Supporters of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights took to the streets of San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, and Seattle to celebrate Pride on Sunday (June 24).
The festivities included massive floats, musical performances, and dancing.
“This is the greatest thing on the East Coast. There’s nothing like Pride,” Holly Wright who traveled with her girlfriend from Savannah, Georgia to attend New York’s Pride parade.
In San Francisco, a large pink triangle was positioned on a hill overlooking the city. Nazis used the symbol to both distinguish and shame gays and lesbians. In recent years, the LGBT community has embraced the triangle decidedly inverting it, as a symbol of pride and not the marker of a shame it was intended as.
Many parade-goers said they relished the inclusiveness of Pride events.
June has been a challenging month for some in the LGBT community with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying the decision was unlikely to have a sweeping legal impact.
The refusal by baker Jack Phillips in 2012 to make a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig became a cultural flashpoint, seen as part of a conservative Christian backlash to the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing gay marriage.
The nation’s highest court said the baker’s religious rights were violated when a state Civil Rights Commission decided he had broken Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.
President Donald Trump’s administration intervened in support of the baker. — Reuters