Sara Ramirez Is Matching Donations to The San Diego LGBT Community Center
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Sara Ramirez Is Matching Donations to The San Diego LGBT Community Center

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You can forgive Sara Ramirez for leaving Grey’s Anatomy last season — she seems to have found a higher calling.

Like her Grey’s co-star Jesse Williams, the 41-year-old is diverting the spotlight on her to shine on worthy causes instead.

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After publicly acknowledging her bisexuality last month, Sara is pledging her support to an organization in her hometown, The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

In fact, she’s matching every dollar — up to $50,000 — donated to The Center’s end-of-year fundraising campaign.

“I recently had the honor of visiting The San Diego LGBT Community Center, and I was so inspired by the comprehensive array of services and programs,” she writes in a letter on The Center’s website.

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“But there was one story that really got to me. The story of Isaac and his mother, Monica, illustrates the importance of The Center and why it’s incumbent on all of us to support its tremendous work.”

The Center’s website also features that story — in which Monica recounts feeling helpless after her son came out to her as trans a decade ago, especially as a parent with a limited command of English at the time.

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“My issue wasn’t that I didn’t accept him or thought this was wrong; I was simply desperate to quickly find the resources that my son needed to feel better. And I also needed support,” Monica writes.

“The Center was there for us … They gave me information and referrals that helped make Isaac’s transition healthy and safe. They answered all my difficult, and personal, questions. And, most importantly, they did it in a way that affirmed and validated my son’s identity, and mine.”

“As a fierce mom determined to protect her transgender son, Monica found the support and resources she needed through The Center’s Nicole Murray Ramirez Latin@ Services and Project TRANS,” Sara adds in her letter.

“Her son, Isaac, found other people who had transitioned and gained the hope that he could become the person he had dreamed of.”

“A supportive, connected community can make a huge difference to all who are part of it,” the Tony-winning actress concludes.

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“As a member of the LGBT community, as an immigrant and as someone with deep roots in San Diego, I believe the work of The Center is essential to creating a safer and more equal society.

“In that spirit, I am committed to supporting that work with my voice and resources. Today, I’m asking you to join me in that effort. With pride, Sara Ramirez, Artist, Actress, Activist.”

Donate to The San Diego LGBT Community Center here.

Happy #spiritday !

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