The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

Back to Article
Back to Article

Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

Graphic by Tam Duong Jr./The Pioneer

Graphic by Tam Duong Jr./The Pioneer

Graphic by Tam Duong Jr./The Pioneer

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Metal detectors marked every entrance and bag sizes were scrutinized down to the inch at San Francisco’s annual Gay Pride Celebration last weekend, according to a celebration security report. The statement also disclosed a list of prohibited items, including weapons, portable speakers and e-cigarettes, and warned of a strong police presence at all Pride activities throughout the city, monitored by officers both in and out of uniform.

In its 46th year, San Francisco’s annual Gay Pride Celebration featured a colorful venue of performers and organizations, not so different from years past. However, for many attendees, the gathering was much more symbolic than usual. This year’s slogan, “For Racial and Economic Equality,” carried particular weight for those reeling from the aftermath of what USA Today dubbed the largest mass killing in U.S. history.

Forty-nine people lost their lives on June 12, when Omar Mateen, 29, entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and squeezed the trigger until 49 people were dead and 53 others were wounded, according to The New York Times.

“This was an act of cowardice and callousness,” read a statement by the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration Committee.

As the nation continued to cope with the tragedy, members of the LGBTQ community were faced with the possibility that attending Pride could paint a target on their backs.

“We must remain strong and vigilant in the face of such hatred. We must be good to one another, we must speak up for one another, and most importantly we must look out for one another,” stated the SF Pride Celebration Committee in a press release.

Navigate Left
  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Ghost Ship warehouse fire started quickly

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Student injured in hit-and-run incident

  • Metro

    Beto O’ Rourke rallies in San Francisco

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Hundreds rally in May Day events

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Ghost ship fire allegedly an act of arson

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Oakland resident arrested on suspicion of robbing two banks in 2018

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Council votes no on tax for early education

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Ex-deputies to stand trial for alleged assaults

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Hayward main library nearly complete

  • Orlando at forefront of SF Pride

    Metro

    Eric Swalwell hosts hometown rally

Navigate Right
California State University East Bay
Orlando at forefront of SF Pride