The origins of the global Pride movement can trace their roots to the Stonewall riots of 1969, an uprising against police brutality that has spread around the world. Over 1,000 Pride events have been identified across the globe, each one taking on a local flair. In San Diego, we launch Pride weekend by honoring those beginnings with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally where we celebrate the accomplishments of those at the forefront of our movement and recommit to the work that lies ahead.
Spirit of Stonewall Rally
San Diego’s first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community.
2020 dates to be announced soon!
2019 Spirit of Stonewall Awardees
Every year, San Diego Pride accepts nominations from the community for the annual presentation of the Spirit of Stonewall Awards. The awards recognize individuals or groups who contribute significantly to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts.
San Diego Pride is honored to recognize the following individuals and organizations as our 2019 awardees.
- Community Grand Marshal: Stonewall Generation
- Champion of Pride: LaRue Fields
- Community Service: Abrahán Monzón
- Friend of Pride: The Very Reverend Penny Bridges
- Stonewall Philanthropy: Blue Shield of California
- Stonewall Service: San Diego History Center
- Inspirational Couple: Ricard Gallego and Orlando Espín
We are honored to have the following speakers address the community regarding our signs of progress and challenges in the 2019 Spirit of Stonewall Rally.
- Caroline (Cara) Dessert, Esq.
- Bixby Marino-Kibbee
- Dwayne Crenshaw