SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Pride is calling for video submissions that will be incorporated into their live-streamed event in July, in lieu of in-person gatherings.
They are requesting people submit 15-30 second videos describing what Pride means to them.
“We’ve learned as a movement and community that sharing personal stories is what pulls at hearts and minds and can help shape policy,” said Fernando Lopez, the Executive Director of SD Pride.
But he also said he wants to make sure that even though the event will be virtual, it still creates a place for the LGBT community to express themselves.
“What we’re doing is asking everyone to participate,” said Lopez. “One of the things that makes Pride special and unique is that we ask everyone from all walks of life to come together and celebrate diversity and to be together in community. We’re trying to do that but do it in a different way.”
The videos will be incorporated into their live broadcast on July 18.
As a year-round educational and advocacy organization, Lopez said SD Pride has already moved a lot of its events online. In doing so, he said they’ve actually been able to expand their reach.
“When we’d have an educational forum, you’d get 40-80 people in a room,” he estimated.
Now he says they are drawing thousands of people to their online forums.
“We’re producing more programming than we have ever before and reaching more people than we ever have before,” said Lopez.
To submit a video, go to this link on the SD Pride website.