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The Spirit of Stonewall



The first time I went to the Spirit of Stonewall Rally was in 2000. It was only a few weeks before that I had been homeless and living in my car.

I was from the rural border town of El Centro and didn’t know what Pride really was, but I knew there were LGBTQ people there and I knew it was in Hillcrest.

I stumbled upon a large group of people standing in front of The Center and for the first time in my life I heard the words “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender” said with pride on a loudspeaker instead of as a slur or behind a whispered hand. As I listened to the speakers that day, I was filled with hope for the first time and a sense that I wasn’t alone. I had found a community.

Since the first Pride in San Diego, we have had a rally. It is a time for us to honor our origins, celebrate those who are leading the way, and call our community to action around some of our movement’s most pressing issues.

The first rally was where our Festival now is, but it has moved around the Hillcrest and Balboa park area over the years. This year, you will find us at the Pride Flag in Hillcrest right inside the free, open, and all-ages Pride of Hillcrest Block Party.

We have some incredible awardees this year like our Stonewall Generation, LaRue Fields, Abrahán Monzón, Ricardo Gallego and Orlando Espín, and more. Our speakers will call for the end to the killing of our black trans sisters, address asylum as an LGBTQ issue, and demand that our government pass the Equality Act.

I think that sometimes in the giant celebration, glitter, and rainbows of Pride weekend it can feel to some like “Pride is just a party,” and while it is an opportunity to celebrate, our Spirit of Stonewall has always been there. It’s my personal favorite part of Pride.

It calls me home, lifts my heart, and helps me remember what we’re fighting for. I hope you will join me there this year as we all take part in this Legacy of Liberation.

With Pride,

With Pride,

Fernando Zweifach López

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Executive Director

Spirit of Stonewall Rally

Start your Pride weekend at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally where we’ll hear from inspiring speakers, honor our community activists, and raise the Pride flag over our city. Activist and singer/songwriter Mila Jam will join the rally and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. 

When: Friday, July 12, 6 pm – 7 pm

Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag

University Ave. and Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103

Learn more about the rally here

Invite friends here

San Diego Pride Parade

Join 250,000 attendees at the San Diego Pride Parade presented by Blue Shield of California. Cheer on our community awardees and other contingents! 

Read our story about Mark Lawrence who marched in the 1978 parade and in the 2018 parade with Blue Shield of California here.

When: Saturday, July 13, 10 am

Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag

University Ave. and Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103

More parade info and map here

Hillcrest Block Party

The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party returns to Pride Plaza celebrating the culture, history, diversity and LGBTQ+ community that lives, works and plays in San Diego’s most colorful and vibrant community. This event is free and open to all!

When: Friday, July 12, 2 pm – 11  pm

Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag

University Ave. and Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103

Get tickets

Invite friends here

Bud Light VIP Experience

We’re excited to partner with our friends at Bud Light for the “Ultimate Bud Light Pride Party” experience! You and a friend will be able to celebrate equality like a true ULTRA VIP at the 2019 San Diego Pride Parade and Festival! 

The Bud Light VIP experience includes a meet & greet with AquariaKim Chi, and Asia O’Hara, VIP access, a ride in one of Bud Light’s vehicles in the parade and more! 

Enter for your chance to win here. Deadline to submit is June 30th.

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