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San Diego Pride chooses 2013 theme

SAN DIEGO -- The theme for the 39th annual San Diego LGBT Pride celebration has been announced as "Freedom to Love and Marry." This year's festivities will place July 12-14.

“We are standing at a critical moment in our movement when the very question of our ability to love is before this nation's highest court,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride Public Affairs Director and longtime marriage equality activist.

“It is our goal to demonstrate that freedom, love, and commitment are shared values for all Americans no matter your gender or sexual orientation. Pride joins the call of our mayor, our governor, our president, and the majority of Americans that the time for equal rights for equal love is now.”

In 2012, San Diego LGBT Pride made history and worldwide news by having the first-ever active duty uniformed military contingent in a Pride parade with approval from the Department of Defense. With the theme of Freedom to Love and Marry, San Diego Pride is looking to continue to break exciting new ground and push forward on issues of equality.

In the weeks ahead, additional announcements will follow with the line-up of speakers, entertainers, attractions, and civil rights events that will help energize and give life to the Freedom to Love and Marry theme.

“Our community, our country, and our courts are all coming to the consensus that our freedom to love and marry is a basic human right. San Diego Pride stands to honor our history, celebrate the advances we’ve made, and confront the issues we still face as a community,” Lopez continued. “If justice prevails in the historic court cases now before the Supreme Court, San Diego Pride will be a huge victory party; if not, Pride will serve as reminder and rally cry that our work is not done.”

San Diego, America’s seventh largest city, is fondly known as ‘America’s Finest City’ for its hospitality, excellent climate, and picturesque landscape. San Diego Pride is the fourth largest Pride in the country with related Pride events serving well over a quarter of a million people over the three day celebration,

San Diego Pride Weekend will include a large community rally, Friday evening block party, mile long parade through the heart of Hillcrest, and two day weekend festival in Balboa Park.

For information about sponsoring San Diego Pride, participating in the parade, performing at the rally or festival, being an exhibitor/vendor, or for volunteer opportunities, click HERE or contact the San Diego LGBT Pride office at 619-297-7683.