What a welcome! Following 18 hours in transit, we took a journey into the middle of San Francisco where we stumbled upon the world-renowned SF Pride in full swing. Hopping off the Muni Metro we were met by throngs of colourful costumes, although some revelers went with the less is more approach, causing my husband to exclaim he’d seen:
…more man bits than I thought I’d ever see in public!
A sea of rainbow and flesh is not exactly what you expect to meet on your first venture into a new city, even San Francisco. But it was an exciting and unforgettable introduction. Despite our jetlag, we couldn’t help but catch some of the crowd’s contagious energy.
The enthusiasm of the crowd was understandable, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s timely ruling to dispose of Proposition 8 and the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) last Wednesday, allowing for the recommencement of same sex marriages. As noted in this article, California’s governor had acted to reinstate gay marriage by the early afternoon of the 26th, stating:
After years of struggle, the US Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted.
So it was with good reason that the SF Pride Parade was particularly jubilant. I’m glad we started our new life here by stumbling into a historic celebration of LGBT rights, marriage equality and costume integrity.
(This was our second pride parade. The first was the 2009 Amsterdam Gay Pride parade, a fantastic display conducted on the city’s canals. That one didn’t have quite as many exposed man bits, but did feature a particularly impressive giant XXX amsterdammertje, which inflated and deflated as required to pass under many of the city’s 1,281 bridges).
(Featured image by Jane Cleland on http://www.sfpride.org)