Pride Youth

San Diego Pride works year-round to advocate and empower our LGBTQIA+ youth. From coalition meetings, GSA meet-ups, and youth-led events, there are a number of ways you can get involved as an LGBTQ youth, faculty, or guardian.

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Youth Power Hours

Pride Youth Power Hours are held every Friday from 4:00PM – 6:00PM on Zoom and are a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth (and their allies) to connect, learn, and build community.

To join sign up here to receive the Zoom link.


Pride Youth Collective

Join us every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 2pm online for the Pride Youth Collective. This space is dedicated to leadership, professional development, and building community for LGBTQIA+ junior high- and high school-aged youth through interactive workshops with guest presenters from around San Diego.

Follow us on Instagram @sdprideyouth + spread the word! Download our flyer to pass along to students and through your local GSA! For questions, contact our Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator Mel Mijares at [email protected]

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Youth Leadership Academy

The Pride Youth Leadership Academy was created to bring LGBTQ+ youth together from across the region to engage, educate, and inspire our next generation of leaders. Youth who attend YLA come away with the practical skill and committed passion to become agents of change within their own schools and communities. YLA is a fun, inclusive, and intense day that includes historic context, LGBTQ resource education, team-building activities, and panel discussions that inform and motivate participants to be successful in all they do.

November 12th, 2022
8:30 AM-7:00 PM

Click below for 2022 applications!

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Advocating For LGBTQIA+ Youth

San Diego Pride’s Education and Advocacy team works year-round to ensure that LGBTQIA+ youth are safe, affirmed, and thriving. We utilize advocacy tools such as policy, legislation, and training young people as organizers. As with San Diego Pride’s other advocacy work, we highlight and center those at multiples axes of oppression, locally, nationally, and globally. 

A notable advocacy achievement came in May 2021, when we worked with coalition partners in the region to release the LGBTQ+ Youth Standards of Care document. Click below to learn more.

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Youth Art Show

Every year our Youth Ambassadors, along with Art of Pride, create a platform to showcase youth local LGBTQIA+ artists. Art is a positive form of expression, and we welcome the opportunity to help our youth share their stories with family, friends, faculty, and the community. Read about 2018’s art show here and watch 2020’s Virtual Youth Art show here.

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Youth at Pride

Every year during Pride, LGBTQ youth get to imagine and create a space for LGBTQIA+ middle and high-school aged youth. This youth only space is filled with activities, entertainment, and affirming community for our LGBTQIA+ youth. If you’re interested in joining our Youth Zone Planning Team, please email [email protected]

Festival Admission:

  • Youth 13 and younger get into the festival for free when accompanied by an adult. They do not require their own ticket.
  • Youth high school aged or younger get into the festival for free and must get a ticket at the box office located near the front gate. Recent high school graduates receive a free ticket as well with proper identification.



Youth Marching Band

Creating a safe environment for our LGBTQ youth to thrive is part of the ever-critical work of our movement. The Youth Pride Marching Band is a volunteer program designed to foster character development and leadership in LGBTQ-identified youth who wish to participate in the parade by sharing their musical talents in a culturally supportive community.

2022 Youth Marching Band Registration is coming soon!

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Youth Chorus

The San Diego Queer Youth Chorus (SDQYC) is inviting you to join the only chorus in the State of California of LGBTQIA2+ and allied middle and high school students.

San Diego Queer Youth Chorus encourages and fosters artistic expression, personal development, and leadership in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning intersex and allied youth and presents musical performances that provide an opportunity and space for young people, however they identify, to say “this is a place where I am accepted for who I am and everything that I bring.”

SDQYC is led by Founding Artistic Director Lindsey Deaton, who is the Founding Artistic Director of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and the Diverse City Youth Chorus in Cincinnati, OH. Lindsey’s work with choruses has been covered and featured on NPR, MSNBC, LA Weekly, The Advocate and in the LA TIMES, ‘Providing an essential voice’.

SDQYC operates under the guidance, support, and direction of a committee of representatives from San Diego Pride, San Diego Women’s Chorus, and the SDQYC AD, Lindsey Deaton.

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