Pride is a very special time for the LGBTQIA+ community…
It is the positive stance against discrimination and violence towards LGBTQIA+ people and to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, increase their visibility as a social group, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. The first Pride was held in 1969 in Philadelphia, and by 1972 the participating cities included: Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, London, Paris, Miami, San Francisco, and more. In 1975, the first Gay Pride took place in San Diego, fostering pride for the community it served.
Saturday, July 14, 2018: Persist with Pride
Pride San Diego includes an awesome parade that attracts more than 200,000 people a year! The parade takes place in Hillcrest and extends for 1.5 miles. The line up included over 60 participants and made for the perfect celebration! The energy in the air was completely electrifying. Several of Hillcrest’s bars and restaurants provided drink specials and parade viewing sections.
Sunday, July 15, 2018: The Pride Festival
The annual Pride Festival takes place in Balboa Park, San Diego over the course of two days (July 14th and 15th) and features over 100 entertainers, food booths, vendor booths, exhibitions, cultural presentations, tasty food, and over 40,000 people. Some keynote performances included:
CultureShock Dance Center, a studio that has been serving the San Diego Community for several years, offering a training space for dancers of all ages. The performance the team from CultureShock did was hyped by the crowd. It made everyone jump up and get rowdy.
Asia O’Hara and Kameron Michaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 and they both made the finale. If you don’t know, RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego, so it was amazing to have two of his girls perform at this festival. As two Southern queens, it was amazing to see the ebony and ivory combination on stage because it showed that race and color doesn’t mean as much as love and acceptance of those around you. The Queens provided San Diego with a high energy performance.
TLC; yes, CRAZYSEXYCOOL. Legendary girl group, TLC, set the stage on fire. The Queens gave us their classic hits: “ Baby Baby Baby”, “Creep”, “Red Light”, and “Scrubs” (just to name a few). These women changed the game in music, and it was truly an honor to have the opportunity to see them perform. Everyone felt the passion and power that came from their set.
Pride is about acceptance and love. Don’t spread hate, spread love.
Photograph Credit: Memo Ramirez