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Full Equality Victory: Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.


WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.

The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Within days if not hours, the decision is expected to trigger same-sex marriages in states that still ban the practice.

"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his 28-page ruling. "The Constitution grants them that right."

Kennedy announced the decision to a hushed courtroom; his colleagues watched stone-faced. As the sweep of his decision became clear, some in the audience embraced and cried.

"The past alone does not rule the present. The nature of injustice is that we do not always see it in our own time," he said.


08/22/2014 - 5:00pm


August 22nd will mark the 1 year anniversary of Chelsea Manning's coming out! Join SAME and local activists in an action to raise awareness in San Diego about her campaign for freedom and transgender issues both carceral and otherwise. This action will occur at: 5th Ave & University Ave ~ Hillcrest ~ San Diego, CA.

This action organized by
The San Diego Coalition to Free Manning

*Action to include speakers, street theatre, leafleting, chanting, solidarity photos, & cake to celebrate the courage of Chelsea Manning.

SAME Sez: March with Pride ~ GUERRILLA PRIDE at SD Pride 2014!

07/19/2014 - 10:00am
guerrilla pride 2014 contingent

Rad Queers,

Join MEMBERS of SAME Alliance, Guerrilla Pride San Diego, Canvass for a Cause, Black & Pink SD & MORE for a rAdiCal Queer contingent in the San Diego Pride Parade :)

This will be SAME's Sixth appearance at the parade and we are proud to be marching as as part of a united progressive voice with all like-minded groups and people. We are Contingent Number 152 in Zone K. The Parade route will begin for all contingents at 11am at Normal St and University Ave. We will march for about 1.5 miles and the route ends at Balboa Park at 6th ave. We ask that you get to Normal St and University Ave early around 9:30/10am. If you are driving, you can park your car at the Naval Hospital Parking lot on Park Ave and President's Way. Shuttles will be provided for you and drop you off at Normal St.

SAME supports the "1st Annual San Diego Trans* Pride and March"

07/18/2014 - 12:00pm
SD Trans Pride

BBQ and Hangout at Balboa Park (west side: Sixth Ave and Balboa Dr) then a March

It's 2014 y'all, which means a Trans* Pride event is long overdue; so let's make this happen!

12pm-4pm: BBQ
4pm-4:30pm: Cleanup and prep for the march
5pm: March from Balboa Park to the Laverne Cox Spirit of Stonewall Rally at the Rainbow flag on Normal Street and University Avenue: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468964536666390/

The idea is to have a space for our community to celebrate pride in whatever that means to you.
Bring food, friends, family, art, music, games, or anything you want to share.

Although this space is organized and created exclusively by grassroots activists and community members, we welcome community organizations to show their support. If you would like to sponsor or support this event, please contact Amber at ambertfuruya@gmail.com and they will liaison with the group.

Guerrilla Pride San Diego 2014 happens Sat, June 14th at 2pm

06/14/2014 - 2:00pm
guerrilla pride 2014

Join us for San Diego's Second Annual Guerrilla Pride! It will take place on Sat, June 14th at 2pm. The address is: 2139 1st Ave, Unit 100, San Diego, CA 92101 (Canvass For A Cause's Headquarters in the "Banker's Hill/Uptown" area) The event is FREE and open to the public! SAME is an official supporter of this event and a few of our members have been part of the planning as well.

This fantastic event will include:
Radical queer workshops, free vegan food, live music, art exhibits, and MORE!!!

Workshops scheduled to include topics such as:
Queering Sex
Queer People and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)
Sexism in the LGBT Community
LGBTQ Struggles Worldwide: Homonationalism, Colonialism and the Roots of Homophobia.
(Schedule of events TBA and workshops are subject to change. Check back for updates!)

SAME Members! Come to the May Day 2014 Rally and March!

05/01/2014 - 2:00pm
may day 2014

SAME supports the May Day Rally and March!

It will begin at 2 p.m. at San Diego City College
End of March Community Rally at 5 p.m. at Chicano Park
"Workers United for Dignity & Justice"

- END to Deportations and Border Militarization!
- #fightfor15 and Livable Wages!
- The Right to ORGANIZE and UNIONIZE without retaliation!
- STOP the War on Public Education!
- END all discrimination in the workplace for women and LGBTQ community!


(Image via the organizers of the May Day march and rally)

SAME Supports the Binational Rainbow Get-Together at Border Field State Park.

04/12/2014 - 12:00pm
border rainbow

SAME Members and Friends! Want to meet new friends? LGBTQI folk' and allies from San Diego and Tijuana will meet and greet one another at the border fence at Border Field State Park/Playas de Tijuana 1500 Monument Road San Diego, CA 92154 on Sat April 12 at 12:00pm. Contact Dermot Rodgers or Mar Cárdenas Loutzenhiser on Facebook for more information. Bring snacks and something to drink -- the beach and the park are beautiful!

Binational gathering of LGBT community members and their allies.
Let's meet and get to know each other so that we can be more powerful in our effort to bring about positive changes that bring both countries a step closer to having equal rights. Will you join us?

SAME Endorses The Trans-Border Institute's "Border Film Week!"

03/24/2014 - 6:00pm
Border Film Week

SAME and the Trans-Border Institute say: Get ready for TBI's Border Film Week on March 24-28 at 6pm!  (Mon,Tues,Wed at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. Wed, Thurs, Fri at the Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. Both sites at the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA. 92110 ) This is a free event!

Featuring the best of border cinema, the Trans-Border Institute’s annual Border Film Week will showcase documentary and fiction films offering attendees a broad vision of border culture. For the Full Schedule of the week's films please go to www.sandiego.edu/borderfilmweek

In particular, SAME is highlighting Mon,March 24th's Features dealing with "Cultural and Gender Identity." Here below is information on Monday's showings. SAME DOES recommend that everyone go to all the week's showings of course!

SAME goes to:San Diego Transgender Day of Empowerment 2014

04/04/2014 - 6:00pm


SAME Sez: Join us for an evening of celebration, education, and entertainment on Friday, April 4th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the 11th Annual Transgender Day of Empowerment. The night's festivities will include inspiring speakers, artwork, musical performances, community awards, and light refreshments. This event is FREE to ALL and ALL are welcome.  The event will be held at the San Diego LGBT Community Center (3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103) 

The 2014 Activist People's Ball: SAME is to be honored with the LGBTQ award for activism from "Activist San Diego" and KNSJ!

03/15/2014 - 6:30pm

SAME has been contacted this past week by "Activist San Diego" and KNSJ to receive the wonderful news! SAME is to be honored and presented with the LGBTQ award for activism at "The 2014 Activist People’s Ball!" to be held on Saturday, March 15 @ 7 PM at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. (2100 Park Blvd, SD) The extravaganza is a benefit for Activist San Diego and its newly-launched community radio station KNSJ 89.1 AM (Networking for Social Justice). COME AND JOIN US!

Featuring Liquid Blue, the World's Best Traveled Band!

The Prison-Industrial Complex and The Queer Experience.

02/17/2014 - 7:00pm
black and pink

Speaker Program 7pm Monday Feb 17th at The Joyce Beers Center (3900 Vermont St in San Diego.)

Why is the U.S. prison system called the "New Jim Crow"?

Why are private companies getting into the prison business, and how do they think it's going to benefit their bottom lines?

Why is there a higher incarceration rate in the U.S. than any country in the world?

What is the connection between the expanding U.S. prison population and the "War on Drugs?"

How do gender-variant people fare in U.S. prisons?

is abolishing the prison system a real possiblity?

Join SAME, CFAC, and Activist San Diego, as we host James Messer and Cathy Mendonca of Black and Pink San Diego, and Leo Lawrence of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to find out the answers. See you there! (Image via Black and Pink San Diego)

SAME's 5th Anniversary Holiday Social 2013- Dec 13th at the Bamboo Lounge!

12/13/2013 - 7:00pm
holiday party 2013

The SAME 5th Anniversary holiday social will be held at the Bamboo Lounge (1475 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103) on Dec 13th at 7:00pm! YES, Folks! SAME has reached 5 years of fighting on behalf of LGBTQIA Justice issues.

We ask everyone to come on over for good times, and good food/drink as we send out this year, and look forward in hope and determination towards a new year filled with Love and Justice to all!. Join us!

"Two Spirits" Film Screening at Hillcrest's Joyce Beers Center

11/23/2013 - 7:00pm
Two Spirits

Join us on Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013, 7pm at the "Joyce Beers Community Center" (3900 Vermont St, San Diego, CA. 92103 - In Hillcrest) for this very Special Screening of "Two Spirits"

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

"Two Spirits" interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

In Navajo culture, there are four genders; some indigenous cultures recognize more. Native activists working to renew their cultural heritage adopted the English term “two-spirit” as a useful shorthand to describe the entire spectrum of gender and sexual expression that is better and more completely described in their own languages. The film demonstrates how they are revitalizing two-spirit traditions and once again claiming their rightful place within their tribal communities.

http://twospirits.org/    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BUmYXI7k4y8

*Sponsored by SAME Alliance, Activist San Diego, & Canvass for a Cause.

(Image via Lydia Nibley/Riding The Tiger Productions)

Join SAME and CFAC at Pride @ The Beach 2013!

10/12/2013 - 11:00am
pride @ the beach 2013

Yes! SAME and Canvass For A Cause(CFAC) will again co-table at this year's event. Join us on Oct 12th, 2013 at 238 N The Strand. Oceanside, CA (Betty's Lot) from 11-am to 6pm.  

This year, Pride @ The Beach will be preforming a mass wedding ceremony on stage at 5:00pm.

For directions, go to this link http://www.northcountypride.com/?page_id=23  .

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center's goal; to reunite all LGBT organizations and groups in North County in order to give a voice to our presence, create more visibility, and improve our lives.

Each year the Pride @ The Beach event raises funding for their Annual GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Awards. These awards go directly to North County Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in the middle schools and high schools. These clubs promote respect for diversity in their schools, play a critical role in stopping and prevent harassment and discrimination
against LGBTQ students, and help ensure that schools are safe for everybody. Our youth need our support. Join us!  (Image via North County LGBTQ Resource Center/North County Pride)

Prop 8 & DOMA: Day Of Decision: Win or Lose, We're Not Done Yet!

06/26/2013 - 5:00pm
SD Pride Flag

Regardless of the decision, DOMA or Prop 8, please meet at the Hillcrest Pride Flagpole (University Ave and Normal St. SD, CA. 92103) starting at 5pm.


The US Supreme Court is about to make its decision on the legality of CA's Prop 8 and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The date is unknown at this time, so be prepared to mobilize and join us at the Hillcrest Pride Flag for a rally with speakers and a march on the day when they are announced. Then join us afterward at the SD LGBT Center at 7pm for more activities in response to the decision.

SAME supports the Northgate Market worker's right to organize. A letter to the Gonzalez Family.

Dear Gonzalez Family,

 My name is Jose Medina; I am a steering committee member of SAME Alliance, a grassroots, non-profit organization based in San Diego.  Our organization was founded in opposition to Proposition 8 and is a democratically-run organization committed to fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights including marriage equality. I am delivering this letter on behalf of the organization.

In pursuit of justice and solidarity for marriage equality, SAME Alliance has made outreach to other justice-seeking movements including immigrant rights and workers’ rights. We believe that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.

In 2009, SAME joined Unite Here Local 30 as a vocal and active member in the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel to address the owner’s financial support of Proposition 8 and its unequal treatment of housekeeping staff.  SAME members were very aware that the hotel was taking advantage of the mostly Latino immigrants who were trying to support their families with the low pay and long hours working there.

VICTORY for the Equality 9! ALL Charges Dropped!


This afternoon of Aug 24th, 2012, SAME has learned of the wonderfull news!  The prosecution has backed down and has DROPPED ALL CHARGES against the Equality Nine!  Thus ends a two year saga for the nine people who were wrongfully arrested as they engaged in a constitutionally protected peacefull protest at the SD County Administration Building against Prop 8 on Aug 19th, 2010.

As you recall, following Judge Walker's ruling of Prop 8 unconstitutional, the Equality 9 were arrested for engaging in a peaceful sit-in when the San Diego County Clerk would not issue Marriage Licenses to two same-sex couples who had appointments that day.

Click to see some statements from Equality 9 members and allies: