San Diego Pride 2019 has come and gone, and I’m left with very mixed emotions.
Sad that it’s all over, happy that I was part of something so joyful and loving and so very powerful, and uncertain as to what lies in store for LGBTQ people, and many others, in this 2019 version of the United States of America.
There were over 300,000 Americans who enjoyed the Parade. Not one protestor showed up.
We had United States Military members marching, Army jeeps with pink flamingos balloons riding with them. San Diego Police, and Fireman, banks, churches of all faiths, schools, colleges, businesses – all marching proudly supporting the LGBTQ mantra of acceptance for all. We even had a surprise F-18 flyover from the California National Guard from Fresno honoring our Trans members in the military.
It was like Trump’s 4th of July celebration only on rainbow steroids.
We welcome everyone, accept everyone, don’t charge to watch the parade, and there were no speeches. There were hugs and laughter, There were tears when the military members marched by, and more tears when the high school band made up of gay students marched by, and more tears for the police and firefighters, and churches, and mega tears when the Big Gay Flag showed up at the end of the parade.
No red hats, hate, racism, or homophobia anywhere, just rainbows, love, acceptance and support covering every inch of the parade route.
I shutter to think what may be down the road for all of us. So much hate and division. So much angst, so much pitting Americans against Americans. So much us against them. So much erosion of norms. Just so much…
I wish I somehow could bottle the feelings that were so heartfelt all along the parade route. I wish I felt as safe and loved everyday as I felt those fleeting days of Pride Week. I wish…
What I do know is that we must vote for what is right and just. Not just for the rich, the white, the straight, the Evangelical Christian, the men, the big business – we must vote for everyone. We must protect those who are at risk of being eliminated by hatred and all of the phobias and ignorance coming from a government that has seem to forgotten that it exists for all of the people.
Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are – Theodore Roosevelt