In response, Ramirez launched a fund to pay for armed guards in and around the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
"It's long overdue that our LGBT Community Center hire professional security guards," Ramirez told the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. ''The Imperial Court de San Diego and the GLBT Vote 2020 [committed] $1,000 apiece and Eddie Reynoso and the San Diego Equality Business Alliance [committed] $1,000 apiece towards this effort."
Ramirez, who serves on the LGBT Advisory Board for Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego County Sheriff, said he's long been concerned about the San Diego LGBT Community Center, citing an incident from 2015 when a transient entered the facility and punched a staffer in the face.
"But the Center has refused to hire armed security guards," he said. "It is time that our LGBT Center, the Metropolitan Community Center, and San Diego Pride reaccess their security situation as many of our LGBT bars have in view of recent growing anti-gay incidents in Hillcrest."
While the San Diego LGBT Center did not provide comment to the SDGLN, Ramirez said the Center was wary of hiring uniformed security guards because some of its clients found such individuals triggering.