City Council proclaims July as LGBT pride month in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - The City Council Tuesday proclaimed July as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in San Diego.

Festivities celebrating 40 years of LGBT pride in San Diego are scheduled to take place this weekend in Hillcrest and Balboa Park.

The passage of four decades demonstrates how far the LGBT community has come, in big and small ways, council President Todd Gloria said, noting "small things like the raising of a pride flag in the Gaslamp Quarter."

"Normally, this happens in Hillcrest, but we're now in downtown," he said. "This is a sign of progress, and I thank our mayor for leading that particular effort."

Gloria said it wasn't long ago that not all council members would sign such a proclamation, but they all have in the last few years.

"There are big things you all have seen in the last year or so -- the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act, the repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.' The progress is undeniable to the point that we literally, almost on a weekly basis, see another state come forward and say that they will allow LGBT Americans the right to marry," Gloria said.

The council president, who is openly gay, added that he was glad that the only barriers to his getting married were his "looks and personality," not his government.

Stephen Whitburn, the general manager of San Diego Pride, said tickets for the weekend festival in Balboa Park have been sold to people in 25 states and eight countries.

"People from around this country and around the world are coming to San Diego this weekend," Whitburn said. "San Diego is known as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world."

The annual Pride Parade, which draws tens of thousands of spectators to Hillcrest, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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