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TA B L E O F CO N T E N T S 11 WELCOME TO PRIDE

Letter from San Diego Pride’s Executive Director Fernando Z Lopez

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Letter from Mayor Todd Gloria

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Letter from Senator Toni Atkins

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Letter from Chair of the Board of San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher

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30 PRIDE FESTIVAL MAP 32 STONEWALL STAGE Entertainment schedule

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A MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICIAL PRIDE GUIDE TEAM On behalf of San Diego Pride, LGBTQ San Diego County News, and Pride In Media, We want to welcome you to San Diego Pride 2022 - Justice with Joy! Thank you for picking up this the Official San Diego Pride Guide 2022. We hope it helps you to navigate your way through this year’s grand return to in-person Pride activities and events. Now, more than ever, we need to recognize and appreciate our LGBTQ+ community, activists, allies, supporters and advertisers. Pride is a celebration but also a reminder of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ equality and human rights.

Happy and healthy Pride, San Diego!

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cesar A. Reyes creativedirector@lgbtqsd.news

EDITOR IN CHIEF JP Emerson editor@lgbtqsd.news

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Dear Baby Fern, What will Pride be like as we come together again? Three years dragged on and blinked by us since our last full-scale Pride marked by nearly two years of isolation and survival. All too many “first Prides” denied and delayed, desperate to burst free. Cresting over the horizon is the brilliant liberation of our dreams, closeted by pandemics and shame. Growing shadows of hate have loomed and lingered far too long. It is why we have Pride. We do not have Pride because we are free. We have Pride because we are not. Our community will not let fear, hate, and intimidation win. We will not shrink ourselves or return to the closets and prisons of our past. Your kisses deserve sunshine. Your love deserves free air. Your clenched jaw deserves laughter. Your clasped hands deserve to openly embrace found family. Your body is beautiful and deserves to dance in daylight. Your pronouns are perfect and deserve affirmation. Pride is a reminder that our celebration is justice. Our joy is defiance. Our love is insubordinate. Our revelry is resistance. This Pride, we will unshackle our hearts and bodies from anyone’s expectations but our own. We will rise unapologetically to indulge in being radically only and absolutely who we know we truly are. I invite you to bravely discard fear. Seize hope. Be free. Whether you’ve been with us since Stonewall, or this is your first, welcome to Pride. Welcome home. Together, we will pursue Justice with Joy! With Pride,

Fernando Z Lopez Executive Director San Diego Pride

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THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO

TODD GLORIA MAYOR

July 15, 2022 Dear San Diego Pride, As Mayor of the City of San Diego, it is my distinct honor to welcome you to San Diego LGBTQ Pride. I am particularly proud to welcome you and celebrate with you in this weekend’s festivities as the City of San Diego’s first elected LGBTQ Mayor. This year’s Pride is appropriately themed “Justice with Joy” because this is how our LGBTQ community has always pushed for progress. Whether fighting for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” marriage equality, or for transgender rights, we have pursued justice while being proud of exactly who we are. Now more than ever, we know there is more work to do – and together, we will do that work just as we always have. However, this Pride, I ask that you celebrate. Celebrate who you are. Celebrate who you love. And celebrate the progress we have made. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable, empowering, joyful Pride celebration. Happy Pride, San Diego! Sincerely,

TODD GLORIA Mayor City of San Diego

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SENATOR TONI G. ATKINS PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

July 1, 2022 Dear Friends, After two years of virtual events due to COVID-19, it is exciting that this year we will be able to gather in person for San Diego Pride celebrating with friends and allies that we haven’t seen in awhile. It’s also a pleasure to welcome visitors from across the state and nation who will be joining us for the San Diego region’s largest civic event. Pride is a time to celebrate the remarkable progress that the LGBTQ+ community has made since the Stonewall uprising. One sign of progress is the election of LGBTQ+ elected officials. I’m proud to be the first member of our community to serve as the California Senate President pro Tempore. I also note with pride that San Diego County has more LGBTQ+ elected officials than any other area of the state, including Los Angeles and San Francisco! San Diego Pride’s theme this year is “Justice with Joy.” To me, “justice” means equality and securing and preserving our rights, and “joy” is the ability to live our lives freely as we choose, without interference. While California continues to enact legislation empowering the LGBTQ+ community, other states are moving to take away rights. We are seeing trans youth being denied the opportunity to participate in school sports teams, and some states are even going so far as to criminalize gender affirming medical care for transgender adolescents. And there are infamous attempts to erase our history and hide our existence though laws such as Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Equally troubling is the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade. Let’s be clear, the right to an abortion affects women, trans and non-binary folks, affects families, and it affects us all, regardless of how we identify. The LGBTQ+ community has demonstrated time and again that we are resilient, despite whatever challenges we endure. We will persist and persevere until we achieve full equality. Further, we will work to seek justice for all who suffer oppression. As Audre Lorde taught us, “There is no thing as a singleissue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” I look forward to joining you as we celebrate Justice with Joy! Happy Pride, San Diego! Warmly,

TONI G. ATKINS Senate President pro Tempore 39th Senate District

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“Our County government has a great responsibility to create an inclusive and welcoming community where everyone belongs, is respected, and celebrated. Since taking office, I have worked with our LGBTQ+ community and employees to honor the contribution of LGBTQ+ leaders, bring visibility to issues that impact the community, and advance tangible actions to drive change. To ensure all workers are safe and protected, I led the effort to create our office of equity and racial justice, my office was the inspiration for a County inclusivity policy so employees are comfortable reflecting who they are, and we introduced a policy to ensure that all public-facing documents and communications are culturally responsive and inclusive. We have more work to do, and I am committed to using my position to fight for LGBTQ+ liberation.”

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SAN DIEGO PRIDE EVENTS She Fest 2022

She Fest delivers empowering and accessible programming and content that centers LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people; creates opportunities to connect LGBTQ+ small businesses to new audiences; facilitates social events that bring people together; and invests in and celebrate the volunteer leadership of She Fest committee members. Our year-round efforts culminate in an annual flagship event that brings over 4,000 of our community members together to kick off San Diego’s Pride week in July.

When: Saturday, July 9, 2022, 12 PM – 6PM Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

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Light Up the Cathedral 2022

You are invited to join LGBTQ Faith Leaders and Faithful. Join Dean Penny Bridges and other Faith Leaders as we gather together, in-person to celebrate our faith and resilience. After the service, the Cathedral will be lit in rainbow colors.

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 7PM Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

2022 Keynote Speaker Orlando Espín is a professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, and a renowned scholar, theologian, and convener of LGBTQIA+ and Latino/a/x spaces and advocacy. He is regarded as one of the founders of U.S. Latino/a theology. He is also active in local and national organizations that advocate for Latino/a and immigrant rights and equality.

2022 Light of Pride Award Rev. John Fanestil and Guillermo Navarrete lead the Border Church, hosting weekly services on both sides of the US/Mexico border.

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PRIDE Storytime & Dance Party with Beans

Join San Diego Public Library as we celebrate San Diego Pride 2022. PRIDE Storytime and Dance Party is a family-friendly way of recognizing and celebrating our diversity and individuality through age-appropriate stories & songs.

When: Jul 14, 2022, 10:30 am – 11:30 am Where:2802 54th St. San Diego, CA 92105

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party – 2022

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party will return to Pride Plaza to kick off San Diego Pride weekend on Thursday and Friday. The event celebrates the culture, history, diversity and LGBTQ+ community that lives, works and plays in San Diego’s most colorful and vibrant community. Pride Block Party features a diverse lineup of local and international talent. The festival features a gigantic cocktail bar and beer garden, food trucks, go-go dances, a massive Ferris wheel, a DJ dance party, and YOU! Open to all ages!

When: July 14, 2022, 4:00 pm July 15, 2022 11:00 pm Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Louder Than Words: SDWC Annual Pride Concert 2022

“Louder Than Words,” San Diego Women’s Chorus’ annual Pride concert, will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00PM at Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego (2633 Denver St, San Diego, CA 92110). Led by Artistic Director Kathleen Hansen, the chorus will perform an eclectic slate of songs that showcases the diversity, strength, and creativity of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community and its allies—a perfect musical mix to mark the 35th anniversary of SDWC’s founding. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, $20 for youth, senior, disabled patrons, and military. Same day tickets will be available at the door, starting at $30 for general admission and $25 for youth/senior/disabled/military.

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SAN DIEGO PRIDE EVENTS 2022 SPIRIT OF STONEWALL SPEAKERS Reggie Greer KEYNOTE: Justice with Joy

Reggie currently serves in the Biden-Harris Administration as Senior Advisor to Jessica Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons. He previously served as White House Director of Priority Placement and Senior Advisor on LGBTQ+ Engagement for President Joe Biden as well as LGBTQ+ Engagement Director for the Biden-Harris Campaign.

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Spirit of Stonewall Rally

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. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community. Come join us as cheering crowds and energetic speakers kick off San Diego Pride Weekend! Every year, San Diego Pride accepts nominations from the community for the annual presentations of the Spirit of Stonewall Awards. The awards recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the LGBTQ community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts.

When: Jul 15, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Amber St. James is known for their revolutionary activist work in and out of drag and their entertaining high energy performances. Deja Cabrera taps into her well of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in her day job at the San Diego LGBT Community Center and in her life as an activist and performer.

Kevin Lee Environmental Justice Is An LGBTQ Issue

Kevin is an environmental researcher and advocate, currently working on environmental sustainability at Dr. Bronner’s. In addition to his work as an expert in environmental research and advocacy, he is a Founding Member and current Co-Chair of the San Diego Queer APIMEDA Coalition, creating a sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ API communities.

Jenn Budd Immigration Justice Is an LGBTQ Issue

Jenn was a Senior Patrol Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego and an intelligence agent at San Diego Sector Headquarters from 1995 to 2001 when she resigned in protest because 9f the corruption and brutality she witnessed. Since 2015, she speaks out on national and local news, community panels, podcasts, and radio.

Andrew Bowen Free Press Is An LGBTQ Issue

Andrew is the metro reporter for KPBS, covering a broad range of issues surrounding local government. His reporting has won numerous awards, including the 2020 Best Social Media Personality Award and 2019 Gloria Penner Award for Political Affairs Reporting from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As vice president of San Diego SPJ, Andrew has led trainings for his colleagues on how to cover the LGBTQ+ community and advocated for greater LGBTQ+ representation in newsrooms.

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2022 S P I R I T O F S TO N E WA L L AWA R D E E S 2022 SPIRIT OF STONEWALL AWARDEES Every year, San Diego Pride accepts nominations from the community for the annual presentation of the Spirit of Stonewall Awards. The awards recognize individuals or groups who contribute significantly to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts. San Diego Pride is honored to recognize the following individuals and organizations as our 2022 awardees:

CHAMPION OF PRIDE: An individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years with consideration to service to San Diego Pride.

owned small businesses and entrepreneurs. In that capacity and through the San Diego API Coalition, Alex helped turn out engagement around the redistricting process in both the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego. With a broad coalition working together to advocate for representation, the Asian Empowerment District in San Diego increased its AAPI representation to over 40%. Through the many different roles Alex still currently serves in, Alex is committed to uplifting Queer, Trans, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voices and representation in small business, arts & culture, and in leadership.

COMMUNITY GRAND MARSHAL: An individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

ALEX VILLAFUERTE During his time at San Diego Pride, Alex co-founded the San Diego Queer Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (QAPIMEDA) Coalition creating intentional space designed to foster meaningful discussions about this often forgotten about intersection. Through San Diego Pride and QAPIMEDA, Alex was instrumental in helping put out a joint statement with the Pacific Arts Movement and over 80 local organizations denouncing the xenophobia, racism, and hate towards the AAPI community that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. From this work, the San Diego API Coalition was formed using the LGBTQ Community Leadership Council as a model and Alex currently serves as the co-chair alongside Lauren Garces. The San Diego API Coalition currently has over 40 API-serving organizations in its membership and was crucial in helping create solidarity and healing during the tragic March 15, 2021 Atlanta Spa Shootings. Alex left San Diego Pride in September to join the Asian Business Association San Diego where he currently serves as the Director of Communications and Membership advocating for APIsdpride.org | JUSTICE WITH JOY!

TRANS YOUTH In 2022, a record 240 anti-LGBTQ bills were proposed in state legislatures across the U.S., primarily targeting transgender youth. Whether limiting or eliminating access to sports, bathrooms, inclusive education, or life-saving healthcare, these bills have created a hostile environment for our transgender youth from Maine to California. Being a youth is difficult enough without the added pressures of America’s legislative bodies conspiring to outlaw your existence. In the face of this hostility and struggle, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the beauty, joy, resilience, and brilliance of our transgender youth, here in San Diego and everywhere around the world. Young people have been tasked with addressing disastrous social and environmental issues created by the generations before them. They are at the forefront of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and are leading with incomparable bravery and strength. Let us give Transgender youth their roses now, as they fight for the survival, visibility, and joy of all LGBTQ+ people.

STONEWALL SERVICE: A group or organization which may or may not identify as LGBTQ but which has stalwartly supported the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE The San Diego Union-Tribune is honored to receive the 2022 Spirit of Stonewall Service Award. The Union-Tribune’s mission is to spread knowledge, build understanding and create opportunity in the communities we serve. We take great pride in highlighting LGBTQ+ voices and centering LGBTQ+ issues and concerns. Below are some examples of our efforts in print, online, audio, video, and in the community. On Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, shortly after President Joe Biden ended the military’s ban on transgender service and nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to be his assistant health secretary, we dedicated our opinion section to hear from the local transgender community about what this news meant to them. We included a reference guide of terms at the bottom of the page. On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, we dedicated the opinion section to informing readers about what nonbinary means. Three writers shared their insights about a community of people who don’t identify exclusively as men or women. A few months later, our opinion page headline read “Loud and Proud” above three more stories of identit LGBTQ+ voices also played an important role in our Hello Gen Z podcast in 2020. The podcast introduced San Diego to the most ethnically and racially diverse American generation yet. This episode about stereotypes featured Bug Valladolid, who is nonbinary. In recent years, we have had the privilege of sponsoring San Diego Pride and have produced a series of videos that have been featured on our website, social media platforms, our weekly livestreams, and on cable television. We are extremely grateful for the help and guidance of San Diego Pride’s executive director, Fernando Lopez, who also serves on the Union-Tribune’s community advisory board and contributes to our Community Voices Project. SAN DIEGO OFFICIAL PRIDE GUIDE 2022

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2022 S P I R I T O F S TO N E WA L L AWA R D E E S COMMUNITY SERVICE:

STONEWALL PHILANTHROPY:

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

A group, organization, or individual which may or may not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, but which has diligently raised funds to support the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

AIDAN LIN Aidan Lin (he/him/his) is a UC San Diego student studying political science. As an Asian American, Latine, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, he champions diversity, intersectionality, and equity in his work and life. In 2018, while in high school, Aidan co-founded Our Time to Act (OTTA) United, a 501(c)(3) youth empowerment nonprofit organization. Under his leadership as Executive Director, OTTA United has conducted numerous advocacy initiatives in San Diego. Currently, he is spearheading a youth-led voter registration drive and get-out-the-vote campaign in San Diego City’s youth and API empowerment district (District 6). Aidan served as the Associate Vice President of Local Affairs for the Associated Students of UC San Diego. During the city’s 2020 redistricting process, he led and empowered hundreds of students to give public comments in support of the SD Communities Collaboration Map, working alongside the LGBTQIA+, Asian, Latine, and Black communities in a historically intersectional city-wide coalition. For all of his work, Aidan has been awarded the “Asian Pacific Islander Bridge Builder of the Year” by the San Diego Business Journal and the Asian Business Association of San Diego. He was invited to serve as a panelist for the #SpeechMatters Conference for the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. He additionally had the honor of speaking at the UC San Diego Changemakers Symposium as a Civic Engagement panelist. Outside of work, Aidan is a black-belt Wushu martial artist, passionate flautist, avid gamer, and escape room enthusiast. Just as importantly, Aidan loves and is deeply grateful for his community of friends and family in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, who has helped make him the person he is today.

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VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT In 2020 alongside much of the world, San Diego Pride was faced with many losses, setbacks, and unknowns. The fate of the organization was at stake and without the ability to host the parade and festival, the outlook was bleak. Viejas Casino & Resort stepped forward and provided over $135,000 in support to San Diego Pride to assist with pivoting events to virtual, hybrid, and pandemic-conscious programming. Their generosity provided the necessary financial and operational support to carry Pride through unprecedented times. Their commitment to the LGBTQ community continued as they found ways to center LGBTQ events in their programming, provide in-kind support year-round, and consistently ask how they can support Pride’s efforts. Viejas Casino & Resort proudly supports San Diego Pride and the LGBTQ community.

around a piano in a private home to a thriving community with over 150 members who believe in the power of music and the power of women. For 35 years, SDWC has provided a safe space that encourages women’s creativity, celebrates diversity, and inspires social action. San Diego Women’s Chorus is a non-profit community chorus that strives to entertain and inspire audiences with music that speaks to issues as diverse as human rights, love, world peace, religious freedom, environmental harmony, inclusion and cultural diversity. SDWC supports and affirms the music of women and LGBTQ+ composers and arrangers.

FRIEND OF PRIDE: An individual who does not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, but who has stalwartly supported the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

LARRY T. BAZA ARTS & CULTURE AWARD: (Inaugural) A visual or performing artist or organization who elevates the LGBTQ community in service of education, advocacy, visibility, justice, and joy. This award is in honor of the legacy of Larry T. Baza.

SAN DIEGO WOMEN’S CHORUS The San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) is a lesbian-identified, feminist sisterhood of musicians that welcomes members and volunteers from the vastly diverse LGBTQ and straight-ally communities. Founded in 1987 by community activist Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace, SDWC has grown from a group of 14 lesbians gathered

VANESSA GREEN Vanessa Green relocated to San Diego in September 2018 to be closer to her children. In May 2019 she began working for Alliance San Diego as the Census and Redistricting manger. In June 2021 Vanessa was hired for the newly created County of San Diego Office for Equity and Racial Justice as Equity Impact Manager. One of the missions of the office is to champion belonging for all and advocate for people suffering from structural and systemic racism and exclusion. Vanessa is also a proud and active member of The Center’s Black LGBTQ+ Community Advisory JUSTICE WITH JOY! | sdpride.org


Committee. Vanessa sits on the organizing committee for San Diego March4Black WomXn and Black WomXn Deserve. Vanessa Green was the Director of the VCS Domestic Violence Program for Men and was the organizer of all antioppression work at VCS Inc. Her anti-oppression work included Rockland Pride, and their LGBTQI initiative in Hudson Valley New York for over 25 years. Vanessa was recognized in New York State as an activist in the fight to end men’s violence against women. In addition, Vanessa’s article, “The Impact of Pornography on Women” was published and shared widely. Her specific interests revolve around Human’s rights, women’s rights (including Trans) and sexuality, and race and identity politics concerning diaspora’d peoples. She is founder of Call BlackLine a crisis listening line for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQI, gender non-conforming community. Witnessing caller’s negative interaction with police, vigilante and businesses across the United States and Canada. Call BlackLine is non-judgmental, affirming, and supportive, listener-witnessing and information gathering about BIPOC, LGBTQI, gender non-conforming experience. As a multi-generational Black Women, Vanessa was raised by an outspoken and politically active mother, Jean Green, and has two beautiful children, Nyisha and Ahkiem. Vanessa along with #100Sistas organized Black Women’s March Continuing the Legacy of Harriet Tubman on April 7th, 2018. The largest march in the Hudson Valley NY with demands and issues focusing on gender and racial injustice, since the Tawana Brawley case in 1987. Vanessa envisions and works tirelessly to manifest an abundant world where ALL LGBTQ+ people of every age are safe, pursuing their dreams and goals, and held by a strong, loving community.

hold. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Asian American Studies from UCLA. She has organized with diverse and LGBTQ+ communities in Los Angeles, Bay Area, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast before coming back to San Diego. Over the past decade, Trinh has been on the boards of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) San Diego chapter, Mid-City CAN, San Diego Leadership Alliance, Viet Vote, and Asian Solidarity Collective. She was a San Diego Leadership Alliance fellow in 2012 and a fellow of the LGBT Center’s Young Professionals Council Academy in 2014. Trinh has been the Organizing Director for Mid-City CAN for the past three years. Previously, she has worked for the Center on Policy Initiatives, Pacific Arts Movement, Little Saigon Foundation, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. As the Organizing Director of Mid-City CAN, in 2021 she co-led a city redistricting coalition with various BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community leaders from all over the city of San Diego to advocate for strengthening empowerment districts including maximizing the LGBTQ+ population in the LGBTQ+ empowerment district (District 3). Trinh received the “Most Valuable Organizer of the Year” award by the New Organizing Institute in 2013, a commendation by the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission in 2015, and she was one of the eight recognized “Present Day San Diego Women Civil Rights Leaders” by Rise San Diego in 2017. She earned her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. When she has free time, she is either spending it with her family and friends, at the dog beach, tending to her succulent garden, doing yoga, or catching Pokemon.

local No Hate campaign of 2008, and serving for 7 years as the Dean of San Diego Strength for the Journey, a week-long spiritual and healing retreat for people living with HIV/Aids. Since 2006, John has convened the Friends of Friendship Park, a coalition of local stakeholders advocating for public access to the historic meeting place overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the border between San Diego and Tijuana. Since 2011, he has worked with friends from Tijuana to convene El Faro: The Border Church, a weekly celebration of communion at Friendship Park. He has spoken to hundreds of groups and dozens of media outlets from around the world about the history of Friendship Park. In January 2020, John became Executive Director of Via International, a binational nonprofit organization with a proud, 45-year history promoting sustainable community development on both sides of the border in the San Diego/Tijuana region. Via International has long served as the fiscal sponsor for The Friends of Friendship Park, so assuming this position has allowed John to double down on his work promoting productive cross-border relations.

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TRINH LE Trinh Le (she/her/hers) is one of five children from a Vietnamese refugee family and grew up in a low-income, immigrant, single-parent housesdpride.org | JUSTICE WITH JOY!

A native of San Diego, John is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and the Claremont School of Theology. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California, specializing in early American religion and the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. John has worked for decades at the intersection of the church, the academy, and movements for social justice. He has stood in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community throughout his career, presiding over same-gender marriages as far back as the 1990s, helping to lead the

GUILLERMO NAVARRETE Being a Social Pastor, the accompaniment of vulnerable people is a priority and essential. We discovered the understanding, in the multiple conversations, that the attention is not only on food or clothes … it must be Holistic, where the Body, the Soul and the Spirit are attended to. Pastor Guillermo works year-round at the US-Mexico Border Church and conducts the weekly binational service in Spanish on the Mexican side of the Border. SAN DIEGO OFFICIAL PRIDE GUIDE 2022

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The Pride Community BBQ

The 2022 Pride Community BBQ is hosted by University Christian Church after the Spirit of Stonewall Rally. The Pride Community BBQ is FREE and open to everyone in the community. We will be delivering an affirming message, singing together and celebrating with rainbow communion bread. There will be free parking in our church parking lot for anyone who wishes to attend. University Christian Church was the first open and affirming congregation in our tradition in all Southern California and has a rich history of support and solidarity. Hope to see you there. All are Welcome.

When: Friday, July 15, 2022 6:30-8pm Where: 3900 Cleveland Ave. Front Lawn University Christian Church

UNITE! Music Festival San Diego Pride 2022

We’re thrilled to announce the supercharged 6th anniversary of UNITE! Music Festival, now the official parties of San Diego Pride! As always, we will wow you with a diverse, international musical landscape spanning the electronic music spectrum from deep and progressive house & tribal to progressive trance & techno. At UNITE! Music Festival, we believe that music is the answer. With this in mind, we program our weekend of events from start to finish with a keen ear on the audible journey we aim to take you on; promoting connection, healing and growth through dance floor therapy. Throw in our infamous festival-style “PLUR vibes” for unity, a friendly, diverse crowd (ALL ARE WELCOME HERE), liberating fun designed to facilitate self-expression, cutting-edge technology in lighting, laser show, video artist & LED production and Funktion-One sound, and you’ll understand why UNITE! Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed annual event! 7/15/22 | Friday | 10:00pm-4:00am | WÜF! 7/16/22 | Saturday | 10:00pm-8:00am | OVERDRIVE 7/17/22 | Sunday | 4:00pm-10:00pm | #UNITED WE GROOVE Sunset Harbor Cruise | On Board The Inspiration Hornblower | Boarding: 4:00pm-5:00pm | Cruising: 5:00pm-10:00pm 7/17/22 | Sunday | 10:00pm-9:00am | Masterbeat

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San Diego Front Runners Pride 5K Run & Walk!

The Pride 5K Run & Walk is always a highlight of Pride Week festivities. Last year, despite the pandemic, more than 1,300 runners and walkers, from around the world, participated and raised $24,000 for our charity partners. Join us in 2022, as we return live and in person. Registration will open in the Spring of 2022! We invite all runner and walkers to dress in your best rainbow gear. Every year, funds raised at the San Diego Pride 5K generate significant donations for our charity partners – San Diego Pride and The LGBT Center’s Youth Housing Project.

When: Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am Location: Hillcrest at the corner of Centre and University Ave

The Annual San Diego Pride Parade

The annual San Diego Pride Parade is the largest singleday civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 300,000 people. Cheer on colorful floats & parade participants as we celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community at the San Diego Pride Parade in Hillcrest. Thank you to our Parade Presenting Sponsor, Harrah’s Resort Southern California!

Theme: Justice with Joy! When: July 16, 2022 @ 10:00 AM Where: The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr. Route Length: 1.5 miles Cost: This is a free, community event.

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SAN DIEGO PRIDE EVENTS Children’s Garden

Come join the annual Children’s Garden for kids under 13 at the San Diego Pride Festival. San Diego Pride believes kids should also have fun during pride and learn the importance of being proud with who they are. Enjoy entertainment for parents and kids from infants to preteens, including a toddler play area, face painting, hat making, a balloon artist, a playhouse giveaway, arts & crafts and more throughout the weekend. Come enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and other snacks in a private family-only shaded oasis with tables, chairs, and restrooms. NOTE: Youth high school aged or younger get into the festival for free which includes recent high school graduates. These tickets are not available in advanced and are only available at the front gate box office of the festival grounds when the festival is open. Your youth ticket includes admission into both days of the festival. Please note that children 13 years of younger need to be accompanied by a guardian or adult.

When: July 16, 2022, 11:00 am July 17, 2022 4:00 pm Where: San Diego Pride Festival

Youth Zone

San Diego Pride Festival

Pride Festival is your time to be OUT and PROUD, San Diego style! Enjoy the city’s biggest celebration with thousands of your closest friends while dancing to live entertainment from over 100 entertainers at 4 phenomenal stages. Buy tickets at: www.sdpride.org General Admission: $26 1-Day, or $32 2-Day (Online only: Pre-Event) $38 Weekend Pass (Day of or at the Festival Gates) High-school aged youth and younger: FREE at Box Office VIP Admission (Limited Quantity): $175 VIP Weekend Pass (Pre-Event) $225 VIP Weekend Pass (Day of) Ticket Subsidies: Volunteers: Free High-school aged youth and younger: Free at box office Seniors (65+): Discounted tickets at box office When: Jul 16, 2022, 11:00 am – Jul 17, 2022 10:00 pm Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 28

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Celebrate with Pride! The Youth Zone at the Pride Festival is a fun space for young, queer, middle school through high school youth and their allies to celebrate pride, themselves, others, and just have a place to be! Pride volunteers and all youth (high school aged or younger) get into the festival for free!

When: Jul 16, 2022, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Where: San Diego Pride Festival

Leather Realm

For over 20 years, the San Diego Leather Realm has partnered with San Diego Pride and is even bigger this year! Come learn new and exciting experiences in the 28,000+ square foot lushly landscaped Leather Realm located in the San Diego Pride Festival. The Leather Realm hosts over 12,000 attendees who become educated in the latest BDSM information. Free “how to” demonstrations and workshops will be offered by BDSM professionals throughout the festival weekend. This area is restricted to those aged 18 and up, so have your ID’s ready! Please be respectful by: wearing street legal attire, get consent before touching people or property, and no penetrative or sex acts are allowed. The Leather Realm will be monitored closely at all times by trained volunteers to ensure everyone’s safety and fun. Photography is permitted.

When: July 16, 2022, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Where: San Diego Pride Festival

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S TO N E WA L L S TAG E S AT U R DAY

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NISHI LA TREMENDA Y SUS ALIADOS 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

MICHAEL CARRERA 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM HEVROCK 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

GLASS BATTLES 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MATT HARKENRIDER 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

DJ DREW G 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM MYYLO 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

BABY WEIGHT 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TRANSVIOLET 4:10 PM - 4:45 PM

STARMAXX 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM HONEYLUV 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

JAI RODRIGUEZ 4:50 PM - 5:25 PM

MILA JAM 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

BABY TATE 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM TRUE COLORS REVUE 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BASELINE HQ 6:20 PM - 7:20 PM

SNOW THA PRODUCT 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

ASHNIKKO 8:00 PM - 8:52 PM DAYA 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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M OV E M E N T S TAG E S AT U R DAY

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UNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MAATI MAKEE 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM DJ PURFLO 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

KHALIL BLEUX 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DJ HI-FI 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ANGEL FARRAH 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BLACK GIRL MAGIC SAN DIEGO 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CULTURE SHOCK 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

DJ JALIL Z 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BIZZY BALBOA 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM LOTUS BANKS 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

BLACK GIRL MAGIC SAN DIEGO 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM JAYE NAIMA 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

DJ K-SWIFT 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

KING STEPHON 6:15 PM - 6:20 PM

AZJAH 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM DJ PURFLO 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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DJ ALMOND EYES 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

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M U N D O L AT I N O S TAG E S AT U R DAY

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JAHIDA SKY 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

DJ VINCE DELANO 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM GRUPO FOLKLORICO HERENCIA MEXICANA 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

CHULITA VINYL CLUB 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GIULIANA 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

DJ SEBASTIAN LA MADRID 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SABROSAS LATIN ORQUESTA 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

DJ RICK BETTA 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ALEJANDRA SANDOVAL Y SUS AMIGAS

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM BALLET FOLKLORICO TRANS PROYECTO

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MISSY LADY D 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

BARBIE Z 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

DJ LATINA 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MUXXXE 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM DJ FARIBA 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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ARTIST PROFILE How would you describe Jaye Naima? I’m a firecracker. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I may have a little sassiness but I keep it cute. You know? I definitely had a Cinderella-like story and I’m watching this movie called “life” unfold so beautifully. The people who know me realize I have so many sides to me. So, asking me to describe myself is like asking for a 2 hour lecture at this point. I could go on and on!

JAYE NAIMA

What does Pride mean to you? Opportunities. It takes a real person to go through what we go through as a community. I relate to so many different demographics and I think that speaks so loudly that I don’t even have to show up to be in the conversation. My name moves in a room even when I’m not present. So, to be prideful it means to be fearless, be graceful, be innovative, and at the end of the day just be you. Where can our readers hear your music and follow you? I’m on all streaming platforms as Jaye Naima and (@jayenaima). They just call me Thundakat. My fans are waiting so impatiently for the rollout and I love it. I can’t wait to give you what you’ve been waiting for. Let’s go.

How would you describe Myylo? Myylo is a twunkified pop songwriter who makes witty, guitar driven songs about bois and queerness. What drives/inspires your music? I’m inspired by joy + comedy + kitsch + camp + bright colors + masterful songwriting + bois + acoustic guitars + background vocals that lift up a song + love + the lives of my friend + what it means to be queer + an occasional existential yelp into the void. What does Pride mean to you? Pride means radically existing as my most authentic and building community with other queer people.

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Where can our readers hear your music and follow you? Readers can listen to my tunes anywhere and everywhere they stream music. All social handles are @myylomusic

What fuels your work? Since I was little, I always felt misunderstood and unheard, rejected and not taken seriously. All that negativity made me resistant, made me want to be seen in order to get my point across, everytime a person says no to me or tries to minimize my achievements, there’s a fire charging my drive. I know where I wanna be, I know that I need to work hard in order to get there, in order to access those spaces. I want to be looked up to, I want to be a role model for others with similar life experiences, for those who don’t see the light at the end of the hallway, I want to make their path easier than mine was, that’s what fuels my work. What does Pride mean to you? For me, pride means not giving a fuck about anyones opinion on you and your choices, is about taking back control on you to live your truth.

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Where can readers find more performances and content? on my linktree <3 https://linktr.ee/MUXXXE or instagram @m.u.x.x.x.e

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E U P H O R I A DA N C E GARDEN S AT U R DAY

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DJ BARBAROSSA 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ZION 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM DJ DAN DIEGO 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ZION 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

DJ JULIAN RAMIREZ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GENESIAH 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PETE T 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

JON DOSS 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

PRINCE S & JOVELLA 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM DJ ZAREEN 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MATTHEW PERNICANO 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MAI MAI 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MATT EFFECT 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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PA N A S I A N NIGHT MARKET S AT U R DAY

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DJ TERRY JASINTO 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

JNAV 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BEANS 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

JANEL ACAN 3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

FIERCE GRACE

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3:40 PM - 3:50 PM PERSUASUAN NATION 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM DJ ZAREEN 3:55 PM - 4:55 PM

PERSUASUAN NATION 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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DJ HEABNASTY 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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THE MUSICAL EVENT OF THE SEASON SEE IT BEFORE BROADWAY!

(L-R): Eden Espinosa and Amber Iman in Lempicka, photo by Rich Soublet II.

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LISTEN TO TWO SHOWSTOPPING NUMBERS FROM LEMPICKA, PRESENTED BY SONY MASTERWORKS BROADWAY! "Woman Is" sung by Eden Espinosa (Tamara de Lempicka) "Perfection" sung by George Abud (Marinetti)

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