Pride Not Prejudice

June 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

I moved to San Francisco a few months ago. Today I went to the San Francisco Pride parade. It opened up my eyes to a lot of things.

Man with balloons

First, San Franciscans really know how to party!

Balloon lady

Second, I realized that I don’t know many gay people.

My two daughters were active in theater and co-ed cheerleading groups growing up, and both were members of the LGBT support clubs in middle school and high school. They know lots of gay people.

But when I was in school in the 60s and 70s, no one admitted to being gay. No one. It was unacceptable in the community I grew up. For some reason, I still don’t have many gay people in my life–I don’t know why. But I live in San Francisco now. I’m hoping that will change.

Colorful lady

Third, I realized how far the gay community has come in the 40 years since San Francisco’s first Pride parade. In a nation that still has a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, I saw dozens of police and other public officers proudly marching in today’s parade with their partners. Many politicians also participated to show their support. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is a rock star in this community.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Fourth, I realized how far gay rights have yet to go.

I do protesters for gay marriage

Gay marriage is legal in five U.S. states. Unbelievably, California is not one of them.

Divorce religion from constituationality protestor

We also saw some marchers from Egypt’s gay community. They wore bandanas–I’m assuming that was to protect their identities. I doubt there are many pride parades in Egypt.

Last, I want that pink bike.

Lady on pink bike

Oh, and the gay community has the BEST flag.

Rainbow flag

Photos by Craig Wiesner. Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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