Pride welcomes service dogs and documented emotional support dogs as a cherished part of our LGBT family. At the Music Festival, please stop by one of the Senior Cool Zones or the Information / Accessibility booth where your four-legged helper can have a cool drink of water and enjoy a shady place to rest. To make sure everyone understands their rights and responsibilities, we offer the following guidelines:
Service dogs perform tasks for their handlers related to the individual's specific disability. The person does not need to have a physical disability to have a qualified service dog. For example, an individual with a mental health disability may have a service dog that is trained to perform a physical task, as well as providing emotional support. (Examples of such tasks may include bringing medication needed for a symptom flare-up like a panic attack, barking to gain attention and assistance if the handler is having a flashback, providing external stimulus to bring an individual out of a dissociative state or stabilizing a person who is experiencing dizziness as a medication side effect). Such a dog is by law considered a service dog and granted all the rights of any other service dog. Dogs that are exclusively emotional support dogs, however, are not trained to perform a specific task related to a disability. Instead, they benefit a person with a disability simply by the unique nature of the bond between canine and human. Such dogs are not legally granted the same rights as service dogs. Recognizing that some individuals with certain disabilities may need their canine companion to fully participate in events at the Festival, Pride will admit emotional support dogs that have documentation of the role they play in their handler’s life.
Please realize that while San Diego Pride is going beyond what the law requires, other entities may not. Emotional support dogs do not have the same right to access as service dogs. For further information, please check out the Department of Justice guidelines at www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm
To help make the Music Festival enjoyable for all, please keep the following in mind:
We appreciate your cooperation and adherence to this policy. We wish everyone a safe and fabulous Pride! If you have further questions, email us at [email protected].