Dear Pride Family,
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream rooted in the American dream, that all people are created equal.
His work for racial and economic justice inspired generations of people to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice, and yet at this moment in time, as we have witnessed a rise in white supremacy and violent hate crimes, our faith in that dream can feel tested. We can’t lose focus.
The resurgence of antisemitism, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, and the epidemic level of murders of black trans women all have common roots that we can and must meet with unified commitment to equity and justice for all.
If we are to realize the promise of our nation and the dream of Dr. King, our movements must be intentionally intersectional.
King would have turned 90 years old this week. I hope we all take pause to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King and how you can take part in realizing his dream.
Personally, I find the spectrum of diversity in the LGBTQ community to be a unifying strength that we can use to fight racism and anti-blackness. Our fight is far from over, but I believe that together we can overcome, and that Together We Rise.
Fernando Zweifach López
San Diego Pride