Disaffected by the annual parade, members of San Franciscos LGBT community are choosing alternative events to celebrate identity and solidarity with Orlando
San Francisco resident Katy Birnbaum is eager to gather with other queer people on Pride weekend, especially after such a violent attack against LGBT people in Orlando. But when roughly a million people pack into downtown on Sunday for one of the largest, most high-profile Pride festivals in the world, Birnbaum wont be standing in the crowd.
It just feels like a big Miller Lite tent, said Birnbaum, 31. With the corporate floats its co-opting queer identity as a way to make money.
Instead of attending the formal SF Pride events at civic center on Sunday, Birnbaum will be going to an intimate LGBT film festival in a community space six milesin an area known as the Bayview one of the only remaining black neighborhoods in the city.
Birnbaum, who helped organize the all-day film event, is one of many LGBT people in the Bay Area who plans to skip the mainstream Pride festival in the northern California city known internationally as a mecca for gay people.
While queer people said its important to come out on Pride as a way to stand up to the violence in Orlando and discriminatory laws across the country, some said the San Francisco parade has become too corporate, straight and white to feel like an appropriate setting to show LGBT solidarity.