South Bay Pride + Long Live the Queens!

Democrats for Equality,

Yesterday, a number of our executive board and club members showed up in a strong show of force in support of Chula Vista’s Drag Queen Story Hour.

Probably to the surprise of those who showed up to protest, there were more standing up on the side of love and acceptance, than those on the other side who embraced bigotry and hate.

A fact that became even more real when those who were protesting made their way to the Chula Vista City Council meeting to criticize our own Councilmember Steve Padilla and Mayor Mary Salas.

Our club’s Sergeant-at-Arms Ryan Darsey spoke with 10News saying, “We live in 2019, not the Dark Ages. Parents have every right to let their children hear stories of love and acceptance.”

The opposition was largely organized by hate group MassResistance, and has found a very sympathetic ear in Trump Republican Councilmember Mike Diaz.

Mike Diaz represents Council District 4 in Chula Vista, which will be coming up for our club’s endorsement consideration in October. Given the gross hostility to our LGBTQ community, this race should be on our radar. In the event we endorse a candidate, we may need to consider this a priority race and work to unseat this dude next year.

Despite the controversy, it’s only helped drive interest by equality and education-minded families to the point that a second Drag Queen Story Hour needed to be added because of demand.

Mary Salas and Steve Padilla should be commended for standing strong for community, for equality, and for love. We thank both of you so much!

Moral of this story? Love wins.

Speaking of Chula Vista, this Saturday is South Bay Pride!

The annual event will be held from 12pm to 7pm at Bayside Park in Chula Vista (address is 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista 91910).

San Diego Democrats for Equality will have a booth to come stop by and say hello!

This week also happens to be the last week our state legislators will be in Sacramento finishing up their agenda for the year. One of the high-profile bills is AB 5 which would address worker misclassification, and late last night was passed by a 29-11 vote in the State Senate.

In one of the more heart-warming photos of late, Ben Adler on Twitter captured this embrace between our Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Appropriations Chair Lorena Gonzalez.

We have so much love and respect for our legislators — especially Toni and Lorena. A simple reminder that when their powers combine, they may not turn into Captain Planet, but they’re pretty damn near unstoppable.

And now, a couple more things…

  • Our club-rated candidate Will Moore, running for Council District 1, is holding a campaign walk on Saturday, September 21 at 10am. Breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, please contact
  • In July, our club joined several other Democratic clubs in endorsing the proposed San Diego city charter amendment regarding the city’s Community Review Board on Police Practices. There is a first reading of the proposed ballot measure scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 9:00am at City Hall on the 12th floor. If you’d like to attend or speak in solidarity, please reach out to for more information.
  • Finally, CNN and the Human Rights Campaign have announced that they will host a Democratic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues for Thursday, October 10th at The Novo in Los Angeles. We are in the process of organizing a watch party!

Finally, our next club meeting will be next Thursday, September 19th — and we’ll be again starting at a special time: 6:30pm. The meeting will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

We absolutely will be considering an endorsement in Congressional District 53 that evening. To allow for the potential extra candidates in CA53, we have decided to push back the County Supervisor District 1 consideration until October. Also, we will have a quick discussion about ranked choice voting as a possibility to test out for our Presidential endorsement.

Check out our updated endorsement calendar here.

Long Live the (Drag) Queens!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality