San Diego Pride works year-round to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are treated with equality and respect through policy, legislation, and civic engagement. We advocated for LGBTQ+ people, especially those at multiples axises of oppression, locally, nationally, and globally.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, San Diego Pride does not endorse candidates or engage in partisan political work, and only engages in public education and advocacy work that is allowable for 501(c)(3) organizations.

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Advocacy Team

The Pride Advocacy Team is the core group of volunteers that Pride calls on to support LGBTQIA+ equity advocacy efforts. This group of advocates has priority access to training, briefings, and actions related to San Diego Pride’s advocacy efforts locally, nationally, and globally. 

Advocacy team members may be called upon to call their elected or appointed policymakers, contact voters in San Diego County, participate in trainings and train-the-trainer workshops, may be invited to join lobby days at the City, County, or State level, and more! To join our advocacy team or learn more, fill out the form below.

Join our Advocacy Team
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Policy Platforms & Issue Positions

Pride’s Pillars of Justice build on our mission, vision, and values to guide our work in policy, advocacy, and community organizing. These issue areas are core to the achievement of LGBTQ+ equality locally, nationally, and globally. While our focus areas and specific policies may shift often based on community needs, these pillars of justice build the stable foundation of our education and advocacy work.

Our pillars of justice include: 1) Disability Justice, 2) Economic Justice, 3) Environmental Justice, 4) Gender Justice, 5) Health Justice, 6) Racial Justice, and 7) Reproductive Justice

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Advocating For LGBTQIA+ Youth

San Diego Pride’s Education and Advocacy team works year-round to ensure that LGBTQIA+ youth are safe, affirmed, and thriving. We utilize advocacy tools such as policy, legislation, and training young people as organizers. As with San Diego Pride’s other advocacy work, we highlight and center those at multiples axes of oppression, locally, nationally, and globally. 

A notable advocacy achievement came in May 2021, when we worked with coalition partners in the region to release the LGBTQ+ Youth Standards of Care document. Click below to learn more.

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Local Advocacy

San Diego Pride’s local advocacy encompasses City, County, and Statewide policy and community mobilization. We work with local partners through Engage San Diego and other regional coalitions to build power and ensure that our local policymakers and leaders promote and support LGBTQIA+ equality and freedom. 

We mobilize voters in San Diego County through our Vote With Pride program. Click here for EQCA’s tracker of statewide legislation related to the LGBQT community



National Advocacy

We work closely with our national partner organizations such as The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) to stay abreast of national policies affecting the LGBTQIA+ community. Our national advocacy includes Congressional legislation, executive policymaking, and mobilizing our community around judicial decisions that affect us. 

Our current top national priority is the Equality Act, which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Find more information below.

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International Advocacy

San Diego Pride’s international advocacy comes through citizen diplomacy and strategic international partnerships and coalitions. 

We are a founding member of InterPride, which brings together Pride organizations from around the world to coordinate and uplift global Pride efforts. InterPride currently consists of over 400 organizations from more than 70 countries. 

We also work in close partnership with the San Diego Diplomacy Council and the Department of State to engage in international diplomacy work and to build connections among LGBTQ+ activists around the globe. Pride builds these connections through individual meetings with international delegations and through our regular series of Pride World Forums.