2019 brought our community a great many challenges to overcome and painful moments from which we are still healing. Through it all the brilliance, resilience, and love our community has to offer shone through.
I hope you take a moment to look back at some of our year’s highlights as they were all made possible by your time, investment, and belief in our organization and community.
Thank you for being part of our Legacy of Liberation.
2. #MeTooLGBTQ In April, we hosted our second annual #MeTooLGBTQ conference which is designed to increase culturally competent services in San Diego county for victims/survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ. Although sexual violence is a difficult topic, this conference serves as the first step in a long-term solution and is a healing day for many. Next year’s #MeTooLGBTQ conference will be held on May 2.
3. Latinx Coalition The San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition continued to grow in 2019 by hosting monthly get togethers, having meetings, marching in the parade, hosting the Latinx area at the festival, and capping off their year with a very successful Migrant Posada raising over $1,500 for Casa Albergue Arcoiris!
5. POC Coalitions The people-of-color coalitions of San Diego all worked together during the festival and created a fun POC passport that allowed participants to learn about each coalition and then enter to win some amazing prizes, including a Sony TV! During Pride month, the Queer APIMEDA Coalition, the San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition, and the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition hosted a mixer.
6. Youth Empowerment In 2019, our youth programs continued to grow! Our youth met every Friday and on a monthly basis for Lunch Bunch to create and lead their own programming. This year we had the Youth Art Show in March. The Youth Leadership Academy was hosted at the San Diego History Center. In addition, a number of youth went on various field trips including one to Sacramento for LGBTQ Advocacy Day and one to the Imperial Valley to network with other queer youth. The San Diego Youth Marching Band continues to be a Pride Parade favorite. It placed 2nd in the Best Musical Contingent category. And our youth program coordinator helped coordinate a GSA-led contingent in the parade. Over 3,000 youth of all ages were granted free entrance into the Pride Festival. The San Diego Queer Youth Chorus was created in 2019 under the leadership of Artistic Director Lindsey Deaton. They’ll be performing with Jason Mraz in 2020!
7. Interfaith The DevOUT interfaith coalition continued to organize communities of faith for LGBTQ justice and inclusive faith-based programming. Community activities included Light up the Cathedral, a Pride interfaith workshop during Pride week, marching in the parade as open and affirming people of faith, and hosting a series of workshops at the Pride Festival. Additionally, DevOUT rallied behind the Chula Vista Public Library and their Drag Queen Story Hour in a show of support.
8. San Diego Public Library San Diego Pride had a blast coordinating the volunteers for the San Diego City Public Library book pass as they transferred books from the old Mission Hills Library to the new Mission Hills / Hillcrest library in January! The San Diego City Public Library also joined us at the 2019 Pride Festival where they hosted a Lit Cafe full of library resources and handed out their special edition Pride Unicorn library card!
9.LGBTQ Sports 2019 was a big year for LGBTQ sports! San Diego Legion, San Diego Fleet, San Diego Gulls, and the San Diego Padres all hosted nights celebrating their LGBTQ fans! The San Diego Padres also celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special edition Stonewall 50 / Padres 50 hat!
10. International Advocacy Part of our mission is to foster pride, equality, and respect for our international LGBTQ siblings. In partnership with the San Diego Diplomacy Council, we met LGBTQ delegates from around the globe throughout the year to talk about LGBTQ rights and issues on a global scale & have hosted 498 delegates from 134 countries in total. Pride staff members also flew to Athens, Greece where they meet with over 400 people representing 145 prides from 42 countries for the annual InterPride conference!
11. She Fest The She Fest team hosted a number of events throughout the year from speed dating, bingo, L Word Trivia Night, and more! This year’s She Fest featured an amazing lineup of LGBTQ performers, a dog fashion show, and was the largest She Fest ever! Save the date and invite friends to next year’s She Fest here!
13. Stonewall Generation Our theme this year was Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. We took this year to honor our Stonewall Generation for all they’ve done for the community. They were honored at the rally and parade as our community grand marshals. In addition, at the festival, our Stonewall Generation enjoyed free and discounted admission as well as a free brunch on Sunday! Later in the year, our very own Jeri Dilno was honored with an honorary street renaming for her years of advocacy and leadership.
14. Parades If our parade wasn’t enough, San Diego Pride team and volunteers marched in a number of parades this year to continue to be out and proud members of our community. We marched in the MLK Holiday Parade, Palm Springs Pride Parade, Veterans Parade, and Toyland Parade! Join us for next year’s MLK Holiday Parade in January.
15. Queer Headliners For Stonewall 50, we had a number of LGBTQ artists join us as we celebrated and honored the last 50 years. The Mundo Latino stage was headlined by Snow Tha Product. The Movement stage was headlined by Mykki Blanco, and the Stonewall stage had two headliners: King Princess and Melissa Etheridge. Other notable acts included Greyson Chance, Aquaria, Kim Chi, TT the Artist, Sateen, and more!
16. Equality Act Days before Pride weekend, community leaders, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, gathered in Balboa Park to voice their support for the Equality Act.
17. Grant giving Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation and the 2019 Pride celebrations led to our most successful Pride ever! San Diego Pride strives to return proceeds from the celebration to the community, and this year we’ve given out $210,000 in community grants! Our grand total this year for charitable giving was $340,000. With that total, Pride has donated over 3.3 million dollars since it began its charitable giving in 1994.
18. Trans Power In 2019, trans people, especially trans women of color, continued to be murdered at an alarming rate (as highlighted in our executive director’s op-ed). We took time to honor and remember our siblings at the rally, at the parade, and during the Trans Day of Remembrance vigil by holding up their images, names, and the ages they were taken from us. We also took time to uplift trans excellence during Trans Day of Empowerment by sponsoring the Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Scholarship fund. In 2019, the all volunteer committee for Trans Day of Empowerment was proud to award 22 scholarships to deserving trans students across San Diego whose collective GPA was 3.5.
19.Highest Attendance Ever! Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation was the most attended Pride we’ve seen. From the rally to the festival, our community came out to celebrate the last 50 years, to honor our Stonewall generation, and to celebrate with our community in the daylight as proud and out people.
As we continue to honor our collective legacy of liberation and commit to the work ahead, we hope you will join us again next year as together we rise.
About San Diego Pride
San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.