With a community as diverse as ours, no one person or organization could ever hope to meet the needs of everyone across that beautiful spectrum. San Diego Pride is no exception. That is why throughout the year and during Pride weekend we partner with more than 70 nonprofits and community groups to ensure we are meeting the needs of as many people as possible. Just at the Pride Festival over 350 nonprofits, community groups, restaurants, small businesses, and sponsors come together to serve our 50,000 attendees.
Each of us is distinct, we are diverse, and we often disagree. In a nation and time that too often denigrates and discriminates against our differences, too often with dire consequences, it is still impressive to me that our community can come together in service once a year to flip the script and celebrate our differences rather than disparage them. When I can look across this country and see so much divisiveness, it gives me a great deal of hope to see how together we rise above as we all engage in our 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.