P.Driving in San Francisco was a mesmerizing cheer and reunions this weekend. Be it in Castro or SoMa or in Polk Gulch – the city’s original gay town around the early 1970s – queerdos gathered to ponder and mingle with their relatives. The lively celebrations that spanned Saturday and Sunday in SF were undoubtedly the result of the release of the pent-up emotions of the past fifteen months.
This cathartic exhalation was no longer more evident than at Juanita MORE! S Pride Party at 620 Jones and at the People’s March and Rally. Although Juanita’s famous Pride Party was canceled last year, the People’s March and Rally celebrated their inaugural promenade last year.
And this year it went on – without masks and social distancing.
Flags and banners, capturing every letter and color of the LGBTQI + rainbow, waved as hundreds of people gathered behind co-host Juanita MORE! and Alex U. Inn, all known for their community activism. As part of the People’s March and Rally, the march led again into Polk Street towards the Civic Center. The demonstration reflected last year’s intentions and brought Pride back to its activist roots, bringing all kinds of messages around inclusivity and accountability to the San Francisco City Hall.
Juanita MORE !, co-host Alex U. Inn and activist Honey Mahogany march at the People’s Pride March and Rally 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of @ missmore8)
“Today’s event focuses on the voices of blacks, browns and indigenous peoples, generally in our queer spectrum we are getting lost and we have decided to do the people’s march to get our voices back,” Inn told a crowd of attendees.
More notable protesters in attendance included California Senator Scott Weiner, District 6 supervisor Matt Haney, and “World’s Most Photographed Nun” Sister Roma.
MORE! Says The Bold Italic that this event has become another meaning in her life. (When she and I have talked about these parades, we always come across the thought that for so many people … this is the “most powerful thing” they have ever done for Pride.
“Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come with our progress,” she adds, her black hair spun up modestly; like a croquembouche dyed with squid ink. “Let us definitely celebrate this progress. But we still have so much to do, especially for BIPOC members in the LGBTQI + community. “
Given the overwhelming success of the last two people’s marches and rallies, we have no doubt that there will be another next year – and perhaps amid the pandemic, a new, uniquely queer San Francisco tradition has been sewn.