Amid protests and police presence, LGBTQ+ community of San Francisco celebrates pride

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Pride celebration and parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the U.S.

Despite all the festivities — the parade was interrupted by protesters against the police and corporations.

The 49th annual Pride Parade features over 200 contingents and exhibitors — like California governor Gavin Newsom, and SF mayor London Breed — to LGBT community organizations and their supporters.

This year, API Equality Northern California — or APINEC — was chosen by the public, as community grand marshal organization.

APINEC works to build queer and transgender power through intergenerational connections and laying down the foundation of access to education.

APINEC is also committed to ensuring to fight for a world where all trans, gender non-conforming folks can find home and belonging.

“We have made great strides but we have a long way to go. Trans people of color, TGNC folks are not accepted in their families, have difficulty getting basic access. 55 percent of TGNC folks are likely to be homeless in this very city,” says Anjali Rimi.

APINEC members add that the inclusion of a police contingent in the pride parade is disrespectful to the legacy of the LGBT movement.

“And us being in all black we are showing our grief at the folks who cannot be here today. We’re showing our grief that our communities are still over and heavily policed right now and controlled. And we are making a statement that pride yes it a chance to be out proud together and it’s a celebration but also it’s a chance to remember all the things we need to work for.”

Protests against police and corporations involved in Pride festivities actually halted the parade for about an hour.

According to SFPD, protesters broke down barricades and threw water bottles at officers — as others laid on the pavement.

Police say at least one officer was hurt and two people were taken into custody.

After speaking with pride organizers — the protesters on the ground agreed to leave the area.

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