Our city, region, and nation have seen a rise in violent White Supremacist activity over the last several years, the increase has been palpable the last few months. The recent attack on an LGBTQ open and affirming congregation and LGBTQ-owned business, both showing visible support for the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBTQ community, was a direct message and part of a long term pattern of behavior.
We know these incidents are not new, nor are they isolated. They are part of the persistent and pervasive continuum of White Supremacist activity that has plagued our region for far too long. For months outsiders have come into Hillcrest to incite fear in the LGBTQ community by throwing eggs, brandishing weapons, tagging buildings, harassing patrons, and targeting business owners. Our community is no stranger to this violence.
As we create a path forward to combat homophobia and transphobia, we must also address systemic racism and White Supremacy, and as we work to combat racism and White Supremacy we must also address homophobia and transphobia. It is not us at the intersection of these lived experiences who are broken; it is our society and systems that need to be reimagined in service to all of us.
These issues cannot be addressed unless we are vocal. We have to speak up, we have to be loud, and we have to report these issues as we are made aware of them, or we risk giving those who seek to harm us passive permission through our inaction. Historically, in times of great progress, there is also a great backlash. We must continue to organize, educate, and advocate for our intergenerational intersectional movement and build capacity and strength, so through it all, we remain Resilient.
Fernando Zweifach López Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs Executive Director San Diego Pride
Fernando Lopez is the Executive Director of San Diego Pride. Lopez’s years of LGBT advocacy, nonprofit management, public education, diversity consulting, media relations, guest lectures, and organizing have made them a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.