Spirit of Stonewall Rally at Hillcrest Pride Flag
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world.
In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community.
Come join us as cheering crowds and energetic speakers kick off San Diego Pride Weekend!
Pride annually accepts nominations from the community to recognize individuals, organizations, and groups who have contributed significantly to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts.
This year’s recipients include:
Champion of Pride - Dr. Delores Jacobs
Community Grand Marshal - Russ Roybal
Community Grand Marshal - Susan Jester
Stonewall Service Award - San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
Inspirational Couple - Meredith Vezina and Ellen Holzman
Inspirational Couple - Ernie Castro and Mike Goupill
Friend of Pride - Kathie Moehlig
Friend of Pride - Zachary Schlagel
Stonewall Philanthropy Award - Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Community Service - Josh Coyne
To learn more about each award recipient and their contributions click here.
The Rally will also host California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria as the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Chris Ward, Georgette Gómez, Bridget Wilson, Dwayne Crenshaw, and Gloria Cruz. To learn more about the speakers click here.
The National Anthem will be sung by America's Got Talent Season 11 finalist and San Diego native, Brian Justin Crum.
This event is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided. The ASL interpreters will be placed on the right side of the platform facing the audience. Reserved seating in the first two rows on the left side will be offered to Deaf folks and people with disabilities as well as those with service dogs.
Hillcrest Pride Flag
The Hillcrest Pride Flag is located on the median of Normal Street at University Ave and stands 65' tall with a 30' rainbow flag. The monument is meant to celebrate the diversity of our neighborhood and serves to recognize Hillcrest as San Diego's official LGBT cultural district. The Hillcrest Pride Flag is under the care of the Hillcrest Business Association.