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A BIG Thank you to San Diego from the Executive Director of Pride

"San Diego LGBT Pride 2015 will never be forgotten. It showed the tremendous heart of our community," said Stephen Whitburn, Executive Director, San Diego LGBT Pride.

"I'm grateful to the thousands of people who endured Hurricane Delores with good humor and high spirits, marching and dancing through the streets of Hillcrest and rallying and rejoicing in Balboa Park. Thank you for coming together to celebrate our successes and energize ourselves for the work still to be done in the pursuit of true liberty and justice for all."

Rain couldn’t dampen our spirits! In fact, we made history. We cheered. We cried. We laughed. We sang. We danced.

We honored the entire transgender community as our parade grand marshal and recognized the work of trans* community leaders such as Connor Maddocks and Tracie Jada O’Brien, who carry the torch toward trans* equality.

We twirled alongside the first ever Pride Youth Marching Band, who colorfully stole the show during the parade. We saluted more than 300 men and women, including the first openly-transgender service member who marched in the largest military contingent since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Amidst torrential rainstorms, we rocked Balboa Park during the Pride Music Festival. Our hearts melted for Ruby Rose, we twerked up a storm with Big Freedia, Mary Lambert kept us warm, serenading us with thought-provoking messages of acceptance and Pierce Fulton raised the American flag with great pride to a cheering crowd.

Most importantly, San Diego’s largest civic event was made possible with the support of the entire community.

“Thank you, too, to the thousands of people who worked to make the events a success. Pride Weekend is only possible with the help of a thousand volunteers, a dedicated board of directors, dozens of supportive sponsors, our government, school, and community partners, talented performers and speakers, enthusiastic parade contingents, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, skilled production contractors, and a terrific team of people who work in the office. Producing Pride Weekend really does take a village, and we’re fortunate to be part of a great community,” Stephen Whitburn, Executive Director, San Diego Pride.