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Pride 2015: Equality Without Exception

This year’s annual San Francisco Pride Parade, themed “Equality Without Exception”, was certainly one to make the celebration’s 45-year legacy proud: a record-breaking crowd of over one million people attended Sunday’s parade.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling on Friday, hundreds of thousands of proud LGBTQ people and their allies hit the streets in what was one of the most joyous and momentous celebrations in this city’s history. Akin to the efforts of the civil rights movements during the 50s and 60s, LGBTQ activists and allies have been fighting for basic human rights, such as the right to marry, since the late 1800s.

Sunshine, smiles, and tears– Sunday’s celebration truly reflected the extraordinary significance of this historic win. Over 200 local and international companies and organizations—such as Apple, SFMTA, and Netflix— came together to form a truly epic lineup, including yours truly. Grandiose floats and colorful balloons and streamers decorated Market Street, putting on a truly unforgettable show that lasted into the early afternoon.

The San Franpsycho crew was fortunate enough to receive an invite to participate in the parade with Supervisor Katy Tang, a born-and-raised Sunset native who has represented District 4 since 2013. Making our company debut in the Pride Parade, we supported our LGBTQ friends and family in our newly painted “Pride or Die” van, bringing along with us an always-enthusiastic team of supporters who danced and rallied the crowds from the Embarcadero to 8th Street.

While nationwide acknowledgement and fair legislation are essential stepping stones toward equality for all, the journey for LGBTQ groups is not yet over. Love may have won last week, but we still have many victories to achieve and hard questions to solve in regard to the treatment of minority groups and the injustices many still face today. By supporting one another and promoting awareness about these difficult issues, we can keep moving together in the right direction!

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