SF Pride mixes joy with activism as fight continues and rights threatened

Pride sign at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum.
Pride sign at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Photo credit Mike DeWald/KCBS Radio

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – This year's San Francisco Pride festivities came amid a backdrop of uncertainty and the looming fights ahead for LGBTQ rights. Activists say it's the continuation of a fight that never ended.

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While Pride itself was a joyous celebration, there was still an underlying sense of what's to come.

"With everything that's happening so much politically, it's so important to be out here and just be a part of it," Calvin Lindberg, one of the thousands of attendees, told KCBS Radio.

The messages from signs all around Pride ranged from support of same sex marriage, to solidarity with those fighting for reproductive rights following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade just two days prior.

Lindberg said this year's festival marked a return to the event's earliest roots and what Pride is all about – protest.

Many enjoying San Francisco Pride at city hall.
Many enjoying San Francisco Pride at city hall. Photo credit Mike DeWald/KCBS Radio
Two people at San Francisco Pride.
Two people at San Francisco Pride. Photo credit Mike DeWald/KCBS Radio

"We're out here because we want to be seen, we want to be a part of it, and we just need to keep going and hopefully this country can get back on track," he told KCBS Radio.

With the future of same sex marriage and trans rights potentially in doubt, many are planning for the fight ahead.

Trans activist Honey Mahogany said the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion puts into question a number of other rights long considered precedent.

"It makes me think that interracial marriage might not be allowed in certain states," she told KCBS Radio while at Pride.

Mahogany said the fight for these rights is nothing news in the LGBTQ community and the work is already being done on the ground.

“We've been doing the work. This does not start tomorrow, this started a long long time ago and so we’re going to keep fighting," she said.

"It's good reminder that we know how to fight, we know how to win, we know how to create change and we can do it again."

Given the divisive political climate, Mahogany said the focus moving forward is on finding the solutions.

"We really need to make sure that we are looking at how we are communicating with each other, how we are having conversations and how we can help heal this country," she explained.

Mahogany is hoping for a political solution and having many of these rights codified and passed into law.

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