SF Pride Celebrations 2013
By Helen Carey’14
On June 26th, 2013 the Supreme Court justices declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in the case United States vs. Windsor. On the same day, Prop 8 of California was determined unconstitutional in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, meaning that same-sex couples could now wed in the state.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the festivities were underway. With over 1.4 million in attendance, the 2013 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration is considered to be the largest in city history. Leading off the Parade was Dykes on Bike, a women’s motorcycle contingent whose mission is to act as a supporter for LGBT philanthropic efforts. The following 200 Parade contingents ranged from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to the San Francisco chapters of Girl Scouts. According to the organizers of SF Pride, to appear in the Parade a contingent must represent: “a cause, message, or belief in front of a diverse audience of Parade-goers.” From the enthusiastic responses of the onlookers, it is clear that every contingent did just this. According to Caroline Bertain’14, the best part of the Parade was not just the amazing floats and sites, but “how ecstatic everyone was to be there and how proud everyone was of who they were.” For many in attendance, this celebration represented their newly achieved victory in the war for marital equality. Many of the contingents showed their joy in the Supreme Court’s decision by waving signs saying, “WON” and “the Supreme Court put a ring on it.” As Shannon Courtney’14 said, “I really liked the atmosphere, since gay marriage had become legal the day or two before...the excitement was palpable.” This year’s Pride Parade not only celebrated the triumph for same-sex couples, but the rejuvenation of hope for the United States’ goal for equality for all people. The 2014 SF Pride Celebration certainly has a lot to top.
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