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The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity Breakfast to Recognize Nicole M. Ramirez

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity

Breakfast is Proud to Recognize

Nicole M. Ramirez with the 2023 Legacy Award

The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee announces that Commissioner Nicole M. Ramirez, Queen Mother of the Americas International Imperial Court System U.S.A. – Canada – Mexico will receive this year's Harvey B. Milk Legacy Award at the 11th Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 8:30 AM at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is a program of the Palm Springs Pride organization.

The breakfast honors the memory of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, and his legacy of groundbreaking inspiration in the struggle to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The event is designed to strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that work toward equality in the Coachella Valley.

Commissioner Ramirez has been a Latino and LGBTQ activist for over five decades and is currently a San Diego City and County Commissioner who has served and advised the last eight mayors of San Diego. Ramirez has worked with Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk and received the Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award from his widow Helen Chavez.

Commissioner Ramirez is a past State President of Equality California and has served on the National Boards of the National Gay Rights Lobby, National LGBTQ Task Force, Human Rights Campaign,

and is currently the National Chair of the National GLBTQ Civil Rights Network U.S.A. Nicole is the reigning Queen Mother of the oldest LGBTQ organization in North America, the International Imperial Court System (founded in 1965), with 70 chapters in the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico. Nicole is also the founder of the San Diego Harvey Milk Breakfast and co-founded San Diego Pride in 1974.

About Harvey Milk

When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930- 1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to political office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: “This is not my victory – it’s yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight.”

He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and leadership has made him an important national symbol for the struggle for human rights. To learn more about this fearless civil rights leader

Sign Language is provided, and the event is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. Additional student honorees and entertainment will be announced soon.

Tickets and sponsorships are available online or you can save the processing fee and get your tickets by mail:

Tickets include an 8:30 AM coffee welcome and breakfast and a program from 9:30 -11:00 AM. Co-sponsor tables of ten are available at $750.00. Tables of ten may be donated for students for $650.00. Individual tickets are available for $75.00. Info at

Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley youth through Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and LGBTQ+ youth-related programs.

This event would not be possible without our incredible sponsors and generous supporters:

Lead Sponsor

Eisenhower Health

Gold Sponsor

Grace Helen Spearman Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Barton CPA

CCBC Resort

Center for Spiritual Living

DAP Health

Desert Care Network

Bronze Sponsors

Boyd & Lisette Haigler

Canyon Pacific Insurance

Capstone Partners Financial & Insurance Services

Desert Oasis Healthcare

Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District

Greater Palm Springs Pride

Gregory-Ornelas Family Living Trust


Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert

Transgender Health & Wellness Center

Student Team Sponsors

Boyd & Lisette Haigler (2)

Nicholas Singleton (2)

Tori St. Johns (2)

Andy Linsky

Compass Rose Financial Planning

Desert Business Association

Desert Oasis Healthcare

Desert Theatricals Foundation

Dr. Frank Figueroa

Eight 4 Nine

Gay Desert Guide / KGAY

Grace Helen Spearman Foundation

Human Rights Campaign

International Bear Convergence


Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus

Robert Farran

Street Bar

The LGBTQ+ Community Center of the Desert

The Standard Magazine



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