In 1981, just 12 years after the Stonewall Riots, San Diego Pride board member Doug Moore created a list of Pride organizers from around the country, and from that list in 1982 InterPride was founded with a half dozen Pride organizations meeting in Boston that year. In 1983, the first official InterPride conference was then held in San Diego as our movement’s activists and organizations made efforts to share strategies, political pull, resources, and best practices.
Just this last week San Diego Pride announced that we will be hosting the CAPI Conference in 2020 as we bring together Prides and LGBTQ-serving organizations from across the western United States of America and Mexico to continue that San Diego tradition of collaborative support. Whether we see you at CAPI 2020, participating in one of these coalitions, or even attending one of their many community events, all of these provide for us a way to participate in this Legacy of Liberation.
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 him a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.