2021 Spirit of Stonewall Speakers

We are honored to have the following speakers address the community regarding our signs of progress and challenges in the 2021 Spirit of Stonewall Rally.

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Marcus Bush

Resilient Justice

Marcus Bush is a proud Father of 2, community activist, and the first openly-LGBTQ councilmember elected in National City, CA. Marcus grew up in National City and earned his Bachelor of Arts in City Planning from San Diego State University and Master’s in Real Estate Development from Portland State University. Marcus has served in numerous leadership roles in National City including serving on the Civil Service Commission, Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, President of Rotary Club, and Planning Commission, where he became the youngest Chair in the City’s history at 26.

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Erica Pinto

Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ Resilience

Erica M. Pinto currently serves as Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village of California, one of the 13 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation who trace their roots back over 12,000 years in San Diego County, California. Her extensive executive experience gives her a sophisticated grasp on even the most complex aspects of tribal governance.

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Wendy Schlater

Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ Resilience

Wendy Schlater is a 2 Spirit dual citizen of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians and the U.S. In March 2019, Wendy was elected Vice Chairwoman for her Tribe, her third term as an elected tribal leader.

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Paulo Batista

Trans Inclusion in Sports

 Paulo’s outstanding customer service and leadership skills have spanned many different industries, nationwide, from fitness to security to cosmetology, the arts, education and retail.

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Mack Goehring

Trans Inclusion in Sports

Mack Goehring, is your not-so-average 12 year old. Born and raised in San Diego, Mack is currently a 6th grade honor-roll student in middle school and All Star soccer player.

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Reverend Penny Bridges

LGBTQ+ Freedom IS Religious Freedom

 The Very Reverend Penny Bridges, Dean or senior pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, has served as a tireless ally of the LGBTQ+ community for over 25 years, serving a residential program for individuals with HIV/AIDS in seminary and more recently creating innovative programs and accommodations for the transgender community at St. Paul’s.

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Alex Villafuerte

LGBTQ+ API Resilience

Alex Villafuerte (he/him/his) has served as the Marketing and Communications Manager at San Diego Pride since 2017, working with Marketing and Communications professionals and volunteers to amplify the message of San Diego’s LGBTQ community.

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Kori Gillis

Spirit of Stonewall Rally Singer: Kori Gillis

Kori Richard Gillis comes from a musical family and grew up in East Chicago, IN. After joining the US Navy during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, he auditioned and secured a position as a lead vocalist for the US Navy Band. Kori performed in over 30 countries around the world, connecting with audiences through the power of music.

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