Beginning the evening of day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states—which is equivalent to the European Court of Justice making gay marriage legal in all of the E.U. states—San Francisco’s 2015 gay-pride festival showcased a rally on Castro Street wherein local civic leaders touted the decision, followed by a Saturday “Pink Party” in the Castro area and the weekend festival in downtown San Francisco, which included a seven-hour parade on the Sunday. Along with the gay film festival and the ticket-only (up to $120) parties in clubs and warehouses, the festivities brought a lot of money into the city. As a bystander for all but the parties, and a marcher in a charitable organization at the parade, I could not help but conclude that even by non-business standards the organizers could have done much better. Meeting the president of Pride by accident a few days later, I was stunned by his assumption that feedback, and by implication, improvements, were not needed. It was a case of arrogance that can’t be wrong in a position of organizational authority. In this essay, I point to some rather obvious ways the organizers fell short or went too far, and I relate these to my brief exchange with the head of San Francisco Pride.
During the Pride festival in San Francisco, a pink triangle, used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals, is displayed overlooking the Castro district of the city. (Source: Gaelen G. at foursquare.com)
The full essay is at “San Francisco Pride.”