San Diego History Center Honored with Stonewall Service Award
August 1, 2019
The San Diego History Center was chosen as the recipient of this year’s Stonewall Service Award by San Diego Pride in recognition of their support of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community.
Jen LaBarbera, Education and Advocacy Manager of San Diego Pride, shares, “San Diego History Center was chosen as the recipient of this year’s Stonewall Service Award in honor of their dedication to telling the many stories of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community. Many in our community might never have imagined that we would see a day where LGBTQ+ people and communities are featured so prominently in our city’s history museum in Balboa Park, and the allyship and partnership that the History Center has shown in building the LGBTQ+ San Diego history exhibit has been exceptional.”
In 2018, the San Diego History Center debuted the first exhibition in Balboa Park focused on San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community. Titled LGBTQ+San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs, this exhibition was recently expanded with an addition called Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego, shining a spotlight on the art and the advocacy of drag in San Diego.
San Diego Pride weekend begins with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at The Hillcrest Pride Flag on Friday, July 12, 6 – 7 p.m. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, in which the LGBTQ community fought back against police brutality and legal oppression. To commemorate the anniversary, the theme for San Diego Pride 2019 is Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. San Diego Pride will take this year to honor and reflect on the Stonewall generation, their activism and what the community has gained through their efforts.