Dear Pride Family,
2019 brought our community a great many challenges to overcome and painful moments from which we are still healing. Through it all the brilliance, resilience, and love our community has to offer shone through.
I hope you take a moment to look back at some of our year’s highlights as they were all made possible by your time, investment, and belief in our organization and community. Thank you for being part of our Legacy of Liberation.
Fernando Zweifach López
Here is a partial list of San Diego Pride's best moments of the year:
1. Build OUT
We started 2019 with our second year of partnering with Habitat for Humanity San Diego to build homes & community! This county-wide effort engages different parts of San Diego and helps kick off our year of volunteer opportunities happening at Pride. There’s still time to join us for 2020’s Build OUT!
In April, we hosted our second annual #MeTooLGBTQ conference which is designed to increase culturally competent services in San Diego county for victims/survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ. Although sexual violence is a difficult topic, this conference serves as the first step in a long-term solution and is a healing day for many. Next year’s #MeTooLGBTQ conference will be held on May 2.
3. Latinx Coalition
The San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition continued to grow in 2019 by hosting monthly get togethers, having meetings, marching in the parade, hosting the Latinx area at the festival, and capping off their year with a very successful Migrant Posada raising over $1,500 for Casa Albergue Arcoiris!
4. Queer APIMEDA Coalition
In their first full year, the Queer Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Desi, American Coalition hosted some great events! They partnered with the San Diego Asian Film Festival to present two Queer APIMEDA films, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” and “Straight Up“, hosted meet ups, marched in the Pride parade, had a book talk led by R. Zamora Linmark, and hosted San Diego Pride’s very first night market.
5. POC Coalitions
The people-of-color coalitions of San Diego all worked together during the festival and created a fun POC passport that allowed participants to learn about each coalition and then enter to win some amazing prizes, including a Sony TV! During Pride month, the Queer APIMEDA Coalition, the San Diego LGBTQ Latinx Coalition, and the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition hosted a mixer.
6. Youth Empowerment]
In 2019, our youth programs continued to grow! Our youth met every Friday and on a monthly basis for Lunch Bunch to create and lead their own programming. This year we had the Youth Art Show in March. The Youth Leadership Academy was hosted at the San Diego History Center. In addition, a number of youth went on various field trips including one to Sacramento for LGBTQ Advocacy Day and one to the Imperial Valley to network with other queer youth. The San Diego Youth Marching Band continues to be a Pride Parade favorite. It placed 2nd in the Best Musical Contingent category. And our youth program coordinator helped coordinate a GSA-led contingent in the parade. Over 3,000 youth of all ages were granted free entrance into the Pride Festival. The San Diego Queer Youth Chorus was created in 2019 under the leadership of Artistic Director Lindsey Deaton. They’ll be performing with Jason Mraz in 2020!
The DevOUT interfaith coalition continued to organize communities of faith for LGBTQ justice and inclusive faith-based programming. Community activities included Light up the Cathedral, a Pride interfaith workshop during Pride week, marching in the parade as open and affirming people of faith, and hosting a series of workshops at the Pride Festival. Additionally, DevOUT rallied behind the Chula Vista Public Library and their Drag Queen Story Hour in a show of support.
8. San Diego Public Library
San Diego Pride had a blast coordinating the volunteers for the San Diego City Public Library book pass as they transferred books from the old Mission Hills Library to the new Mission Hills / Hillcrest library in January! The San Diego City Public Library also joined us at the 2019 Pride Festival where they hosted a Lit Cafe full of library resources and handed out their special edition Pride Unicorn library card!
9. LGBTQ Sports
2019 was a big year for LGBTQ sports! San Diego Legion, San Diego Fleet, San Diego Gulls, and the San Diego Padres all hosted nights celebrating their LGBTQ fans! The San Diego Padres also celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special edition Stonewall 50 / Padres 50 hat!
To read the rest of the list click HERE.
Fernando Zweifach López
San Diego Pride