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A message from SD Pride about trans military ban

These continued attacks are about so much more than only transgender servicemembers: they diminish, devalue, and dehumanize all trans people.
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San Diego Pride

Dear Pride Family, 

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted to allow a ban on transgender servicemembers, while the issue makes its way through lower courts, putting upwards of 15,000 trans servicemembers and their families at risk.

Transgender servicemembers have been openly serving in the U.S. military for the last 30 months, and have always been a part of the armed forces, defending this country, and serving our nation with pride.

San Diego has the highest concentration of military personnel in the world. This has meant that many of our best and brightest community activists have been and are trans veterans and active duty servicemembers.

So much of what we have gained as a community is thanks to the education, advocacy, and visibility work of these local transgender veterans such as Autumn Sandeen and Kristin Beck. In 2015, then active duty trans Marine Corporal Evander Deocariza shared their story publicly, then proudly and openly carried the trans flag in our Parade’s Military Contingent Color Guard.

While our hearts ache for our trans siblings in service coping with this news, we remain committed to continuing to help make visible their lives and struggles.

These continued attacks are about so much more than only transgender servicemembers: they diminish, devalue, and dehumanize all trans people, and we as an LGBTQ community must continue to stand united in opposition to this discrimination so that we may all enjoy a legacy of liberation.

In Solidarity,

Fernando Z. López

Executive Director

San Diego Pride

Here are some other events that will support local LGBT causes:

Trans Scholarship Fund

We invite you to join us in donating to the Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship fund. Each scholarship is $500, but a donation of any amount is welcome. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the scholarship awards and your donation is tax deductible.

Save The Date for the San Diego Transgender Day of Empowerment

When: Friday, April 5, 2019, 6 pm - 8 pm

Where: San Diego LGBT Community Center; 3909 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103

Donate here.

Learn more about the Tracie Jada O'Brien Transgender Student Scholarship fund here.

Spirit of Stonewall Nominations

Nominations are open for the Spirit of Stonewall awards. Nominate someone whose legacy inspires you. Awardees will be honored at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally & San Diego Pride Parade.

To see a full list of categories & to nominate click here.

Deadline to nominate is February 28, 2019.

OUT at the Park

Join San Diego Pride & the San Diego Padres for OUT at the Park! Each ticket includes a limited-edition, commemorative OUT at the Park hat celebrating Stonewall 50 and the San Diego Padres' 50th anniversary.

Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible as we sell out every year & the hats are a limited edition, one-time run. This is the only opportunity to purchase a hat.

When: Friday, April 19, 4:30 pm - 10 pm

Where: Petco Park; 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Buy tickets here

Invite your friends here