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San Diego LGBT Pride 2017

San Diego LGBT Pride 2017

July 14–16, 2017

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Editor Morgan M. Hurley (Photo by Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign)

Greetings From Local Representatives………… 9 Pride Week Calendar……..……..……………12 Festival Map ……………………..……………16 Spirit of Stonewall Rally………………………18 Spirit of Stonewall Honorees ………….………18 Block Party.……………………………………21 Pride 5K Walk/Run……………………………22 Parade …………………………………………23 Parking and Shuttle Services……………..……23 Pride Music Festival & Stages Lineup…………24-29 Festival Workshops…..…………..……………30 Pride Cleanup……....……………..……………30

Welcome to Pride from SDCNN! Welcome to our Pride Guide, which offers you a preview of San Diego LGBT Pride’s 42th annual weekend of events. It also includes welcomes from some of our elected leaders, Pride’s new executive director and a message from the Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol, who aim to help keep us safer while we celebrate our progress. We’ve also included a calendar to also focus on Pride-related events that don’t fall under the auspices of San Diego Pride. What a year we’ve had. A year ago, most of us dismissed the idea that we’d ever have to worry about who would be leading our country today. I spent the evening of Nov. 8 moving through Hillcrest from bar to bar talking to people in our community while they watched the returns of the general election [Vol. 7, Issue 22, online at].

As the night wore on, excitement and joyous expectation turned to dismal despair and defeat. While our Justice Department works fastidiously into any possible collusion between the current administration and Russia with regard to that election, the results, regardless of how they ended up the way they did, have surely created a firestorm under the nation’s arse. Hundreds of thousands of us have taken to the streets all across the country in response to the administration’s unprecedented roll-backs of progress and outrageous policies: first with the Women’s March, which took place the day after the inauguration; then the March for Science; the Climate March; the March for Truth; the National Equality March; and last weekend, the

Impeachment March. We are speaking out and speaking up in record numbers: on social media, at town halls, and by calling our elected officials. Our Supreme Court is dangerously close to a tipping point; our president acts like a schoolyard bully, withdrawing from international climate and trade agreements and through his aggressive Tweets toward the mainstream media and foreign governments. For the last eight years progress toward full equality for our community made tremendous strides under President Obama and it was easy to get complacent. But we cannot go back nor can we allow ourselves to grow weary. Life in many ways has become almost surreal; but we must continue to fight, speak up, support our media, and continue to march for and defend our rights and the integrity of our country that was enjoyed with Obama at the helm. Pride’s theme is Allied in Action: United in Justice. As we rally on Friday and celebrate the rest of the weekend, look around and remember how we got where we are today. Let’s keep up the momentum and see this through and speak out at the voting booth in 2018 no matter what happens between now and then. Here at San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN), publishers of Gay San Diego, San Diego Uptown News and four other papers, we are all proud to be your dedicated community newspapers of record and especially proud to share the news that matters to our local LGBT community. Happy Pride! —Morgan M. Hurley, editor, Gay San Diego

123 Camino de la Reina, #202 East San Diego, CA 92108 619-519-7775 | @GaySD @SDUptownNews PUBLSHER David Mannis EDITORIAL STAFF Morgan M. Hurley Ken Williams Jeff Clemetson Dustin Lothspeich Sara Butler CONTRIBUTING PARTNER San Diego LGBT Pride SALES & MARKETING Mike Rosensteel Andrew Bagley Annie Burchard Michelle Camarena Heather Fine Sloan Gomez John Watson PRODUCTION STAFF Suzanne Dzialo ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez Gay San Diego and San Diego Uptown News are proud to be one of the media sponsors of San Diego Pride. This program is distributed as a supplement in both the July 7 issue of Gay SD and the July 14 issue of SD Uptown News, with a nearly 40,000 total print run. Gay SD is San Diego's only LGBT community newspaper and it publishes every other Friday, in tandem with SD Uptown News. Both papers are published by San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) along with our other newspapers; San Diego Downtown News, Mission Valley News, Mission Times Courier and La Mesa Courier. For editorial information or submissions contact Morgan M. Hurley at 619-961-1960, For advertising information contact Mike Rosensteel at 619-9611958 or Please visit our web site at and request a free subscription to our digital edition of our newspapers and weekly newsletter. All SDCNN publications and this Pride program are Copyright 2017. DISTRIBUTION GAY San Diego and San Diego Uptown News are distributed free, biweekly, every other Friday. COPYRIGHT 2017. All rights are reserved.

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Pride Greetings from our Local Representatives Sen. Toni G. Atkins Happy Pride, San Diego! Two years ago, with the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing marriage equality from coast to coast and after nearly seven years of living under an LGBTQ-friendly White House, it began to sink in that many of our community’s big battles had been won. The final frontier appeared to be the battle for transgender rights. That’s why I introduced two bills as soon as I began my term in the Senate that would advance justice for transgender and non-binary Californians: SB 179 creates a new, non-binary gender marker on stateissued identity documents and makes it easier for transgender, non-binary and intersex people to obtain identity documents that accurately reflect their gender. And SB 310 gives

transgender people who are incarcerated in prisons and jails the same right to access the courts for gender and name changes that cisgender prisoners have. However, we’ve learned that one presidential election can bring dramatic changes. Those who seek to roll back LGBTQ rights in various parts of the country have been emboldened, and healthcare access for our community is in serious jeopardy. It’s bad enough that five members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS have resigned because they believe they can be more effective by pushing from the outside than by working within the system. So, I see this year’s San Diego Pride Parade as a chance to celebrate how far we’ve come in achieving justice, but also a reason

On behalf of the residents of San Diego, it is

to rally our community to protect what we’ve won, expand equal rights for transgender individuals and embrace our LGBTQ children and provide support to their families — because too many youth are still struggling. Let’s continue to show our rainbow pride. I hope to see you all during the celebratory weekend.

Dear Friends, It is a distinct honor to be with you again this year for San Diego LGBT Pride and for the very first time as your California State Assemblymember. Together, we have much to celebrate this weekend as we have undoubtedly earned victories for equality and justice both internationally and here at home. At the same time, there is much for us to remember and recommit to. Recent political changes mean we are faced with challenges that threaten to stop our progress and silence our community. Hate and intolerance are still pervasive and they are impossible to ignore. However, this fight is not new for us. We have been here before. We have fought back and we have won. And, make no mistake, we are not going back. As in the past,

march because we will not take tolerance and acceptance for granted. I am proud of our city and how we will continue to stand united for equality and justice. So as I walk with you once again this year, I’m honored to celebrate with you. Happy Pride, San Diego! –Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego

these challenges call upon us to once again come together to protect our progress and keep moving forward. Gratefully, California remains the Golden State where we believe in and embrace all people — regardless of race, religion, immigration status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. California continues to lead down the path of equality to show the world what is and what should be possible. That’s why we are on the brink of being one of few states in the union to acknowledge our non-binary residents by adding a third gender marker to our government documents (legislation championed by our very own State Senator Toni Atkins) and my legislation to modernize our HIV laws to eliminate discriminatory criminal penalties, reduce stigma and encourage

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the first queer Chicana on the San Diego City Council for the Ninth Council District, which represents the communities of City Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and Southcrest,

among others. I never imagined that a queer Chicana, raised in Barrio Logan by parents who emigrated from Mexico, could ever serve as councilmember. However, through my community involvement, I saw a need to speak up for those who were usually overlooked by those serving in government. Now, more than ever, there exists a need for all of us to do our part and stand up for our communities. So, as I write this letter, I implore you to get engaged and ensure that the government serves everyone. Voice your concerns, join a

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board or commission, or even a community group. Get involved and give your voice to organizations that work to improve the daily lives of all San Diegans. I stand with you. Together, we can make our communities better and getting involved is the first step. So, as we gather this weekend to celebrate our progress over the years, let us remember that the work continues to improve the lives of all. Thank you and Happy Pride! In solidarity.




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more people to get tested. We have more to do. Our pursuit for full equality and inclusion continues. Therefore, as we gather this weekend to celebrate our victories, let us not forget the work that lies ahead. Let this weekend not only be a celebration, but also the beginning of another year of action. Happy Pride, San Diego!

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer my pleasure to welcome you to San Diego’s Pride celebrations. Pride has brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate the diversity, culture and history of San Diego’s LGBTQ community. Since Pride started more than four decades ago, we have made so much progress as a community and allies. But we must continue to

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Pride Greetings from our Local Representatives

July 14–16, 2017

Councilmember Chris Ward

Eric Heinritz

It’s my great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 43rd annual San Diego LGBT Pride Celebration. The staff and board of San Diego Pride have done a tremendous job all year to organize another fantastic event that continues to be one of the largest in the city every year. We have come together each year for decades to celebrate our gains, mourn our losses and show that San Diego believes human rights belong to all human beings — and this year the stakes are as clear as they have ever been. We celebrate two years since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, mourn a year since the Pulse tragedy and are reminded every day that our gains are fragile, but as a community we only grow stronger. This year we celebrate not only how far we’ve come, but how much we will still achieve. So while the White House goes dark during LGBTQ Pride Month, we as a community will be brighter, louder and prouder than ever. It is part of our history to be loud when others seek to silence us and to be visible when we are ignored. We have celebrated together, mourned together and we will continue to fight for each other. It is essential for our future, and I’m proud to be with you.

While I have only been part of the team for a short time, the dedicated staff and volunteers of San Diego Pride have been working tirelessly since the close of last year’s Pride weekend to produce a stellar 2017 gathering. I hope you will all join me in experiencing a beautifully diverse gathering of amazing people! Each year, San Diego Pride welcomes local attendees and those from around the country and even around the world to celebrate their Pride. From the Stonewall Rally and Pride of Hillcrest Block Party to the Pride 5K, Pride Parade and Pride Music Festival, San Diego Pride weekend is packed with activities for everyone. I could not be more thrilled to be part of the action for the first time this year. Without the support of our community partners, generous sponsors, huge team of dedicated volunteers and the San Diego Pride board and staff, none of this would be possible. I want to say a special thank you to them and all those who come out to support us. See you at Pride!

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Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol is very excited to participate in San Diego Pride 2017! The organization begins this year’s celebrations by providing a community event safety patrol for SheFest on July 8 and Trans Pride on July 14, and continuing into Pride weekend July 15 and 16, with community safety patrols. This year Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol has partnered with San Diego Pride to assist with keeping an extra set of “eyes and ears” in the community outside the festival grounds and in nearby neighborhoods. Look for their new pop-up canopy at all three events! Feel free ask any patrol volunteer about the organization and their mission to ensure San Diego stay a safe city to live, work, and visit for all. Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol entered their 11th year of helping keep our community safe by providing regular patrols on Friday and Saturday nights in the Hillcrest, North Park and University Heights neighborhoods. The 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent hands-off approach organization has assisted the community in staying safe for all to enjoy the many celebrations over the years. In addition to regular patrols, Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol attends many community/town hall meetings, works with San Diego

Unified School District to promote anti-bullying and social media safety campaigns and participated in the LGBT Law Enforcement Summit at the San Diego FBI headquarters. The organization’s involvement with community safety makes the need for community volunteers a challenge. Volunteers donate three hours of their time per month as a minimum commitment and training is provided by veteran field training officers, to prepare each volunteer for community patrols. Additional training throughout the year comes from many great community organizations, such as the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego LGBT Community Center. For more information or to apply to be a volunteer, visit our website Even better, if you see a patrol out and about, give a shout out or wave. They would be more than happy to stop and chat. Other ways you can stay in touch with us: email info@; Facebook, Stonewall Citizens Patrol; Twitter @SCPSD; Instagram @StonewallpatrolSD The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is 100 percent dependent upon community members for donations to enable the patrols to happen.t

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FRIDAY, JULY 7 SDSU annual Pride flag raising


Join San Diego State’s Pride Center for it's 10th annual rainbow flag raising ceremony, to help them raise visibility on campus and celebrate their Pride. 12–1 p.m. Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union courtyard, San Diego State, 5141 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Visit

Impride — LGBT improv comedy festival

Finest City Improv, in partnership with San Diego Pride, presents the inaugural LGBT Pride Improv Festival, which benefits Pride’s LGBT youth arts program. Two full days of LGBTrelated improv comedy teams,

featured shows, workshops, and an all-star lip sync battle. Finest City Improv offers a welcoming and safe environment for the LGBT community. Improv teams from all over the nation will be on hand. Tickets for each block are $20 ($15 goes directly to San Diego Pride Charity LGBT youth programs). 7–1130 p.m. Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana St., North Park. For the full schedule visit bit. ly/2smU7zO.


SheFest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community, using our diversity to create strength. Make it a picnic, bring a yoga mat, bring a blanket, bring the family and your furry friends and stay all day. Playground onsite, youth zone for older kids. Opportunity drawings, including an Olivia vacation. Live entertainment from the SheFest stage all afternoon, including performances by Ingenue, an indie-rock band; Anita D., a spoken word artist; Avalon Young; by Workshops from noon–3:45 p.m., with topics on wellness and self-care; body alignment and movement; bike repair; yoga; therapeutic massage and stretching exercises; laws affecting LGBT community; and healthy and inclusive activism. Other activities include Humane Society mobile adoption services, various lawn games, giant Jenga, corn hole, Hula Hoop, Frisbee and more. Wheelchair and ASL interpreter accessible. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. North Park Community Park, 4044 Idaho St. Visit

Art Reception: ‘Person, Place or Thing’

Visual artist Patric Stillman’s first solo show in years features new works that are a “visual exploration of gay identity using the visual iconography of film noir.” 6–9 p.m. The Studio Door, 3750 30th St., North Park. For more details and Stillman’s complete artist statement on the exhibition, visit

MONDAY, JULY 10 Benny and Rick’s fourth annual Pride kickoff happy hour

Join Ben Cartwright and Rick Cervantes for an industry-style




happy hour celebration to kick off San Diego Pride. For the fourth year in a row, Rick and Ben want the members of all those community organizations and the Pride volunteers and staff that “work extra hard” to make all the Pride celebrations happen for the rest of us, to have a night of their own. They describe it as just a “casual time for all of us to get together and celebrate with each other before things get too busy.” 6-9 p.m. #1 Fifth Ave., back patio, 3845 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Visit

TUESDAY, JULY 11 Cause and effect burritos for Pride

Make eating a selfless act by joining Chipotle for a fundraiser to support San Diego LGBT Pride. Visit any San Diego Chipotle on Tuesday, July 11, from 10:30 a.m. to close. Just show the Facebook event below on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause, and 50 percent of the proceeds of your purchase will be donated to San Diego LGBT Pride. Then, post a picture of your purchase and support of Pride on Facebook or Instagram that same day, with the hashtag #burritosforpride and you’ll be entered to win two VIP tickets to the music festival! The winner will be contacted on July 12. Visit for more info and to find the Chipotle nearest you.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Light up the Cathedral for Pride

Join elected officials, interfaith leaders and the local LGBT community at this official San Diego Pride 2017 event to kick off Pride Week and witness the Cathedral's annual ceremonial rainbow lighting of its exterior. St. Paul’s, San Diego Pride, and San Diego's interfaith religious see Calendar, pg 13

San Diego LGBT Pride 2017 CALENDAR leaders will celebrate the historical connection between LGBT people of faith and affirming communities, as well as the origins of San Diego Pride in 1974. Those to be honored at the event: The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC); Father Don Greene of Dignity; and Nicole Murray Ramirez, Queen Mother of the Imperial Court de San Diego and a local LGBT activist. 7–8 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., Bankers Hill.

FilmOut for Pride, “The Women” (1939)

Co-sponsored by San Diego Pride, FilmOut San Diego’s Pride week screening is George Cukor’s all-female cast in a “wonderfully sharp dialogue tale of the catty battling and bonding,” which puts the excesses of “pampered Park Avenue princesses” on display (from the play by Claire Boothe). Don’t miss Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland, Norma Shearer and Paulette Goddard as some of the film’s dutiful husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies with their claws out. All the “glamming and slamming” comes with a shimmery bauble: a fashion-show sequence in eye-popping Technicolor. Running time: 133 minutes, unrated. 7 p.m. Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. #200, Hillcrest. Tickets $10. Visit

THURSDAY, JULY 13 #PrideBiz Pride Business Mixer

A fun business mixer to help kick-off Pride Week. Mix and mingle with San Diego’s finest LGBTQ and allied business leaders. Avoid the rush and reserve your ticket ahead of time. Hosted by Bair Financial Planning and


co-sponsored by the San Diego LGBT Visitors Center, Ellevate, and the LGBT Diversity Supplier Facebook Group. $20 per person and includes one drink and appetizers. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. 5–7:30 p.m. For more info, visit or to buy tickets visit

Girl’s Night Out presents Pride Comedy Show

Start Pride off with a musical guest and plenty of laughs from these three top lesbian comics start off with a full set each: Bridget McManus, Jennie McNulty and Shelagh Ratner, and then join together for an improvisational game based on audience suggestions. Live musical performance by Ingenue, who recently opened for Nancy Wilson. 5:30-6:30 p.m.. first show (which is sold out) follows band, second show starts at 9 p.m. Torque Moto Cafe, 3604 30th St., North Park. For more details on the entire night, visit bitly/2tlXBZP. Note: first show sold out; for limited tickets for second show visit

San Diego Women’s Chorus’ edgy #SorryNotSorry

A musical celebration from the ladies of the SDWC, filled with singing boldly and living unapologetically. This is an uncensored show, more appropriate for adults and mature teens and it will feature full chorus numbers, small ensembles and spoken word performances, with songs by Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, CeeLo Green, Beyoncé, Gloria Gaynor, Taylor Swift and more. Tickets $20, VIP tickets $30. 7–9 p.m. Irenic, 3090 Polk Ave., North Park. Visit see Calendar, pg 14

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CALENDAR FRIDAY, JULY 14 San Diego Trans Pride

This free event will be wheelchair and ASL interpretation accessible. Resource tables for businesses or organizations that serve the trans community, as well as businesses that are owned by trans folk, will be available for browsing. There will be no potluck this year, due to food safety and event permitting issues, but feel free to pack a lunch or a picnic basket. There will be food trucks nearby as well. 1–6 p.m. Balboa Park, Sixth Avenue at El Prado. Visit bit. ly/2tZk3TC.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Victory Fund Brunch

Kick off your Pride Parade morning by attending the annual Women's Pride Brunch, sponsored by Victory Fund, which recruits, trains and

helps elect openly-LGBTQ candidates in communities around the country to give our community a powerful voice in government. Sponsorships for the event still available, visit For questions, email emily.hammell@ 9–11 a.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest. For tickets, visit

Second annual Glitterboxx

The late night San Diego LGBTQ Pride event for girls, hosted by Glitterboxx, Nicolle and DJ dirtyKURTY. In addition to Kurty, dance the night away to DJ Miss Dust, with Hoop dancer, midnight show dance crew, go-go dancers, glitter hair station by #thehuegoddess, glow goodies and blacklights, visuals and light show. 21+, limited tickets and table seats available. No online tickets day of event. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. For tickets, hotel rooms and more

details, visit

Furrageous at Numbers The seventh annual biggest, burliest party of the year — Furrageous — is back Pride Weekend in place of BearNight. Join hundreds of “woofy men” on two dance floors, two DJs and the infamous Red Bull Outdoor parking lot lounge. BearNight

resident DJ Jon Williams and DJ Mateo Segade, go-go bears, drink specials and grilled-toorder food. 9 p.m.–3 a.m. Numbers Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd., Hillcrest/North Park border. Visit

Pride on Pier

Paul Nicholls, Jeffrey Sanker Justin David and The Royaly

Group present Pride on the Pier, a massive outdoor event on the ocean at the Broadway Port Pavilion, with an all new indoor area. DJ Dan Slater DJ Corey Craig, with a warmup set by local DJ Taj, full staging, giant LED wall and a major production with over 20 dancers and multiple bars available. Video a from last year and get tickets at

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Flawles Pool Party

The annual Flawles Pride Pool Party is turning 10 and the ladies want you to help them celebrate at their all-day event. The #flawlespoolparty, at the top of one of San Diego’s best rooftop experiences, offers nonstop entertainment and provides a great backdrop for you and your friends to experience an unforgettable San Diego Pride. DJs, poolside and board games, photo booth, top shelf drinks at great prices, complimentary massages, menu specials, swag and more. Noon–8 p.m. Andaz Hotel rooftop pool, 600 F St., Downtown. Visit

Zoo Party 2017

Bill Hardt Presents brings the annual Zoo Party to San Diego Pride every year and it usually sells out. DJ Grind, DJ Wayne G. 4–11 p.m. San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park. Visit

Editor’s Note: This list is not all-inclusive, as there are dozens of events going on Pride Weekend in San Diego. Some events did not yet have enough information available to post, others didn’t have visibility yet online (but we know they exist) and still others were mostly drinking events and we want to promote activities in addition to drinking, since there is drinking at most events listed, anyway. To ever be added to our calendar, email

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SPIRIT of STONEWALL RALLY Happy 2017 Pride San Diego!

“Allied In Action, United For Justice”

Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world and San Diego held its first rally in 1975. Today, San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a free community event where we recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community.

When: Friday, July 14, 6–7 p.m. Where: At the Pride Flag and monument, located at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue, in Hillcrest National Anthem: Brian Justin Crum, a San Diego local and America's Got Talent season 11 finalist Keynote Speaker: Assemblymember Todd Gloria Emcee: Fernando Z. Lopez Guest speakers: Councilmembers Chris Ward and Georgette Gomez; local LGBT and DADT activist Bridget Wilson; Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of RISE San Diego; Gloria Cruz Spirit of Stonewall Awards: Champion of Pride: Dr. Delores Jacobs Community Grand Marshals: Susan Jester and Russ Roybal Stonewall Service Award: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

(above) The Rev. Shane Harris gives an empowering speech at last year's Spirit of Stonewall Rally, held at festival grounds in Balboa Park.

Inspirational Couples: Ernie Castro and Mike J. Goupill; and Meredith Vezina and Ellen Holzman Friends of Pride: Kathie Moehlig, executive director of Trans Family Support Services; and Zachary Schlagel, assistant director of government and community affairs at UC San Diego Medical Center Philanthropy Award: The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians — Harrah’s Resort Southern California Community Service Award: Josh Coynet

Spirit of Stonewall honorees COMMUNITY GRAND MARSHALS Awarded to an individual or couple who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the LGBT community over an extended period of time with consideration to service to San Diego Pride.

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Community Grand Marshal Susan Jester Susan Jester is a third generation Californian who grew up in Palm Springs and was raised in a strict evangelical home. Susan

struggled with her sexuality until finally coming out at age 40 in 1983. Susan quickly immersed herself into LGBT rights issues, becoming a well-known lesbian activist, speaking frequently with other LGBT leaders at press conferences, debates, and LGBT rights demonstrations. In 1984, Susan created the first LGBT Police Liaison Committee and was the first openly gay person appointed as a San Diego City Commissioner. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic struck the gay community in the early ’80s, Susan used her political experience to raise public awareness by mobilizing the LGBT community and its allies to produce the first San Diego AIDS Walk in 1986. Susan has been a fierce warrior and voice for all those affected by the virus in San Diego and across the country. Susan moved to the East Coast in 1991 to work for the Human Rights Campaign. In 1994 she was the executive director of New York City’s “Stonewall 25,” an international march celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall

riots, when over two million people marched past the United Nations headquarters and into Central Park for AIDS/LGBT rights. She also served New Jersey Gov. Whitman at the New Jersey Affordable Housing agency, which created housing programs for HIV-affected families. Susan returned to San Diego in 2011 and has served on the board of San Diego Pride, the San Diego Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Council, the AIDS Memorial Task Force, the California Advisory Committee to the U. S. Civil Rights Commission, the San Diego Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission, and as the co-chair of the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Council. As a result of all of her efforts, Susan was inducted into the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Wall of Honor in 2014. Susan currently works with St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral as their public relations and media director.

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Council Academy, the Seniors 50 and Better project, and the upcoming senior services at the Senior Housing Project. With over 16 years of exemplary vision, leadership and commitment, Dr. Jacobs has increased and enhanced The Center’s scope of services, its community collaborations and its influence within the larger San Diego community. Since Dr. Jacobs joined The Center, it has grown from having a $2 million dollar budget into a $6 million dollar organization with more than 55 staff members and 1,200 volunteers.


FRIEND OF PRIDE Champion of Pride Delores Jacobs Community Grand Marshal Russell Roybal Russell Roybal is a noted fundraiser and LGBTQ movement leader. He worked with the Gill Foundation for over six years, serving as the director of training and capacity building, teaching thousands of LGBTQ and allied activists and leaders around the country how to resource their organizations. Russell has also served on the staffs of the National Latina/o LGBT organization, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and San Diego Pride. He attended San Diego State, where he majored in Chicana/o Studies and was active on campus and in the local LGBTQ and Chicana/o communities. He is also a graduate of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County’s Leadership Institute. Russell has also served in various leadership capacities for several national and local nonprofit organizations, including as chair of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, board member of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Gay and Lesbian Latinos con Orgullo, the Imperial Court de San Diego and currently serves on the board of the International Imperial Court System. Russell is the recipient of numerous awards including the League of United Latin American Citizens’ first-ever Equality Award. He was also recently named a 2017 Pride Honoree by the California LGBT Legislative Caucus. Currently, Roybal is the deputy executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, where he manages the organization’s day-to-day-operations and policy and programmatic work, including the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Founded in 1973, the Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people and is the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy organization. His activism is rooted in his family’s tradition of public service and pursuit of social justice. He grew up in La Puente, California, but his chosen home is San Diego. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., but later this summer Russell will return to the Golden State to serve in a senior leadership role at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Dr. Delores A. Jacobs is the longest-serving chief executive officer of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Well-known and respected for her commitment to creating innovative collaborations between a variety of sectors, Dr. Jacobs is looked to as a strong voice and committed partner for social justice issues. Her passion for honoring intersectionality helps address issues like HIV/ AIDS, LGBT equality, safe schools, racial justice, immigration reform, access to health care and more. She also played a leading role in the fight for marriage equality at the local and state levels. Dr. Jacobs first joined The Center part-time in 1998, following her successful career in academia and private practice as a clinician and research consultant. She served as the director of The Center’s Behavioral Health Services before being selected as its chief executive officer in 2001. With Dr. Jacobs at the helm, The Center has developed its programming to include on-site HIV and Hepatitis C testing. She also headed an expansion of the Hillcrest Youth Center, established the nation’s first Latino Services Department at an LGBT community center and created the Sunburst Youth Housing program for formerly homeless LGBT youth. She also successfully spearheaded the return of the AIDS Walk San Diego and established Families @ The Center, Project TRANS, the Young Professionals

Awarded to an individual or couple who does not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, but who has stalwartly supported the LGBT community over an extended period of time and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

Friend of Pride Kathie Moehlig For over 30 years, Kathie Moehlig has been a public speaker, workshop presenter, nonprofit development professional and support group leader. She is a certified life coach, an ordained minister and a certified parenting instructor. In early 2015, Kathie founded TransFamily Support Services, a nonprofit organization in San Diego serving transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families. During her transgender son’s transition, she utilized her professional talents to advocate for him and to help navigate his journey through the healthcare system. As a result of her own family’s experience, she committed herself to helping other families

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find successes in their journeys. Through her work with TransFamily Support Services, Kathie provides individual and family coaching to facilitate acceptance and support, assists with healthcare and insurance issues, helps families navigate the legal system, and advocates for resources and support at schools for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families. Additionally, she provides workshops and training programs for faculty and staff in schools, covering subjects such as LGBTQ awareness, vocabulary use, understanding and implementing state and federal laws and how to adopt best practices.   Kathie tirelessly advocates for transgender acceptance in multiple communities. She currently serves as a board member of PFLAG, GLSEN, and Camp Laurel, and is a San Diego Trevor Project Ambassador. She also regularly collaborates with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, the The San Diego LGBT Community Center, and many other organizations nationwide that serve transgender youth.

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Zachary Schlagel has been a true ally and friend of Pride. As assistant director of government and community affairs for UC San Diego Health, he has fully dedicated himself to the LGBT community and the goal of equality for all. Through Zach’s efforts, UC San Diego Health obtained the vaunted Health Equality Index “leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign in 2011 and has continued to do so every year. He personally rewrote UCSD Health’s patient bill of rights, as well as the visitation and admissions policies, to make them more accessible to the LGBT community. Zach spearheaded the first-ever hospital sponsorship of the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival in 2011. As the team captain, he has helped bring over 100 employees — including the UCSD Health CEO — to participate in the Parade. He also ensures that the festival includes free HIV/AIDS screenings every year at their tent. In 2015, Zach developed the Pride lighting ceremony at UC San Diego Health Center in Hillcrest. The hospital is illuminated for the month of July in rainbow colors and the annual lighting ceremony is kicked off by LGBT performers, organization leaders, elected officials and community leaders. This is the first and only hospital-based lighting in the nation that recognizes LGBT staff, patients and the community. Zach has also consistently lobbied for further involvement and investment from the hospital in several key LGBT-serving organizations. As a result, the hospital contributes nearly $40,000 annually to these important groups.

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AWARDS Zach also dedicates time in his private life to the LGBT community. He served on the San Diego Pride board of directors from 2013 to 2016, and he and his wife have donated to various LGBT causes. He continuously brings his family, including his two young children, to LGBT events and emphasizes empathy, inclusiveness and Pride to them at all times.

with Fraternity House, Inc., which is a hospice-like home located in Escondido, where low-income men and women disabled by HIV/ AIDS receive comprehensive care and services; Public Access Television by Elders (PACE-TV); and at the House of Puerto Rico in Balboa Park. Mike, a former Fly Test manager for Grumman Aerospace in New York, and Ernie, a former HIV/ AIDS nurse educator, are both now retired and remain busy as active volunteers in the community.


Awarded to a couple whose love and commitment embodies the humanity of our community.

Inspirational Couple Meredith Vezina and Ellen Holzman Inspirational Couple Ernie Castro and Mike Goupill In 1987, Mike Goupill and Ernie Castro vowed to do all they could to help those infected with or affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. They have been partners for 42 years and been legally married for nine years. Ernie and Mike have been working in California with community groups such as Being Alive and Fraternity House, Inc. since 1990. They have also facilitated support groups for people infected with and affected by AIDS at the Escondido Community Clinic. In 2012, Mike and Ernie received the AIDS Warrior Award for their work with the AIDS community in San Diego. They continue to volunteer regularly

Meredith Vezina and Ellen Holzman have been a couple since 1992 and were legally married in 2013. Meredith also became a publicly visible trans woman in 2013, and the couple has since promoted transgender visibility, primarily through events and videography. Meredith became active in the transgender community in the 1980s as a volunteer for the Lambda Archives of San Diego. In 1993, she became the first paid director of the Greater San Diego Business Association and advocated for the organization to openly identify as the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Since 2014, Meredith and Ellen have focused on their campaign for trans visibility and respect by being part of the committee that organized the first


Awarded to a group or organization, which may or may not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, but who has stalwartly supported the LGBT community over an extended period of time and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year. Stonewall Service Award San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus With more than 250 members, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) is packed full of singers on a mission to change lives one voice at a time. Founded 32 years ago during the AIDS crisis and rampant discrimination, the volunteer singers have always stood loud and proud, embracing the positive power of music to change hearts and minds. Over the years, the Chorus has sung at the White House, the Super Bowl and most every venue in San Diego from Petco Park’s center field to the mayor’s inauguration. Just weeks ago, SDGMC’s acclaimed Chamber Chorale made its Lincoln Center debut, bringing to the world’s most famous stage the anti-bullying message of gay music student Tyler Clementi in “Tyler’s Suite.” The San Diego Union-Tribune recently hailed SDGMC as “San Diego’s gay ambassadors” on its

Trans March and Rally, founding Trans Elders of San Diego, founding and producing The Trans Oral History Project and the transgender collection for the Lambda Archives. In 2015, they founded Trans Narratives to document and affirm the lives of local trans people and local trans history. They also worked with LGBT Weekly newspaper to adopt a policy banning hate speech and personal attacks from its comment pages.  In 2016, they insisted that the city of San Diego include trans history in its San Diego citywide LGBTQ Historic Context Statement and provided information on trans history dating back to 1936 that is now a part of that document. They also helped the San Diego LGBT Community Center to include trans people in the video campaign for an LGBT-affirming housing project. This year, they joined the organizing committee for the local LGBTQ Equality March, which was held in June 11.


An individual or couple who is recognized as an up-and-coming leader within the community or whose contribution to the community in the past year was of particular significance.

ated students at the University of San Diego’s Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Changemaking. Josh’s primary responsibilities include advising and supervising all operations of the student government. For over four years, Josh has volunteered with The Trevor Project, the leading national organization that provides crisis intervention services and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth ages 13–24. Every week, Josh volunteers as a digital crisis counselor supporting young people across the country who are feeling alone and often thinking about suicide. In this role, Josh works to ensure they have access to the resources they deserve. Additionally, he has served as co-chair of the San Diego chapter of The Trevor Project for the past two years. Josh leads a group of 10 volunteers who coordinate fundraising efforts and community outreach events in the greater San Diego area. Josh also serves as a youth programs coordinator for San Diego LGBT Pride, where he schedules monthly gatherings and programs for LGBTQ young people and their allies to connect with one another in a safe place. Before moving to San Diego, Josh graduated with a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration from Canisius College and with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Niagara University, both located in New York. When practicing self-care, Josh enjoys a glass of wine, a magazine, and an occasional solo trip to the movie theater.


Community Service Josh Coyne Josh Coyne currently serves as the assistant director for associ-

front page, acknowledging the group’s bridge-building successes. The GSDBA named the Chorus as nonprofit of the year for 2016, and CityBeat magazine named SDGMC “Best Performing Arts Group” in San Diego 2016. During the past year, in partnership with the San Diego Padres, the Chorus helped more than 800 LGBT youth attend its concerts for free. The singers partnered with the California Youth Conservatory Theatre in its production of “Billy Elliot — The Musical.” Currently underway is the musical version of children’s book, “A Peacock Among Pigeons,” about celebrating what makes us stand out in a crowd with an anti-bullying message of special relevance to LGBT youth. SDGMC is committed to serving its community even beyond its music. Most recently, it partnered with the Tijuana AIDS hospice to gather and deliver wish list supplies, conducted a food drive for Mama’s Kitchen and helped local Wounded Warriors families sit down to a festive Christmas dinner. The Chorus has also partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital Gender Management Clinic, the Veterans Village of San Diego, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. This summer, Sycuan Casino presents SDGMC’s blockbuster show, “DIVAS” at the Balboa Theatre.t

Awarded to a group or organization, which may or may not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, but that has diligently raised funds to support the LGBT community over an extended period of time and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

Stonewall Philanthropy Award Harrah’s Resort Southern California From community service and volunteer opportunities, to corporate sponsorships and on-property programs, Harrah’s Resort Southern California has supported the LGBT community for more than a decade. Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s corporate support for the LGBT community began in 2005 with sponsorship of the Macy’s Passport event, helping to raise funds for AIDS awareness programs in San Diego and Los Angeles. To continue support for AIDS awareness, in 2009 Harrah’s Resort SoCal opened up the opportunity for company teammates to join AIDS Walk, paying for entry fees for the employee and a guest. That same year, the property became one of the first resorts in the region to offer the location as a wedding site to the LGBT community. In 2010, the property served as a sponsor of the annual Human Rights Campaign – San Diego gala and offered financial and volunteer support for Bowling For Equality. Harrah’s Resort SoCal is also a current financial supporter for the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s casino night. In 2012, Harrah’s Resort SoCal joined the march in the annual San Diego Pride Parade. Since then, their support has grown to sponsorship level participation, including a float and countless volunteers walking and supporting the event over the past five years. Harrah’s Resort Southern California is proud to be an equal opportunity employer who offers support for the LGBT community in many different ways.

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Sixth annual Pride of Hillcrest Block Party Friday, July 14, 5–11 p.m.

Start your Pride weekend off on Friday, July 14, with a drink in hand while watching and listening to the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and get a front row seat for the ceremonial raising of the 30-foot Pride Flag, which signifies an end to the rally and kicks off the weekend’s Pride festivities. Once again hosted by Fabulous Hillcrest in partnership with San Diego Pride, they will be shutting down the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street and bringing in two dance stages to get everyone in the mood for the weekend with urban style and flair. Doors and block party bars will open at 5 p.m. at the Stonewall entrance, located at the northeast corner of the intersection, near 7/11 Food Store. The first 300 guests (general admission or VIP) will get a special wristband, giving them free drinks from 6–7 p.m. For the price of general admission ($20), expect a fullservice bar, go-go dancers, Hillcrest DJs spinning your favorite tunes, gourmet food trucks, bottle service, carnival rides and an after party at Rich’s Nightclub. In addition, VIP tickets ($45) get you front of the line privileges for entry, access to an exclusive full-service bar area, lounge seating, private restrooms, two free drinks, one free food item (in VIP area only), a Ferris Wheel and more. Immediately following the rally, DJ K-Swift and DJ dirtyKurty will kick off the entertainment, with headliner DJ Nina Sky and special guest performer David Hernandez from American Idol.

When: Friday, July 14 • 5 p.m. Gates and bars open (21+ event) • 6–7 p.m., Hosted hour: First 300 guests with special wristband get to enjoy free craft cocktails. • 8–11 p.m. Dance dance dance Where: Normal Street and University Avenue (Hillcrest Pride Flag) Host: Bianca St. James Headliner: DJ Nina Sky and AI’s David Hernandez Tickets: Presale, $20 General Admission; $45 VIP – all tickets go up $5 day of eventt

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Front Runners and Walkers San Diego’s annual Pride 5K race

In the late 1980s, FRWSD began an annual informal 5K run in Balboa Park during Pride week. Over the years the run grew and in 2007, they launched their first “official” Run & Stride with Pride. With the community’s support, the event has grown to what it is today. With nearly 1,000 participants, it is one of the largest Pride fundraising runs in the United States.

When: Saturday, July 15, 9:30 a.m. Race start and finish: Centre Street at University Avenue Race features: • Gear check • ChronoTrack disposable UHF RFID tags to record your true time • Fast, flat course along the parade route • USAT&F sanctioned and certified 5K course • After-race snacks • High-quality tech T-shirts to all participants • Beneficiaries are The Center’s LGBT Youth Housing Project and the Pride Community Grants • To register for the 5K, visit bit. ly/2tpA3RE. Free parking on Saturday at the old

Naval Hospital, located at Park Boulevard and Presidents Way, and also at San Diego City College, located at 1313 Park Blvd. Free shuttle operating from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the above parking lots to Pride Parade start, which is just steps from the beginning of the Pride 5K race start. If you have any questions, please contact race director, Enrique Fonseca, at or 619-857-8719. For more info about Front Runners and Walkers San Diego, visit

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San Diego Pride Parade The annual San Diego Pride Parade is one of the largest in the nation, with nearly 100,000 spectators lining up along the 1.5-mile route, which starts at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, ends in Balboa Park and lasts approximately two hours. This is a free community event and the largest civic event in San Diego. Kicked off by the San Diego motorcycle contingent always led by the women, the parade will also include eight reviewing stands, more than 200 participating parade entries with the 100-plus strong San Diego Pride Youth Marching Band; the military contingent representing all five branches of service; and this year’s grand marshals, Susan Jester and Russ Roybal. As LGBTQ equal protection is coming under attack across the country with so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, we as the LGBTQ community know that supporting religious freedom and LGBTQ equality are not diametrically opposed.

At the start of this year’s Parade LGBTQ open and affirming faith leaders will march together and show their support for LGBTQ equality and justice. Our hope is to highlight the ever-growing group of clergy, tribes, synagogues, churches, mosques, people of faith and their groups, who have felt the call to stand up for religious freedom and the protection of our LGBTQ community.

Theme: Allied in Action: United for Justice When: Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Route: 1.5 miles | Steps off at Pride Flag at intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue, turns left on Sixth Avenue, then left on Upas Street/Balboa Drive and ends at Quince Street.t

Parking and Transportation Traffic and parking can be a challenge due to the massive size of the weekend’s events! San Diego Pride tries to ease the issue with additional free shuttles and parking, but the best advice is to try to leave early, bike and walk whenever possible, use public transportation, or use ride share with Uber. RIDESHARE Celebrate Pride safely. Uber is proud to once again be the official rideshare partner for San Diego Pride, bringing safe, reliable rides to San Diego’s Pride festivities. All rides are on demand and the rider’s fare is automatically billed to the credit card on file. Uber pick up and drop off at the festival is along Sixth Avenue. See map on pages 16-17. BIKE INFORMATION The San Diego Bike Coalition will be hosting a Bike Corral located just outside the Pride Music Festival. Store your bike safely and securely while you explore the festival. See map on pages 16-17. PARKING AND WEEKEND SHUTTLE SERVICE Friday, July 14: Stonewall Rally Starting at 5 p.m., free parking is available at the San Diego Unified School Central Office parking lot at 4100 Normal St. You are authorized to park in any spot on the Normal Street side, in the front loop and on the Campus Street size. Saturday, July 15: Parade & Festival Free parking lots are available both Saturday and Sunday at the old Naval Hospital at Park Boulevard and President’s Way, with free shuttle


service to the parade start and festival. Shuttle: ADA vans are available on standby for any Pride (Festival, Parade, parking) stop. • 8 a.m.– 3 p.m.: To Pride Parade (University Avenue and Normal Street) • 12–4 p.m.: Express Parade (Parade to Festival entrance) • 8 a.m.–midnight: To Pride Festival (Sixth and Laurel avenues) Sunday, July 16 | Festival • 8 a.m.–midnight: To Pride Festival (Sixth and Laurel avenues)

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Allied in Action: United in Justice San Diego Pride’s renowned two-day Pride Music Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 150 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, cultural presentations, over 250 participating exhibitors and lots of great food.

Stages include: Stonewall Main Stage presented by Harrah’s, Euphoria Dance Garden presented by Bud Light, Mundo Latino, The Movement: Hip Hop and the Euphoria Dance Garden, presented by SONY. Plus: Five entertainment zones, beverage gardens, Cool Zone for those 55+, Leather Realm, Art of Pride (LGBT local artists), Youth Zone, Children’s Garden, HIV testing, Rainbow Wellness, Accessibility Booth, and more. San Diego Pride welcomes everyone with an open heart to unite the world.

When: Saturday, July 15, noon–10 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Where: Marston Point, Balboa Park (Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street) Tickets: • Two-day general admission: $20 advance, $25 at gate • Two-day VIP (21+ only): $120 advance, $150 at gate • Meet and greet En Vogue: $350, includes VIP / 21+ • Meet and greet Tinashe: $400, includes VIP for 21+ • Youth 14 and under free VIP tickets include a weekend pass, VIP entrance and lounge access, VIP restrooms, catered food, and four hosted drinks/day. All tickets may be purchased online at sdpride. org, along the parade route, or at the Pride Music Festival gates.t

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San Diego Pride Music Festival has three stages. Main Stage is shown here (Courtesy San Diego Pride)

San Diego Pride Music Festival SATURDAY, JULY 15 STONEWALL MAIN STAGE It’s the centerpiece of the Pride Music Festival, with headlining artists and the best in video, lights and sound. Enjoy any of the shows from the Alaska Airlines beverage garden or the VIP lounge, sponsored by Harrah’s Resort. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 1:05 – 1:45 p.m. 2:10 – 2:40 p.m. 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. 4:05 – 4:20 p.m. 4:30 – 4:55 p.m. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. 8:00 – 8:45 p.m. 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Erick Diaz Boychick SD Gay Men’s Chorus Lex Dina Delicious Cazwell DJ Lina Bradford Jessica 6 feat. NOMI DrewG “Dirty Pop” Paris Sukomi Max Estelle

MUNDO LATINO It’s musica Latina en Español with some of the best emerging artists in live rock, folkloric dancing, y más. Enjoy the musical flavors with a Latin flair. Be a part of the Latino community at Mundo Latino! 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. 3:30 – 4 :00p.m. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 5:00 – 5:15 p.m. 5:00 – 6:40 p.m. 6:40 – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. 8:50 – 9:20 p.m. 9:20 – 9:50 p.m.

DJ KA Jhoanna Jamie Arangure Ballet Folklorico Yaqui DJ Fariba Arturo Ramirez Ruben Casas Ricky Lips TBA Enrike La Voz Banda Paso De Tecuala

THE MOVEMENT Here, Pride’s top notch DJs will be spinning the hottest sounds from Hip-Hop, Soul, and R&B. With its own dance floor and beverage garden, this stage will keep you moving and in the zone! 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. DJ Girth 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Global Male + Chocolate City Reunion feat. DJ IMPOUND 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. The DREAMers Project 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Urban FX 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. DJ Infinite “Pulse Nightclub” 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cakes Da Killa 9:00 – 9:55 p.m. DJ K-Swift

EUPHORIA DANCE GARDEN Feel the excitement as everyone surges together along to house music. Presented by SONY and featuring both local acts and international DJs, this is an experience not to be missed. Dance all day and into the night. Note: DJs and schedule managed by SONY


New York City-based club stalwart Cazwell released his highly-anticipated sophomore full-length album, “Hard 2 B Fresh” Sept. 30, via Brooklynbased indie Peace Bisquit. This not-so-random white dude gathers an impressive and illustrious list of collaborators to make for a ridiculously fun mix of electrified club music and old school hip hop. Cazwell was inspired to write the title track, “Hard 2 B Fresh” while “getting fresh” at the legendary Russian Turkish Baths in NYC’s East Village. An oldschool spa he often visits to “detox” and brainstorm new ideas. The rapper enjoys referencing comical and sexy situations he experiences when titling his tracks. Notable tracks on “Hard 2 B Fresh” include “No Selfie Control” — a song Cazwell wanted to dedicate to narcissists like himself and anyone who has been guilty of taking more than four selfies in a day; “Dance Like You Got Good Credit,” featuring Cherie Lily, which tackles the U.S. debt crisis — a situation Cazwell finds amusing; “Unzip Me” with Peaches — a track picked by the revered “Fuck the Pain Away” singer about getting a handjob at the club; and “Guess What?” the gnarly, horn-ridden electro collaboration with British pop star Luciana that became a Top 15 Billboard Club Play hit in the USA and UK. Earlier in the year, beat impresario and DJ, Richie Beretta, produced Cazwell’s track “Helen Keller” — a term the rapper uses when a person ex-communicates someone from his or her life (“I don’t see you, I don’t hear you, I’ve Hellen Keller’d your ass”). The Massachusetts-born Cazwell has proven himself a hard worker for sure. He tours the world every year playing to enthusiastic crowds and festivals, has had over 10 million combined video views on Vevo / YouTube and has had over 1 million download / streams of his independently-released music. He also co-wrote

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the hardstyle anthem collaboration “This Is Your Life” for Dutch duo Psyko Punkz, David Guetta’s divo Chris Willis and the legendary MC Lyte. From becoming a You Tube sensation after a million people viewed the ridiculously popular and oft-imitated “Ice Cream Truck” music video in a single week, to producing a steady flow of singles and videos that capture his engaging charisma, self-effacing humor and personality, Cazwell has earned credibility on and off the floor with a slew of anthemic and danceable hip hop tracks. This big ‘ol bag-o-tricks includes future hits like Latin twerk nugget, “¡Spicy!,” “I Blocked Your Number,” the neo soul-laced “Cats and Dogs,” and Caz classics like “Rice & Beans,” the disco-sampled “All Over Your Face” and Courtney Love’s personal favorite “I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King.” Cazwell’s new album, “Hard 2 B Fresh” impressively showcases his hypomanic yet insightful take on pop culture. This musical force has been described as “What would have happened if Eminem had grown up on Madonna’s front lawn.” “Dance Like You Got Good Credit” was the first video released from the album and has received over 100,000 views. The second video “Downtown” was recently released and already has over 495,000 views. Cazwell also released “Hot Homo” — a parody freestyle of Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nig*a” which features Big Dipper. The music video to “Hot Homo” was released Nov. 6 and now has over 315,000 views on YouTube.

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DrewG Dirty Pop

There are few sounds on the DJ circuit today as fresh and innovative as those of DrewG and his Dirty Pop brand. Based in San Diego, but constantly being heard out on the road, this prolific DJ and music producer continues to push dance floors to the limit in clubs both in the U.S. and abroad. DrewG’s trademark “Dirty Pop” brand and production team (with fellow producer Brian Cua) falls under the distinct umbrella of SoCal House — a blend of house, circuit, and EDM — all accompanied by the hottest vocals from the biggest names in music. Sonic boundaries mean nothing to DrewG — he breaks them week in and week out — thriving on the unexpected and never ceasing to surprise. A Dirty Pop live set is infused with relentless energy. Hard kicks and dark electro drops, set to both new vocals and classics, are common trademarks. DrewG flows in and out of tracks flawlessly and fans never see what might be coming. DrewG’s production work is no stranger to the top of the Billboard Club Charts. Drew and Brian together have procured official remixes for some of the hottest music artists in the world, including Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox and Mary J. Blige … just to name a few. In 2014 and 2015, two of the biggest artists in the world — Beyoncé (“Blow,” “Pretty Hurts,” “Drunk In Love”) and Madonna (“Living For Love,” “Ghosttown”) — personally selected DrewG and Brian to be official remixers of their latest hit singles. These productions are currently being used by DJs in clubs around the globe. Amongst the numerous events around the globe that DrewG has played are New York City’s famous Black Party (the youngest DJ ever to play the event); numerous Cherry weekend events in Washington, D.C.; a 2008 Presidential Inaugural ball for President Barack Obama; Carnival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Ski Weeks in Aspen and Mammoth Lakes; the Pink Party in Denver; several Mardi Gras events in Sydney; Ascension weekend at Fire Island Pines, and more. Dirty Pop is a true extension of DrewG's artistic self. When challenges are thrown at him, he channels them into his music. A true craftsman, DrewG strives to constantly create. Through beats and melodies, he expresses his perspective on the world through music.

DJ Infinite "Pulse Nightclub"

Dj Infinite was born in the Bronx New York and moved to Florida in 1979 with his parents as a young child. He was always fascinated with music as a child, as his parents used to throw parties and play everything from Barry White to Bee Gees. The parties would go for hours and he was just mesmerized by the music. In 1988, Dj Infinite went to see a DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince concert, and during a song titled “Brand New Funk” he fell in love with the DJ culture. In 1989, he saved enough money to purchase his first set of turntables and the rest was history. He grew up Listening to DJ’s like Jazzy Jeff, DJ Cash Money, DJ Magic Mike and DJ’s Twice as Nice and he practiced every day for years to perfect his new craft. His big break came in 1999 when a fellow DJ, booked at Club Firestone in downtown Orlando, was unable to perform and had to move back to New York.

DJ Fariba

Her life has been awash in music since she was a child and her parents arranged for extra music lessons to encourage her talent. The New York City native and her family moved to San Diego when she was 12. She has played guitar and keyboard in a band with her brother and interned at a local recording studio, composing and recording a few original songs which led her to sign with a local record label. As part of her musical journey, Fariba, 46 and of Iranian descent, said

she wanted to experience being a DJ. She got her lucky break 12 years ago, during a chance meeting with a club promoter while selling memberships at a fitness club. Since then, she has been spinning Disco, 80s, hip-hop, Latin, Persian and Middle Eastern music at clubs, shows and parties. DJ Fariba also mixes 80s flash back videos at Urban MO’s Bar & Grill, and performs as DJ/VJ for AZUCAR (“Shake it ‘n’ Shake it all night long”) Latin Night at Numbers with host and emcee Omar Guido. The San Diego resident speaks several languages, including Spanish and Farsi, and is very family-oriented. She loves to spend her spare time with her father, niece and nephew.

He passed the job onto DJ Infinite and at that point he was a part of the longest and very successful Latin Night in the city, every Friday night, packing in over 2,000 people. DJ Infinite went on to do other nights in Orlando, including Roxy Nightclub on Wednesdays, and Martini Mondays at Element Nightclub and he worked at the Pulse Nightclub off and on for several years before and up until the night of the shooting. DJ Infinite has worked with a lot of big named DJs and artists in the Orlando area. He also opened up for some very big names in the music industry including Redman and Method Man, WuTang Clan, Fat Joe and Big Pun and last but not least a young man named Mr. Marshall Mathers, aka, Eminem.


Estelle (born Estelle Fanta Swaray, Jan. 18, 1980 and previously known as Est'elle) is a British R&B singer and rapper, whose breakthrough single was “1980,” released in 2004, followed by “Free.” As a result, Estelle won the Best Newcomer MOBO Award and the music videos for both tracks — directed by Andy Hylton — received a great deal of airplay. Estelle’s debut album “The 18th Day” reached number 35 in the UK music charts. She then went on release a single with the pop band 3SL, named “Touch Me Tease Me.” Her career took a step up when, in 2008, she collaborated with Kanye West on “American Boy.” The track was a No. 1 hit in a number of countries, including the UK, U.S. and Canada. “American Boy” was also listed at No. 7 in Rolling Stone magazine’s end of year “Best of” list. Following the release of the single, Estelle’s next album “Shine” was released on the HomeSchool label, which is run by John Legend. “Shine” sold significantly better than its predecessor

and reached No. 6 on the UK chart, selling enough copies to earn a Gold certification. The following year, Estelle released a track with the rapper Busta Rhymes, entitled “World Go Round,” from his “Back on My B.S.” In 2009, Estelle confirmed that she was working with the renowned DJ David Guetta on her next album, to be entitled “All of Me.” She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Mr. Hudson’s “Supernova” music video. In August of that year, Estelle performed “Good Girls Go Bad” on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and co-wrote and performed “Rollacoaster” on Robin Thicke’s album “Sex Therapy.” In February 2010, Estelle’s website aired the premier of her video for “Freak,” featuring Kardinal Offishall. Estelle was one of the celebrities modeling at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief catwalk show, raising money for victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster.t


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San Diego Pride Music Festival

THE MOVEMENT Here, Pride’s top notch DJs will be spinning the hottest sounds from Hip-Hop, Soul, and R&B. With its own dance floor and beverage garden, this stage will keep you moving and in the zone!

SUNDAY, JULY 16 STONEWALL MAIN STAGE It’s the centerpiece of the Pride Music Festival, with headlining artists and the best in video, lights and sound. Enjoy any of the shows from the Alaska Airlines beverage garden or the VIP lounge, sponsored by Harrah’s Resort. 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 1:00 – 1:45 pm 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Adam Salter Skyterra Chi Chi LaRue FrankMusik and special guest Hector Fonseca featuring Natascha Bessez Tinashe En Vogue

MUNDO LATINO It’s musica Latina en Español with some of the best emerging artists in live rock, folkloric dancing, y más. Enjoy the musical flavors with a Latin flair. Be a part of the Latino community at Mundo Latino! 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12:00 – 12:15 p.m. 1 :00– 2:30 p.m. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 4:45 – 5:00 p.m. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 6:50 p.m. 6:50 – 7:05 p.m. 7:05 – 7:55 p.m.

DJ Rubin Z’Licious Zumba Crue Prizila Vidal Alicia Guerra Rumba Y Soul Vanessa Lopez DJ Rubin Dany Finokia DJ Rubin Lucia Mendez Mariachi Real De San Diego Karo Beltran

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. 4:00 – 4:20 p.m. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The SOULcial Workers DJ Shorty Hym Keviyon Chris Cutz Culture Shock Kodie Shane DJ Hevrock

EUPHORIA DANCE GARDEN Feel the excitement as everyone surges with house music. Presented by SONY and featuring local acts and international DJs, this is an experience not to be missed. Dance all day and into the night.

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En Vogue

En Vogue — Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron-Braggs — affectionately known as the “original funky divas,” are redefining the idea of beauty and what it means beyond the traditional sense with their distinctively fusion of music and style. Recognized as one of the Top 5 highest selling American female music groups in history, En Vogue has sold over 20 million albums and effortlessly transitioned into the digital age, amassing over 30 million streams and over 26 million YouTube views on their Top 6 hit singles alone: the R&B and pop smashes “Hold On,” “Free Your Mind,” “Never Gonna Get It,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Don’t Let Go,” and “Whatta Man,”

featuring Salt N Pepa. In 2016, the group released their most creative music yet with “Electric Café.” The new music explores a variety of sounds, like electric guitars on “Oceans Deep,” yet stays true to their signature sound on the harmonious, “Déjà Vu.” To support this new music, En Vogue embarked on a world tour with shows throughout North America (U.S. and Canada) and Europe (Holland, the U.K., Denmark). For the last two decades, En Vogue has continued to cement their legacy through stirring live performances on the the Grammys, Saturday Night Live, the Oprah Show and major events such as the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl and delighting U.S. troops in Iraq. The ladies of En Vogue believe each day is a living affirmation that they are born to sing and have no plans to ever let go. Since their debut, they have set a standard as trendsetters for female R&B and pop groups and are regarded as one of the top female acts of all time. En Vogue’s magical formula, which fuses style, sophistication, sass and sex appeal, helped the group sell over two million copies of their first album, “Born To Sing” and over five million of their album “Funky Divas” and went on to record four more albums. Group member Terry Ellis, also experienced solo success with her album “Southern Girl.” Contrary to popular belief, En Vogue has never disbanded. As true music veterans who have withstood the ever-changing music industry’s fads and trends, the group continues to record and perform worldwide with original members Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and newest member, Rhona Bennett. Cindy Herron-Braggs says it best, “We find total freedom and fulfillment when we hit the stage. It’s the ultimate connection with our fans. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.”


Contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, or simply Tinashe, was known for her recurring role on the sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” in which she appeared during the sixth and seventh seasons. She also worked as a voice actor and model prior to scoring a Top 25 pop hit with her breakthrough single “2 On.” Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s. During the tail-end of the 2000s, after she had established her acting career, she joined the Stunners, a short-lived teen pop group that recorded for Columbia and Republic and opened for Justin Bieber during his “My World” tour. After the group’s 2011 split, Tinashe went solo with a low-key contemporary R&B direction, released mixtapes, and ultimately signed with RCA. In 2013, she collaborated with Jacques Greene on the oneoff track “Painted Faces” and released her third mixtape, “Black Water,” near the end of the year.

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Lucia Mendez

Lucia Mendez is the only artist who has triumphed as a television actress, singer and film. Lucia has participated in many top quality projects throughout her career and has always been in the forefront of all her endeavors, providing innovative energy. Lucia’s versatility as an entertainer is evident in the different types of roles and characters she has portrayed and in the many soap operas in which she has starred. She has never conformed to playing the same stereotypical role, instead, she takes risks and chooses diverse roles. Lucia is one of the few current international stars who has already left an indelible imprint on the entertainment world. Her soap operas have been seen in many countries, including Italy, Russia, Africa and China. She has proudly represented her native Mexico throughout the world and is a pioneer in helping to make soap operas popular worldwide. Lucia is undoubtedly a superstar entertainer in Mexico, considered a living legend for her excellent artistic career.

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In January 2014, she made her RCA debut with “2 On,” a rattle-and-snap track on which she was joined by ScHoolboy Q. It reached No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Appearances on Erik Hassle’s “Innocence Lost” and RZA’s “Doctor” followed through that May. Her debut album, "Aquarius," landed in October and debuted at No. 17. Singles such as “Player,” “Superlove,” and “Company,” along with the mixtapes “Amethyst” and “Nightride,” preceded Tinashe's second proper album, “Joyride,” planned for 2017.t

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During and post-Pride cleanup Give back to the neighborhoods that likely “got trashed” during the San Diego Pride festivities and join the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) and the Bankers Hill Community Group (BHCG) for their annual post-Pride neighborhood cleanups. As part of their longtime partnerships with San Diego Pride, each group will host a cleanup in their respective neighborhoods.

Pride generously donates $10 per volunteer hour to the groups for their efforts. You can donate your time on Monday or throughout the weekend, whichever works best for you. BHCG will be setting out 40 trash containers throughout Bankers Hill for use during the weekend and will need volunteers to empty them as they fill. Participants can donate their hours


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Saturday, Sunday, or on Monday after the festivities. Volunteers are encouraged to wear gloves and everyone who donates a minimum of two hours to BHCG will receive a special T-shirt. To sign up, visit Those wishing to help clean up Hillcrest should meet up with HTC members at 8 a.m. Monday morning, July 17, at Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen, located at 3979 Park Blvd., between University and Robinson. Breakfast items will be available to all participants before the cleanup, which will last a few hours. All cleaning materials will be disseminated by HTC and teams will set out across the streets of Hillcrest. Everyone is encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing (which they don’t mind getting dirty), gloves, sunscreen, hats, and bring plenty of water. Following the cleanup, all participants will then be invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch and drinks at a local eatery. For more info, email or visit

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