will also share his personal experience after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and discuss how the presence of the Resource Center benefits our local military.
Of course, music, food and a performance by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will add to the experience of a great evening at the beautiful venue, offered by the Oceanside Museum of Art.
If you have not yet reserved your ticket, we encourage you to do so. All proceeds will support the activities of the only LGBTQ Center currently run by volunteer personnel only. For more information or to purchase your ticket to the “We Are Family” Gala, visit ncresourcecenter.org or call 760-672-1848.
One last note for all my friends that may feel family is not who they are. Family can be everyone; it is not a homogenous box, losing the creativity and diversity of our immense and colorful community. An individual that has embraced the love for the larger human community is family, too. We all can make our existence a better one.
Saturday April 21st at 10:00am we will be holding another volunteer orientation at the Resource Center. The orientation will last about one hour and 30 minutes.
If interested and able to participate, please send a reply to this e-mail, with your first and last name. We have 25 seats available and accommodations are first come first served. However, more orientations will be scheduled in the future.
After your initial confirmation you will receive a set of instructions and the agenda for the day. We are always very thankful for your interest and support. Thank you!
Come join us for a free two hour workshop on
Saturday, April 14th from 9:00-11:00 am at the Resource Center.
Contact Nina Payne to reserve your space at firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore how to…
• Have less stress and tension in your life.
• Have less pain and discomfort in your everyday movement.
• Bring new awareness into your daily life through yoga, breath, work, and meditation.
• Transform stress, fatigue, and pain into a balanced and healthy lifestyle that works.
• Nourish your body, mind, and spirit with new understanding.
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center now has a new home. Starting November 1st, we will get the keys to our new location at 510 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA. December 4th will be the official Grand Opening. Details to come.