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It’s true that this past week has been beyond historic – from the exploding nationwide legalization of gay marriage to the taking down of confederate flags (most notably by Bree Newsome) and the important interruption of an Obama LGBTQ speech by trans woman of color Jennicet Gutiérrez. WYV holds the sacred importance and significance of all of these events, while also honoring what other intersectional work there is still left to be done. With that said, we were beyond proud to see that very solidarity in action during San Francisco’s Pride Celebrations this past weekend. Whether Queers were wearing their voices on the city streets, in Dolores Park, during the Dyke March, or expressing themselves on the Bay’s Queer Cruise and the Pride Parade – we chose some of our favorite moments to highlight and further honor, here.



(photo credit: Rissa Aakiiwa)

Just your typical Pride Saturday at Dolores Park!


(photo credit: Lex Non Scripta)

A Queers-eye-view of the Dyke March from high above in an apartment building whose rent amount I’m too happy at the moment to question! #DykePower 



(photo credit: Laura Northrup, banner by: Lex Non Scripta)

I found this to be one of the most powerful images from the day – wearing your voice by writing it in giant letters and hanging it for all Pride-goers to see is a powerful statement of solidarity – reminding often privileged and white San Franciscans that there will be no true equality in our “community” until it applies to all of us in all facets of social justice! This reminded me of another epic moment of brilliance and scaling the rainbow flag pole to add POC solidarity that occurred. That act came from the QTPOC Liberation crew on Twitter – whose important work you now must check out immediately – including other historic video and photos from Pride (one of these images can be seen below).

WYV was honored to get permission to use this photo directly from Jay-Marie Hill, who was also better able to give more insight around this historic occasion: “For clarity the action was coordinated by the Oakland-based radical queer civil disobedience collective that goes by QTPOC Liberation (no I) and has done several actions in the last 6 months since it formed, including a Transwoman Vigil/Day of Rememberence and Action on Valentine’s Day 2015 in Downtown Oakland.” Saying THANK YOU for your work doesn’t feel like enough, neither does saying the truth that WE SEE YOU and HONOR YOUR WORK – however we do want to express those gratitudes to this collective for wearing their voices so proudly and strongly, doing the work that needs to be done, and raising hella awareness in the process. #QTIPOCLiberation  #QTIPOCResilience 


(photo credit: Lex Non Scripta)

Thank you for wearing your voice to remind the celebrating crowds that there is no equality without the inclusion of ALL of our Queer brothers and sisters! I also saw many signs going around during the marches and parade that denoted Facebook as a source of cyber bullying due to their name policy. I thought these served as a important reminders and connections to that fact that the Queer community who often chooses names for ourselves, become most marginalized by Facebook itself – who apparently took to the Pride parade in whitewashed droves this year (I found more info on @VioletBlue Twitter).


(Photo credit: Crystal Azul)

The only way I could LOVE this crew any more than I already do, is if I had been a part of it myself! These warriors know how to bring important social justice issues to the forefront while allowing themselves to have fun at the same time – simultaneously recognizing how far we come and how far left we have to go, but honoring the fact that we should all have at least one day to celebrate our collective triumphs!

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Fashion moments found at Dolores Park: Alley Hector (left), blogger from Autostraddle proudly donning some righteous Pride attire, (photo credit: Natalie Coblentz),  and Rissa Aakiiwa, fellow Somatic Psychotherapist wearing her voice colorfully, especially with her pin, which read: “Sorry I missed church, I was busy practicing whichcraft and becoming a lesbian!” (photo credit: Laura Bulchis)


(photo credit: Andreana Clay)

Proud and honored to be able to utilize this photo of Alicia Garza, queer co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and one of the grand marshals of the Pride parade on Sunday (seen here in front of a banner that reads, “It is our duty to fight”). This is one of the strongest moments of intersectional solidarity I have seen thus far, and it is certainly important to highlight on as many media outlets as possible. 


(photo credit: Natalie Coblentz)

A scene from El Rio’s Sunday dance party with the important banners from Saturday being proudly hung in on stage for all to see (although what’s interesting for me to note here is that I do not see much diversity in this crowd – it is important for our community to ruminate on who wasn’t seen at Pride or certain events, and why that might be)


(artwork and photo credit: Lex Non Scripta)

THANK YOU FOR CREATING THESE INSPIRED POSTERS THAT NEED TO BE SPREAD EVERYWHERE! Personally, I believe it’s important to honor the victories we have won, even while realizing them as potential governmental distraction tactics, because they can be baby steps to further scaffolding #BlackLivesMatter into all facets of life, as it already should be!


(photo credit: Star BeGlitched)

Crew of Pride-attendees and Black Lives Matter activists coming together in the streets to make a statement of activism – only true justice and equality can be achieved when we merge our communities and honor them as such. 


WYV teammate Natalie Coblentz wearing their voice on the Queer cruise with friends – the following prideful moments of attendees wearing their voices, we photographed by Natalie. 


I LOVE this beautiful couple representing their love so proudly…and pinkly! 


How to wear your voice at Pride in one-step: put on a pink moustache and strike a pose!


DJ boss ladies representing and making music for all to groove to! 


To me, this very one photo, featuring burlesque dancer Rebekka Fenn and co managing editor of Everyday Feminism Jezebel Delilah X, represents what I hope our Prides of the future will look like – a commingling of intersectional communities coming together to celebrate justice and equality for all of us – no matter what kind or color Queer we are – we all deserve love and we all deserve to live like it was Pride every single day!

How was your Pride experience – how did you wear your voice?! We want to hear back from you so please feel free to comment below!

Being raised in New England, the west coast has always felt like a breath of progressive, laid-back, open-minded, fashion-forward air to my free-spirited soul, which is what drew me to California. Escaping the more cookie-cutter traditional white picket fence life, has led me on an adventurous journey toward self-love and acceptance, and ultimately body positivity! I am in Oakland, because I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school to become a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and after exploring different city options, I discovered that the eclectic, unique, and honest vibe of Oakland resonated with my funky spirit and style! My role in WYV as Senior Columnist is producing weekly articles on Body Positive Fashion, Fat Acceptance, and many of my other passions such as social justice, childcare, and chronic illness advocacy. Of course I'm constantly being inspired by my very diverse (fashionably and otherwise) Oakland peers, local business owners, and fat/body positive activists! Come follow my photographic adventures on my instagram: @somewhere_under_the_rainbow

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