June 23rd-24th was Pride, and it was a weekend to celebrate! The 48th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade happened on Sunday, and it was fantastic. The parade itself had a large part dedicated to advertising, but Pride and the crowd it brought together to celebrate in the streets of San Francisco were beautiful and diverse. It was truly lovely to see, especially in the United States right now, run by a president who seems so ignorant and hateful.
People rejoiced, and strangers came together with open minds and hearts. There was even a proposal. Love is LOVE, and everyone deserves it, craves it and needs it. We are all human no matter what, and our preferences in a partner shouldn’t make a difference in how we treat the people around us. So be kind, because nobody owns a monopoly on love, and in this world, we live in we could all use so much more of it.
Even though Pride seems like a festival nowadays, it can be very emotional for many. Pride originated from the infamous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, where police discrimination turned violent. The Riots brought national attention to discrimination against the LGBT community and sparked the beginning of grassroots organizations like Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), co-founded by Marsha P. Johnson, the trans woman who may have been the first to fight back against the police in the riot. It also led to the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) to organize a march to commemorate the anniversary of the riots. This became what is now known as the Pride parade. To learn more about the history behind the first Pride, click here.
Photos and words: Anouk Nexus.