Description: Ms. Jeri Dilno was born in San Diego in 1936. She graduated from Point Loma High School in 1954 and attended San Diego State University. She left SDSU in 1958 and joined the Air Force, but received an undesirable discharge in 1961 as part of an investigation of eight individuals suspected of being gay. Ms. Dilno was the only one who fought the accusations and requested a hearing; her discharge was later changed to honorable, but the experience prompted a lifelong commitment to the advancement of LGBT people. She helped found the first organized Pride March in 1975, was the first female Executive Director of The Center, from 1975 to 1977, and attended the International Conference on Women in 1977 as an openly lesbian delegate. She chaired The Center board from 1978 to 1980, and campaigned against the Briggs Initiative. Ms. Dilno was president of the San Diego Democratic Club from 1987 to 1991, co-chaired the LGBT State Democratic Caucus from 1989 to 1991 and was a delegate at the National Democratic Convention in 1988, 1992, and 2000. See article at:

Date: 2015-11-18