Queer Youth Updates

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LGBT History: Santa Cruz Local and LGBT Activist Dr. Chris DiMaio Chosen for Veteran of the Year

State Assemblymember Mark Stone designates Dr. Chris DiMaio as Veteran of the year! A transcript of his speech dedicated to DiMaio is attached to this newsletter.

“Aptos Doctor Honored as Veteran of the Year” – Santa Cruz Sentinel

“DiMaio, now 75, spent years after the war as a psychiatrist in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties helping veterans cope with their trauma. Since retiring in 2005, he has volunteered with Santa Cruz County veterans programs, performing mental health evaluations…In 2011, he and his partner Andrew Pudan were the first same-sex couple in the state to be recognized by the veterans services office and be afforded the same benefits as heterosexual married couples…”

“It’s a Gay Military Thing” By Danny Ingram President, American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER)

AVER Interview with Chris DiMaio – Its a Gay Military Thing

Mark Stone – ChrisDeMaio Vet of the Year