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City of Oceanside Appoints First LGBTQ Community Liaisons

Margery Pierce,  Neighborhood Service Director

Margery Pierce,
Neighborhood Service Director

Oceanside CA— The City of Oceanside has appointed three people to act as the first LGBT Community Liaisons. They are Margery Pierce, Neighborhood Service Director,Leonard Cosby, Lieutenant Oceanside Police Department and Felipe Rodriguez, Battalion Chief, Oceanside Fire Department.

Leonard Cosby,  Lieutenant-Oceanside Police Department

Leonard Cosby, Lieutenant Police Department

These individuals will make themselves available should the City receive any LGBT complaints or inquires, specific from the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. At the same time City staff is further reviewing internal policies to determine where improvements can be made to better represent and address the LGBT presence within the City of Oceanside.

From the City Memorandum:

Felipe Rodriguez,  Battalion Chief-Oceanside Fire Department

Felipe Rodriguez,
Battalion Chief-Oceanside Fire Department

“Each year the Human Rights Campaign rates municipalities on six criteria as it relates to LGBT community. The criteria are: 1. Non-Discrimination Laws. 2. Relationship Recognition. 3. Municipality as Employer. 4.Municipal Services. 5.Law Enforcement. 6. Relationships with the LGBT Community. The City scored 57 out of 100. At the request of Max Disposti, Executive Director of the NC-LGBTQ Resource Center, staff reviewed the City’s rating for 2014 and Mr. Disposti recommended that the City formally identify a LGBT Liaison form the City in General, and the Police and the Fire Department specifically”.

“We are very pleased to see the City of Oceanside making an effort to become the most inclusive and accepting place in North San Diego County in recognizing the value of collaboration and by supporting visibility for LGBT families and individuals.” said Mr. Disposti