San Diego man gives SDSU $200K for LGBT programs in wake of Orlando massacre

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 16:17:39-04

San Diego State University announced a $200,000 donation Monday for gay and lesbian programs in the wake of the recent Orlando nightclub massacre.

David Gubser of San Diego gave $100,000 to support the school's Pride Center and an equal amount for its LGBT Studies Program.

"At this time, given the terrible events in Orlando, people need to become more educated about the LGBT community," Gubser said. "I couldn't think of a better way to accomplish that goal than through a gift to SDSU."

SDSU officials said Gubser is a regular supporter of LGBT centers and organizations in Southern California, and the man recently extended his advocacy to college campuses.

His donation will help expand the Pride Center's programs to include academic mentoring, guest speakers, health and safety training and, possibly, leadership conferences, according to the school. Also, it will go toward the creation of an endowed scholarship for LGBT majors.

SDSU created its interdisciplinary LGBT Studies Program in January 2012 in the College of Arts and Letters. The university also offers a minor and a graduate-level certificate in LGBT studies.

The Orlando shootings on June 12 took 49 lives in a nightclub patronized by the LGBT community. Gunman Omar Mateen professed allegiance to the Islamic State during a phone call to police before he was fatally shot by an officer.