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Welcome to our Pride Guide supporting the 39th annual San Diego LGBT Pride celebration, another one for the history books. After an amazing past two years, where we saw the repeal of DADT finally allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the United States Armed Services, and here locally, the unveiling of the very first street in the nation named after slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk, as well as the construction and raising of our very own 65-foot year-round Pride Flag, what more could happen for our community? The reality is, a great deal more would happen. On June 26, after months of collective LGBT nail-biting, the U.S. Supreme Court not only deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, it also determined that the backers of Prop 8, the voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in California in 2008, did not have legal standing to defend the ban. These two landmark decisions not only gave hundreds of thousands of legally married same-sex couples living in 13 states across the nation federal recognition, they also opened the door for same-sex marriage to resume in California after a five-year hiatus. In fact, in just the few days since those historic rulings, DOMA’s unraveling has already seen green cards issued to bi-national same-sex couples that had previously faced deportation, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals removed its stay on the Prop 8 appeal, allowing a lower court’s ruling to stand and marriage equality to again be the law of California, with dozens already married here in San Diego. Although we still have work to do in order to see full equality across every state in the nation, as we roll into Pride Week here in San Diego, these current monumental changes in how we are recognized will surely make Pride 2013 a celebration we will long remember. We at San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN), publishers of Gay San Diego, San Diego Uptown News and San Diego Downtown News, are equally proud of the Supreme Court rulings and we are also proud to be your dedicated source for hyper-local news servicing San Diego’s LGBT community.

Taking pride in our health

Happy Pride! —SDCNN Staff

Community Voices…………………………………………5 – 9 Grand Marshals..………………………………………………10 Festival Headliners……………………………………12 – 13 Festival Map………………………………………………14 – 15 Festival Entertainment Schedule…………………16 – 17 Diversity Taskforce…………………………………………..17 Block Party………………………………………………..……18 Pride Honors……………………………………………19 – 21 Photo Feature……………………………………………22 – 23 Parade & Festival Information……………………………24 Parking…………………………………………………………25 Community Calendar…………………………………26 – 27

By Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins It’s time for Pride in San Diego and there certainly is a lot to celebrate. Topping the list, of course, is last month’s momentous restoration of marriage equality in California and the death of DOMA. It is tempting to rest on our laurels, at least for a while, and certainly a bit of revelry is in order. But in the very near future we will face an issue of critical importance to our community – the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by 2014. LGBT people have specialized health care needs that are both organic and caused by external forces. Because of homophobia, LGBT patients often don’t disclose their orientation to their health care providers, making it difficult for them to receive proper care. Because workplace discrimination forces many into lower paid or part-time work, we often lack health insurance. This leads to delayed care. Homophobia also takes a psychological toll and can lead to substance abuse, mental health concerns or even suicide.

The ACA will improve this situation by guaranteeing health insurance for every person. Legal residents of California without access to affordable health insurance through their employer or another government program will be eligible to purchase private health coverage through Covered California, the state-run marketplace. Subsidies will help people pay insurance premiums. When fully implemented, the ACA will also eliminate annual and lifetime limits on the benefits a person can receive and will lower out-of-pocket costs. The ACA will be a partnership between government and the health care professions. The legislature has already adopted a number of measures putting California far out ahead of most states. But as we have had this discussion, I have been struck by an important divide. Most legislators have never experienced inadequate health care because of their personal identity and, as a result, they find the emphasis on cultural competency puzzling. As we all know, any system – whether in government or in health care – only pays for what is demanded, not necessarily for what is needed. I will continue to emphasize the importance of LGBT health needs at the Capitol. The ACA has huge potential for eliminating LGBT health care disparities, but our prospects for success in reaching this goal remind me of the old slogan for the state lottery: “You can’t win if you don’t play.” In order to benefit from health care reform, LGBT people must enroll. The initial open enrollment period for new insurance under the ACA will be October 1 through March 30, 2014. Beginning later this year, trained “assistors” will be available to help you compare plans and find the one that is best for you. Here in San Diego, The LGBT Center has been designated as the lead ACA resource for our community. More information about Covered California is also available on their website And, of course, please don’t hesitate to call my office at 619-6453090 for assistance. LGBT Pride includes taking care of ourselves. Let’s take pride in our health this year.«

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COMMUNITY Voices: What do the Supreme Court's recent decisions mean to you?

Susan Hartman and Steph Torres Careers: Criminal defense attorney/owner of Law Offices of Susan L. Hartman; Supervising criminal investigator for SD County of Public Defender, respectively Community involvement: AFCSL Status: Together 21 years, registered DP since 2002, legally married July 1 It is exciting and overwhelming and we haven’t even really started to absorb it yet. We are FINALLY able to marry and have our relationship on equal footing with heterosexual couples. We are standing on the shoulders of all those who came before us; who were the voices in the struggle that eventually people listened to. Even though marriage is personal, we recognize our marriage is a community event as we are all celebrating our rights together. Added Monday, July 1: As we head down to the County Administration Building to get married, we reflect on the 21 years we have been together but not fully recognized by our government as a family. With the recent Supreme Court decisions, we both feel a sense of pride in ourselves, our country, and our rights as full citizens of the United States.

(Photo by Ben Cartwright)

Susan and Steph were the first same-sex couple to get married in San Diego on Monday, July 1. On Friday, when Susan heard news that the stay had been lifted, she immediately texted Steph who was at a grocery store. Steph has been waiting a long time for Susan to be ready for this day because Susan didn’t want to be half-married. So when she got that text she dropped everything and left the store. Unfortunately, San Diego was not ready to perform same-sex marriages on Friday. An attorney herself, Susan was not going to walk away from the County Administration Building easily and demanded to speak to superiors who finally explained they did not have the “authority” to allow the marriages. As a result, the two were first in line Monday morning and even escorted in by Chief Deputy Clerk Val Wood. San Diego Pride’s own Fernando Lopez, a former staffer of Marriage Equality USA, married the couple under a vine-covered archway next to the administration building. Afterward, Torres told reporters the moment “takes your breath away.”


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Kyrstin and Michele Baker Careers: Retail Store Manager for T-Mobile branded affiliate, and Cox Communications, respectively Status: Together for 10 years, legally married for five; two children; Kayla, 23, and Hunter, 10, with hopes to welcome more in the future. In 2007 Michele was diagnosed with a cancerous Spinal Meningioma. We rushed from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital trying to gather as much information as possible to decide what our next important steps would be. We finally met with the top surgeon in the state who told us she would need to be admitted

that night and have surgery the following morning. It was then we experienced our first real act of discrimination as a lesbian couple. We arrived at the emergency room, only after making quick childcare arrangements for our two minor children, and sat through the admitting process. Since I was the primary insured, I filled out the paperwork and listed myself as her “next of kin” and emergency contact. After they took her back to get settled and run some tests, I went to take care of some last minute family needs, as we would be in the hospital for a week during her recovery. By the time I returned, she had been admitted to the ICU for the night and visitors required special admittance from the Nurse on Duty. I asked to go back to see her, but when the front desk nurse returned, she explained that visiting hours were over and only “immediate family” could go in. My heart sank but I explained that I was her partner and begged for admittance. Again, I was denied. I was told that only “legal spouses” could be admitted and the only way around that was a Power of Attorney. There I sat, in tears, alone and scared, knowing my love was on the other side of the door wondering where I was, and why I wasn’t there to support her through her fear of the pending surgery. I called a friend who was a Notary and asked that she come to the hospital immediately to draw up the paperwork I needed to be with my wife. She arrived shortly before midnight and said she was Michele’s sister so she could go back and have the paperwork

signed and notarized before bringing it out for me to sign. I asked the nurse again to see Michele and before she could open her mouth with those hateful, bigoted words again, I shoved the newly notarized documents into her hand. She read them and with a look of disgust, buzzed the door open to allow me in. I swore in that moment that I would do EVERYTHING possible to make sure that Michele and I would NEVER feel that helpless again and that our family would be recognized as legal and EQUAL. We were “lucky” to make our marriage legal in 2008 during the brief period it was available in the “Summer of Love.” We rushed to gather our close family and friends together for a ceremony at the courthouse the first weekend [same-sex] marriage was legal. Many people asked, “Why rush?” or “What’s the hurry?” But they didn’t know the pain and fear we had already experienced as a couple living in a state where our relationship was not valued at all. I was fearful that as quickly as it had become legal, it would be ripped away from us, and I was right. We campaigned as a family against Proposition 8 in 2008 and have signed every petition since. When DOMA and Prop 8 fell this past week, we marched and rallied again as a family, finally EQUAL. Love IS Love. The fight is not over for our brothers and sisters in the 37 states left where same-sex marriage is illegal, and we will continue to stand up for their equality so I can tell our children that they are equal no matter who they love and no matter where they live.

Donna Walker and Lorna Cannon

our love from the rooftops … a moment in which we can feel like we are recognized as “deserving” to be treated equally … a moment that will last a lifetime, thanks to judicially-wrought freedoms that have now gone from hopes and dreams to reality … a shared love risen from individual love. We could not be happier to join the ranks of others in declaring our love, our worth, our contributions to society, and our happiness. We have been partnered together for nine-and-a-half years and will be married Aug. 20, 2013.

Careers: Co-owner of South Bark Dog Wash and retired Navy veteran, PHC(AW); Biomedical engineer at Scripps Hospital, respectfully Status: Together almost 10 years, engaged The recent Supreme Court decisions regarding marriage equality could not be more personal to my fiancée and I … wow … I cannot believe that I can legally call her my fiancée … that in itself has worth. We are grateful to be part of history; part of witnessing what collective, equality-based ideology can bring to our nation and our state of California. I spent 20 years in the Navy before retiring to open up my own business, so I know what focus and working toward a goal means. We are battle weary from a life spent waiting for this moment … a moment when we do not have to hide our love … a moment in which we can be free to shout

Danielle Bruce Career: Middle School Instrumental Music Director Community involvement: Volunteer engagement co-chair, HRC San Diego Status: Single I’ll never forget the morning of June 26, 2013 and I barely slept the night before from nervous anticipation. I’m a music teacher so for me to voluntarily get up before 7 a.m. on my summer vacation, it had better be for something special. It was, indeed, a very special day.


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VOICES I’m one of those girls who keeps her emotions inside – I can go years without shedding a tear. I know what you’re thinking – she obviously doesn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy. Well, you’re right, but I must confess that when I heard that DOMA and Prop 8 were struck down, I cried. I cried for my married gay friends who all of a sudden had over 1,000 more rights than they’d had the day before. I cried for our courageous leaders in both cases, who fought tirelessly against injustice. I cried for my LGBT students who have been given hope – hope that if the Supreme Court treats them as equals, then perhaps their peers will, too. And I cried for me. I cried because I’m fed up with being treated differently and on the morning of June 26 the Supreme Court decided it was wrong for me to be treated like a second-class citizen. What does this victory mean to me? It means that educating people on LGBT acceptance is making a difference and that the hours I dedicate to HRC are paying off in tremendous ways. This victory helps fuel the incredible momentum of the LGBT community as we continue to move forward. It means that I have only begun to fight this fight and I cannot stop until my LGBT friends across the nation can enjoy marriage equality like we can here in California. Does this mean that I’ll grab the closest lesbian and run down the aisle? As much as I’d love to celebrate by donning a rain-

bow dress and slapping a “Just Married” sticker on my Corolla, my princess charming has yet to rescue me from the adventures of online dating. But when she does … heck yeah, I’m getting married!

educate their families and the government about themselves in order to get a more favorable opinion of the community. When the Supreme Court threw out Prop 8 and DOMA, I knew our long, hard-fought battle had finally paid off. I knew that despite that setback in November 2008, we would eventually prevail. The LGBT community is part of the American fabric. Of course, that fabric is more colorful and brighter than ever.

Brian L. Lyons Career: Realtor & marketing director with Urban Homes Real Estate

Ben Gomez

Community involvement: Too many LGBT affiliations to mention; AFCSL (1995), SDAFFL (2009)

In 2008 I was the office manager for the San Diego NO ON PROP 8 campaign. On election night in November I was Downtown at Golden Hall watching the election results come in. I can still feel the twisting of my stomach seeing that Prop 8 was passing. There were people around me cheering and yelling that Prop 8 was passing. I can still remember asking myself how did the state of California get this wrong? After that night, I told myself that everything happens for reason. As with the repeal of DADT, I knew that the LGBT community had to literally come out and

got to know us over the years and either supported us from day one, or who changed their opinions on the matters after letting us in and realizing that we all bleed red. So when asked what these decisions mean to me, I have to answer honestly and say it means that I personally got to witness the world change for the better. I got to witness a majority cheering for a minority. I got to witness a sitting President cheer for equality. I got to be inspired. I got to get messages from people saying “We’ve got to get you married now!” I got to be ... an American.

Status: Single

Career: Paralegal, Downtown law firm; Navy veteran

Status: Divorced – and accepting applications for new boyfriends


Julie Darling Career: Chef/owner Just Call us Catering; founder Just Call us Volunteers Community involvement: LGBT Ally Status: Single The decision hasn’t changed my option for marriage and it’s about time everyone had the same possibilities and options. From an industry perspective, weddings will never be the same. I can’t wait to see the over the top receptions!

On the morning of July 26, I woke up to an insurmountable number of calls, text messages, emails, Facebook messages and even some tweets from friends and family all over the world expressing excitement, relief, and overall joy at the news of the Supreme Court handing down their decisions on the two historic marriage equality issues. The majority of these friends and family identify as “straight.” When I started getting ready for work that morning, I was overwhelmed with emotion that the nationwide LGBT community was granted reprieve from being denied rights, but what really tugged at my heart strings was a tearful call from my sister, a Facebook post by my brother, a message from a colleague in Italy, a simple text message from a client of mine that simply said “ = “ and many, many others … from straight people. The whole world was watching and waiting. It wasn’t just us LGBT Americans. It was all Americans. It was all those people who

Dave McCullouch Career: Owner, Circle24 Strategies; editor Community involvement: Vice Chair, Hillcrest Town Council Status: Single, candidate for husband 2013 The Supreme Court decisions simply validate the theory that love will always win. It means that, like other battles of equality in years’


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VOICES past, the laws of our find land are there to protect the minorities who have had their rights and freedoms forcibly removed — and that in the future, my love for another human being can not and will not be anything short of equal. The day before the decision was handed down, I took a photo of my grandparents with beaming smiles on their face as they celebrated their 68th anniversary together. Less than 24 hours later, the Supreme Court’s decisions helped to grant me the same basic rights that they have — giving me hope that my future grandchildren may take a picture of the future “us” with that same happiness. Given time, love always wins.

For my wife and I, both of these Supreme Court decisions further solidify that the right to love – and to express that love in marriage – is a fundamental right in this country. More directly, we have close friends, fellow volunteers and colleagues whose weddings we can now get excited about. As much as this is a great legal step, I think it might even be a bigger social step in the direction of full participation in our society for everyone.

Kelly Revak Career: Archivist at Lambda Archives of San Diego; folklorist, bartender, social media specialist

Omar Passons Career: Attorney; president-elect of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Community involvement: LGBT Ally; member of the North Park Community Association; and board member of United Way of San Diego County and of Lambda Archives Status: Married

tory events of the last week. This will all be preserved at Lambda Archives for when future students and researchers want to look back at what may very well be the turning point for our country’s stance on same-sex marriage. I live in Hillcrest and the energy in the air has been positively electric. I’ve been moved to tears several times over the last few days, just walking down the street. Seeing the joyousness and love so clearly reflected in the faces of my community has been a beautiful experience indeed. On a more personal note, I’d like to point out that the fight for marriage equality is not over. In California at least we can now marry anyone. Any ... ONE. However, many people in committed polyamorous relationships (for some termed “polyfidelity”) are not able to marry their partners. While federal and state recognition of same-gender marriage is a HUGE step forward for equality, remember that you have brothers and sisters out there that are just beginning to fight for their rights.

Sparks Soccer, AFCSL (25 years), MARYAH Status: Domestic Partnership Personally I am relieved and happy to know that so many men, women and children who were previously in legal limbo are now in a safer place as far as benefits, etc. I am currently in an official California domestic partnership with my partner of almost 10 years. While I am not sure if marriage is for me, I am glad to see that so many people will benefit from this ruling.

Amy C. Teeple

Status: Multiple partnered

Career: Writer, web marketer

The Supreme Court’s landmark decisions have been thrilling to witness and as a historian and archivist, it has been a very exciting time to document. It is so important to record as much as we can about these historic times, the coverage in the LGBT and “straight” media, and the response of people individually. Even before Proposition 8 passed and since, we have been hitting the streets, taking pictures and videos of the various protests and the celebra-

Community involvement: member GSDBA, AFCSL (5 yrs), Pride volunteer, columnist with Lavender Lens (8 yrs)

Jose Antonio Salas Career: Insurance Agent at Farmers; also certified translator/ interpreter Community involvement:

Status: Married, official CA Domestic Partnership, but in process of divorce I have had a “No on 8” sign in my front window since 2008 and – despite what my HOA may have wanted – I vowed to leave it up until Prop 8 was overturned.

I am finally able to remove the sign. But the Supreme Court decisions mean so much more to me than a sign-free window. I have always represented the under-acknowledged minority of a lesbian in a committed relationship. For years, I wrote a column called Nested Lez, which discussed the issues faced by lesbians in long-term relationships. Many columns were dedicated to the issues my then partner (now wife) and I faced regarding our rights. We registered as domestic partners in 2003, yet still had to visit an attorney to create a living trust, durable power of attorney, and healthcare directives – all so we could have some of the rights married couples had. In 2008, we were legally married in California, yet I still had to explain why – even though the state recognized our marriage – we had none of the federal benefits. I continued to stand up for my love and was vocal about it, but sometimes I felt like a secondclass citizen. With the Supreme Court decision, finally my rights are restored and my union is recognized. It is so much more than a piece of paper – it is respect. In a bit of ironic timing, I am in the process of getting a divorce from my partner and wife of twelve years. Although my ending marriage will not benefit from these historic decisions, I am still overjoyed by them. Our fight may be far from over, but we are making amazing strides. For the last several years my mantra has been “love conquers hate,” and the actions of the Supreme Court (while not perfect) reinforce my belief in love.


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to go into a dusty trunk and pull out that yellowed relic and show my grandkids. I am going to tell them, “This is the day our country began to move forward. These are the court verdicts that began to change our society and show everyone that your grandma and I are no different from them.”

The end of DOMA paves the way for a lot of changes to come. Good changes.

Career: Technical Support Manager Status: Partnered

Sandy Chase and Crystal Hubrecht Career: Laboratory Assistant Status: Partnered Sandy: I think I’m still a bit in shock, processing the rulings. It feels a bit unreal. Knowing that the Stonewall Riots, the Harvey Milk and Matthew Shepard murders, and the innumerable accounts of abuse and bullying that LGBT people have dealt with for decades have all led to this moment, is a very sobering thought for me. I have never truly experienced the kind of hate I know many people experience every day, and I always try to be mindful of that. Because of this ruling on DOMA, some friends of mine now don’t have to move to England due to immigration issues. The change is astounding and immediate and affects the entire LGBT community in so many different ways. This is an amazing moment in American history that I am proud to be alive to witness. I saved the newspaper as a keepsake. One day, I want to be able 3737 Fifth Ave. Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 519-7775 | PUBLISHER David Mannis (619) 961-1951 | EDITORS Anthony King (619) 961-1952 | Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 | CONTRIBUTOR San Diego LGBT PRIDE DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958 | ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Sloan Gomez, Sheri Hayeland Portia Jacobs, Kyle Renwick SALES & MARKETING SPECIALIST Isabelle Estrella INTERNS Charlie Baterina, Anna Frost, Martina Long ART DIRECTOR Rebecah Corbin (619) 961-1961 | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Anulak Singphiphat ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 | OPINIONS/LETTERS Gay San Diego encourages letters to the editor and guest editorials. Please e-mail both to We only accept digital files. Include phone number and address for verification. We reserve the right to edit letters and editorials for brevity and accuracy. Letters should be no longer than 350 words in length unless approved by staff editors. Letters and guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or staff. SUBMISSIONS/NEWS TIPS Press releases and story ideas are welcome. Send press releases, tips, photos or story ideas to For breaking news and investigative story ideas contact the editor by phone or e-mail. DISTRIBUTION GAY San Diego and San Diego Uptown News are distributed free, biweekly, every other Friday. COPYRIGHT 2013. All rights are reserved.

Crystal: With the ending of DOMA, I feel a sense of reassurance. Not in a way that I already wasn’t sure of myself, but an assurance that this country has progressed in the way it thinks about so many families, gay children, and the children of gay adults. Everyone has their own unique story, but within those are common threads. Growing up as a gay kid, not knowing that there is a word for the feelings you have, is hard. Having so much excitement for the handmade Robin Hood costume your mom made you for Halloween, only to go to school to be made fun of because that’s not what girls wear. The overturning of DOMA signifies a change in society’s perception of what builds a lasting relationship. The only “normal” requirement in a marriage is love. No longer is there an image of one man and one woman standing in front of each other, but two loving partners of any gender standing side by side. I had to come out to myself, first. I was lucky and had an extremely supportive family, although not every member has accepted who I am. Some people’s minds will never change.

Mel Merrill Career: Retired nuclear engineer Community involvement: Active Board member at Lambda Archives of San Diego; Volunteer at San Diego Human Dignity Foundation; Longtime activist with San Diego Democratic Club (now San Diego Democrats for Equality); Longtime supporter of our LGBT Center Status: Single Although I am about as likely to get married as I am to join the Army, I am absolutely delighted for the opportunity that so many of us will now have in California to get the other 3/4 of the rights and benefits that go with civil marriage. And the momentum that these two decisions provide makes it feel like we have really reached a national tipping point in our long struggle. All the time and money I put into NO ON 8 has finally paid off. All in all, a fabulous day.«


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Celebrity GRAND Marshals Brad & George Takei George Takei – pronounced “Ta-KAY” as in “Ta-KAY is gay,” he has said – is a most-fitting grand marshal for this year’s San Diego Pride Parade. Undoubtedly best known for his role as Sulu in the iconic TV and film series “Star Trek,” there is certainly far more to Takei than one first assumes. After coming out in 2005, Takei hit the ground running as an advocate of

LGBT rights, a natural extension of his vocal advocacy for positive Japanese-American visibility. A Los Angeles-native, Takei is one of the founders of the Japanese American National Museum, and he and his longtime partner Brad Altman wed there September 2008. On his webpage, Takei recently posted his and Altman’s – who now goes by Brad Takei – vows from that September ceremony. George Takei called it a “forum of democracy,” and is certainly a perfect representation of this year’s Pride theme, Freedom to Love and Marry. The couple will celebrate their fifth anniversary, and over 25 years together, this year. San Diego Pride said the Takeis were asked to participate because of their “extensive work as fearless advocates for marriage, anti-bullying efforts and LGBT equality,” and George Takei said he was honored. “Freedom, love, and commitment are shared values across the spectrum of humanity, and I’m honored to celebrate and share that truth alongside my husband at this year’s San Diego LGBT Pride,” he said. George Takei is certainly no stranger to San Diego: his most recent public appearance was at the “Supporting Students — Saving Lives” CESCaL conference in February, and he had a lead role in The Old Globe’s “Allegiance — An American Musical” last year. Buzz is big for “Allegiance,” with unofficial plans for it to take on Broadway in 2014. George Takei will also be the keynote speaker at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising, taking place at the Hillcrest Pride Monument Friday, July 12 from 6 – 7 p.m.«

La Toya Jackson Born right in the middle of the First Family of Soul, La Toya Jackson has always had fame around her, and she has done well to make her own way in show business. She is an internationally recognized and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, best-selling author, actor, TV personality, businesswoman and philanthropist. A constant image on her family’s TV variety shows and recordings, Jackson released her first solo album in 1980, followed by nine more studio albums through 1995. Her latest recording, an EP called “Starting Over,” was released in 2011 and accompanies her New York Times best–selling book of the same name. But Jackson was selected as grand marshal for far more than her recording and television career, for she is also recognized as an ally for the LGBT community and a staunch advocate of HIV/AIDS issues. She is a longtime supporter of AIDS Project Los Angeles, raising “tens of thousands of dollars” for the organization, San Diego Pride said. “Jackson will … be a celebrity grand marshal for her efforts in continuing her late brother Michael’s mission to combat HIV and AIDS,” San Diego Pride said. Tipping her hat to this year’s theme, Jackson responded she is thrilled to leave her Los Angeles home to participate in this year’s Pride Parade and Festival. “I am so excited and I am absolutely honored to be a part of San Diego Pride. Love is hard for anyone to find and if you have someone who you love enough to marry, why not celebrate it?” she said. Following the Parade, Jackson will appear as emcee at the Festival main stage Sunday, July 14.«

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AMANDA Lepore Main Stage

Self-dubbed the “number one transsexual on the planet,” New York City nightlife queen Amanda Lepore takes a break from the late night scene to play San Diego Pride Saturday afternoon, and fans couldn’t be happier. Lepore has a face and body – the “most expensive body on earth,” her website claims – that is instantly recognizable. She became a muse for famed photographer David LaChapelle, ultimately “starring” in his “Artists and Prostitutes 1985-2005” exhibit, and one of his most famous photos is “Amanda as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn,” where queer culture converges in one, glamorous image. So why Pride? Lepore took her work as a club kid and turned it into a recording career, sparked by her friend and artist Cazwell. In fact, Cazwell penned “Champagne” as one of her first singles, and appeared on her debut album “I…Amanda Lepore” for three singles. She has since repaid the favor, appearing on several Cazwell singles throughout the years. Born Armand, Lepore said she knew from “day one” that she was a girl

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and started taking female hormones as a teenager, first by exchanging outfits with a transgender friend and then with help from a doctor. Helping hands bought Lepore’s first reconstructive surgery, a nose job paid for by a surgeon boyfriend and, later, sexual reassignment surgery from a different boyfriend. After a life as a suburban housewife in New Jersey, Lepore escaped to New York where she worked at a nail salon, then as a dominatrix, a make up artist and, finally, a recording artist. “When I went to night clubs I saw so many different types of people and when it came out that I was a transsexual, I was celebrated even more for that,” she said on her website. “It felt so good to just be out in the open.” The “girl of the minute” turned into the woman of the decade. Following “I…Amanda Lepore,” which includes the campy cover “I know What Boys Like,” the artist released the single “Doin’ It My Way” in 2012. She’ll certainly bring it, plus her unique style, to San Diego Pride. For a complete schedule of performances on all stages at the Festival, see pages 16 – 17.


Main Stage Saturday, July 13 • 8:15 p.m. Los Angles-based DJ Morgan Page headlines the San Diego Pride Festival Saturday night, in what is bound to be one of the best 90-minute sets of hard-hitting, popular – and undeniably creative – house and techno music. A consummate musician, Page has had a connection to music from a very young age. “I grew up in a small town in Vermont where everybody asked me, ‘Why do you listen to that tweaker music? Nobody listens to techno,’” he wrote on this Twitter account recently. “Can you believe that? Enjoy the music you love.” Page went on to climb the ranks of the most sought-after DJs and producers, joining DJ celebrities Deadmau5, Skrillex and Kaskade, and releasing his first album, “Drifting Into View,” in 2002. It was 2008’s “Elevate” that really kicked Page’s career into high gear, and the single “The Longest Road” is still his most listened-to song on Spotify, with nearly 1 million total plays. The remix – by none other than Deadmau5 – received a Grammy nomination. On “Believe,” released in 2010, Page once again invited vocalist Elisabeth Maurus (aka “Lissie”) to bring her sultry sound to three tracks. Maurus, who helped bring

“The Longest Road” to the top of the charts, once again came through, most notably on the album’s “Fight for You.” Following the commercial and critical success of “Elevate” and “Believe,” Page released “In The Air” in 2012, partnering with LGBT pop-icons Tegan and Sara on two tracks. Their single “Body Work” was the second release. The most recent – Page invited Pakistani-American artist Nadia Ali to sing lead, after his Grammy-nominated work on her single “Fantasy” – is “Carry Me.” There is no doubt Page will spin a good mix. From “The Longest Road” to “Carry Me,” he has enough music we love in his repertoire to entertain everyone, and then some. “I’m excited to be a part of this year’s San Diego Pride, as I believe everyone deserves the freedom to love and marry,” he said, mentioning this year’s Pride theme. “It’s a pleasure to give back to my fans in the LGBT community who have supported my music over the years.” For a complete schedule of performances on all stages at the Festival, see pages 16 – 17.

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ACCESS PRIDE - Information regarding accessibility, interpreters for the deaf, braille

guide, power-chair plug-in station and other accessibility information can be found here. Access Guides to Pride can also be found at the main entrances and information booth. ART OF PRIDE - Provides a display venue for new, emerging and established LGBT artists. Art of Pride continues year round to offer display space for LGBT artists at the new San Diego Pride offices in the center of the Arts and Culture district of North Park. ASL INTERPRETATION - In partnership with Deaf Community Services of San Diego, all performances on the Main Stage, Leather Realm, and Diversity Task Force workshops will be interpreted for the deaf community. ASL interpreters available upon request and availablity. ATM’S - Located outside the main gate near ticket sales and throughout the Festival grounds. BIKE CORRAL - Avoid those parking woes, bike to the Festival and have a designated and secure place to park your bike. COFFEE TERRACE - Got a hankering for a good cup of joe? Come sip on a coffee drink or enjoy a snack or sweet treat in this rejuvenating atmosphere. Hosted and benefiting The Live and Let Live Alano Club.


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FLICK'S LIVE FROM BALBOA ACOUSTIC STAGE - Need a moment? Relax and check out your favorite Hillcrest artists at Flick's Live from Balboa Acoustic Stage. FOOD COURT - Time to refuel, stop and enjoy the many tempting food choices. Everything from snacks to full meals tickle your taste buds. GET TESTED CABANAS - Lead the Way offers The Early Test, a specialized HIV test that can detect HIV infection as early as one week after exposure, to festival patrons for free. Sponsored by the UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center and UC San Diego Health System. HIV TESTING - Confidential HIV testing by the San Diego County, HIV, STD & Hepatitis Branch will be offered on site. INFORMATION CENTER - Staffed by friendly volunteers who will provide you with maps, programs, entertainment schedules, and will answer your lost-and-found inquires. Spanish translators also available. Hablabos Espanol.

COMEDY Q & CABARET - Lean in and laugh at this new addition to the Festival. 21+

LAMBDA ARCHIVES - Lambda Archives of San Diego collects, preserves, and teaches about LGBT history primarily in San Diego County and northern Baja California. Some collections date from the 1930s with most of our materials from 1970 to present. The archive is open to the public and available to create historical displays for community events.

SAN DIEGO PRIDE’S DIVERSITY TASK FORCE - Colors of Pride Shades of Life Workshop Tent “A Celebration of Diversity” - See page 17 for schedule.

LESBIAN HEALTH - The Lesbian Health Booth, presented by the Lesbian Health Clinic and Progressive Health Services of San Diego.

DUNK TANK Don’t miss your chance to see a cute guy…get dropped into the refreshing tank.

MEDICAL TENTS - Providing basic first aid care, i.e. bandaids, sunscreen, and ice packs.

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HIP HOP RELOADED Some say Hip Hop is dead; come see for your own eyes. “Hip Hop Reloaded” is a zone bearing fierce ammunition in the form of Hip Hop DJ’s, MC’s, artists, Dance Groups, and much more. Come take a fun-filled vengeance out on the dance floor to the sounds of all your favorite Hip Hop music. Get ready to lock and reload your Hip Hop adrenaline. The battle is on!

PLAYGROUND WINE GROTTO PRESENTED BY BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY Enjoy Barefoot Wine’s latest and greatest releases over the two-day period in both Beverage Gardens or visit the Pride wine bar featuring additional California, Oregon and Washington State wines. 21+

MO’S PLAYGROUND - Looking for fun? Head on down to the Carnival Corner! For those thrill seekers out there, hop on the Hurricane and hold on tight! If you like to get dizzy, you will love the Kamikaze or the Scrambler! Whether you are looking for thrills, fun, or want to test your luck on our many carnival games, come check out the Carnival Corner bought to you by Urban Mo’s!

SHUTTLE STOP - Refer to page 25 for parking and shuttle information.

MOTRIN® IB Unstoppable Pride [charging tent] - Visit the MOTRIN® IB booth for free mobile and tablet charging!

THE LEATHER REALM - This exhibit is dedicated to educating and entertaining those that are interested in the Leather, BDSM, Kink communities. Presented by the San Diego Leather Community.

OFFICIAL PRIDE MERCHANDISE - The latest in Pride T-shirts, hats, pins, and dog tags. All merchandise sales support Pride’s giving back to the community efforts. RALPHS CHILDREN’S GARDEN - A fun-filled space for kids featuring face painting, karaoke, carnival games, prizes, arts & crafts, and story time. Parents must accompany children. Organized and presented by Family Matters - a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. RAINBOW BEVERAGE LOUNGE - The W San Diego presents: The Rainbow Lounge. Sip, sample, celebrate, mingle and relax. 21+ RESTROOMS - Located throughout the festival. SENIOR COOL ZONE - 62+ - Offering a cool and shady area with plenty of seating and services for our LGBT adults 62 or better. Sponsored by Collwood Terrace Stellar Care and a variety of senior oriented community organizations. SERENITY TENT / SOBRIETY SUPPORT - San Diego’s LGBT recovery organizations band together each year so that 12-step meetings are available hourly at the festival throughout the weekend. Join us to celebrate Pride clean and sober!

TAKE PRIDE IN RECYCLING - Put it in the blue bin! Pride is recycling plastic, glass, and aluminum cans to do our part. Also, please find “Paper Only” bins at the exits to discard any guides or brochures you don’t want.

TICKETS - Purchase your festival tickets here. Cash sales only. TRUTH TENT - Stunts, gear, live graffiti, and fun activities help spread our message. Truth demos the Graffiti Collective and brings another ugly fact to life. T SPOT - Transgender, genderqueer, and intersex communities of San Diego educate about gender identity, provide a safe space to find resources, and showcase our communities' successes. VOLUNTEER VILLAGE - All volunteers check in here. You make Pride happen! Sponsored by KPRI. VONS FARMERS‘ MARKET - Attendees can enjoy a fresh and healthy alternative at our Farmers’ Market. Choose from a selection of fresh fruits. Funds our Youth Pride Efforts YOUTH ZONE - The hub for LGBT, ally and questioning youth, hosted by the Pride Youth Committee, it features a place to hang out with friends, dance, play games and enjoy Pride.

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San Diego LGBT Pride STAGES Schedule SATURDAY, JULY 13 Main Stage Host: Disco Dolly 12 – 3 p.m.………Flak Productions 3 – 3:30 p.m.…………Pandora Boxx 3:30 – 4 p.m.………Amanda Lepore 4 – 4:30 p.m.…………Nuthin’ Under A Million 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.……………DJ Ideal 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.……………DJ Nikno 6:35 – 7:05 p.m.……………Luciana 7:10 – 8:10 p.m.……………Myndset 8:15 – 9:45 p.m.………Morgan Page 9:45 – 10 p.m.…………………House DJ

Hip Hop Reloaded Stage Emcees: Naomi • Miki Vale 12 – 2 p.m.……………………omedj 2 – 3 p.m.………………Global Male 3 – 4 p.m.……………………SoulKiss

4 – 5 p.m.……………THE (SIS)TEM 5 – 6 p.m.…………DJ Niomiesoulfly 6 – 8 p.m.………………DJ Gigi Sweet 8 – 10 p.m.……………DJ Coolbeans

HiNRG Dance Tent 12 – 1:30 p.m.………Michael Carrera 1:30 – 3 p.m.………………Datelines 3 – 4 p.m.……………Big Bad Wolf 4 – 5 p.m.………………………Will Z 5 – 6 p.m.……………………Frances 6 – 7 p.m.…………………Shane Stiel

Garden Dance Party 12 – 2 p.m.…………Boys Don’t Disco 2 – 3:30 p.m.………Travis Hevrock 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.……………Kitty Violet 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.…………Arturo Sierra 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.…………Jane Bang 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.……………Tristan D 7:30 – 8 p.m.…………………Vassy 8 – 9 p.m.………………………Kiki

9 – 10 p.m.………Murphi Kennedy Alma y Ritmo Latino Stage Emcees: Alejandra Sandoval • Ricardo Vazquez • Kristy Salazar 12 – 1 p.m.…………DJ Ruben Casas 1 – 2 p.m.………Sebastian la Madrid 2 – 2:20 p.m.………………Maniguis 2:20 – 4 p.m.……DJ Armin Rodriguez 4 – 4:30 p.m.…………Daisy’s Noches Romanticas 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.………Viernes Caliente 6:30 – 7 p.m.……………………Fedro 7 – 9 p.m.………Banda La Parrandera

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Main Stage Hosts: La Toya Jackson • Kelsey Schwarz 11 – 11:30 a.m.…………Well Actually

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.……Lost Ships 12 – 12:45 p.m.…………Imperial Court de San Diego 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.…………San Diego Women’s Drum Circle 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.…………San Diego Women’s Chorus 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.……Thomas Graff 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.…Radio for the People 2:45 – 3 p.m.…Parade Presentations 3 – 3:30 p.m.………I’m Not Monica 3:30 – 4 p.m.……Bobby Jo Valentine 4 – 4:30 p.m.……Beverly McClellan 4:30 – 5 p.m.………………Justin Utley 5 – 5:30 p.m.…………Vicci Martinez 5:30 – 6 p.m.………Marilyn Odessa 6 – 6:15 p.m.…………Samba Break 6:15 – 6:55 p.m.………………Marisela 7 – 7:05…………………Voice of Pride Winner Melissa 7:10 – 7:50……………………Monica


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San Diego Pride “The Diversity Task Force was created to ensure that San Diego LGBT Pride accurately represents the full range of the rich and diverse community that we serve and represent, by engaging stakeholders in a committee made up of individuals that address areas that could use improvement and work on enhancing the Diversity Experience at our events.”

—San Diego LGBT Pride

In addition to the Community Luncheon on Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Diversity Task Force will be hosting a series of 50-minute workshops throughout the weekend. All events will take place in their booth at the Festival. See page 14 for the full map.


STAGES Hip Hop Reloaded Stage 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.…………………omedj 12 – 1 p.m.……………………UTOPIA 1 – 2 p.m.………………Dance Motion 2 – 3 p.m.……………Kruciaal Element 3 – 4 p.m.……………………Urban FX 4 – 5 p.m.………………Culture Shock 5 – 6 p.m.………Chris Ness & Anjell 6 – 7 p.m.………………………DJ Tish 7 – 8 p.m.……………………Double A

HiNRG Dance Tent 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.………………Datelines 1 – 2:30 p.m.……………Damian Wolf 2:30 – 4 p.m.………………Cassanova 4 – 5 p.m.…………………Tim Tensity 5 – 6 p.m.……………………Miss Dust 6 – 7 p.m.…………………Seth Krafft

Garden Dance Party 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.……………Simon Taylor 1 – 2:30 p.m.……………………DJ Mimi 2:30 – 4 p.m.…………………Gina Cat 4 – 5 p.m.…………BASS CONTROL 5 – 6 p.m.…………………Perry Twins 6 – 7 p.m.……………………JAKPOT 7 – 8 p.m.……………Scott Saunders Alma y Ritmo Latino Stage Emcees: Alejandra Sandoval • Ricardo Vazquez • Kristy Salazar 11 am. – 1 p.m.………Viernes Caliente 1 – 1:30 p.m.………Aries Travesti Show 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.………………DJ Vicktor 2:30 – 3 p.m.…………………Ricky Lips 3 – 4 p.m.……………Nora Del Mar 4 – 4:30 p.m.……Alejandra Sandoval 4:30 – 6 p.m.……………………DJ Fries

New this year, the Comedy Q & Cabaret and Live From Balboa Acoustic Stage schedules will be announced soon.«

2 p.m. “Bisexuality: Taking Down the Fence” by Tony Brumfield 3 p.m. “Providing Safe Spaces” by Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network 4 p.m. “Honestly Speaking about HIV” by Franko Guillen 5 p.m. “Impacto LHBTI y VIH” by Jorge Luis Martinez and Andres Cruz of COCUT

Sunday, July 14 1 p.m. “Safe Love, Not Just Safe Sex” by Nirvana Habash and Liat Wexler 2 p.m. “Gimp Sex 101” by Angela Van Ostran 3 p.m. “Visible Bodies: Transgender Narratives Retold” by Scott Duane and Liat Wexler 4 p.m. “Safer Sex: Fluids, Body Parts & Fun” 5 p.m. “Allies, What are they Good For?” by Nirvana Habash Accessibility Advocates • Bisexual Community • COCUT – Comunidad Cultural de Tijuana LGBTI • Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR) • Gender Queer Community • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community • Latino Community • Leather Community of San Diego • Queer Community • Seniors - Collwood Terrace Stellar Care • Straight Allies •Transgender Community • Urban Pride Community • Women’s Community • Youth

Contact the Diversity Task Force at

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Normal Street & University Avenue Kick off Pride weekend with “urban style and flare” at the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, said the Hillcrest Business Association. Debuting last year, the street party is a partnership between San Diego Pride and the HBA and immediately follows the Stonewall Rally. Held at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue, there will be a main stage with live performances and DJs spinning into the night, a dance floor, a Ferris wheel, a VIP reception area and even private cabanas. This is a 21 and older event.

BLO CK PA RTY SCH EDUL E Emcee:………………………………………… Pandora Boxx 7 – 8:55 p.m.…………………………………… DJ John Joseph 8:55 – 9 p.m.……………………………………… Booniez Crew 9 – 9:30 p.m.………………………………………… Eryn Woods 9:30 – 10 p.m.……………………………………… Jessica Sutta 10 – 11 p.m.…………………………………………… DJ Nikno

BLO CK PA RTY TI CK ETS Advance: $20 regular admission and $50 VIP • Day of: $30 regular and $75 VIP A regular ticket includes admission to the event, access to event concessions and event entertainment. A VIP ticket includes early admission to the event, access to event concessions, event entertainment, admission to the VIP area and four complementary drink or food samples in the VIP area. HBA staff are heading to Hillcrest hot spots to sell tickets leading up to the Block Party, or you can purchase them in advance at There will be some ticket sales at the gate, and last year was a packed “house.”

This year’s headliner is Jessica Sutta, a number one Billboard Dance artist and former Pussycat Doll. Sutta will be performing her new single, “Again.” “I’m happy to announce I will be joining San Diego Pride celebration,” she said. “I’m so excited and so honored to stand for the LGBT community and support the freedom to love and marry. You have my heart and my commitment to be the voice for the people who can’t be heard.”

B L O C K PAR T Y CABAN AS This exclusive offer is featured on a first–come, first–served basis. There are a limited number of Block Party Private Cabanas available, offered until Thursday, July 11. Stage-view cabanas are $2,000; Junior cabanas are $1,500.

Cabanas come with: • A private location for 10 on a riser in the Block Party • Outfitted with white privacy drapes • Customized signage and decor • Luxury lounge furniture • Full bottle service with two bottles and personal bar staff • 10 VIP Admissions tickets

For more information on Private Cabanas call 619-299-3330 or email

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PRIDE Honors

Stonewall Rally & Flag Raising Friday, July 12 6 – 7 p.m.

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A San Diego tradition since 1975, the special Stonewall Rally held Friday, July 12 helps launch the official San Diego Pride weekend celebration, where the LGBT community comes together to honor this year’s San Diego Pride Spirit of Stonewall award winners and re-energizes our focus on a ever-changing LGBT movement. “The Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains, and to meet the many challenges facing our collective community,” San Diego Pride said. This year’s keynote speaker at the free community event is George Takei, a

champion of marriage equality if ever there was one, who will address the crowd on this year’s Pride theme: Freedom to Love and Marry. Takei is also a Parade grand marshal, with his husband and longtime partner, Brad. “Pride did not start as a party or celebration in the streets. It was a riot. And we have come so far,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride public affairs director at the All in Pride celebration held June 27, a smaller event that gives the Spirit of Stonewall winners a chance to thank their families, friends and supporters. All in Pride also serves to reintroduce the award winners to San Diego, some who have been working behind the scenes for years. This year, honorees are: Champion of Pride Araceli “Cheli” Mohamed; Friend of Pride Cindy Green; Stonewall Service Award Winner Max Disposti and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center; and Stonewall Community Service winners Sean Bohac, Gibrán Güido, Hector Martinez and Jeri Muse. An honorary Friend of Pride award was given to Ted Olson and David Boies of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, who successfully argued the Prop 8 case at the Federal District Court and during appeals at the Ninth Circuit and Supreme courts. Also at the Stonewall Rally – taking place at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, a new tradition for Hillcrest that is now in its second year – the LGBT historical monument at the base of the flag pole will be unveiled, and the flag will be raised to usher in the weekend. “Cheering crowds and energetic speakers all lead up to the … raising of the Hillcrest Pride Flag and the unveiling of a new historic monument,” San Diego Pride said. In addition to Takei, speakers at the rally are Connor Maddocks, Project Trans

coordinator at The LGBT Center; Norma Chavez-Peterson, associate director of ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and Vincent Pompei, HRC director of Adolescent Well-Being Programs. Lopez will serve as emcee. The San Diego Pride-Hillcrest Business Association Hillcrest Block Party immediately follows the flag raising at 7 p.m. See page 18 for more details.

Cheli Mohamed | Champion of Pride

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Araceli “Cheli” Mohamed is all about volunteering, plain and simple. As this year’s highest San Diego Pride honoree, Mohamed is being awarded Champion of Pride by the very people who she served for 20 years. Beginning as volunteer for the organization, she was snatched up by San Diego Pride in 2009 to work as the Leadership and Community Resources director, which, among other duties, oversaw the volunteer program.

19 But it was much more than a volunteer manager position, and in the time she worked as official staff, Mohamed saw her “proudest accomplishment,” San Diego Pride said, with the start of Pride 365!, a year-round volunteer program that includes leadership academies, civic projects, ACCESSPride and the Diversity Task Force. “This changed the face of San Diego Pride, taking it from a once-a-year event to a year-round presence and resource for the community,” San Diego Pride said. A longtime nonprofit advocate – and volunteer – Mohamed has served on the board of Diversionary Theatre, Bayshore Preparatory School, The Latino Unity Coalition, Lambda Archives and Home Start. Currently, she is the Corporate & Operations Manager for the California Police Athletic Federation. Fernando Lopez of San Diego Pride said “the choice was clear” in selecting this year’s Champion of Pride, and the thousands of volunteers that have known or worked with Mohamed throughout her 20 years with the organization must agree. At the All in Pride celebration, Mohamed did something that speaks to the truth of her commitment to volunteers. Instead of thanking friends and family – for which she is most definitely thankful – Mohamed instead asked all the volunteers she has worked with join her on stage. Almost half the room gathered around her. “This award is not about me, it’s about you. Plain and simple,” she said. “I have not done this by myself.” Mohamed gave some wise words to the organization she helped become what it is today. “Ninety percent of the backbone of every single organization in our community is based on volunteers,” she said. “This honor is for every single volunteer that continues to grow with you as an organization, with you as a community. We have not done this work alone.”


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(Photo by Anulak Singphiphat) (Courtesy San Diego Pride)

Gibrán Güido | Community Service

Sean Bohac | Community Service (Photo by Anulak Singphiphat)

Cindy Green | Friend of Pride Activist in the LGBT community since 1993 when she joined the San Diego Democratic Club (now Democrats for Equality), Cindy Green is a true straight ally. She has worked on the campaigns of former Sen. Christine Kehoe and current Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, is a member of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party and has been lobbying elected officials on behalf of the LGBT community for the better part of 20 years. But Green’s Friend of Pride award is for much more than her political activism, for she has become an integral part of the San Diego LGBT family. Her good friend Rick – he taught her everything she knows about being a gay man, and “probably a whole lot more than a straight woman should ever know,” she said – asked her to be his best “person” at his wedding, and Green has become a tireless supporter of marriage equality. The first straight ally to win the Stephen Pope Award for Volunteerism – she won it twice! – Green said the Supreme Court victories were amazing, but there is still more work to be done. “Until everyone is equal, no one is,” she said.

Truth be told, Sean Bohac’s activism extends beyond marriage equality. In the early 1990s, Bohac was fighting for old growth habitats in his Colorado community, “using civil disobedience to wage a PR war against the timber companies,” San Diego Pride said. It wasn’t until Bohac moved to San Diego and walked the streets of Hillcrest that his understanding of the “inequality and discrimination” toward the queer community began to evolve. After Prop 8 passed in 2008, Bohac used his hurt to keep fighting. He helped form the SAME Alliance and was one of the San Diego Equality 9, a group arrested for staging a sit-in once they were denied marriage licenses at the County Courthouse. Charges were eventually dropped – after much time and effort – but Bohac’s resolve was intact. Now the president of SAME, Bohac said he thanked his partners at the organization for creating an “empowered space” for radical efforts. They fight for transgender rights, workers rights and, ultimately, for civil rights for all, a point made clear at the Day of Decision rally they organized. “Many of us are recognizing that we have strength in numbers, and we have natural partners in other community of oppressed people,” he said in preparing the rally. No, the fight is certainly not over.

Forever a wordsmith, Gibrán Güido knows just what to say, and when to say it. His contributions in academia and community services “nurtures individuals who seek a reflection of themselves, claiming voice to moments of struggle and transformation,” San Diego Pride said. Güido is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, working on a dissertation that reflects an emerging area in academia known as Jotería Studies: ways pain and trauma impact young gay men of color. He is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the Lambda Literary Foundation and San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, and helped organize the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies’ third Jotería Conference, as well as the fifth annual Queer People of Color Conference. Saying he was not one for speeches, Güido chose to thank attendees at the All in Pride celebration with nothing less than a work of art: a poem. Powerful, in his poem Güido said, “Love. You’re that light that glowed, that brought love back to my being. Passion, I believe was extinguished. Love, you’ve become the culmination of all my desires and happiness, a dream I’ve dreamt and now manifest. ‘Cause when we come together, found one another in the dark, we come together sharing love.”


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A vocal advocate for marriage equality and suicide prevention, Martinez is also a co-founder of the Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.) for LGBTQ youth, a free classroom-style event to empower youth that had its inaugural session in 2011. He and co-founder Ian Morton are busy planning the follow up summit. At the All in Pride celebration, Martinez was quick to thank The Center CEO Delores Jacobs, St. Paul’s founder Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, his friends – his mother, who was there in support – and the many people who have helped him help others. He said if there is one thing to impart, it is simply that “As a community, we are powerful.”

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Jeri Muse | Community Service When Jeri Muse heard a veteran tell her about the impact of being in the military while struggling with his sexuality, she was “saddened and angered” because it hit close to home, San Diego Pride said. A psychologist, Muse said she heard numerous stories of people struggling within the Veterans Affairs health care system out of fear and being misunderstood. Fast forward to today: Muse is taking steps to help all those – past and present – get the care they need. She currently serves as chair of the VA San Diego Healthcare Systems’ new LGBT Work Group, promoting the principles of patient-centered care to LGBT veterans through community outreach, ensuring a non-discriminatory, safe and inclusive environment, and staff education and training. While Muse said she could not be doing the work of the special task force without the support of its director, Jeff Gering, and everyone else who works with her – it is all extra duties for the Work Group, outside of their regular job descriptions – it is certain they wouldn’t be doing the same work without her. Thanking her partner Judi for her love and support, Muse said their work touches her heart. “Health care systems, in order to really be a healing health care environment, … need to be an environment that really acknowledges, and embraces and supports all who we are,” she said. “Without that, healing really truly does not occur.”

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North County LGBTQ Resource Center | Stonewall Service Max Disposti of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center would probably be the first to say the work he has done wouldn’t have happened without the wonderful LGBT community in North County. He counts them as his friends and family, however, remains a driving force and face of all that is happening for LGBT visibility in region where it isn’t so easy to be out. It’s this reason that San Diego Pride is honoring both Disposti and the entire Resource Center with the Stonewall Service award, which is usually given to an organization. “Not only do we honor an institution, but a man who is of himself an institution,” San Diego Pride’s Fernando Lopez said. And anyone who knows Disposti knows he is just that: an institution of care, respect and advocacy. The North County Resource Center opened a physical space in December 2011 and now serves upwards of 1,000 people monthly. On the day the Supreme Court handed out their monumental marriage equality decisions, Disposti said hundreds of people came to the Resource Center to celebrate, showing the strength of the North County community. “It is difficult at times,” Disposti said. “Yet we go there. We’re creating bridges of communication and we’re making a difference one by one, family by family.«

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Hector Martinez | Community Service As the outreach coordinator of the LGBTQ Communities at Mental Health America of San Diego County, Hector Martinez is “dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives,” San Diego Pride said. And that’s just his day job. One year into his current position, Martinez took the personal step of helping to save a man who was moments away from deportation to Uganda, which could have led to persecution, or worse, death. Martinez, with the guidance of The LGBT Center and San Diego’s St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, organized a petition and fundraiser, traveled to Washington to speak to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and secured a probono lawyer for his new friend. A success story, the man is still in San Diego.

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San Diego Pride 2013

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San Diego Pride 2013


39th Annual SAN DIEGO PRIDE PARADE Saturday, July 13 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The San Diego LGBT Pride parade is the largest single-day civic event in San Diego, and the fourth largest pride parade in the United States, attracting over 200,000 spectators. Last year, San Diego made history as the first-ever uniformed active-duty military contingent marched in the Parade with official approval to do so from the Department of Defense. This year, San Diego Pride again welcomes active-duty service members, veterans and their families to lead the Parade. In celebration of the theme Freedom to Love and Marry, Celebrity Grand Marshals George Takei and his husband Brad, and La Toya Jackson will help usher in this year’s Parade, which is made up of non-profit and social organizations, small businesses, national corporations and elected officials.

Route: Approximately 1.5 miles | 2 hours Starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag Monument at University Avenue and Normal Street, the parade travels west on University Avenue to Sixth Avenue, then south on Sixth Avenue to end at Upas Street in Balboa Park. Awards Ceremony: San Diego Festival main stage from 2:45 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 Reminder: Per San Diego Municipal Code, nudity and alcoholic beverages are not permitted along the parade route.

39th Annual SAN DIEGO PRIDE FESTIVAL Saturday, July 13 • 12 – 10 p.m. | Sunday, July 14 • 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Marston Point, Balboa Park (entrances near intersection of Laurel Street and Sixth Avenue)

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TICKETS Visit to purchase Festival tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival gate. Additionally, tickets will be sold at the San Diego Pride Office (3620 30th St.) as well as along the parade route by members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Cash only. Prices One-day pass: $20 Weekend pass: $30

Senior (62+) pass: $10 Active-duty military: $10 Student pass: $10 Youth (13-17 years) pass: $10 Children 12 years and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. $10 discount tickets are only available at the San Diego LGBT Pride office and the Festival gate.

Parking and Shuttle Information Free parking is located at the Old Naval Hospital parking lot near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in Balboa Park, and the San Diego Community College at 1313 Park Blvd. Free shuttle service is provided by ParkHillcrest between the parking lots, the Pride Festival (see map on pages 14 – 15), and the regular Hillcrest Community route. On Saturday, July 13 the shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. On Sunday, July 14 the shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ride a Bike Free, guarded bike parking is available near the Festival entrance. ASL Interpretation Deaf Community Services of San Diego will interpret all performances on the Main Stage as well as Leather Realm and Diversity Task Force workshops. ASL interpretation will be available upon request and availability. Special Needs The Rally, Parade and Festival are welcoming and accessible for all attendees. The staff at the Information Center will supply services for special-needs access, including a large-print edition of the schedule and wheelchair loan. Information Center In addition to other general information and lost-and-found items, the information booth will also offer Spanish translation. ATM Located outside the main entrance and throughout the Festival grounds. Food Court A full food court area offering many food choices, from snacks to full meals. Von’s Farmers Market A fresh and healthy alternative, including a selection of fresh fruits. Coffee Terrace Benefiting The Live and Let Live Alano Club Serenity Tent – Sobriety Support Several LGBT recovery organizations together to offer 12-step meetings hourly throughout the Festival. Art of Pride Art of Pride provides a display venue for new, emerging and established LGBT artists. Senor Cool Zone For those 62 years and older, the


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FESTIVALinfo area offers a cool, shady spot with plenty of seating and is sponsored by Collwood Terrace Stellar Care. 21 and Older Five designated areas for beer and Barefoot Wine: The Garden Dance Party beer garden, Wine Grotto, Rainbow Lounge, Margartia Mixer and new main stage beer garden. Leather Realm Dedicated to educating and entertaining those interested in the Leather, BDSM and Kink communities and presented by the San Diego Leather Community. T Spot Transgender, genderqueer and intersex communities educate about gender identity in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment. HIV Testing Two locations: the Get Tested Cabanas sponsored by Lead the Way of the UCSD AVRC program, and the San Diego County HIV, STD & Hepatitis branch will be offering free HIV testing on site. Lesbian Health Presented by the Lesbian Health Clinic and Progressive Health Services of San Diego. Medical Tent Located onsite, providing basic first aid services MO’s Playground Looking for fun? Head down to the Carnival Corner with the Hurricane, Kamikaze and the Scrambler rides. Nearby is the dunk tank, too, however the Ferris wheel has been moved this year to the entrance, right near the main stage. Ralphs Children’s Garden Hosted by Family Matters, a program of The San Diego LGBT Center. Open from 12 – 6 p.m. on July 13 and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 14, the free, secure family center will showcase entertainment for parents and kids from infants to preteens, including DJ Laura Jane, a toddler play area, face painting, karaoke, carnival games, prizes and arts & crafts. There will be snacks and cool drinks provided. Youth Zone Hosted by the Pride Youth Committee, 13 – 20 year olds are welcome to spend the day in the Teen Scene area, with music, live performances, contests, henna tattoos and more. FAQs from the Pride website Q: What items are prohibited from the festival grounds? A: Please note that persons entering the festival and their bags may be subject to search for the following items, all of which are forbidden on the event premises and subject to confiscation: • Alcohol outside of the Beer Garden areas • Ammunition • Animals/pets (except service animals) • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by San Diego LGBT Pride management • Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, scooters • Explosive or highly flammable items • Fireworks/

flares • Glass bottles • Illegal drugs or substances • Laser pens and pointers • Noisemaking devices, air horns, bells and drums • Outside alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages • Poles to display banners or flags • Projectiles • Skates, skateboards, or rollerblades • Weapons, including clubs, firearms, knives, pepper spray, slingshots, stun guns, swords, or tear gas. Q: What actions are prohibited on the festival grounds? A: The following actions are expressly forbidden on the event premises and subject to equipment confiscation and removal from the premises: • Unauthorized distribution of merchandise, pamphlets, handouts or advertisements • Unauthorized photography of entertainers or performances • Unauthorized audio/video recording of entertainers or performances. Q: What about nudity? A: Nudity is not allowed per San Diego Municipal Code. Note: Balboa Park is a smoke-free location.«


FREE parking & Trolley SERVICE ParkHillcrest partners with San Diego LGBT Pride to offer free Hillcrest Trolley service Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14. The service includes several stops in Hillcrest as well as shuttle routes between the Parade start and Festival, and between the Festival, Hillcrest and designated parking lots, which are also free: the School District lot near the intersection of Normal and Washington streets on Friday, and the Old Naval Hospital lot in Balboa Park and the San Diego City College lot on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, July 12 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Hillcrest Community Route to the Block Party • Free parking at Normal & Washington streets (enter through Campus Avenue)

Saturday, July 13 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parade route from free parking lots to Parade start 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. Festival route from parking lots to Festival 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Express Parade route from Parade start to Festival 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Hillcrest Community route to Festival 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Hillcrest Community route • Free parking lots at the Old Naval Hospital Balboa Park (Park Boulevard & President’s Way) and San Diego City College (Downtown)

Sunday, July 14 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Festival route from free parking lots to Festival 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hillcrest Community route to Festival • Free parking lots at the Old Naval Hospital (Park Boulevard & President’s Way) and San Diego City College (Downtown)

For more parking options and complete route information visit:


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11:35 a.m. first showing, Pedro Almodóvar’s “I’m So Excited” for a limited run at the Hillcrest Landmark Theater, 3965 Fifth Ave. 12, 3:30 and 7 p.m. through July 11, “Laurence Anyways,” the love story of a man who transitions to female. Media Arts Center’s Digital Gym, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. 5 – 7 p.m., Martinis Above Fourth re-launch party for iconic Hillcrest restaurant, 3904 Fourth Ave. 7 p.m., Mike Dinwiddie’s Team Trivia with Phil Lisotta as host, The Hole San Diego, 2820 Lytton St. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Melt prepride kickoff party with raffle and giveaways to benefit Brass Rail AIDS Walk team, Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Adam & Eve grand opening, 415 University Ave. 12 – 5 p.m., Guys Like Us Pool Party benefit for AIDS Walk & Run at 1437 Sutter St. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the pool, with DJ Marco spinning 4 – 7 p.m., Cigars & Boots hosted by FetishMen San Diego, Bourbon Street, 4612 Park Blvd. 6 – 10 p.m., Wildfire ladies dance with Lady Jane DJ. $8 until 7 p.m., $10 after, the Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 7 p.m., SaturGays with music from the 90s by DJ M&M, #1 Fifth Ave., 3845 Fifth Ave. 9 p.m., Elektrofied Pride kickoff with MC Flow, Toybox Dolls and San Diego Drag King Whiskey Dick. Proceeds benefit The Center. $5 before 10:30 p.m., $7 after. The Merrow (former Ruby Room), 1271 University Ave. elektrofied.san.diego 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., BearNight Dance at Numb3rs Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 11 a.m., Soft-brawl annual softball game between the San Diego Leather Community and the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the gate. North Park Community Park, 4044 Idaho St.

MONDAY, JULY 8 All day, day one of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is National Drag Queen Day screening “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at 8 p.m. followed by Trash Disco, no cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave. 7 p.m., Nicky Awards Nomination Party, at Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave. $7

donation. 7 – 9 p.m., Sexology: Nipples from Titillation to Torture, Pleasures & Treasures, 2525 University Ave. $5 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Good Vibrations funky fest 80s and 90s Manic Monday special event with a booty shakin’ contest, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave.

TUESDAY, JULY 9 10 a.m., Pride Month Proclamation by the San Diego City Council, County Administration Building, 202 C St., 12th floor 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Marriage Equality and You, GSDBA professional luncheon series featuring a guest panel to discuss marriage equality: lawyers Kevin T. Kellar, Larry Conway and Barb Cox. Held at Wang’s North Park, 3029 University Ave. $25 advance, $35 at the door. 12 p.m., special Sunday brunch with the Golden Chicks Daisy Torres, Lady O, Barbarah Zeta-Roycee, Kalane Neorse, Vanity Jones and Trendy Wendy, The Range 1202, 1202 University Ave. 5 p.m., day two of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is Gay Showtunes, no cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 8 – 9 p.m., The Rainbow Ritual: A Blessing for San Diego Pride, Bamboo Lounge San Diego, 1475 University Ave. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Raising the Rainbow Flag Ceremony, San Diego State University campus in front of Hepner Hall, Parking near College Avenue. 7 – 10 p.m., Men’s Discussion night for FetishMen San Diego at Pleasure & Treasures, 2525 University Ave. 8 p.m., day three of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is the Dreamgirls PRIDE show, early reservations recommended, $7 cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 5:30 – 7 p.m., pre-Pride reception for the San Diego Democrats for Equality. Great Maple, 1451 Washington St., $20. 6 – 8 p.m., GSDBA kick off mixer hosted by 1202, 1202 University Ave., $10 members/$25 guests. 7 p.m., day four of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is Country Pride with free line-dancing lessons from 7 – 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing with DJ Jim, no cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave. 7:30 – 10 p.m., Leather Care 101 at Pleasures & Treasures, 2525 University Ave.

8 p.m., Laugh Out Proud returns with headliner Ian Harvey and features Chet Sewell, Sarah Burford and Marcia Wall at Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave. $10 9 p.m., Carexo Foundation fundraiser, with raffle included, Fiesta Cantina, 142 University Ave. 9 p.m., Club Care-A-Lot bear night with cub go-go dancers, a photo booth and body & belly painting, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., San Diego Pride Blackout Party ladies night by 607 Productions, with DJs Von Kiss and Amara facing off on the main dance floor. Go-go dancers, aerial performances and a choreographed stage show is this week’s Repent event on fire. Wear a white shirt that can be written on, as they will install over 45 black lights throughout Rich’s Nightclub, 1051 University Ave. $20 at the door, $15 presale. 10 p.m., Tagged San Diego Pride kickoff, with the best of Latin and hip hop hosted by Naomi, $3 after 11 p.m., Numb3rs Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., WET with Benny and Tori where contestants compete for over $600 in cash and prizes, Bourbon Street, 4612 Park Blvd.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., Pride Pretty in Pink at Gossip Grill, 1440 University Ave. 12 p.m. start, day five of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is Sexy Fridays, no cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave. 12 – 4 p.m., Pride Pizza work party, help prep for UCSD Pride contingent for the Parade, UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center, 9500 Gilman Dr. lgbt. 3 – 10 p.m., pre-Pride happy hour, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St., 3 p.m. start, Legendary Pride kickoff party at The Range 1202, with Jessica Sutta performing in the evening, 1202 University Ave. 6 p.m., Spirit of Stonewall Rally, Pride Flag Monument at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, free 6 – 9 p.m., Menopausal Mixer with DJ Kiki, no cover, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 6 – 10 p.m., Launch 2013, 14th annual San Diego Pride kickoff party of the Rob Benzon Foundation, with live music and a silent auction. Tickets start at $40 with 100 percent of sales going back to the San Diego community through the founda-


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CALENDAR tion. Historic Burnham House, 3565 Seventh Ave. in Hillcrest. 7 p.m., Leather Realm 2013 kick off party, Pleasures & Treasures, 2525 University Ave. 7 – 10 p.m., Urban Pride’s all-white social at the Redwing’s back patio bar, 4012 30th St. 7 – 11 p.m., Pride of Hillcrest Block Party at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street, $20/$50 advance tickets, $30/$75 day of. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., R Night for women by women, with DJs Kinky Loops and Von Kiss, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Popsicle Pride with DJ dirty KURTY and DJ WILL Z. Pride Weekend Pass is $45 for four days of events at Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Global Male’s Rooftop Party featuring DJs Konrad Parker and Johntastik, $8 cover or $5 all night with Block Party ticket, W San Diego hotel, 421 B St. 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., The Pride Ball with Marcel Hetu of San Diego and DJ Grind of San Francisco at Spin Night Club, 2028 Hancock St. Tickets: $20 $30.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 All day, Uniform Night at the San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way. 8 a.m. start, day six of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride features mini breakfast buffet from 8 – 11 a.m. followed by DJs spinning all day and night. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave. 9 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., Pride Pretty in Pink at Gossip Grill with the parking lot lounge party from noon – midnight, 1440 University Ave. 10 a.m., Pride 5K Run & Walk, hosted by Front Runners & Walkers San Diego as a benefit for The Center’s Youth Housing Project. Staging area is at University Avenue and Centre Street in Hillcrest with the course along the Pride Parade route before the official Parade. Registration: $40 through July 12, $45 on race day. Bib pickup available race day and on Friday, July 12 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Road Runner Sports (5553 Copley Dr. in Kearny Mesa). 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Union Parade Day Party, with DJs Josh the Bear, Genevieve, Kevin Glover, Side C and Hevrock in the parking lot of The Merrow (formerly the Ruby Room), 1271 University Ave., no cover. ruby- 11 a.m., San Diego Pride Parade, University and Sixth avenues, Hillcrest, free. 12 – 10 p.m., San Diego Pride Festival, Laurel Street and Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park 11 a.m. start, Opulence at The Range 1202 all day long with Luciana performing in the evening, 1202 University Ave. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Parade TDance with DJs John Joseph and Michael Paul. No cover. Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. 12 – 8 p.m., High Tea Pride featuring DJ Josh Peace and Sawna Montell now in their fifth year, Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. hightea 6:30 p.m. start, T.G.I.F. Glamour Night at Lips, with new summer hours: first show seating is 6:30 and 7 p.m.; second show is 9:15 and 9:30 p.m., 3036 El Cajon Blvd. 619-295-7900 8 p.m., M.A.N. Pride Dance party, New Orleans’ style starting with dinner with the Dream Girls at Bourbon Street, 4612 Park Blvd., no cover. 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., FURRAGEOUS sees BearNight & LL Bear joining forces, with DJs Jon Williams and WILL Z, $15 online/$20 door Numb3rs Nighclub, 3811 Park Blvd. 9 p.m., Leslie Jordan’s “Stories I Can’t Tell Mama!” at Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave. Tickets range from $25 – $40. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sabados En Fuego featuring DJ XP, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 9 p.m. – 4 a.m., Pride Massive with live performance by Kerli, DJs Nikno, Taj and Kiki. Pride Weekend Pass $45 for four days of events at Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. 9:30 p.m. – 6 a.m., Rush: House of Jocks featuring DJ Tracy Young; DJs Shane Stiel and Leonardo Glovibes opening, Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock St. Advance tickets $20. 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., Circuit Daze, with DJ Rosabel, Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza. Tickets: $75 - $100. 12 p.m., After Parade Cookout to benefit Special Delivery San Diego, Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce St.

SUNDAY, JULY 14 10 a.m. start, day seven of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride features a champagne brunch until 2 p.m., and DJs spinning until close. Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave.

10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., Pride Pretty in Pink at Gossip Grill Bumping Brunch, 1440 University Ave. 11 a.m. start, Realness at The Range 1202 with Cazwell performing in the evening, 1202 University Ave. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Remedy Pride Sun’s Out Guns Out pool party with DJs, A-list guests and an exclusive crowd, W Hotel, 421 B St. $35. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Pride Play on Party with beer games and DJs spinning all day, no cover, The Brass Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., San Diego Pride Festival, intersection of Laurel Street and Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park. 12 – 8 p.m., FlawLes Pool Party, a San Diego Pride tradition, the FlawLes Media annual roof-top pool party is the Sunday destination, with host Bridget McManus, The Ivy Rooftop at the Andaz San Diego, 600 F St. $30 general admission, $40 VIP 1 – 6 p.m., Rooftop Recovery BBQ at Top of the Park, 3 p.m., Leslie Jordan’s “Stories I Can’t Tell Mama!” at Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave. Tickets range from $25 - $40 4 – 11 p.m., The Zoo Party, with DJs Andy Almighty and Wayne G from the U.K., The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park Tickets: $100 - $125. 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., Official Pride Closing Blacklight Blow Out event at Numb3rs Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd., $10 cover and free with military ID. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Pride Closing Party with performance by Sophi and DJs Justin Ryan and Von Kiss. Pride Weekend Pass $45 for four days of events at Rich’s San Diego, 1051 University Ave. 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., Fete Accompli, with Luis Perez of New York City and Danny Verde of Italy, House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. Tickets: $50 - $75

MONDAY, JULY 15 2 a.m., Aftermath 3, an afterhours party with DJ Joshua D, $10 before 4 a.m., $20 after, Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock St. 12 p.m. start, final day of Urban MO’s 8 Days of Pride is Recovery Monday, no cover. Urban MO’s 308 University Ave. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Marvel vs. DC, Manic Monday Pride wrap-up party, with superhero costume contest and passes to Comic-Con, 80s and 90s music, The Brass Rail 3796 Fifth Ave.«



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2013 San Diego Pride Guide  

2013 Pride events magazine published by the San Diego Community News Group

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