2021 Spirit of Stonewall Awardees

Every year, San Diego Pride accepts nominations from the community for the annual presentation of the Spirit of Stonewall Awards. The awards recognize individuals or groups who contribute significantly to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts.

San Diego Pride is honored to recognize the following individuals and organizations as our 2021 awardees:

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Champion of Pride

Dwayne Crenshaw

Dwayne is a native San Diegan and lifelong resident of southeastern San Diego. His deep knowledge of San Diego’s neighborhoods and his community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as a nonprofit and community leader. As President & CEO of The Humanity Movement, Dwayne Crenshaw is responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis and leads the teams policy development and advocacy work.

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Community Grand Marshal

Moe Girton

Moe Girton started her career in 2000, where she started as a door girl/security and bar back at The Flame; eventually working her way up to Bartender and Manager. She also was named Miss Gay San Diego in 2003. The Flame sold in 2004, and she transitioned to be a part of the opening team with Baja Betty’s. Over the years, she grew within the company and eventually opened up the World Famous Women’s Bar Gossip Grill, becoming a partner in the MO’s Universe Restaurant Group and a pillar for the community.

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Stonewall Service

San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition

The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition is a 501©3 organization and is the only Black LGBTQ nonprofit in San Diego. Established in 2015 by a group of Black Queer individuals who noticed both a lack of resources and an absence of a central united space for Black LGBTQ life, the Coalition was established to help provide that space to #ExistBlackly.

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Community Service

Ana Laura Martinez

Ana Laura Martínez (she/her/ella) was raised in Tijuana and San Diego. Coming from a working-class and immigrant household, she is committed to fighting injustices for her community and family.

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Stonewall Philanthropy

Burgess Family

 The Burgess Family exemplifies the spirit of the Philanthropy Award because the entire family has given generously of their time, talent, and treasure in some way to support San Diego Pride’s youth programs over the last few years.

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Inspirational Relationship

Frannya Tuchman & Jamie Arangure

 Jamie Arangure & Frannya Tuchman are a dynamic duo of Latina women (and best friends) who currently serve as Directors of Proyecto Trans Latina. Through their inspirational friendship they have co-created safe spaces like support groups where Latinx trans women can find resources and advocacy for many years.

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Light of Pride

Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition

Since 2005, The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, a non-profit, nongovernmental tribal coalition has been providing services and advocacy for women and 2SLGBTQ people. Giving voice to the marginalized and believing that love should not hurt, the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition brings awareness against sexual assault and domestic violence in San Diego Indian Country.

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Larry T. Baza Arts & Culture Award

Matt Morrow

Since joining the organization in 2014, Matt has helped to grow Diversionary’s operating budget by 100%. Under their leadership the theatre has been nominated for 29 San Diego Critics Circle Awards, winning two Outstanding New Play Awards in 2017 and 2019. Alongside Diversionary’s Board of Trustees, Matt led the Securing Our Future campaign, a $2.5 million renovation project for the theatre’s home in University Heights, slated to reopen early Fall 2021. 

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Friend of Pride

Nathan Fletcher

 Nathan Fletcher is the Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Chair Fletcher is a proud ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and uses his platform as an elected leader to advocate for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ people.

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