Proud of Pride

Proud of Pride
By Abigail Murphy

On the morning of June 26th, the Supreme Court made history and branded 2015 as a year of love and progressivism. Just in time for Pride Weekend 2015, SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage across the nation!

As a young woman, who loves her family and gay friends, I was bursting with joy for our generation. Sitting on my couch at 7 am watching the news, I was anxious to be in the heart of the Pride Festival in San Francisco, so I packed my rainbow clothes and hair bows and got in my car to head out to the celebration!

Friday afternoon, there was a slow buzz of commotion in preparation around Civic Center, but on Saturday morning when I got off BART (yay public transportation) the city was alive with color, love, and pure happiness. Many progressive businesses were there to support the festivities – handmade confetti makers from Airbnb, transgender models posing for pictures representing Orange is the New Black at the Netflix stand, sparkle and glitter application with the help of Nordstrom (which I proudly indulged in), and many many more! There were people of all ages including kids in tutus and face paint, hip teenagers in crop tops and flower crowns, and older seniors (who seemed much more comfortable in their skin) that decided to go nude for the day. The smell of barbeque smoke and other herbal smoke *cough* filled the air while the coastal breeze let the musical array of Britney Spears, heavy metal, and DJ house music drift across downtown.

Though I came back with a surprising sunburn due to the sun shining down on San Francisco Pride Weekend 2015, I feel nothing but happiness and pride that there are so many people who showed support for our gay community during this historic time!



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.