Pride’s 2018 Theme Is…

Image Description: San Diego Pride 2018 Theme Logo

San Diego Pride 2018 Theme Logo

Over the last year, our diverse communities have been burdened by the brunt of a rise in hate, violence, and political attacks; we’ve been here before. We have seen leadership in this country denigrate and discriminate against entire segments of society with name calling, lies, and policy changes that rip apart our families and deny us basic dignity; we’ve seen this before. We are well aware of the increasing threats to our employment, voting rights, access to health care, and even attempts to prevent us from receiving lifesaving services and care, giving many a license to discriminate against the most vulnerable of us; we’ve lived through this before.

The road to justice and liberation has been long, and many of us are tired, but we also hear the call to press forward. I have no doubt that together we are stronger. As each generation learns from one another, each community brings forward its support, each mind brings forward its brilliance, and we together breathe deep and lean into the struggle. For these reasons and all that we will collectively bring to that journey, we are proud to announce that this year’s Pride theme is “Persist with Pride.”

This year you will be asked to lift your voice, to volunteer, and to vote. I hope you will all answer that call, as together we all persist with pride.

Please take a moment to look at many of the upcoming ways you can engage with Pride, and please take a moment to nominate the people and organizations for this year’s Spirit of Stonewall Awards. There are many whose persistence inspires us all. Help us honor them.

fernando-fixes-his-tie

About Fernando

Fernando Lopez is the Executive Director of San Diego Pride. Lopez’s years of LGBT advocacy, nonprofit management, public education, diversity consulting, media relations, guest lectures, and organizing have made him a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.