Light of Pride

Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition

Light of Pride: Presented by St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and San Diego Pride, the Light of Pride award seeks to recognize religious and community organizations that have made significant contributions to the LGBT Community.

Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition

The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, a non-profit, nongovernmental tribal coalition has been providing services and advocacy for women and 2SLGBTQ people. Giving voice to the marginalized and believing that love should not hurt, the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition brings awareness against sexual assault and domestic violence in San Diego Indian Country. Their focus is to assist in the essential change needed to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault by working to improve systemic and community responses to Native American women, their families, and their community.

Native Relatives from the Indian reservations of Rincon, Pauma, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, La Jolla, San Pasqual, Los Coyotes, Pala, and Inaja/Cosmit, Cahuilla, Soboba, San Manuel, Morongo, Torres Martinez, Jamul Indian Village, make-up their membership

We honor our ancestors by advocating for their families by promoting safety and a traditional non-violent lifestyle. Working towards empowering our relatives with the tools for independence, courage, and a strong direction to make healthy life choices for Themselves and their families. Additionally, the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition values and honors the traditions of the Two-Spirit LGBTQ indigenous people.

The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition offers the following services: Kiicha shelter, crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency food and clothing, and training and education for professionals and the community.

You can learn more about the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition at


The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition will be honored at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on Friday, July 16, 2021. Learn more about the rally, the other awardees, and the event here.


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