In 1969 the Stonewall Riots against legal police brutality towards our community inspired organizers in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego to hold “Christopher Street Liberation Day” marches or “Gay-ins” in 1970: the origins of Pride events as we know them today. As Pride events began to sprout up in more cities across the country and the world, they evolved into more than just marches — they became opportunities for us to make community connections while building political power.
Back when all Prides attempted to be on the same weekend in June, it limited our LGBTQ organizations’ abilities to be in every city, to build supporter lists, and to grow our organizations. Pride organizers began to talk about how we could better coordinate our events and in turn better serve our communities. Our movement formed membership organizations like CAPI (Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc.) and InterPride to better network and collaborate through year-round conference calls and annual conferences.
Today, over 1,000 Pride events happen all over the world with each one taking on a distinctly local flavor. South Bay Pride is just two weeks away. North County’s Pride by the Beach, Imperial Valley Pride, and Las Vegas Pride are just over a month away in October, followed by Palm Springs Pride in early November. In our tight-knit Pride Family, San Diego Pride works to ensure that we support one another by sharing skilled volunteers, best practices, grant funding, marketing support, and in February of 2020 will host our annual CAPI Conference. I hope to see you soon at any one of our other regional Pride events as we all continue the tradition of making community connections while building political power in support of our Legacy of Liberation!
Fernando Zweifach López
San Diego Pride