Healing and Safer Communities


San Diego Pride has compiled resources for folks to learn more about this issue and connect with some of our community partners working on building safer communities for LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This page is updated frequently as new reports, studies, articles, and best practices are released.

Reports and Data

National (U.S.)

  • 2021
    • Policing LGBQ People (Williams Institute, May 2021):
      • Using data from the Generations Study and the Police-Public Contact Survey, this study examines the frequency and types of police interactions experienced by LGBQ people compared with the general U.S. population. For example, LGBQ people are six times more likely than the general public to be stopped by police.
  • 2020
      • Failing to Protect and Serve: Police Department Policies Towards Transgender People (National Center for Transgender Equality, May 2019)
        •  The purpose of this report is to promote stronger and more fair policies when it comes to police interactions with transgender people. This report focuses primarily on policies specifically governing police interactions with transgender people, including non-discrimination statements, recognition of non-binary identities in applicable policies, use of respectful communication, recording information in department forms, search procedures, transportation, placement in temporary lock-up facilities, access to medication, removal of appearance related items, training, and bathroom access. For each topic, model policies are provided that can and should be adopted by police departments in collaboration with transgender leaders in their communities.
  • 2016

San Diego Region

    • Center for Policing Equity National Justice Database Digital Report: San Diego Police Department (Center for Policing Equity, June 2021)
      • The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) partnered with the San Diego Police Department in 2019 to examine policing practices and behavior from 2016-Sept 2020 as a part of the National Justice Database (NJD) project. This study found distinct racial disparities in police contacts.
    • Research Brief Documents the Shockingly Disproportionate Harms Discrimination Inflicts on LGBTQ People of Color (What We Know Project, Cornell University, June 2021)
      • A coalition of leading LGBTQ rights groups joined together to release one of the most extensive summaries to date of scholarly data on the intersection of anti-LGBTQ and racial discrimination. The research brief found overwhelming consensus among peer-reviewed and other studies that discrimination inflicts profoundly greater harm on LGBTQ people of color in a wide range of areas, including grossly disproportionate rates of: experiencing discrimination over the past year, poorer mental and physical health, greater economic insecurity, and attempts to die by suicide.
      • Of note: LGBTQ people of color are more than twice as likely to experience anti-LGBTQ discrimination when interacting with the police (24% vs.  11%)
    • The Color of Authority: San Diego police, sheriff’s deputies disproportionately target minorities, data show (San Diego Union-Tribune, March 2021)
      • The San Diego Union-Tribune embarked upon an analysis of police data in 2021 that showed notable discrepancies between Black, Indigenous, & People of Color and white people in police stops and searches. Additional coverage can be found in the News Articles section below. 
      • The U-T’s raw data and analysis may be found on the U-T’s GitHub repositories here
  • 2020
    • San Diego Police Scorecard (Campaign Zero and ACLU-SDIC, December 2019)
      • Campaign Zero, with funding from the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, evaluated the policing practices of San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSD) using data on police stops, searches, use of force, and arrests obtained through public records requests. Our analysis finds evidence of discriminatory policing by both departments.
    • SDPD Stop Data Shows Disparities in Treatment of LGBT, Transgender People (Voice of San Diego, December 17, 2019)
      • San Diego police are more likely to stop lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people for reasonable suspicion and more likely to handcuff them compared with cisgender people, according police stop data analyzed by Voice of San Diego and the UC San Diego Extension Center for Research.  
  • 2016

News Articles & Op-Eds





  • SDSU Researchers Watered Down the Police Racial-Profiling Study (Voice of San Diego, May 2017)
    • A long-awaited study on whether the San Diego Police Department engages in racial profiling found some evidence of bias but was ultimately restrained in its conclusions. But a draft copy of the study obtained by Voice of San Diego was far more aggressive. In the final version, harsh language was softened and some troubling findings were taken out entirely.

Best Practices

Community Partners and Organizations:

The following organizations are actively engaged in accountability, transparency, and/or reform of policing in the San Diego region. San Diego Pride is proud to work with these organizations and groups: