RESIST regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, celebrate diversity. Those themes and more marked this year’s Pride Parade in San Francisco. Many organizations and businesses were there to support their LGBT members and employees, but the queer organizations were there to say, Resist! and No, we won’t go back! I loved Race Bannon’s poster, “My safeword is IMPEACH”. Another of the Leather Contingent’s banners was, “Whip Fascism, We Won’t Go Backwards”.
The crowds were very upbeat and there were plenty who took the opportunity to proclaim their queerness, especially through their attire and clever t-shirts. Who can forget “Queer as Fuck” or “Can’t Even Think Straight”.
As always it was a pleasure and an honor to march with Leather Pride SF and this year my good friend Brue was one of the Leather Marshals. Congratulations again to Brue and thank you for all that you do for the community. I also have to give a special mention to Danny for leading us, whip first! The cracking of his whip got everyone’s attention and was hot to watch! For photos of all the fun, follow this link.
“For Racial and Economic Justice” – The crowds were noticeably smaller than last year which actually made for a much more enjoyable experience. Last year, Marriage Equality became the law of the land, and everyone came out to celebrate. This year, the parade goers and marchers were just as enthusiastic, but after the tragedy in Orlando, some decided to stay away. I decided to march this year as an act of defiance. The slogan “Silence Equals Death” has new meaning now in the wake of so much gun violence.
Marching with the Leather Contingent was fantastic. We were near the front of the parade and there was lots of interaction between us and the crowds. Many folks wanted a picture with us or wanted a slap on the ass with a flogger. Check out the photos!
More contingents, more vendors, more fun sums up this year’s Sonoma County Pride 2016. “United in Pride” was the theme as a diverse group from throughout Sonoma County came together to celebrate Pride. The Pride Committee did a great job of putting on a fun and successful Pride Parade and Celebration. This was their top priority, but they also promoted working with other community groups and our local governments to address LGBT issues.
It was a great kick-off for the month of Pride. To see all the photos, follow the link here.
Thank you Supreme Court for doing the right thing. Marriage Equality is now the law of the land! And, they timed the announcement right before Pride which was awesome. In fact over a million people came to San Francisco Pride to celebrate the decision. There were so many people I couldn’t get close enough to photograph the actual parade, but here are lots of photos of the marchers as they queued up to march.
SF Pride is always a good time. Everyone was happy and the day was gorgeous. See all the photos here.
“Free to Be!” The Sonoma County Pride Parade & Celebration 2014 was held on Sunday, June 1st in Guerneville, CA. Sonoma County’s LGBT Community, friends and family came out to celebrate and cheer on the parade Grand Marshals, Mayor Carol Russell of Cloverdale, Mayor Robert Jacob of Sebastopol and Guerneville’s own Rodger Jenson!
To see a slide show of all the photos, click here.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier
On June 26th, 2013 California became Lucky 13 as Gays and Lesbians could once again get married in California. The annual Pride Parade became an extra special celebration this year as we celebrated our victory in getting Prop 8 overturned as well as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Check out the photos from the day as the LGBT community and our straight allies celebrated PRIDE! More photos…