David Garcia serves as the Director of Policy and Community Building at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and previously served as Executive Director for Michigan’s two largest LGBT Centers, Affirmations and The Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center.
Dave first began his fight for LGBT equality after being fired from his position as the Community Services Coordinator of Swartz Creek for his attempt to start a Gay Straight Alliance in the public schools back in 2000. After walking 55 miles overnight from the doors of Swartz Creek High School to the State Capitol, Garcia delivered what would be one of many heartfelt and inspiring speeches. Over the past twenty years Dave has continued his dedicated efforts to improve lives and advance justice for all. As the Director of the Policy and Community Building Department, Dave and his team have lead numerous legislative initiatives advancing the civil rights, safety, health and equality for all LGBT people.
Additional accomplishments include being named, “Civil Libertarian of the Year” by the ACLU of Flint, being featured in Dan Woog’s book, Jocks II – Coming Out to Play, winning two 2009 Michigan Addy awards for his film work and being named Student of the Year in Communications and Media at the University of Michigan – Flint. In addition, Dave has completed a full-length documentary, Fences and is a critically acclaimed playwright. His play, Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf debuted to sold-out audiences at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor and was named a top ten show of Michigan by the Flint Journal.