This was a different year for SF Pride San Francisco. Different because, while America and the World are far more accepting of people who are gay and lesbian, there are others who would seek the input of the United States Supreme Court in ratifying their prejudice.
Also, the LGBTQ Community has it’s members who don’t reach out to those who are straight allies, unlike the past, when such community was common. Today, I can go to a party, and it literally divides between straight people like myself, and those who are gay, as well as every other division by race and interest.
As much as the Internet allows us to see society and social reaction in real time, it and mobile text messaging have become the technology that divides us. And then here comes President Trump to ruin the national mood. As much as President Barack Obama made us, and the World, smile about America, President donald trump has made is and the World, frown about our United States. Trump has divided us, and will continue to do so, unless he is made to change, or leaves office.
That said, we can smile at the fact that 2018 SF Pride was a success, once again. Let’s take a Social Media look at the giant event.
Thanks to USA Today for giving us a tweet about Harvey Milk that reminded all what this SF Pride Day and Week was all about:
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 23, 2018
The day started with the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Beth Schnitzer, long time friend to me and to many, and founder of Spritz Marketing, attended the breakfast:
U.S. Senator Kamela Harris was everywhere:
— Ooh Miss Emma (@oohmissemma) June 24, 2018
U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, who was San Francisco Supervisor when San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot by SF Supervisor Dan White, and became San Francisco;s first woman Mayor (a post she held for 10 years), issued this tweet:
Happy #Pride, San Francisco! Let’s celebrate the work of LGBT activists who have come before by continuing to fight toward full equality. Today’s celebrations are a testament to their hard-fought victories. #SFPride
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 23, 2018
New San Francisco Mayor London Breed has never been a stranger to SF Pride. In fact, I met her at the breakfast several years ago. Here’s Mayor Breed’s tweets:
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) June 24, 2018
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) June 24, 2018
When you see a tweet at #SFPride2018 with a sign “Less stress, more sex” as the top tweet, you know it’s going to be OK, and just maybe there’s hope that San Francisco and Oakland will return to the less up-tight days of the recent past (like when Obama was POTUS):
— erin (@loverin_14) June 24, 2018
Then, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott (who was interviewed by Zennie62 on YouTube at the SF African American Juneteenth Dinner), teamed with colleague Chief Hayes White to assure a safe SF Pride:
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) June 24, 2018
And here are the San Francisco Police Officers who worked SF Pride brilliantly:
— SFPDCares (@SFPDCares) June 24, 2018
Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan (the only Oakland elected official to be in the SF Pride Parade and tweet about it) and her wife were in the Oakland Fire Department car for SF Pride:
Happy pride and may our efforts
Toward love and justice for all continue!🌈🚒💜 pic.twitter.com/eDrZaJrRnY
— Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) June 24, 2018
Steven Rogers, who built the one type of business that ultimately can save us from the isolationist tendancies of the Internet, the 24-hour cafe called The Grand in Phoenix, walked with Apple at SF Pride:
Owner of “The Grand”, Steven walking with Apple in today’s Pride Parade in San Francisco with media partner Synergistic Studios. Beautiful day! Happy Pride [email protected] Grand! #equality #pride #sfpride #sanfrancisco #phoenix #sfpride2018 #apple #applepride #thegrand #thegrandaz pic.twitter.com/S21JF96SQM
— The Grand (@thegrandaz) June 25, 2018
And then there were people exhbiting the sprit of SF Pride:
— Reina🌻 (@lily_toscano) June 25, 2018
And I have to say the San Francisco police let white folks get away with a lot, like walking around naked. Where’s BBQ Becky? Heck, she just might be marching with Jogger Joe!:
— krys (@improbablykrys) June 25, 2018
And I have to say something I never believed I needed to repeat: you don’t have to be gay or lesbian to support rights for the LGBTQ community. There’s a silent middle of people in America who think the reverse, and it will be the seed of a social retrenchment, if we’re not careful to get out the message of civil rights for all.