Monday, June 26, 2017

The non-gay supporters

With huge celebrations over the weekend in New York City, Nashville, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, and many other cities, the thing that warmed my heart the most was seeing so many non-gay elected officials out there being supportive.

This man, David Chiu, is the representative for half of San Francisco in the California State Assembly. I hope someday we see him in higher office - he does so much for so many. Look at the joy on his face as he walks up Market Street yesterday in San Francisco's parade!

It's nice to see the openly lgbtq politicians marching in parades. Remember when there were none? San Francisco certainly had a lot of gay and bisexual public servants in their parade this year, but the non-gay list was quite impressive too. California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was in San Francisco's parade yesterday as well.  Remember when he got the ball rolling for marriage equality back in 2004?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a marcher this year too.  He was at Toronto's event and has been pictured wearing rainbow socks and with a temporary rainbow tattoo on his cheek.  (He has also marched in Vancouver Pride in the past).

One of the significant things about Pride is the celebration of unity, so the participation of our elected non-gay sisters and brothers is certainly important and seeing folks like Chiu, Newsom, and Trudeau is a great thing indeed.  It also warms my heart to see Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (who by the way is the first openly gay person to be elected to that position there) walking in that city's parade with his husband!   

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