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The Legacy of Harvey Milk

The Legacy of Harvey Milk.
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May 22 is Harvey Milk’s birthday! Not everyone knows that Harvey Milk lived in San Diego before moving to San Francisco. He was stationed here while serving in the U.S. Navy and credited the experience with his love for California and his eventual move to San Francisco.

Because of these San Diego connections, many of the historically significant ways we have found to honor Harvey’s legacy have started and been fueled by San Diegans. From awards, to a bench in Balboa Park, a Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, the first street named after Harvey Milk, a U. S. postage stamp, the biography Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, and later this year construction begins on the USNS Harvey Milk Naval vessel —San Diegans led those efforts. 

These moments aren’t just about us honoring one man’s legacy; they are about flipping a public narrative that LGBTQ folks can and should be celebrated, not denigrated. We are collectively claiming our place in history, and we can’t do that unless we all stay actively engaged in that progress. 

Across the country, attacks on reproductive freedom, environmental health, voting rights, indigenous land, religious minorities, disability rights, workers’ rights, immigrants, refugees, women, people of color, and our LGBTQ community have many of us shaken but resolved to take action. Harvey understood the importance of intersectional civic engagement, about how redistricting and voter turnout impacts elections, and who has a seat at the table. 

We must stay engaged in this intersectional fight for justice by ensuring every person is counted in the Census, staying engaged in nonpartisan redistricting efforts, and turning out to vote in every election. Steps like these give us a clear path to honor Harvey Milk and how each of us can take part in our movement’s collective Legacy of Liberation.

With Pride,

Fernando Zweifach López

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Executive Director

San Diego Pride

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San Diego Military Department

Help lead the San Diego Pride Parade as part of our military contingent. With a few new exciting details unfolding soon, you'll be able to join your branch of service and wave to cheering spectators. 

Learn more and meet other LGBTQ servicemembers at coffee tonight!

When: Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM - 8 PMWhere: Lestats Hillcrest1041 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

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Orgullo Sin Fronteras

¡Quedan algunos lugares para la conferencia "Orgullo Sin Fronteras" que tomará lugar este sábado en Tijuana! Únase a nosotros para obtener más información sobre los derechos LGBTQ, conectarse a recursos y para obtener más información sobre cómo podemos continuar mejorando nuestras comunidades.

Cuando: Sabado, Mayo 18, 8 am - 5 pmDonde: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

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Seniors at Pride

Calling all LGBTQ seniors! Take part in our senior programming happening throughout the weekend including a Senior Sunday Breakfast at the festival. Discounted senior tickets available at the box office. 

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Purchase general admission & VIP tickets here

Youth Marching Band

Calling all LGBTQIA youth band members in the Southern California region! Register for the our youth marching band and perform in the Pride Parade. Every participant receives a free youth band t-shirt.

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The L Word Trivia with She Fest

Join She Fest for "L word" trivia night! With The L Word sequel rumored to air later this year, there’s no better time to play trivia with us and test your knowledge of the first six seasons! $5 buy-in, and cash prize for winning table!

When: Friday, May 10, 6:30 pm - 9  pmWhere: Birney Elementary School4345 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

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