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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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