I participated in my first ever Pride celebration this year in downtown San Francisco with Google! It was such a fantastic 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 I saw a common theme of resist and it reminded me of the need to be a part of a change.
To get ready for the parade I 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 1500 in our parade contingent and I volunteered. I went to practice for two hours for the three weeks leading up to the parade.
Being in the parade 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.
Photo Credit: Paul Yang
In this parade, I saw the celebration of love, gay rights, transgender lives, black lives matter, individual relationships and even allyship. 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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