City declares July LGBT Pride Month

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SAN DIEGO — The City Council Tuesday declared July to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in San Diego, just days before the start of the 41st annual LGBT Pride Celebration.

The unanimous declaration also came not quite three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Councilman Todd Gloria, who is gay, said last month’s high court ruling and news that the Secretary of Defense is reconsidering whether to allow transgender people into the military are examples of “forward progress” in the LGBT community.

“But I want to remind everyone that there’s still so much work to be done, which is why events like Pride are important,” Gloria said.

He said the LGBT community still faces discrimination in housing and employment in some states, transgender people still lack full equality, seniors are “forced back into the closet for their golden years,” and youth are bullied at school and experience high rates of suicide and homelessness.

Pride events begin Friday with the annual Stonewall Rally, which commemorates protests in New York City that sparked the gay rights movement, and a block party in Hillcrest. The parade is Saturday on University Avenue in Hillcrest, and the music festival will feature five stages Saturday and Sunday in Balboa Park.

8 comments

  • Freddy

    So a 2013 study shows 1.8% of the U.S. population is considered gay so why is there so much media attention this? The moron liberal politicians will do anything to get a group to vote for them. Black history month created by democrats to get their vote (and yet it was republicans who voted for the civil rights act while democrats fought hard to stop it). I have no opinion for or against gays or their way of life but they shouldn’t be considered a protected class since it’s just a sexual preference. If you do go out of your way to tell someone what sex you like then no one would know whether you are gay or straight. It’s 1.8 percent people…..let’s move on to something more important. Why don’t we have a veterans month instead of one day? Why don’t we have a fireman/police officer/EMT/Lifeguard month? At least these people serve and protect society. Bless our vets and police/fire etc.

  • Susan Davies

    San Diego got a record rainfall!
    There were some very wet drag queens yesterday. I saw hundreds of rainbow umbrellas but it was no use. Someone upstairs did not want to see them walking down the street.

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