SF Pride


 

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

~Maya Angelou

 

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City Hall Pride

 

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Happy

 

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Kinky Boots

 

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

~Barack Obama

 

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Joy

 

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Lizard Love

 

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Love Wins

 

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SF Pride

 

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Fantasy Land

 

“This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.”

~Ellen Page

 

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Hi Nancy

 

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Rainbow Love

 

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Hi Kamala

 

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Party Time

 

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How Do You Doo

 

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Hello Gavin

 

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Just Be You

 

“Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?”

 ~Ellen DeGeneres

 

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88 comments

  1. What a fun post! I love all the colors and the entertaining captions 😊.

  2. I haven’t ever been to these places and don’t think will ever get the opportunity to go either.Thanks for sharing the pics..

  3. Beautiful and happy pictures.Thanks for sharing

  4. So colorful and full of life!

  5. Oh what a delightful stroll down Market Street, Jane, thanks for this spectacular view of SF’s Pride Parade. The colorful, happy faces and costumes and the unity in love are all so wonderful to see here. Enjoyed your quotes and subtitles, and a great treat to see Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and Governor Newsom. Thanks so much for braving the crowds for us, this was a real treat.

    • HI Jet, Don’t know how I missed your great comment. Sorry for the late reply. It’s always such a great day in SF, full of joy. And it was fun when our elected officials waved at us. 🙂 Thanks so much for enjoying and I’m glad I made it to the front line. 🌈

  6. I thought Ellen Page’s quote was great, but then the other Ellen’s quote made me laugh out loud.

  7. Lovely series.
    The pride parade is tomorrow over here. But it is never that colourful.

  8. Wonderful post and photo gallery. I love all the quotes and the last one really made me laugh. 😅

  9. WHAT FUN…..a fabulous colorful bouquet…wonderful details!!!

  10. Amazing shots of the parade, Jane. You captured a great vibe here, acceptance and fun all around. Looked like a great moment to be a part of 🙂

  11. Beautyful pictures. So colorful. Are these Kinky-Boots yours😉

  12. Wonderful pictures of a wonderful movement, Jane. A 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing these joyful pictures Jane

  14. Things have come a long way since I left San Francisco. Two of my favorite quotes: “This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.”~Ellen Page and “Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?” ~Ellen DeGeneres

    You truly captured the joyous celebration and spirit of not just the parade, but of the spirit embodied by The City on the Bay!
    Great job!!!

    • Hi Gunta, I’m so glad the quotes spoke to you and that you enjoyed the parade photos. It is such a joyful SF day…the parade has changed a lot, I’m sure over the years. Many more corporations marching, which I guess is controversial to some. Thanks very much for your visit. 🌈

  15. I don’t know how you do such an excellent job with such “fast-morphing” subjects, having just recently tried to photograph a parade. I can’t keep up with all the moving targets, it totally threw me. I’d love to sit on your shoulder and see how you did it. 🙂 Nice to see the politicians out in force, and I like the way you ID’ed them, very clever. Great photos of all the color, and the happiness! And how nice to have had such a perfect day. Terrific!!! David’s comment above is all the evidence we need to know that a) we still need to get out there and declare, and b) you did a great service by crafting a respectful, joyously straightforward post.

    • Hi Lynn, I really appreciate what you wrote. My hope is to document and raise awareness- and finally, to share some really fun photos.
      I bet we would have a blast photographing at an event like this. Believe me, I have a very high percentage of throwaways….cell phones are the biggest problem…arrgh. Either the participants looking at them or that they are blocking the scene. Somewhat frustrating but I don’t worry about it too much…just keep shooting and looking for those special moments. Thanks again for your kind support!. 🙂 🌈

  16. Jane, a wonderful series. There was so much to photograph. I too really enjoyed the group that made everything out of found objects. Did you see the person with the birdcage over their head? What creative talents. Thanks for sharing these.

  17. A great post and love those colorful pictures and great B&W rendered ones too. I also like the words from Ellen DeGeneres at the end too. Hmm… judged by the car they drive eh? 🙂

  18. Really a great post, My Friend!!
    xoxo

  19. 🙂 Oh, my, I LOVE the pictures!
    Everything looks so positive and happy.
    Let’s hope that some day nobody will ask if one is straight or gay. Who cares?
    Thanks for the fun impressions of the SF parade and
    have a very HAPPY week!
    Claudia 🙂

  20. What a splendidly vibrant collection, full of colour, life, love – and those boots…
    Thanks, Jane!

  21. The volume of light and tone in your B&W photos underscores the beauty of your color images. It’s a great message, Life isn’t all black and white—as beautiful as that may be to some—but, rather, it is is a rich, colorful mosaic of texture, vibrance, and love. Enjoy it where you find it and share it where you can. Thanks, Jane.
    Ω

    • What a wonderful compliment, Allan, and so beautifully stated. It’s such a joyful day. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and I’m glad you enjoyed these. I love your last line. 🙂 🌈

  22. Great & colourful pictuers. Very joyful! (Suzanne)

  23. Great colors Jane, what an explosion of fun!

  24. Maya’s quote says it all… great pics

  25. Great photos. Love the colors. Appeared to be a wonderful parade.

  26. I am not a parade person, haven’t been to one since I was a child riding my father’s shoulders. I understand David P’s question about why shine a spotlight. If all people were treated equally, and respected, there probably might not be a ‘need’ for one. But so far in our society we haven’t arrived at a point where anyone can walk down the street without fear of some narrow minded mean-spirited person yelling some insult and ruining the day. So a little parade support and camaraderie seems appropriate. As far as this parade…who doesn’t need some fun and this gathering sure provides that for any person open to enjoying life. Nearby, the Town of Northampton, MA has a Pride Parade and, although I won’t be there, it’s nice to know it’s happening. Your pictures really showed just how much every participant was delighting in the opportunity to be fun, outrageous, filled with joy.

    • HI Steve, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I agree, the unifying feeling of this celebration is important and also, it’s just plain fun. 🙂

  27. Fine and colorful set; the joy speaks from the excellent shots; and the Ellen DeGeneres-quote gave me a good laugh. Now kick out Trump… 😉

    • Thanks so much, Harrie. It’s such a fun day in SF and I’m glad you feel I captured the joy. I laughed, too, at Ellen’s great quote. And your wish in the last can’t come soon enough!

  28. Such wild gaiety, Jane, and captured absolutely brilliantly. You don’t have to be gay to dress like a lizard or a rainbow. Just extrovert and full of life 🙂 🙂

  29. Wow! It’s a riot of colors!

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  30. What a fabulous parade! Beautiful photos, love these quotes, too. Thank you, Jane!

  31. Great series, Jane. This parade is Mardi Gras times ten! 🙂

  32. San Francisco is a colorful city, especially through your lens. — Stephen

  33. As a recovering Christian, I regret all the articles I posted on my Christian blog condemning gay people. There are many issues I struggle with. For example, the church and the Bible clearly condemn homosexuality. However, there is a growing tolerance and acceptance within the church due to the fact that Millennials, in particular, are fleeing organized religion.

    This generation is redefining our nation’s social and cultural norms. It’s rather scary to a generation that remembers when pot was illegal, marriage was recognized as the union between a man and a woman, and homosexuality was medically categorized and treated as a mental disorder.

    “Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight?” If Ellen DeGeneres is right, then why all the hoopla over a parade? It seems that the gay community is forcing their acceptance upon the whole of society — including the church.

    Having said all that, one of the main reasons I left the church was because I am a sexual libertine. I believe that a person should be free to love whomever they please, but what is the point of shining a spotlight on your sexual identity? No one knows my voter registration — why should they know my sexual orientation?

    Who really cares?

    Then one day, I came to the realization that I was actually a member of the LGBTQIA community. I had been asexual my whole life, and can remember when it was just the LG community. Bisexuals were scorned as not really gay, and celibacy was practiced only by priests.

    I was born male, but was kind of a sissy. These things weren’t discussed in those days. I never grew to like girls … never dated … never had any guy friends for that matter … nor was I even attracted to boys.

    Boys (and girls) are socially and culturally trained to be attracted to the opposite sex, but I found myself in situations where I had to rebuff the advances of interested women. I thought there was something wrong with me. “Normal” men would have jumped at similar opportunities.

    The San Diego Pride Parade is this Saturday (July 13). I would like to go and show my support, but I wonder … what is the point? I don’t know … I just grew up in an age when people (both gay and straight) valued their privacy.

    By the way, I courageously deleted my Christian blogs and have never been happier.

    • Hi David, I really appreciate that you shared your journey and discernment. And yes, we should be free to love whomever we please, and I think the parade is a celebration of that. Thank you for your comment and I am glad this photo essay stimulated a discussion. I hope you go to the San Diego Parade and enjoy every moment. 🌈

  34. Beautiful images!!! Thanks for sharing 🤩

  35. Excellent series of images Jane 👍🏻 This was the first year that I didn’t photograph the NYC Pride Parade. I’m kind of depressed I didn’t.

    • Thank you so much, Joe.
      I realized you didn’t post any from this year… next year will come soon enough. It sure is an inspiring day for street photography and joyful moments. Glad you enjoyed the SF version! 🌈

  36. Sorry, but I think the quote attributed to Lao Tzu sounds way too modern for him to have said it. I did a search and found an article making the same observation.

  37. Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms

  38. Jane, really fabulous post.

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