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California Western Students and Faculty March in the San Diego Pride Parade

California Western participants at Pride parade

The San Diego Pride parade on July 11 had special significance this year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Despite the deluge that engulfed San Diego that day the participants and spectators braved the elements for a joyous celebration.

Here is an account of the law school’s experience in the parade, written by Pride Law vice president 2L Safora Nowrouzi:

“The rain of Hurricane Dolores could not and did not stop California Western from participating in San Diego Pride. California Western’s group was led by Pride Law President, 3L Christine Espejo, and joined by faculty and students as they marched through the storm voicing solidarity with the LGBT community of San Diego. It was an inspiration to take parading steps alongside our very own professors who embrace diversity on various levels. Professors Kenneth Klein, Ruth Hargrove and Lisa Black joined the California Western contingent, along with Jesus Barraza, the assistant director of academic achievement.

In the spirit of support, Pride Law attended the parade to promote the visibility of LGBT students, faculty and allies at California Western. The greater visibility means greater recognition and more networking opportunities, which ultimately means getting a step closer to addressing the legal issues affecting the LGBT community.”