My first Pride celebration

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I participated in my first ever Pride celebration this year in downtown San Francisco with Google! It was such an amazing experience all around. But as of today 14 members of the transgender community have died in the year 2017. And 12 of them were transgender women of color.

Being on the streets of San Francisco was so different from the somber reality that can be the life of those persecuted for the sexual orientation or gender. It was lively and hopeful but throughout the day you saw a common theme of resist. You were reminded of the need to resist.

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To get ready for the parade I really took the phrase you get out of it what you put into it. This year Google decided to put together a flag routine for about 25 people out of the 1500 in our parade contingent and I volunteered. I went to practice for two hours for the three weeks leading up to the parade.
This was a much better way to walk down Market street. With a huge 5 foot flag to wave and an amazing dance to dazzle the spectators with.

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Photo Credit: Paul Yang

In this parade I saw celebration of love, gay rights, transgender lives, black lives matter, individual relationships and even allyship. It was great to mark these important conversations with LGBTQ community. I wish we could model this type of activism in more places with more causes. Celebrate life and the rights of marginalized and endangered communities with them.

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Cami is about to start her senior year in Mechanical Engineering at Boise State University. She currently holds a Machine Learning internship at HP and is looking to break into industry with Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. After starting with the NASA Aerospace High School Scholars she has also participated in other NASA programs such as Microgravity University Undergraduate Research. She is also a committed and active volunteer for other STEM and Diversity groups and organizations. Stay tuned to see what she does next!

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