San Francisco marked the end of June with the city’s 49th annual Pride Festival and Parade—including a weekend of events celebrating “Generations of Resistance.”
As the streets closed down and tents went up around City Hall and the Civic Center Plaza, crowds of festival-goers and marchers adorned in bright, extravagant outfits gathered around six stages celebrating six different facets of LGBTQ intersectionality, including the Women’s Stage and the Latin Stage.
Nearly one million activists also took to the streets to march in or watch the Parade on Sunday, joining Amara La Negra, an Afro-Latina international entertainer and personality; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an SF organization whose members dress in drag and traditionally religious imagery to raise awareness around gender and sexual intolerance; Kristin Beck, the first openly transgender former U.S. Navy Seal; and politicians like Mayor London N. Breed and Senator Kamala Harris.
Ms. was there, too—documenting the festivities, raising a fist during a protest of the corporatization of Pride and basking in the glow of Verasphere performers.
Willow Taylor Chiang Yang is a current summer intern for Ms. Magazine, which perhaps gives an idea of her feminist leanings. In addition to being an outspoken women's rights advocate and a proud, politic-loving Asian American, she is the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, her grade's Student Council representative and a devotee of convoluted sentence structure. She was also a Senior Project Editor for the Since Parkland Project, and appeared on ABC7's Midday Live.