So I missed the memo on bringing aquatic sporting gear to the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade…
Don’t get me wrong. San Diego is stoked to be getting some water. But there was so much rain that even the Padres couldn’t take it.
But you know who could take it?
Every year since 1974, San Diego has put on the Pride Parade and Music Festival. Originally started to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, Pride has grown to a weekend long event including rallies, a parade and a giant music festival in Balboa Park.
This year would be an especially exciting Pride, following the landmark Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This was the case in which the Court found that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples under the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Mr. Obergefell and his partner John Arthur shared a loving relationship for over 20 years before Mr. Arthur tragically passed away due to complications from ALS. The couple had married legally in Maryland but their marriage was not recognized in their home state of Ohio. Mr. Obergefell filed a lawsuit to have their marriage recognized on Mr. Arthur’s death certificate, which he won, but on appeal the federal court overturned the decision which was then sent to the Supreme Court where Mr. Obergefell finally prevailed. The decision was celebrated across the United States, and us San Diegans were ready for the most exciting Pride ever.
We live right next door to Hillcrest, a neighborhood in San Diego that is well known for its LGBT scene. I grabbed my camera and approximately no rain gear or close toed shoes and hit the road over to the parade starting line.
We divvied up the stickers and picket signs and joined with the San Diego Democrats for Equality. We were only one candidate’s worth of supporters, though. Other local democratic clubs attended as well as, EXCITINGLY, a group of local politicians running for office and reelection.
We were very lucky to be set up next to the Pride Military Contingent, particularly considering that the transgender community was named the collective Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. The next issue on the table is the possibility that the US Military may lift the ban on transgender service members serving openly.
All this was exciting. But then it started to rain. And then it started to WHAT THE HELL IS THE WORLD ENDING?
I was so stoked to see tons of families with little kids who stuck it out and made a fabulous memory out of the crazy weather.
The parade was a blast, but after it ended I was just another sucker stuck in flip-flops and ankle deep water 2 miles from home with no ubers in sight. So me and my all too soggy camera surfed home to some warm clothes and a rice bath (THANK GOD for the interwebz…my no longer soggy camera thanks you for your wisdom).
The next morning I hopped back out with my newly dry DSLR and jogged through Hillcrest (just kidding I don’t jog) in the beautiful sunshine. It was like Mother Nature was hung over at work on a Friday morning and was trying really hard to overcompensate for what happened the night before.
I joined up with the local Hillary campaign folks again, this time to table with Democrats for Equality, get people registered to vote and sign up volunteers for the Clinton campaign.
It was a great opportunity to meet tons of San Diegans and share some important thoughts and concerns about the field of candidates as we gear up for primaries. The number one issue that stuck out, however, was how few people were registered to vote, planned to vote, or even knew their current registration status.
VOTING IS IMPORTANT and no one should EVER be able to convince you otherwise. If you need to register to vote, click here. If you’re unsure of your status, click here. If you need to find your polling place, click here.
She was GETTING IT.