Since no single organization can reflect the diversity of lives, needs, services, and skills of an entire community, San Diego Pride annually enlists the expertise of community partners to elevate the experience of our festival and parade attendees. We are honored to share our Pride with the following 21 community partners whose invaluable dedication to San Diego’s LGBTQ community allows us to provide accessible services and care each year.
At the Pride Festival, 2-1-1 serves as an LGBT resource for the Pride Community. Their tent can be found outside the main entrance near the ticket sales tent. The mission of 2-1-1, a San Diego-based nonprofit, is to serve as a nexus to bring community organizations together to help people efficiently access appropriate services. 2-1-1 also provides vital data and trend information for proactive community planning.
Since 2005, San Diego LGBT Pride has offered a unique venue for local artists to display their works under the beautiful trees of Balboa Park. Local artists come together under the Art of Pride banner and offer a single venue to view art offerings. The Art of Pride has grown into the San Diego Pride Art Collection, which features artists’ work in the Pride office, as wells as a hosted reception to open each of its six shows throughout the year.
San Diego Pride teams up with the Bankers Hill Community Group to support a “Clean Sweep” neighborhood clean-up, both during and after the festival. The Bankers Hill Community Group provides a voice for Bankers Hill residents to enhance quality of life in the neighborhood by supporting actions and events in the surrounding area.
Different Strokes Swim Team (DSST) volunteers throughout the festival to sell water to attendees as a fundraiser for their organization. DSST is a San Diego-based organization designed to foster fun, well-being, health, and positive experiences for adults through sport, competition, and social events. A member club of United States Master Swimming, DSST promotes swimming as a form of exercise for everyone, regardless of ability, and as a means of forming lifelong friendships throughout the LGBTQIA spectrum.
Families @ the Center hosts the annual Children’s Garden at the Pride Music Festival for kids and parents in the community. Snacks and cool drinks are offered in a family-only shaded oasis with tables, chairs, restrooms, and a diaper changing station. Enjoy entertainment for parents and kids like a toddler play area, face painting, karaoke, carnival games, prizes, arts & crafts, and more throughout the day. The Center believes family is whatever you define it to be. Your family of choice includes anyone whom you feel has cared about, supported, mentored, and nurtured your development.
During the Pride Music Festival, FOG hosts our two Senior Cool Zones to provide LGBTQ-competent senior resources and a place to connect. FOG is a social activities group for older gay men that was founded in San Diego in 1993 as an unincorporated social club. In 2012, FOG converted to a California Mutual Benefit Corporation (a 501(c)7). FOG schedules a wide range of social events every month. While most FOG members are of retirement age, anyone over the age of 21 can join.
A partner of Pride since 1999, Front Runners & Walkers hosts the annual Pride 5k Run & Walk along the Pride Parade route in Hillcrest. Front Runners & Walkers San Diego is a sporting and social club for LGBT runners and walkers and their families and friends. All are welcome to join their weekly fun runs and walks, whether training for a race or getting some exercise. Founded in 1981, Front Runners & Walkers meets in Balboa Park on Saturday mornings as well as on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
San Diego Pride teams with The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) to support the “Clean Sweep” neighborhood clean-up after Pride. The Hillcrest Town Council was created to provide a voice for Hillcrest residents while supporting actions that benefit the neighborhood and enhance the quality of life there. The HTC supports safety, cleanliness, sustainability, and overall livability in the Hillcrest neighborhood while fostering cooperative efforts among residents and businesses to preserve the character of the Hillcrest community.
San Diego Pride supports and sponsors the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center as it provides diverse LGBTQ resources throughout the Imperial Valley. Find out more at their booth during the festival.
San Diego Pride partners with the Lambda Archives because of the mutual belief that history is best reflected in the records and cultural artifacts of those people who were directly involved. Lambda Archives’ booth during Pride is dedicated to preserving and interpreting this important material and to making it available for everyone to learn. The mission of Lambda Archives of San Diego is to collect, preserve, and teach the history of the LGBT people in the San Diego and Northern Baja California region.
For over 20 years, the San Diego Leather Realm has opened its doors for 16+ hours of education and fun, hosting over 10,000 attendees during the two-day music festival every July. The Leather Realm is an adult-only area that has grown into a 28,000+ square foot exhibit. The Leather Community is dedicated to providing education, visibility, awareness, and communication of safe, sane, and consensual play, and to providing support in the eradication of stereotypical misconceptions within the leather / BDSM / fetish / kink / alternative communities at large.
The Lesbian Wellness Project (LWP) of San Diego organizes the Rainbow Wellness LGBTQ health and wellness area during the Pride Festival. The LWP San Diego is a queer community health organization dedicated to building a thriving LGBTQ+ community. Its mission is to promote positive health practices and to expand access to and use of culturally competent care through education, advocacy, and support.
The Live and Let Live Alano Club (LLLAC) annually hosts the Sobriety Village at San Diego Pride. This Village brings San Diego’s LGBT recovery organizations together to provide 12-step meetings and support at the festival all weekend long. The LLLAC provides community and meeting space to more than 40,000 participants annually in over 40 12-step recovery meetings. Free and open year-round, the LLLAC provides meeting referrals, recovery literature, and information about drug and alcohol recovery services in San Diego. The LLLAC also organizes clean and sober dances, dinners, and events on holidays and throughout the entire year to foster community and enjoyment in a safe, welcoming, drug- and alcohol-free environment.
The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition hosts the free Bike Corral at the San Diego Pride Festival, which allows visitors who ride their bikes to the music festival to park in a secure space. Since 1987, they have acted as a voice for bicyclists in the region and have advocated for safer streets and hundreds of miles of bike paths, lanes, and trails all across the San Diego region.
The mission of the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition is to build and sustain a stronger Black LGBTQ community in San Diego. When a person is a minority within a minority, they are often asked to choose which community they most identify with. The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition’s vision is one in which black LGBTQ leaders come together to create spaces for the social, political, and economic development of black LGBTQ individuals in order to create a thriving, beloved community where individuals can be fully themselves. Find out more information at their booth during Pride.
The San Diego County Health department provides a free, mobile HIV testing site within the Pride Festival. The mission of the HIV, STD, and Hepatitis branch of San Diego County’s public health services is to improve health outcomes in communities disproportionately impacted by HIV and STDs.
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus—one of the largest gay choruses in the world— partners with San Diego Pride by selling tickets along the parade route as a fundraiser for their organization. Founded in 1985, The Gay Men’s Chorus is a non-profit organization with a mission to build community support and to provide a dynamic force for social change. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has performed across the nation from the White House to the Super Bowl to Comic-Con. Their goal is to change lives one voice at a time by creating a positive musical experience that excites and engages.
The Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol assists with safety and security in and around the events during Pride. The Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol is a volunteer neighborhood watch patrol group operating in the diverse Hillcrest, North Park, and University Heights areas of San Diego. Over 30 volunteers have received training from the San Diego Police Department and take turns patrolling the streets. Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol has a ‘hands-off’ approach to patrolling; its members do not carry weapons. They serve as additional ‘eyes and ears’ of the San Diego Police Department.
The T Spot is an area in the Pride Festival where transgender, genderqueer, and intersex communities of San Diego can learn about gender identity and find resources in a safe space. The T-Spot helps local organizations come together year-round to share ideas and information for the greater good of the Transgender community.
The Trevor Project organizes the Youth Zone during Pride, which is an area for youth to hang out with friends, make new connections, and find resources. The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998. It is focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other queer youth.
Volunteer with Cheli staffs the Pride Festival information booth, which offers maps, entertainment schedules, accessibility info, and a lost-and-found. To learn more about Volunteering with Cheli, check out the group’s website and stop by the Festival Information Center.