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Hope for the Holidays

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San Diego Pride

Many of us feel the weight and emptiness of familial rejection and isolation. Far too many of us, especially our youth, fear holiday gatherings where relatives will be outright hostile.

While I personally know all too well the hardship that the holidays can bring to our community, I am also grateful for and inspired by our resilience. It is a thing of beauty to watch our community come together in support, as we always do, with innovative approaches to friendship, family, and love. 

The annual Scott Carlson & Dan Ferbal Thanksgiving Community Dinner gives us a space to come together and dine with found family. 

World AIDS Day allows us to pause and reflect on those taken from us too soon as we recommit to the work of fighting the virus and stigma. 

Come Home for the Holidays provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions within our local community with our LGBTQ-serving organizations. Marching in the Toyland Parade with Pride is a way for us to proudly celebrate the season with our kids, friends, and family in the light of day.

Our community is strong and brave. We know how to pool our passion and resources to ensure that none of us is left behind. 

Whether you are with family of birth or choice, join us at one of this season’s community events, enjoy an intimate Friendsgiving, or enjoy our local LGBTQ businesses staying open on holidays to give LGBTQ people places to connect. 

I’m inspired by our community’s resolve to heal and love one another, as we welcome each other into our Legacy of Liberation.

With Love and Hope,

Fernando Zweifach López

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Executive Director

San Diego Pride


In 17 days, celebrate the Holiday Season with San Diego Pride! Grab the kids, the neighbors, friends, and the whole family, and come down to beautiful North Park for our tradition of ensuring LGBTQ families are represented in the North Park Toyland Parade!

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 11am - 1pm

Where: North Park, San Diego, CA 92116

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On Friday No. 22, join the San Diego Queer APIMEDA Coalition for an artist book talk! Linmark is a queer Honolulu & Baguio-based author who also wrote Rolling the R's (1995) & Leche (2011).

When: Friday, November 22, 6:30pm - 8pm

Where: Subterranean Coffee Boutique, 3764 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

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Join us as our OUT LGBTQ service members come together to celebrate the holidays to help raise funds for upcoming LGBTQ military events in 2020.

When: Sunday, December 15, 3 pm - 6 pm

Where: The Hole in the Wall, 2830 Lytton St., San Diego, CA 92110

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CAPI 2020

There's less than 100 days until Prides from throughout the Western United States and Mexico gather in San Diego for CAPI 2020!

When: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Sunday, March 1, 2020

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92108

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Our Entertainment Application is now open for Pride 2020! Apply for a chance to be on next year's San Diego Pride Festival lineup. Dates to be announced on December 1st.

Learn more and apply here

Scott Carlson & Dan Ferbal Thanksgiving Community Dinner

The Scott Carlson & Dan Ferbal Community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Imperial Court de San Diego is an event for the homeless, seniors, those ill or in need or those alone. Volunteers needed!

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Each year we join Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest to commemorate World AIDS Day by recognizing and remembering those affected by AIDS, as well as the ongoing leadership efforts made to end the epidemic.

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Come Home for the Holidays

Join us as we gather to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions within the San Diego LGBT community! Family friendly and free to all.

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