Public service comes first for El Cerrito Police Chief Sylvia Moir, who recently received the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club 30 Trailblazer Award.
The award is meant to “highlight the diversity of local individuals advocating for LGBT equality (and) who have fought for social justice and advanced our movement towards equality,” the Stonewall Democrats website says.
Moir is El Cerrito’s second ever and longest serving woman police chief. She is also a lesbian. She said she was honored to be a Trailblazer.
“My hope is it gives permission as young men and women who identify something other than 'the norm' that they can enter into any profession that they desire,” Moir said of the award.
Moir, who is more comfortable with giving than getting awards, said her Trailblazer status is “a reflection of a city manager, city council and a community where my lifestyle is not an issue."
"I think this is more of an award for them than it is for me,” she said.