Jordan Z. Marks


County of San Diego

News Article

United in Pride

News Date
Jun 13, 2023

Assessor/Recorder/ County Clerk Jordan Z. Marks  has added his name to the list of community, faith, business, and elected leaders to embrace United in Pride: Solidarity with Prides and the LGBTQ+ Community Joint Statement. Read more below or view the statement here.


As leaders in our diverse communities, we stand united in condemning the growing threats against Pride events and the LGBTQ+ community at large. We are deeply concerned by the escalating attacks and disruptive activities perpetrated by anti-LGBTQ+ groups, including extremist factions such as the Proud Boys. These attempts to incite fear, spread disinformation, and sow division within our society are unacceptable.

We have seen a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and an alarming increase in public hostility towards our LGBTQ+ community, leading to fear of physical violence and harm. The ongoing attacks and threats have reached a point where our Pride celebrations, symbols of joy and unity, are now being targeted. This is an affront to our cherished American principles of equality, liberty, and justice. 

We firmly believe that safety is a fundamental right, not a privilege. No ideological differences should culminate in life-or-death consequences. We pledge to work tirelessly to safeguard our LGBTQ+ community and Pride events.

We condemn these threats and stand unwavering in our support of the LGBTQ+ community. We will use our collective platforms to counteract the false narratives propagated about our community to foster a climate of understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.

We are not fair-weather friends of the LGBTQ+ community. We understand the importance of Pride for our LGBTQ+ community. These events are not mere celebrations, but potent symbols of defiance against hate, resilience against oppression, and an affirmation of existence. The vibrant Pride events planned for this year all across San Diego County will not be marred by hatred. They will remain shining beacons of diversity, love, and unity.

To all those spreading hate, we say this: We are not strangers to adversity. We have faced it before and we will face it again. Our LGBTQ+ community is resilient, born from the crucible of struggle, and hardened by a history of vibrant resistance and radical love. Your fear, hate, and violence cannot silence us. We are many, we are diverse, and we are powerful.

We call to action all our fellow leaders, community members, and allies. Let us stand in unity against fear, hate, and violence. Let us ensure the power of our intersectional solidarity leads to positive action. We are LGBTQ+ and allied leaders in business, faith, community, and elected office. Our collective strength is our best weapon in the face of adversity. Together, we can and will continue to Thrive! Now, more than ever, it’s time for Pride.


This joint statement is signed by 80 organizations, institutions of faith, and businesses, as well as 79 community, faith, and elected leaders. The list will be updated periodically. Click here to add your organization to the list.

Community Organizations

  1. San Diego Pride
  2. ADL San Diego
  3. Art of Pride
  4. BikeSD
  5. Center for Community Solutions
  6. Change Begins With ME (Indivisible)
  7. Circulate San Diego
  8. City of San Diego LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance
  9. Diversionary Theatre
  10. Downtown San Diego Partnership
  11. Equality California
  12. FilmOut San Diego
  13. GLSEN San Diego
  14. Human Dignity Foundation
  15. Jewish Family Service of San Diego
  16. Kiwanis Club of Hillcrest All-Inclusive
  17. Lambda Archives of San Diego
  18. Lambda Rising Soccer Club
  19. LEAD San Diego
  20. LGBTQIA+ Survivor Task Force
  21. Mama’s Kitchen
  22. Meals on Wheels San Diego County
  23. Modern Military Association of America
  24. National LGBTQ Task Force
  25. North County LGBTQ Resource Center
  26. Our Time to Act United
  27. Out Professionals
  28. Pacific Arts Movement
  29. PFLAG San Diego County
  30. POZabilities
  31. Pride Youth Coalition
  32. Proyecto Trans Latina
  33. Queer Asian Social Club
  34. Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego
  35. Regional Task Force on Homelessness
  36. San Diego API Coalition
  37. San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition
  38. San Diego Convention Center
  39. San Diego Foundation
  40. San Diego History Center
  41. San Diego LGBTQ+ Latine Coalition
  42. San Diego Pride Military Department
  43. San Diego Queer Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Coalition (QAPIMEDA)
  44. San Diego Regional Chamber
  45. San Diego Women’s Chorus
  46. Stepping Stone of San Diego
  47. Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, Inc.
  48. Tom Homann LGBTQ+ Law Association 
  49. The Old Globe
  50. The San Diego LGBT Community Center
  51. TransFamily Support Services
  52. Uptown Community Service Center
  53. Volunteer with Cheli
  54. World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024

Institutions of Faith

  1. All Faith Center
  2. American Baptist Churches USA Evergreen
  3. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Encinitas
  4. Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  5. Chavurah Shir Ha-Yam
  6. Congregation Dor Hadash
  7. Dharma Bum Temple
  8. Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
  9. First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista
  10. First United Methodist Church of San Diego
  11. Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego
  12. Normal Heights United Church
  13. Pioneer Ocean View UCC
  14. St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
  15. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, City Heights, San Diego
  16. Summit UU Fellowship
  17. Temple Emanu-El
  18. Tifereth Israel Synagogue
  19. University Christian Church

Company / Business

  1. Better APC
  2. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  3. KOA+ROY
  4. OutAt Inc – Out at the Fair®
  5. Red Ace Press
  6. Sum of Us Festival
  7. The San Diego Union-Tribune
  8. Waves, A Psychological Corporation

Elected and Appointed Officials

  1. Congressman Scott Peters, 50th Congressional District
  2. Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, 51st Congressional District
  3. State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, State Senate District 39
  4. State Senator Steve Padilla, California State Senate District 18
  5. Assemblymember Chris Ward, California State Assembly District 78
  6. Assemblymember Akilah Weber, California State Assembly District 79
  7. Vice-Chair Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3
  8. District Attorney Summer Stephan, County of San Diego
  9. Mayor Todd Gloria, City of San Diego
  10. City Attorney Mara Elliott, City of San Diego
  11. Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, City of San Diego, District 9
  12. Councilmember Stephen Whitburn, City of San Diego, District 3
  13. Councilmember Jennifer Campbell, City of San Diego, District 2
  14. Councilmember Kent Lee, City of San Diego, District 6
  15. Councilmember Raul Campillo, City of San Diego, District 7
  16. Hon. Andrea Beth Damsky, Division 2 Director, Helix Water District
  17. Vice Mayor Colin Parent, City of La Mesa
  18. Councilmember Patricia Dillard, City of La Mesa
  19. Councilmember Jack Shu, City of La Mesa
  20. Hon. Jordan Z. Marks, Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk 
  21. General Manager Sandra Kerl, San Diego County Water Authority
  22. CEO Sharon Cooney, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
  23. California State Youth Commissioner & Youth Organizer Aidan Lin

Community Leaders

  1. Ryan Bradley
  2. nicole buruse
  3. Benny Cartwright
  4. Rick Cervantes
  5. Ryn Corbeil
  6. Kathleen Dang
  7. Susan Hartman
  8. Haydee Juarez
  9. Clay Kilpatrick
  10. Heidi Knuff
  11. TC Krentz
  12. Nicole Kronick
  13. Michael Lavach
  14. Kevin Lee
  15. Noah Lomax
  16. Jimmy Lovett
  17. Connor Maddocks
  18. Mark D. Maddox
  19. Joseph Mayer
  20. Kevin Mayer
  21. Emmanuelle McCall
  22. Oleene Perera
  23. Rip Rippetoe
  24. Leah Shapiro
  25. Angela Smiley
  26. Russ Sperling
  27. Kat Tessero
  28. Shaun Randall Travers
  29. Eden Tropp
  30. Luke Vaughn
  31. Nicole Verdes

Faith Leaders

  1. Rev. Dr. Abigail Albert, All Faith Center
  2. Reverend Mary Sue Brookshire, Pioneer Ocean View UCC
  3. Bishop Susan Brown Snook, Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
  4. Revered Daniel Brunner, American Baptist Churches USA Evergreen
  5. Andrea Beth Damsky, Lay Cantorial Soloist, Chavurah Shir Ha-Yam
  6. Canon for Mission Jason Evans, Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
  7. Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald, Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego
  8. Alan Hay, First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista
  9. Susan Jester, Lay Minister Evangelism, St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
  10. Pastor Molly Lorden, Normal Heights United Church
  11. Rev. Dr. Michelle Kirby, Metropolitan Community Church
  12. Reverend Daniel Koeshall, Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego
  13. Priest-in-Charge Richard Lee, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, City Heights, San Diego
  14. Senior Minister Caleb Lines, University Christian Church
  15. The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch
  16. Rabbi Devorah Marcus, Temple Emanu-El
  17. Rabbi Mathew Marko, Tifereth Israel Synagogue
  18. Rabbi Yael Ridberg, Congregation Dor Hadash
  19. Rev. Trudy Robinson, First United Methodist Church of San Diego
  20. Reverend Brent Ross, Normal Heights United Church
  21. Rev. Justine Sullivan
  22. Minister Sharon Wylie, Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  23. Pastor Laura Ziehl, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Encinitas
  24. Jeffrey Zlotnik, Dharma Bum Temple

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