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San Diego Pride Is Underway Online

Protesters held a rally against racial injustice and police use of force at the Pride Flag in Hillcrest on June 6, 2020, following a march from downtown San Diego.
Matthew Bowler
Protesters held a rally against racial injustice and police use of force at the Pride Flag in Hillcrest on June 6, 2020, following a march from downtown San Diego.
The organizers of the various Pride events have worked to rethink them, so that the event can happen online this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has called for the cancellation of large gatherings, including San Diego's annual Pride celebration.

But, the organizers of the various events have worked to rethink them, so that Pride can happen online.

Fernando López Jr., the executive director of San Diego Pride said the online format has proven more inclusive with, in some cases 10 times more people participating in the events that have taken place online so far than typically have attended the same events in person in years past.

But López said, not having in person events related to Pride, represents a monetary loss of $2.5 million for San Diego Pride.

"All of our education and advocacy work is funded by this weekend," López said.

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López joined Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about how that transition took place and issues this year's event will be highlighting.