LGBT Lapel Pins
From 2017 through 2021, Dennis Fiordaliso produced 10 different lapel pins for the San Diego LGBT Community. The concept for each lapel pin originated with Dennis, and the graphic designs were generated by local artist Julie Warren. The manufacturing costs were covered by Dennis, and by individual donations and occasional fund-raising sales. In addition, Julie Warren donated her unique artistic talents at no cost.
The first lapel pin was produced in 2017 to honor the folks named to the LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor at the Center. Soon thereafter, a similar lapel pin was produced so that all Veterans, and the people who support them, would also have a lapel pin to wear.
In 2018, a lapel pin was made for Lambda Archives of San Diego, where both Dennis and Julie had served as Board members in the 1990s. Three more lapel pins were produced in 2018: “Peace, Love, Pride” for LGBT Youth Programs such as the Young Professionals Academy at the Center; a lapel pin for the “San Diego Sparks F. C.” soccer team as they prepared to attend Gay Games X in Paris; and a Pink Triangle “Pride” lapel pin to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
In 2019, two lapel pins were produced to support the Transgender Community: one displaying the blue, pink, and white colors of the official Transgender Flag, and another displaying the pictographic symbol used by the Transgender Community.
In 2020, a lapel pin was made to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In 2021, a lapel pin was made for the 40th Anniversary of Front Runners & Walkers San Diego.
In total, more than 4,000 lapel pins were distributed to the LGBT Community and the general public from 2017 through 2021.
* FRWSD will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in Fall 2021. We hope you’ll be able to join us in those celebrations. Details forthcoming