The city starts to buzz in June. Although the Gay Rights Movement started with Stonewall in New York, San Francisco has made LGBT Pride Month something special.
As a kid, I would go with my mom to see her friends dressed in drag blowing kisses at the crowds along Market Street. It was magical. As a teen, in those awkward years searching for my identity, I went on my own. It felt comfortable. The scene wasn’t about being gay or straight. It was about being yourself with pride and without fear. This year’s theme, Generations of Resistance, continues the theme of multigenerational work in the fight for equality.
When the motorcycles line up in the shadow of the Ferry Building, you can meet women from all around the world. The floats around the corner are finishing up final details and the cheerleaders practice amazing performance maneuvers. You have to pre-register to ride though. The days of just showing up and joining are long gone.
The Parade and other events are virtual this year. The entire world can celebrate together.
The new online magazine Inside Pride gives a glimpse behind the scenes. Donations are welcomed to help the non-profit continue their work throughout the year.
June is full of events and celebrations for Pride. It’s about living free and fearless. Wear your rainbow socks and hold your head high!