King Princess to bring some non-binary visibility to San Diego Pride

King Princess

Genderqueer singer, musician, and producer King Princess will take San Diego Pride by storm on Saturday 13 July.

The LGBTI festival in southern California runs between 12-14 July.

San Diego Pride

On Friday, there will be the usual Friday-night Spirit of Stonewall Rally, whereas the march will take place on Saturday.

Floats and marchers will take to the streets on 13 July. Then, the annual parade will be followed by the first day of the festival, which will continue on Sunday.

This year’s theme is Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. The theme aligned with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, to honor and reflect on the Stonewall generation, their activism, and all that the LGBTI community has gained through their efforts.

King Princess and Melissa Etheridge

One year after her debut single 1950, King Princess will headline one of the biggest events in California, alongside Melissa Etheridge.

‘Playing San Diego Pride is a true honor,’ she said.

‘Pride celebrations are a pillar of liberation and representation in our community and a reminder of our ability to bring happiness to one another through inclusion.’

The Pussy Is God singer furthermore added: ‘It’s about giving each other a home in which we can share our truest expression of self without judgment. Our founding mother Marsha fought to give us our space to express ourselves freely and to celebrate our love. I’m honored to be a part of this loving community. Come rock with me and Melissa!’

Previous San Diego Pride performers include Ke$ha, TLC, Kathy Griffin, JoJo, Kim Petras, and Margaret Cho.

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Melissa Etheridge is headlining San Diego Pride this year

Melissa Etheridge

San Diego Pride announced on Thursday (14 March) that Melissa Etheridge is going to be the headliner for their event this year.

Founded in 1974, San Diego Pride held their first event the following year. It was held in honor and celebration of Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Fittingly, this year’s theme is Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. They chose the theme because this year is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. At San Diego Pride, they will ‘honor and reflect on the Stonewall generation, their activism and all that the LGBTQ community has gained through their efforts’.

Etheridge will be a part of that.

‘To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for,’ the rock singer said in a statement.

‘You are the proof that we can become the change we wish to see. This community makes me a better person every day and this year at San Diego Pride, we will raise our spirits to the heavens and rock ‘til we drop!’

Fernando Z. López, executive director of San Diego Pride, added he can ‘think of no one better to embody that spirit’ of celebrating the launch of the modern-day LGBTI civil rights movement than Etheridge.

‘Her decades of meaningful music and inspired advocacy continue to connect the LGBTQ community and carve a better path forward both here and around the world,’ he continued.

Who gets to perform at Pride?

Etheridge first came out publicly in 1993. Her announcement of performing at Pride, along with the likes of Kesha at LOVELOUD, comes amidst a discussion of the artists asked to perform at Pride events.

Recently, Ariana Grande responded to criticism that she’s headlining Manchester Pride this year. The criticism stemmed from both increased ticket prices as well as Grande not being an LGBTI artist.

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, who is also performing at Manchester Pride, defended Grande.

‘In the case of Manchester Pride – Ariana has shown more than most that she cares about us and loves Manchester,’ he said.

‘Does that mean we shouldn’t try harder to celebrate all the amazing queer talent? No! But – can’t stress this enough – if more people listened to and supported LGBT+ artists – they’d get more slots.’

San Diego Pride takes place 13-14 July. Etheridge will close out the event on Sunday.

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