In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Pride organizers want people to feel safe.
It was announced by Pride officials today that the 2016 San Diego Pride Music Festival will, for the first time in its history, have metal detectors at all entrances; pop star Kesha is the scheduled headliner for that event.
Officials say they will also have more lines to keep things moving and provide shortened wait times.
In addition to the detectors, police have said they will have a multitude of protections in place, including a beefed-up visual presence, plain clothes officers and other measures which they cannot disclose.
Executive Director of San Diego Pride, Stephen Whitburn said safety is his top priority, “We want everyone to feel safe while they’re having fun at this year’s festival.” He adds, “We encourage people to come out and celebrate Pride with confidence.”
After the Orlando attacks, many cities have voiced concerns over security at their Pride events, and LGBT neighborhoods.
SDGLN spoke to Mayor Faulconer and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman just after the Pulse tragedy, and they want to make it clear they are doing everything they can to keep the city safe, especially during Pride.
The Orlando tragedy took the lives of 49 innocent people and injured 53, the community came together and through grief, emerged stronger than ever. Whitburn wants San Diego Pride to reflect that sentiment.
“Our community is no stranger to adversity, and we will not be silenced,” He said. “Our movement is far from over, and we have no doubt that our community will come out to Pride as never before to mourn our losses, acknowledge our accomplishments, recommit to the work ahead, and celebrate our diverse community with love and Pride.”
The San Diego Pride Music Festival will be held Saturday, July 16, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Sunday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm at Balboa Park’s Marston Point.