Everyone is Welcome at the Y

We are committed to ensuring ALL have access to the Y and feel safe and welcome at any of our facilities. 

The YMCA is committed to supporting PRIDE and the LGBTQ community. Although we cannot be together in person this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be hosting a special Be Well webinar as a safe and healthy form of celebration.

BE WELL WEBINAR: SAN DIEGO PRIDE'S IMPACT
Replay – Watch the Recorded Video

San Diego Pride provides an integral contribution to our community with a mission to foster pride, equality and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Learn about and support the impact locally and beyond.

Special Guest: Fernando Z. López
Connect with Fernando Z. López (pronouns: they/them/theirs), Executive Director for San Diego LGBT Pride and prominent LGBT community leader. In their time with San Diego Pride, López has been instrumental in organizing local LGBTQ youth serving organizations and leaders to push for reform within the region to better support queer and trans identified youth.

OUR SAFE PLACE

Naomi Suskind and Relle Goan discuss their work for Our Safe Place — a YMCA program that supports LGBTQ+ youth and families — and share how their childhood and high school experiences informed their career paths.  

Listen to the audio story:

 

SHE FEST - JULY 10

Join She Fest for its annual flagship event that kicks off San Diego’s LGBTQ+ Pride week. This year, they're serving up a hybrid event filled with virtual content and in-person experiences for San Diego’s LGBTQ+ women and non-binary folks. Catch the virtual livestream on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 11:00am-2:00pm or attend in-person from 1:00-6:00pm at the Hillcrest Flagpole (Normal Street between Lincoln and University). Enjoy live music, activities, LGBTQ+ vendors and community groups, workshops, interviews and more all day! Learn more

RESILIENT COMMUNITY MARCH - JULY 11

You're invited you to join San Diego’s LGBTQ community in a demonstration of strength, resilience and resolve to continue the fight for justice and liberation. Rather than the typical Pride Parade which would start in Hillcrest’s Pride Plaza and travel down to Balboa Park, this year we will meet in Balboa Park (Upas Street & 6th Avenue) at 10:00am and march into Hillcrest. Learn more

PRIDE YOUTH PICNIC - JULY 17

Join the San Diego Pride Youth Programs in celebrating Pride 2021 at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 11:00am-3:00pm. This event is for middle and high school aged LGBTQ youth and allies and will feature a private picnic area with outdoor games, free snacks and beverages. Learn more

PRIDE FAMILY GATHERING - JULY 18

Bring the whole LGBTQ family for a fun day of activities and games for all ages! Pride 2021 Family Gathering will be held on Sunday, July 18 from 9:30am-2:00pm at the San Diego Youth Service Spring Valley campus. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pop-up canopy and enjoy the day together! Learn more

PRIDE RUN 5K

We're excited to celebrate Pride in a way that is safe for all who wish to participate! San Diego Pride is hosting its annual 5K run/walk virtually, and anyone, anywhere can participate! Last year, despite the pandemic, more than 1,300 runners and walkers, from around the world, participated and raised $24,000. 

Between July 16-18, you choose your own 5K route, your own starting time and your own pace. Show your PRIDE by taking a few photos along the way and SHARE with your friends, your fans and the community. For more information or to register for the virtual race, visit San Diego Virtual Pride 2021.

Inclusivity Statement

The YMCA of San Diego County is an organization open to all people. We welcome and value individuals of all age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, ability, sexual orientation or financial circumstance. We are committed to having programs and services that embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our community.