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1969

June 28, 1969

Next Year 1969 Stonewall and Its Aftershocks In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 28, police raided a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Police raids on gay establishments were common at the time, but this time...
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1970

February 1, 1970

1970
Previous Year | Next Year 1970 The Gay Liberation Front In February of 1970, students at San Diego State College organized to form the Gay Liberation Front. They applied to become an official on-campus organization and Robert Brunsting, Ellen Sampson,...
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1971

November 28, 1971

1971
Previous Year|Next Year 1971 In 1971, the Gay Liberation Front really hit its stride. The group was able to meet on campus again at the Aztec Center, and they began to publish a newsletter and contributed columns to local gay...
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1972

September 19, 1972

1972
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1973

July 1, 1973

1973
Previous Year|Next Year 1973 The Gay Liberation Front Despite many successful activities in previous years and increasing acceptance among the mainstream, in 1973, the San Diego chapter of the Gay Liberation Front disbanded. Nationally, other chapters were also disbanding as...
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1974

January 1, 1974

Previous Year|Next Year 1974 The First March? One of the most contentious years in San Diego Pride history is 1974. For many years, 1975 was considered by Lambda Pride to be the year of the first Pride march. However, many...
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1975

June 1, 1975

1975
Previous Year|Next Year 1975 San Diego’s Gay Pride celebration took a giant leap forward in 1975 with an event that included a 400-person march and a rally at Balboa Park. A parade permit was secured from the police department and...
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1976

July 4, 1976

1976
Previous Year|Next Year 1976 200 Years of Freedom for Whom? While the rest of the country was celebrating the bicentennial and preparing for the 200th anniversary of the founding of our country on Independence Day, San Diego’s gay community was...
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1977

June 7, 1977

1977
Previous Year|Next Year 1977 Common Ground Sometimes your worst enemies can be your biggest asset. In San Diego, this was true of the gay and lesbian* community preparing for 1977 Pride. The threat came in the form of a former...
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1978

June 25, 1978

1978
Previous year|Next Year 1978 For the second year in a row, the gay and lesbian community was united against a clear threat, this time from a little closer to home. California State Senator John Briggs sponsored the Proposition 6 initiative...
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1979

June 23, 1979

1979
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1980

June 21, 1980

1980
Previous Year|Next Year 1980 In Celebration We Are Pride 1980 took place on Saturday, June 21st, with a theme of "In Celebration We Are." The rally again took place at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park and the parade again...
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1981

January 1, 1981

1981
Previous Year|Next Year 1981 After a setback in the previous year, 1981 was a year of growth and change for Pride. From out of the ashes of the Lesbian/Gay Men’s Pride Alliance, came the Lambda Pride Association. The parade route...
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1982

June 12, 1982

1982
Previous Year|Next Year 1982 On June 12, Lambda Pride continued Pride’s growth with a theme of “Proud, Diversified, Unified.” The city continued its tradition of initially refusing to issue a parade permit for a parade that grew to include horses,...
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1983

October 1, 1983

1983
Previous Year|Next Year 1983 I Love Being Out The Pride theme in ’83 was “I Love Being Out.” It was the biggest event to date and featured a number of firsts and milestones. Mayor Roger Hedgecock issued the first city...
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1984

June 1, 1984

1984
Previous Year|Next Year 1984 Lambda Pride adopted two themes for their 1984 event. The local theme was “Celebration ‘84, A Decade of Pride,” but they also adopted the national pride theme of “Unity and More in ’84.” The parade attracted...
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1985

June 1, 1985

1985
Previous Year|Next Year 1985 Local Theme: “Share Your Pride in ‘85”  International Theme: “Alive With Pride in ’85” Out of the chaos of the events leading up to the previous year’s event, an almost completely new board took the reins...
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1986

May 23, 1986

1986
Previous Year|Next Year 1986 Irony of a Theme The theme “Forward Together” was both the international theme as well as the theme adopted by Lambda Pride. Ironically, however, we neither went forward, nor were we together. Violence erupted during the...
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1987

June 1, 1987

1987
Previous Year|Next Year 1987 The New Lambda Pride After the fallout of the 1986 Pride--and based on Lambda Pride’s inability to put on a festival, coupled with a highly successful festival put together by an ad-hoc group--the existing Lambda Pride...
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1988

June 11, 1988

1988
Previous Year|Next Year 1988 Here, and Here to Stay… The dissolution of Lambda Pride left the community without a Pride organization for the first time since 1981. However, despite the constant bickering and second-guessing within the community over the direction...
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1989

June 1, 1989

1989
Previous Year|Next Year 1989 Rebirth After the financial disaster of Parade Fest the previous year, it looked as though Pride might be a dead issue in San Diego. It was the 20th anniversary of Stonewall and the 15th annual San...
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1990

June 9, 1990

1990
Previous Year|Next Year 1990 After the success of the 1989 event, the committee members decided to form a permanent organization, and thus San Diego Lesbian & Gay Pride was born. The Board of Directors was largely composed of members of...
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1991

July 20, 1991

1991
Previous Year|Next Year 1991 Hello, July After a minor, but not devastating, setback in 1990, Pride got back on track and began planning for the 1991 event. The first step was to change the date from early June to late...
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1992

July 18, 1992

1992
Previous Year|Next Year 1992 San Diego Pride maintained its momentum in 1992 and built on the growth of previous years with new changes and new policies. It was a year of firsts for the organization. For the first time, two...
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1993

July 17, 1993

1993
Previous Year|Next Year 1993 Everything San Diego Pride had accomplished since 1989 was a step towards bigger and better things, but it was in 1993 that Pride really took off like a rocket and began to resemble the event and...
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1994

July 1, 1994

1994
Previous Year|Next Year 1994 To a time traveler from the present day, Pride 1994 would look very familiar. The parade followed the current route from Normal Street to Balboa Park and featured many familiar entries. The festival was at the...
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1995

June 17, 1995

1995
Previous Year|Next Year 1995 By the mid-1990s, homosexuality was beginning to gain acceptance by the mainstream media and through that, acceptance by viewing audiences. Television shows like “The Real World San Francisco,” “Friends,” and “My So Called Life,” exposed many...
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1996

February 1, 1996

1996
Previous Year|Next Year 1996 It was an election year and politics were on many people’s minds. In presidential politics, many members of the community still supported Bill Clinton, despite his failure to deliver on his ’92 campaign promise to allow...
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1997

July 25, 1997

1997
Previous Year|Next Year 1997 The Opening Act Pride experienced a changing of the guard in 1997 as Executive Director Brenda Schumacher stepped down to pursue new challenges and former Festival Coordinator Mandy Schultz stepped up to take the Pride reins....
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1998

July 24, 1998

1998
Previous Year|Next Year 1998 After the chaos created by the Andrew Cunanan manhunt the year before, Pride settled back into the business of putting on what had become one of the largest Prides in the country. The 100,000+ attendance in...
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1999

July 1, 1999

1999
Previous Year|Next Year 1999 The 1999 Pride theme was “Celebrate the Past, Create the Future.” It was the 30th anniversary of Stonewall, and San Diego Pride was getting ready to celebrate its 25th consecutive Pride.* The theme was indicative of...
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2000

July 21, 2000

2000
Previous Year|Next Year 2000 It was the last year of the 20th century and the last year of the millennium, and fears that “Y2K” would crash the world’s technology and bring an end to civilization had been unfounded. By the...
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2001

January 1, 2001

2001
Previous Year|Next Year 2001 It was the beginning of a new millennium and San Diego Pride’s theme, “Diversity Creates Community,” was evident in all aspects of the event. The parade continued to grow and reach out to participants of all...
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2002

July 1, 2002

2002
Previous Year|Next Year 2002 "Pride Worldwide" was the San Diego Pride theme that year. In the first San Diego Pride to take place in the post-9-11 world, Pride chose to stress that we should take the view that we are...
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2003

July 1, 2003

2003
Previous Year|Next Year 2003 San Diego Pride’s theme for 2003 was “Charting Our Future: Equality, Freedom, Justice.” Charting the future was an important task for the organization that was beginning to have to deal with its own explosive growth in...
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2004

July 1, 2004

2004
Previous Year|Next Year 2004 Pride celebrated 30 years of Pride with the theme “Strength in Numbers.” Although the number still didn’t reflect some of the earliest Pride events that have since been uncovered, the progress made in the intervening years...
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2005

July 29, 2005

2005
Previous Year|Next Year 2005 One of the biggest crises in San Diego Pride’s history took place in 2005 when anti-gay/ex-gay crusader James Hartline released to the press that his research had indicated that two of the volunteers for Pride were...
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2006

July 28, 2006

2006
  Previous Year|Next Year 2006 After the turmoil of 2005, Pride had to tackle the tasks of recruiting new Board members, hiring a new Executive Director and planning the next year’s event. Eventually, Ron DeHarte, former Chief Operating Officer for...
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2007

July 21, 2007

2007
Previous Year|Next Year 2007 The official Pride theme was “United for Equality.” San Diego Pride continued to try new things and test out new ideas, while letting go of things that didn’t pan out or which proved unpopular or unnecessary....
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2008

July 1, 2008

2008
Previous Year 2008 “Live…Love…Be” was the Pride theme in 2008, and it invoked a retro ‘60s/‘70s feeling. The parade decorations were reminiscent of the counterculture “flower-power” era. The retro-theme worked well for the parade as many contingents decorated with peace...
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