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June 24, 2012

OccuPride Says We Should Say No To Corporate Support - I Say Get A Job

San Francisco is the home of major league baseball’s Giants, Virgin America airlines, sourdough bread, Alcatraz, cable cars, Twitter, and Wells Fargo Bank. Today the city by the bay will be hosting one of the largest LGBT Pride parades and celebrations, in the entire world.

Aside from my home city being a very tolerant and beautiful place, people like coming here because of the Giants, sourdough bread, and our cable cars too. We couldn’t maintain much of what we have if corporations like Virgin America, Twitter, and Wells Fargo decided to move their headquarters elsewhere.

Budweiser, Zynga, Virgin America, and Wells Fargo are just a few of the major corporate sponsors of San Francisco Pride, and there are some in the LGBT community who are unhappy about the commercial aspect of San Francisco Pride. Without the corporate support, I don’t think that we would have the huge celebration that we do.

Taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street protests, the Occupy San Francisco affiliated band of LGBT activists have formed a group they call OccuPride. They have organized a counter-demonstration and march to protest what they consider unnecessary corporate involvement and influence in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.  
“I think the corporatization, the commercialization of pride has really gotten out of hand,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a longtime activist and Castro district resident. “I think they’re really consciously trying to buy favor in the community.”

While organizers would not reveal specifics about their planned actions, they are asking supporters to join them for a march starting at Mission and Main streets at 10 a.m. Sunday.

“We have a list of targets and we’ll be doing different actions,” said organizer Craig Rouskey. “We’re not attacking the Pride parade. We’re not attacking the committee that puts it together. We’re not attacking our family on the floats.”
They aren’t attacking the parade, the parade committee, the LGBT people in the parade, or the floats. They will be attacking the corporations who donate money to help produce the parade and Civic Center festival. They might also be attacking companies where many of us work.

This is one of the few times when I’m left scratching my head. I get the Occupy Wall Street movement. I spent time with them, and marched with them in support of their mission. OccuPride? I don’t get it, and I can't support them. 

Maybe they are unemployed, under-employed, or just plain stupid - which I can empathize with, and those are conditions that are fluid and there's help available. Attacking corporations or corporate interests that are supporting Pride, is neither smart or productive. They can't understand the full ramifications of their actions.

Isn’t that biting the hand that feeds you?

I don't just think it is, I know it is.

VIA: San Francisco Examiner

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