Description: Recorded as part of the Lambda Archives of San Diego’s 20th anniversary.
Additional Description: Before moving to San Diego in 1996 to accept a position as senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church San Diego, Tony Freeman lived in Florida and Denver, where he was involved with HIV/AIDS services, the Imperial Courts’ Scholarship Review Committee and the GLBT Community Services Center. Since settling in Allied Gardens, with his partner and their 11-year-old son, Tony Freeman has received numerous awards for his community activities. They include: helping to found Sunburst Apartments, San Diego’s first supportive housing project for GLBT homeless youth; founding Operation Hope for the Hungry, which provided critical community and ecumenical support for the San Diego Food Bank when it was forced to find a new home; and founding Caravan of Hope, which collected and delivered supplies to GLBT people affected by Hurricane Katrina. He received the 1998 Nicky Governor’s Award for community service, the 2001 Champion of Pride award, and he is a 2006 recipient of the Center’s Visionary Award for work on the GLBT homeless youth housing project. In August 2007, Freeman was appointed executive director of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.