Resilient Community March

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After more than a year of being apart, and two years without a typical Pride Parade and Festival, we invite you to join San Diego’s LGBTQ community in a demonstration of our strength, resilience, and resolve to continue the fight for justice and liberation.

As we as individuals, our organizations, and businesses take time to stay safe and heal, a full scale Pride Parade of over a quarter million people simply isn’t possible this year, so we’re going back to our roots and taking to the streets.

In 2021, 52 years after the 3-day uprising at Stonewall in New York City, it is vital that we continue to stand united in demanding LGBTQ+ equality, freedom, and liberation. Just this year, there have been over 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures across the country, mostly focused on creating legal avenues to discriminate against and actively harm transgender youth. Black and brown transgender women continue to be killed at epidemic levels, simply for being who they authentically are. Indigenous women, LGBTQ+, and Two-Spirit folks are disproportionately the victims of horrific violence, facing murder rates nearly 10 times the national average. This year started with an insurrection on our nation’s Capitol, and racism, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination continue to permeate almost every sector of our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected our LGBTQ+ community members with devastating impacts on our economic, physical, and mental health. The LGBTQ+ community is resilient, we are strong, and we have so much still to fight for.

Rather than our typical Pride Parade which would start in Hillcrest’s Pride Plaza and travel down to Balboa Park, this year we will meet in Balboa Park and march into Hillcrest. We invite you to join us for this march to reconnect after a year of isolation, and to bring your best Prideful attire, flags, protest signs, and messages of hope and resilience.

At the conclusion of the march, we hope you will support our local LGBTQ-owned businesses, restaurants, bars, staff, servers, bartenders, DJs, and Drag Queens.

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March Details

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Gather: 10:30 am, Balboa Park, Upas Street & 6th Avenue
March: 11:00 am
Conclusion: Hillcrest Pride Flag, Pride Plaza
Theme: Resilient

Bus Route: 3 / 120

Route: North on 6th Avenue, east on University Avenue (map to be provided)


  • ASL Interpreters will be available.
  • Route is on sidewalks & streets and is accessible to mobility devices.
  • The route includes one gradual decline and incline along 6th Ave between Ivy St and Anderson St.
  • For additional accessibility requests: [email protected]

Organizations Support the March

  • ADL San Diego
  • ANSWER San Diego
  • Bankers Hill Community Group
  • Center for Community Solutions
  • Christ Lutheran Church of Pacific Beach
  • DevOUT LGBTQ Interfaith Coalition
  • Diversionary Theatre
  • FilmOUT San Diego
  • GenderPhluid Collective
  • GLSEN San Diego County
  • Hillcrest Town Council
  • Imperial Valley LGBT Center
  • Lambda Archives of San Diego
  • Live & Let Live Alano Club
  • Mama’s Kitchen
  • North County LGBTQ Resource Center
  • North County Lifeline
  • Our Safe Place (SBCS)
  • Our Safe Place (SDYS)
  • Our Safe Place (YMCA)
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation
  • PFLAG San Diego
  • Proyecto Trans Latina
  • Queer APIMEDA Coalition
  • Rainbow of Truth Circle
  • San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition
  • San Diego Coalition for Reproductive Justice
  • San Diego Diplomacy Council
  • San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus
  • San Diego LGBT Community Center
  • San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition
  • San Diego Pride Military Department
  • San Diego Pride Youth
  • San Diego Public Library
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • She Fest
  • St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
  • Stepping Stone
  • Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition
  • Sum of Us
  • The Humanity Movement
  • The Imperial Court of Borbon y Vizcaya
  • TransFamily Support Services
  • UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center

What The March Is / What The March Is Not

  • This is a march, not a parade. Nor is this march “parade-lite.” There will be no contingents as you would normally have at a parade, and no coordination of who goes where.
  • This is not: an opportunity to promote any one organization as just “LGBTQ-friendly.”
  • This is: an LGBTQIA+ community march, an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ to call for justice, and for non-LGBTQIA+ people to stand in solidarity with your LGBTQIA+ community, demanding equality and justice for all LGBTQIA+ people.

Messages you may want to consider:

  • What niche does your organization fill, and how does that relate to the demand for LGBTQIA+ equality?
  • For example, a banner about welcoming LGBTQIA+ folks into the library is nice, but this could also be a great opportunity to have signage about demanding diverse books.
  • A banner with simply a business logo made rainbow is less impactful than holding signs about how supporting the Equality Act is a must for businesses and LGBTQIA+ workers.
  • A church banner with a rainbow logo is not as impactful as members and faith leaders from that church marching together with signs that declare that religious freedom is LGBTQ+ freedom.

Some examples from some previous years’ marches are below as inspiration. Get creative! Host sign-making parties for your group! Dress fabulously queer!

2017 Equality March

2017 Equality March

1977 March

2017 Equality March

1971 SDPD Protest

1977 March

COVID-19 Safety Information:

San Diego Pride is excited to provide a variety of options this year as we invite participants to celebrate Pride season in ways that feel comfortable, healthy, and safe. We ask each individual to review the guidelines and setting for each event in order to assess their own comfort with attendance.

Out of respect for body autonomy and an understanding of the reasons folks may not be vaccinated, San Diego Pride is not requiring vaccination in order to participate in our events. If you have been vaccinated, we ask that you please verify your vaccination with us, and if you are not vaccinated we ask that you wear a mask during your participation.

The State of California strongly recommends that you be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. Please understand that  populations that may not currently be eligible for vaccination, or may be immunocompromised and whose vaccine protection may be incomplete are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 when attending large crowded events.

We encourage everyone to sign up for CA Notify as an added layer of protection for themselves and the community to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Sign up here:

Masks will be made available at the event. This event is outdoors, with no maximum capacity. 

For remaining questions please contact [email protected]

NOTICE: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.  By visiting this march, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. By visiting the Pride Resilient Community March, you are acknowledging that you are, on behalf of yourself or any invitees, voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 or any other disease.