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San Diego Pride: "Build Power, Not Walls"

Some may wish to focus on building walls, but we at Pride are looking to build upon our queer brilliance through international, intersectional, intergenerational mentorship.

At the Stonewall Riots, our community unleashed our strength, fought back against societal and institutional violence, and then continued honoring that moment year after year, building a global movement on that rebellious foundation.

Senate President Pro Tempre Toni Atkins endorses Todd Gloria for Mayor

In yet another sign of his campaign’s building momentum, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), a Democratic candidate for San Diego Mayor in 2020, announced today the endorsement of California State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins.

Loving a church that doesn’t love us

However, UMC’s vote at General Conference last month to uphold- 53% to 47%-  its Traditionalist Plan, which is to oppose same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. Now the church has the potential for a schism with its global delegation outweighing the U.S. 

My Story: Kicking tobacco's butt

It wasn’t due to peer pressure, and I wasn’t aware that the tobacco industry aggressively targets the LGBTQ+ community. I was struggling with severe depression, suicidal ideation and coming to terms with my sexual orientation. At the time, I didn’t even know what transgender was, but I was presenting as female and wanted to date other females.

Could Smollett’s hate crime affect public perception of hate crimes?

In real life, Smollett is an African American gay male. Smollett has been charged with concocting an elaborate racist and homophobic assault against him. Smollett’s fan base, needless to say, is flummoxed. So, too, are many Americans trying to push through this deeply polarized moment.

We can stop the GOP’s disenfranchisement of black, trans voters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has voiced opposition to making Election Day a federal holiday. However, allowing American voters a more accessible and a stress-free trip to their voting precincts should be a no-brainer. And, H.R.1 — For the People Act of 2019 would do just that.

Jailed transwoman fought for her dignity

Too often, however, because of physical and sexual assaults, and being housed in facilities according to their birth sex and not their gender identity, these inmates are not only serving time for their crimes, but they are also trying to survive their time while imprisoned. 

SCOTUS upholds transgender military ban with a no “blanket ban”

Tuesday, Trump’s Supreme Court delivered his wish in supporting the exclusion of transgender men and women.

With a conservative Supreme Court-  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh - it  comes as no surprise that a 5-4 vote has revived Trump’s discriminatory policy on transgender service members, while the merits of the cases will continue to be challenged in lower courts.

Join San Diego Pride in the Women’s March and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The Women's March San Diego is on Jan.19

Dear Pride Family, 

After the riots at Stonewall, we marched. After we lost Prop 8, we marched.

The desire to gather and find community, to be seen and heard, to show collective power or express shared outrage is interwoven within the legacy of our movements for social justice.