Dear Pride Family, If you joined us at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally this year you know how powerful it was.
Black trans artist Mila Jam opened up the event by singing the national anthem, while an honor guard comprised only of trans service members and veterans presented the colors. In front of the stage, transgender community members sat facing the audience holding signs with the names, faces, and ages of each of the trans people that had been murdered this year.
Each speaker at the rally addressed the need to support trans youth, trans asylum seekers, and called out to end the violence targeting black trans women. Mila Jam returned to the stage to sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as those holding the signs stood and lifted up the images of our fallen.
We are living through an administration that has uplifted misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobia. It is in this climate that a bullseye has emerged targeting human beings who reside at the intersection of this despicable Venn diagram and it’s aimed squarely at black trans women and transgender asylum seekers, something I was able to write more about this year in an op-ed featured in The Advocate.
Supporting our trans community means combating misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobia. It also necessitates intentional efforts to support financial equity, employment, and access to health care. In response to the rising death toll of our trans community this year, San Diego Pride engaged a number of trans activists in the formation of a Trans Coalition in hopes that our agencies and organizers can better collaborate and coordinate around issues facing our trans siblings.
Trans visibility matters. On September 28, the National Trans Visibility March on DC will bring that visibility and a vital message to our nation's capital. While we only had the resources to send a few in our community to participate in the march in DC directly, we are partnering with The Center and our Trans Coalition to host a viewing party of the Rally that morning here at the Pride office. I hope you can join us.
Our community needs to prioritize the fight for trans visibility, equality, equity, and inclusion. Twenty-four trans women of color have been killed or gone missing this year. Lives are literally at stake. The big and small actions each of us take every day can make a huge impact on combating transphobia and violence. As our trans community calls out #WeWontBeErased we must answer with action, so we can all live to see a world that includes all of us in our Legacy of Liberation.
Fernando Zweifach López
San Diego Pride
Here is how you can get involved:
National Trans Visibility March: Live Stream Watch Party
Join us at the San Diego Pride office for a live stream watch party.
When: Saturday, September 28, 7am - 10amWhere: San Diego Pride3620 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104
Join the San Diego Pride Family
San Diego Pride is hiring! We are seeking experienced professionals dedicated to growing and improving our programs, events, and increasing our charitable contributions to the community. If you believe you possess the passion and qualifications for any of these exciting opportunities, we encourage you to apply.
- Accounting and Office Coordinator
- Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator
- Philanthropy Coordinator
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the Jeri Dilno Way
Councilmember Chris Ward will be recognizing local trailblazer and LGBTQ leader, Jeri Dilno with an honorary street naming at the 2400 block of Howard Ave, in front of her home at North Park Seniors. We will be unveiling “Jeri Dilno Way” and celebrating her 83rd birthday.
When: Saturday, September 21, 12pm - 1:30pmWhere: North Park Seniors4200 Texas St., San Diego, CA 92104
Join our team as we walk with Pride at 30th Annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego. We are participating because HIV & AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is our opportunity to be visible in our support for those living with HIV and AIDS and raise money for critical support services in our community.
When: Saturday, September 28, 6am - 10pmWhere: Hillcrest Pride FlagUniversity Ave. and Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103
Youth Leadership Academy
San Diego Pride is proud to host the Pride Youth Leadership Academy. YLA was created to bring LGBTQ+ youth together from across the region to engage, educate, and inspire our next generation of leaders. This academy is free and open to junior-high to high-school-aged LGBTQ youth and YLA alumni.
When: Saturday, November 9, 8:30am - 5:15pmWhere: San Diego History Center1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Please Note: Pride Youth Programs are intended for junior high- through high school-age LGBTQ+ youth.
The CAPI conference brings together Prides and LGBTQ-serving organizations from across the western U.S.A. and Mexico. This annual gathering offers professional development workshops, opportunities to network, and intentional space to share resources and best practices in the hopes of strengthening Pride organizations and the broader LGBTQ movement.
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Sunday, March 1, 2020Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – San Diego Mission Valley7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, California, 92108