Jeri Dilno. For over 30 years Ms. Dilno has been a courageous political and social justice activist on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights. Her military discharge in 1961 for being a lesbian led her to risk personal safety in path breaking work. With other Philadelphians, she instituted a new gay pride festival to debunk stereotypes and show strength in the numbers of 8,000+ people who turned out for it. She brought that experience and her personable style back to San Diego in 1975: helping to plan the first gay pride march here and remaining an active driving force in annual gay pride activities; presenting the first formal presentation about gay/lesbian health issues to the American Nurse’s Association; serving as the first female Executive Director of the Gay Center (1975-77) and then serving on and Chairing its Board; assisting the Center in adding “lesbian” and “community” for a new name, “Lesbian and Gay Men’s Community Center;” representing California as an out lesbian at the historic 1977 Women’s Year Convention in Houston; and serving among the first out lesbians as a delegate in the Democratic Party. In addition, Jeri Dilno has served as an open lesbian on: Mayor O’Connor’s Commission on the Status of Women; the Police’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Committee; the Citizen’s Advisory Board on Police-Community Relations; and on a subcommittee dealing with high speed chases in the City.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.