LGBT leaders meet with San Diego City Leaders

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The emotion being felt in the LGBT community now includes fear, fear of another ISIS-inspired attack or a copycat assault.

Monday, local gay and lesbian leaders met with Mayor Faulconer and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

The attack in Orlando happened around 2 a.m. EST, 11 p.m. PST and San Diego’s gay and lesbian leaders said they were impressed that it didn’t take very long for San Diego police to increase their presence here in Hillcrest and elsewhere around the city’s predominantly gay and lesbian bars and nightclubs.

Those same leaders were at City Hall Monday for a meeting put together by the co-chair of the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Board, Nicole Murray Ramirez, said the group, which included nightclub and bar owners, found a receptive ear in the mayor and the city’s police chief, as well as Third District Councilmember Todd Gloria.

"I thought it was awfully important because obviously our community is very concerned the bar owners and the patrons of these nightclubs," Ramirez said.

"Some of these good questions were about training their staffs if there’s an incident. There was a blocking in doors in Florida, so I think if the staff is educated if there is an incident like that," she added.

June is Gay Pride month nation-wide, but July is when San Diego’s pride festival is held, including the big parade.

Sunday, Santa Monica police arrested an Indiana man with assault rifles and explosives in his car. He told them he was headed to the LA Pride Parade.

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