San Diego Pride 2018

Cause For Celebration

By: Xayn Naz

The first Pride was a riot.

On June 28th, 1969 Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the soon-to-be mothers of the Gay Rights Movement were out celebrating Ms. Johnson’s birthday at the historic Stonewall Inn. Police raided the establishment, as was commonplace for establishments such as the Stonewall Inn, which served as a haven for LGBTQIA+ people who sought asylum from the hate-filled reality they faced in public.

Ms. Johnson is often credited for throwing the first shot glass, which sparked what is now known as The Stonewall Riots. Days later, after the riots had quelled, Marsha and Sylvia’s hard work for their communities began. These two powerful transgender women of color literally devoted their lives to a movement that changed the course of history.

Because of them, we are now able to celebrate our community, and how far we have come. However, Pride is also a reminder that there is still much to be done! Women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson were heavily excluded from their communities despite their intense activism. Transgender peoples are still othered and discriminated against outside of, and within, the LGBTQIA+ community. Twelve transgender people have been murdered in 2018 alone. In 2017, there were at least 25 murders. Especially concerning, is the fact that transgender women of color have continuously been targeted the most.

Ultimately, events like San Diego Pride would not exist without Marsha and Sylvia, and the hundreds of other activists that gave their lives to ensure a better future for LGBTQIA+ community. We are lucky to have such a large Pride celebration here in San Diego. Thousands of people, over the course of two days, attended the festival to celebrate who they are in an environment that was welcoming and accepting.

This year, Southwest Patient Group was proud to be apart of the Utopia Wellness section of San Diego Pride. We conversed with the populous about the many applications cannabis has to offer. In addition, we enjoyed ourselves in the presence of the people and distributed limited edition merchandise alongside our friends at Moxie, Locul Craft Cannabis and Traveling Hands. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in California, a new wave of acceptance for the helpful healing herb has begun to spread across the nation and we are excited to be apart of the process. The cannabis-oriented section of San Diego Pride was just another step towards widespread acceptance.

Signed,

Xayn Naz

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