Gloria Johnson, political activist and retired social worker, has labored for decades on local, state, and national levels to improve the status of women and gays. Her courageous leadership and founder roles as an out lesbian include the National Organization for Women and numerous democratic, and lesbian and gay organizations. Gloria became involved in the civil rights and peace movements in the 1960s and then the women’s movement (1970s), particularly the drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Throughout these years, Gloria held leadership roles in organizations that served as major forces for change for women, gays and lesbians.
In 1976, she co-chaired the local “No on 6” campaign which would have kept gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools. As President of the San Diego County Chapter of NOW (1982-1983 and1985-1988), she represented San Diego County on the state board for several years. She was one of the founders of the chapter’s Lesbian Rights Task Force in the late ‘70s and served as director of NOW’s national Lesbian Rights Conference in San Diego in 1988. Gloria was recently elected to the national board of directors for the National Stonewall Democratic Federation and was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for 1980, 1996, and 2000. More recently: For the last four years, she has served as Vice Chair of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus for the California Democratic Party. She is currently the Political Relations Director of the San Diego Democratic Club and Co-Director of Political Action for the San Diego County Democratic Party.
Gloria has also recently received the distinction of being appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Women’s Issues. Aside from her extensive leadership positions, Gloria has been a volunteer in a multitude of campaigns for local Democratic candidates. She is currently on Donna Frye’s campaign staff. Throughout all these years of activism,Gloria was a social worker for the County of San Diego for 30 years. In the last decade, she was an AIDS case workers. Although she retired from that work in 2000, her political service continues to branch in new avenues.