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Founder Of North County LGBT Coalition Wins Oceanside MLK Award

A North County gay rights leader is the recipient of Oceanside's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, the city announced today.

North County LGBT Coalition

Massimilliano "Max'' Disposti, founder of the North County LGBT Coalition.

Massimilliano "Max'' Disposti, founder of the North County LGBT Coalition, has been involved in community service and working toward equality in Oceanside for the last 11 years. He was given his award at a breakfast on Monday.

"In this day and this society, Max Disposti has gone proudly into places where discussion on LBGT is politely dismissed or shunned entirely,'' said Reginald Owens, a past winner of the award. "He is courageous to a point where he cannot be compared.''

Another past winner, Gwen Sanders, said Disposti was a great choice as someone who practices King's "ideals and philosophy.''

Disposti, a real estate broker who was born in Rome, helped found Rome Gay Pride and was an early leader of the historic Italian city's LGBT movement before he moved to the United States and become a citizen, according to Lambda Archives San Diego.

Other nominees were Raye Clendening, a retired teacher and president of the Vista Community Clinic Board of Directors, and Marcus Sneed, a retired Marine officer and longtime Boy Scouts of America volunteer at Camp Pendleton.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 22, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Well I suppose so. The name "Martin Luther King, Jr." isn't copyrighted.

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Missionaccomplished | January 22, 2013 at 10:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

"In this day and this society, Max Disposti has gone proudly into places where discussion on LBGT is politely dismissed or shunned entirely,'' said Reginald Owens, a past winner of the award. "He is courageous to a point where he cannot be compared.''

And pray tell, where might that be? A pre-school or an Amish camp?

But seriously, where does this inherent emotional need to shout it to the Four Winds come from??? I have yet to hear a clear, rational answer. You up for it, Despoti?

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donzxcv | February 28, 2014 at 12:05 a.m. ― 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Rev. Martin L. King was conservative Christian. For his name to be employed in this disgraceful manner, something he would never condone, is a mockery. And for our tax dollars to be spent on promoting the degradation of sexual immorality is beyond insanity.

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