June 5, 2020, marked the kick-off for San Francisco Pride 2020. It was virtually streamed on Mayor London Breed’s Facebook Page.
SF Pride 2020 will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, 2020, and — like the kick-off — for the first time in SF Pride’s 50-year history, it will be virtual and online.
The co-hosts of the kick-off and “Pride At Home” are SF Pride, Manny’s, the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives, SF Bay Area LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Relief Coalition.
The kick-off had lots of music: Breanna Elyce Sinclaire sang “Amazing Grace;” the SF Gay Men’s Chorus sang “If You’re Out There;” and the SF Lesbian Gay Freedom Band performed “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
SF Pride Board President Carolyn Wysinger, Office of Transgender Initiative Director Clair Farley, and Breed all spoke at the kickoff.
Breed said that “one thing that is giving her hope is that people who are not African American are fighting for change.”
There was a panel discussion on the treatment of Black and Brown folk with Tuquan Harrison, LGBTQI adviser at the Human Rights Commission; Aria Sa’id, executive director, Transgender District; Imani Rupert-Gordon, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Nicole Santamaria, executive director of El/La Para TransLatinas; and Akira Jackson, executive director TAJA (Trans Activists for Justice and Accountability” Coalition.
Michelle Meow of the “Michelle Meow Show” spoke about and interviewed Jack Beck, executive director of TurnOut and Anjali Rim, director of Parivar Bay Area about bayarealgbtqcovidrelief.com.
For more information about “Pride At Home,” go to sfpride.org.