When I was about 13 years old growing up in Allied Gardens, I figured out that if I rode my bike just over a hill towards College Avenue, it would eventually hit El Cajon Blvd, which seemed like a gateway to the world I was isolated from.
Hillcrest has something for every body. Where else could you go vintage clothes shopping, jog through the most beautiful park in the city, have a cocktail in a sea of pink flamingos, watch a drag queen or two walk by, and then walk home?
“The important part is supporting Mama’s Kitchen and the critical services they offer. The fun part is that while supporting Mama’s Kitchen, we all get to have a wonderful time and meet old friends in a party atmosphere.”
Looking back at our community’s history, it was people of all ages who stood up against oppression and fought for a place at the table. Our struggle needs to continue to be a collaboration between the generations.
This weekend is ours. It is the one time of year where we celebrate everything gay - and turn Hillcrest into one giant rainbow mess. Here are Benny's tips on how to make it a fun, comfortable and safe Pride.