SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego Pride announced this week that the organization is no longer a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Will X. Walters, which is currently under appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Walters filed the lawsuit after he was arrested for nudity while wearing leather attire at the 2011 San Diego Pride Festival. San Diego Pride and Walters reached "an amicable agreement and recognize their common interest in advocating for equality, dignity and acceptance regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," according to a news release.
“We understand and appreciate our shared objectives,” said Stephen Whitburn, who joined Pride as executive director two years after the incident occurred. "Will, his team at FreeWillUSA, and San Diego Pride agree this is a time for the LGBT community to work together and build on the momentum we’ve gained toward equality. We join Will in seeking to end discrimination against gender and sexual minorities.”
Walters’ case against Pride and the City of San Diego was dismissed by a federal court judge last year. Walters then filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. With Pride no longer a party to the case, the City of San Diego is the sole remaining defendant.
“I’m happy to have come to an agreement with Pride,” Walters said. “I look forward to supporting our shared goals, especially when it comes to educating people that we all have rights as they were outlined so eloquently by the founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I intend to keep fighting to ensure that what happened to me never happens again to another member of the LGBT community or anyone else.”
About San Diego Pride
San Diego Pride is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization which fosters pride in and respect for the LGBT community. In doing so, it promotes and celebrates the inclusion and empowerment of all people across the spectra of diversity. To advance this goal, San Diego Pride produces civic, cultural and educational events and programs, including the Pride Music Festival, which will be held July 18-19, 2015.
FreeWillUSA is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to educate all Americans about our constitutional rights and to instill pride in the freedoms that are granted to us by being in this great nation. FreeWillUSA is supportive of all worthy efforts to expand the rights possessed by every individual regardless of sex, age, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender identity. FreeWillUSA's educational and other efforts are aimed to protect, promote and defend all people regardless of citizenship or nationality.