Gloria Johnson’s Celebration of Life – August 26, 1937 to September 22, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the First Unitarian Church of San Diego in Hillcrest, a powerhouse of San Diego Democrats gathered to honor the life of Gloria Johnson, an early and vocal advocate for LGBT issues. I was caught with only my IPhone for a camera, but I could not let this important occasion go undocumented.

Gloria was the first open lesbian to be elected to the San Diego Democratic Central Committee, delegate to many Democratic National Conventions and worked on both Christine Kehoe’s and Donna Frye’s campaigns. She had many honors and numerous activities during her long and very productive life.

She was very active in NOW and advocated tirelessly for LGBT issues. She was inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009, and in January of this year, Mayor Filner named her as a “Mayor’s Living Legend” for her community work.

Bob and Jennifer

Brian at Gloria's Memorial

David Alvarez and Christine Kehoe

David Alvarez at Gloria's memorial

Francine and Christine Kehoe

Francine Busby

Jess, Jen, Jeremy and Francine

Reception Party for Gloria

Ruth Rollins and Chris Ward


San Diego Powerhouse at Gloria's memorial

Susan Davis

Toni Atkins at Gloria's  Memorial

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