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First Person: Strengthening North County’s Gay Community

Max Disposti in an undated photo.

Credit: Max Disposti

Above: Max Disposti in an undated photo.

First Person: Strengthening North County's Gay Community


Max Disposti, executive director, North County LGBTQ Resource Center


Max Disposti remembers speaking with North County politicians and school board members a decade ago, hoping to get support for initiatives to increase the gay community’s visibility in the area. Instead he heard things like, there aren’t any LGBT students in the district.

Those responses, and what felt like social pressure to effectively go back in the closet, inspired Disposti and others to form the North County LGBT Coalition in 2008. The group thrived eventually created a physical location, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, to serve as an anchor for the region’s gay community. The center celebrated the 10th anniversary of the coalition this month.

Disposti said he sometimes speaks with those same elected officials from a decade ago, asking if they remember denying there was a significant LGBT population in North County. Those were other times, they say now, according to Disposti.

“I say, it was just 10 years ago,” Disposti said.

As part of our First person series, Disposti shares his struggle to build support for the Resource Center.

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