2024 Stonewall Rally Speaker

ChristineChristine Kehoe (she/her)

Christine Kehoe made history when she was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1993 as the first LGBTQIA+ office holder in the county.  Chris was the first to win public office in San Diego but she  did not do it alone. That first campaign ignited a new level  of political power in the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer San  Diego was ready to win! Volunteers flooded in and led a  people’s campaign to victory.

Prior to that first ground-breaking campaign, Chris had  been very active in the gay community and progressive  organizations such as the Center for Women’s Studies  and Services and the Hillcrest Business Association. She  participated in Lesbian Solidarity; was the volunteer  coordinator for the AIDS Assistance Fund; and edited the  San Diego Gayzette.

Along with Scott Fulkerson, former  director of The Center, Chris co-chaired the Pride  committee in 1989. We called it the 15/20 committee to  celebrate Stonewall and our San Diego anniversary.  With the help of a strong board of directors the Pride  organization was put on firm footing and evolved into the  organization we know and admire today.

Chris was followed in the San Diego City Council District 3 seat by Senator Toni Atkins (now candidate for Governor of California), Todd  Gloria (now our Mayor) and Chris Ward, now serving in the Assembly. That is an unbroken record of  openly gay office holders in that seat.   She went on to win election to the California Assembly (2000) and the state Senate (2004). Chris left the legislature due to term limits in 2012. Chris embraced equal rights, women’s equality and environmental sustainability as her  legislative priorities. After the legislature Chris served as  executive director of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative until 2016.

Chris lives in beautiful North Park with Julie Warren, her  spouse of almost 40 years.


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