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1900s
The Hole, 2820 Lytton Street

Pre-1969: Before Stonewall

To truly appreciate the significance of the Pride phenomenon in San Diego and all over the world, it is essential to understand the historical and social contexts from which it …

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1960s
Gay Liberation Front Statement of Purpose in The Prodigal, 1970

1969: The Turning Point

On June 28th, 1969, a raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn escalated into a riot that lasted for days. Fed up with regular harassment, patrons of the gay bar …

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1970s
Picnicking at the Gay-In

1970: Community Groups and the First “Gay-In”

1970 was a turning point for the San Diego gay community, marking immense growth of organized activism and pride. Existing organizations evolved and new ones formed, coming together to plan …

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Picket line at SDPD, 1971

1971: A Hotline, a Protest, and “Gay-In 2”

In spring of 1971, Gay Liberation Front (GLF) came back to campus. On-campus status still officially revoked, the group began to operate meetings through a course called “The Homosexual and …

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Organizers in front of the Center for Social Services, 1973

1972-73: The Center is Born and the Final “Gay-In”

In 1972, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) continued to hold services and events and the Catholic support group Dignity returned to San Diego. The Monday Night Lesbians also formed in the …

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Flyer for March to Defend Civil Rights, 1974

1974: Gay Pride Week and the First March

The Center for Social Services (CSS) established committees to provide a variety of services for the gay and lesbian community and veterans.* In June, CSS held another Gay Pride Week …

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Flyers for the 1975 march

1975: “Gay Pride (Come OUT To A Celebration)”

The Center for Social Services (CSS) again hosted gay pride events in June of 1975, but that year, they sought permits with the help of volunteer attorneys. Not without struggle, …

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Marchers behind a banner challenging the Bicentennial, 1976

1976: “Gay Spirit”

1976 marked the U.S. Bicentennial and the Gay Pride Committee selected “Gay Spirit” as the theme for that year’s march. Many participants marched with banners and signs emphasizing the gay …

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Grand Marshals Jess Jessop and Gloria Johnson

1977: “Unity (A Day With Human Rights Is Like A Day Without Sunshine) / No More Miamis”

Despite the infighting and dispersion of niche interest groups that occurred the previous year, participation in the 1977 Pride march increased. That year, former Miss America runner-up Anita Bryant began …

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"Paper Bag Brigade" marches against Proposition 6

1978: “No More Lies, Never Again!”

As with the previous year, defending homosexuality in education took the spotlight of the 1978 Pride event, which was held on June 25th. California voters faced Proposition 6, which would …

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“Remember Stonewall” button, 1979

1979: “Remember Stonewall”

After nearly a decade of activism with a handful of victories, 1979 was a tumultuous year for the San Diego gay community. In February, five officers from the San Diego …

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1980s
"In Celebration We Are..." button, 1980

1980: “In Celebration We Are…”

In January of 1980, the Center for Social Services was renamed the Lesbian and Gay Community Center, a move spearheaded by lesbians to address sexism. The success of the Gay …

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"United for Our Rights!" button, 1981

1981: “United For Our Rights”

Due to the divide created the previous year by the Lesbian Solidarity March, the Lesbian/Gay Men’s Pride Alliance disbanded. With the leadership of Doug Moore, Lambda Pride formed and took …

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West Coast Production Company's float, 1982

1982: “Proud-Diversified-United”

With the addition of a Tijuana contingent and a “Black and White Men Together” group in 1982, Lambda Pride chose the theme “Proud-Diversified-United.” The parade took place on June 12th …

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"I Love Being Out" t-shirt, 1983

1983: “I Love Being Out”

In 1983, Lambda Pride officially received its non-profit status, which allowed the organization more autonomy in planning their annual event. Pride celebrations grew in participation, activities, and attendance. However, permits …

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First Pride Guide, 1984

1984: “Celebration ‘84, A Decade of Pride”

1984 marked the 15th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 10-year anniversary of the San Diego Pride march. As such, Lambda Pride adopted the national theme “Unity and More …

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Nicole Murray-Ramirez on the Imperial Court float, 1985

1985: “Share the Pride”

Following the turmoil of the previous year, the 1985 board of directors was comprised of mostly fresh faces and saw the return of Doug Moore. Lambda Pride again adopted an …

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San Diego Lambda Pride car, 1986

1986: “Forward Together”

With a nearly new board of directors, Lambda Pride made some big changes. The budget grew to $95,000, nearly three times the budget of the previous year, and a two-day …

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Pride Guide, 1987 (front)

1987: “Making History”

In the year leading up to the 1987 Pride weekend, Lambda Pride meetings were heavily occupied with issues including lawsuits, debts and organizational upheaval. As a result, a “New Lambda …

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Lambda Pride Board and volunteers at Parade Fest, 1988

1988: “Here…And Here To Stay!” / “Rightfully Proud”

Following the festivities of the previous year, Lambda Pride organizers once again had a falling out. An ad-hoc committee was formed in January 1988 to produce that year’s Pride events, …

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Jess Jessop (second to left) outside Lesbian and Gay Archives tent at Pride

1989: “A Generation of Pride”

With Lambda Pride and Parade Fest now dissolved, San Diego Lesbian and Gay Men’s Pride formed anew with Tim Williams as the first executive director. After years of controversy surrounding …

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1990s
Jess Jessop's AIDS quilt panel, 1990

1990: “Look to the Future: A New Decade of Pride”

With the success of the previous year, the 1990 Lesbian and Gay Pride followed a similar structure. The weekend consisted of the Front Runners Pride Run, parade, rally, and a …

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Car decorated with Latin American flags in Pride parade, 1991

1991: “Together In Pride / Conjunto En Orgullo”

After serving as Pride’s executive director for two years and stabilizing the event, Tim Williams stepped down upon learning that he was HIV-positive. He confided in Barbra Blake, who had …

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

1992: “Pride=Power”

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 …

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Souvenir Program, 1993

1993: “A Family of Pride: Our Family, Our Values, Our Celebration”

In his 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton promised to lift the ban on gays serving in the military. However, the Clinton administration met considerable resistance in implementing this change. San …

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Pink Cadillac in San Diego Pride parade, 1994

1994: “Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future”

In 1994, former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, who had declared Human Rights Day in 1983 to overlap with Pride weekend, shifted more sharply to the right and began advocating …

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Parade participants carrying "Out & Free" banner and balloons, 1995

1995: “Out & Free”

The 1995 San Diego Pride theme “Out & Free” was selected to highlight the importance of coming out. The 1995 souvenir program states: “Coming out is the essential first step …

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Voters Organized in Coalition for the Elections (VOICES) march in the parade, 1996

1996: “Spotlight on Freedom”

In 1996, San Diego Pride focused on politics, as a presidential election was to take place in November. At a national level, the LGBTQ+ community was celebrating the Supreme Court’s …

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