Representative Mike Levin Announces North County LGBTQ Resource Center Founder as Constituent of the Month

September 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that North County LGBTQ Resource Center founder Max Disposti is his Constituent of the Month for September. Max’s tireless work to open the Center filled a void in support services and resources for LGBTQ families and has made a positive impact on countless lives in the North County San Diego region.

Earlier this year, Representative Levin launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County Residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. Levin’s Constituent of the Month for July was Oceanside Women’s Resource Center Co-Founder Colleen O’Harra. His Constituent of the Month for August was Executive Director and Principal Scientist of the Nature Collective, Doug Gibson.

To nominate a resident of the 49th District to be the Constituent of the Month, the nomination form can be found here.

See below for the statement that Rep. Levin submitted into the Congressional Record:

Madam Speaker, it’s my honor to recognize Max Disposti, founder of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, as my next Constituent of the Month. A longtime North County resident, Max’s tireless work to open the Center filled a void in support services and resources for LGBTQ families and has made a positive impact on countless lives in our community.

Before Max founded the Center in 2011, many lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning youth and families had nowhere to turn in North County, lacking a sense of community that was desperately needed. With the help of others in the community like Maria Al Shamma, who now serves as Board Chair for the Center, Max is able to provide our LGBTQ neighbors with a safe place to receive resources and feel more comfortable in their community. Max and many others at the Center provide critical services such as support groups for youth, seniors, and military service members, HIV and AIDS testing and prevention, counseling and assistance with housing and meals. They also provide civil rights advocacy, classes, and workgroups.

Ultimately, one of the most significant benefits of the Resource Center is its ability to make the LGBTQ community more visible in North County. Everyone in our community should feel safe and welcome.   Unfortunately, that has not always been the experience of our LGBTQ neighbors. There is much more that we need to do to ensure that LGBTQ individuals have the same rights and protections as anyone else. That’s why I was proud to help introduce and pass the Equality Act to finally, fully end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. I’m proud to stand with Max and so many others in North County’s LGBTQ community in fighting for equality.

I launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to make our region a stronger place for everyone to live and thrive. Max’s contributions to our community are extraordinary, but I also want to recognize everyone else who helped launch the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and work to keep its doors open every single day. Thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do for community.

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