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  • Souvenir Program, 1992
  • Law enforcement officers in Pride parade, 1992
  • Renee Rickets, Toni Atkins, and Daisy Barquestero at Lesbian Health Fair booth, 1992
  • Police Chief Bob Burgreen in Pride parade, 1992
  • "Pride=Power" volunteer t-shirt (front), 1992
  • "Pride=Power" volunteer t-shirt (back), 1992

1992: “Pride=Power”

Police Chief Bob Burgreen in Pride parade, 1992

Police Chief Bob Burgreen in Pride parade, 1992. Doug Moore Collection, Lambda Archives of San Diego.

In 1992, Pride saw increased representation of law enforcement and political officials. San Diego Chief of Police Bob Burgreen was awarded the new honorary title “Friend of the Year.” He rode in the parade, which took place on July 18th, along with Mayor Maureen O’Connor and Councilman John Hartley, leading a contingent of city employees. Burgreen was the first Chief of Police to participate in Pride, and this contingent formed the largest delegation of elected officials in a San Diego Pride parade to date.

Law enforcement officers in Pride parade, 1992

Law enforcement officers in Pride parade, 1992. Doug Moore Collection, Lambda Archives of San Diego.

San Diego’s newly formed Nation of the Four Directions also participated in the parade for the first time. They sang, danced, and drummed on the bed of a truck along the route. Following the parade, they gave a ceremonial blessing on the grounds of the festival. The reorganized ACT UP / San Diego staged die-ins along the parade route to bring attention to continued AIDS epidemic.

Souvenir Program, 1992

Souvenir Program, 1992. Lambda Archives of San Diego.

Grand Marshals were Sherry Harris, the first black woman and gay person elected to the Seattle City Council, and John Hartley, a city council member who had helped secure $600,000 for the Center in 1990 and the passage of the 1990 Human Dignity Ordinance. Hartley also formed the Citizen’s Patrol, a community policing effort trained by the San Diego Police Department. “Woman of the Year” Leslie Horn was honored for her involvement with the Center and for serving as a community representative in the police academy’s gay and lesbian competency training course. Stan Lewis, civil rights activist and representative to San Diego City Council member Valerie Stallings, was named “Man of the Year.”

Renee Rickets, Toni Atkins, and Daisy Barquestero at Lesbian Health Fair booth, 1992

Renee Rickets, Toni Atkins, and Daisy Barquestero at Lesbian Health Fair booth, 1992. Doug Moore Collection, Lambda Archives of San Diego.

General festival admission was raised to $16 for the weekend. A new festival feature was the Lesbian Health Fair, which offered free services and served to address lesbian health disparities. Primarily organized by Toni Atkins and Renee Richetts, the Lesbian Health Fair was co-sponsored by the Lesbian Health Project and WomanCare.

"Pride=Power" volunteer t-shirt (front), 1992

“Pride=Power” volunteer t-shirt (front), 1992. Pride T-shirt Collection, Lambda Archives of San Diego.

"Pride=Power" volunteer t-shirt (back), 1992

“Pride=Power” volunteer t-shirt (back), 1992. Pride T-shirt Collection, Lambda Archives of San Diego.