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Our History

Protect and Defend is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, per 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.


Our intent is to serve the interests of gay, lesbian, and transsexual law enforcement, firefighters, military, and other public safety from all over the world. We are primarily a social organization that organizes public and private events with an eye towards charitable fundraising for LGBT organizations as well as support for our membership. We were formed as a result of another organization within the Southern California area that wanted to exclude service members from its events and membership, some friends who were involved with that organization came together and created the logo and name (with their own monies), this group would be called "Protect And Defend”.

It is our goal to have an impact on peace officers, firefighters, members of EMS, and service members so they have a feeling of acceptance while being a part of a secured and safe organization.

Our first event was Party in the Desert 2006, held July 7th through 9th at a hotel in Palm Springs. This was a private event, and we had the entire hotel booked for our members. This was set up by the members of a former organization in California that had the Pigs In Paradise events. At this event there was a vote by the attendees (only public safety and military) and it was unanimous that Protect and Defend should incorporate as a organization.

What a great success it was! No cliques, no attitudes, just fun in the sun and water with great food and drink. A charitable donation was made to Desert Pride Center, and we were able to contribute to an operating budget for the future. Support came from attorneys and corporate sponsors that helped Protect and Defend or (PAD) incorporate as an official non profit organization.

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