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A queer look at Jonestown at 40

Oddly, Jones’s and Harvey Milk’s death were nine days apart in November 1978.

This November 18th marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre.  The mass murder-suicide was the largest casualty of American citizens before 9/11.

With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.

A message from SD Pride for Veterans Day

Each success builds on the next, and each moment garners national visibility, all helping to educate and break down barriers.

Dear Pride Family, 

Some of our movement’s earliest pioneers like José Julio Sarria, the first openly LGBTQ person to run for public office in the US, and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office, served in our country’s military before ever leading our community.

God’s trans-affirming vote on Question 3

Passage of Question 3, sadly, hangs in the balance, with voters split on the issue. Privacy in restrooms is raised a lot by opponents of trans rights.

Trump’s administration is trying to define transgender Americans out of existence.

Trump wants his administration to remove the word “gender” from UN human rights document. And, he wants “gender” to be defined solely on the basis of male and female genitalia. Trump administration is going about this both unabashedly and unapologetically. 

Halloween: Our American LGBTQ holiday

As Halloween flourishes as a gay cultural phenomenon, so too flourished a backlash by the fundamentalist Christians with their "Hell Houses."

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.

What if society pretended you didn't exist?

Giselle Chacón: "I know personally that gender dysphoria and transgender identities are real, and yet nobody is listening on the other side of the conversation."

"The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services." 

Earlier this week, an internal HHS memo leaked to the NY Times states:

Introducing OUR PRIDE Video Fest

Students from middle school through college have the unique opportunity to creativity use digital media to help document the often-untold stories of the LGBTQ+ community and their history, culture and contributions.

A message about voter participation from SD Pride

Whether you engage with our GOTV efforts or another, we hope you will stay active in the democratic process.

Ten years ago the LGBTQ community in California was deep in the fight to preserve our right to legally marry. Those of us who had been in that fight for years can recall an odd dichotomy.

A message from SD Pride on National Coming Out Day

On this Coming Out Day, please continue to be a bright shining out and proud role model for our next generation.

Our community has long known that when we are out and visible we are able to deconstruct the discriminatory prejudices that exist to oppress us.

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

The anointing of Matthew Shepard as an iconic image for LGBTQ rights not only concealed from the American public the real person but also it hid the other varied faces of hate crimes in 1998. 

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them.