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SF OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman ( liz [at] black-rose.com )
Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM
Queer activists dropped banners at Pink Saturday in the Castro and marched under the OccuPride banner in the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade on Sunday.

Activists with OccuPride, the new San Francisco ACT UP, QUIT, and others dropped banners from the roof above Walgreen's at 18th and Castro Saturday evening, in the midst of Pink Saturday festivities on June 23, 2012.

On Sunday, June 24, the OccuPride coalition broke into the Pride parade as the first contingent after the "Dykes on Bikes." The group carried banners including "Community Not Commodity" and a burning police car commemorating the White Night riots in May 1979. They called for action on AIDS and demanded justice for trans women CeCe McDonald (imprisoned in Minnesota for allegedly killing her attacker in self-defense) and Brandy Martell (recently murdered in Oakland). The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence chose OccuPride for one of its "Absolutely Fabulous Marching Contingent" awards.

After marching most of the route, the group doubled back and joined other contingents. One group made up of members of HAVOQ, Pride at Work, and others, estimated at approximately 50 people, jumped into the march in front of Kaiser Permanente's float, demanding that the large insurer fully cover transgender healthcare.

Another group of similar size broke into the march -- with some jumping the barricades that line the route -- in front of Wells Fargo's float, calling attention to the bank's role in foreclosures and evictions. Another contingent later in the parade demanded justice for alleged Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning.

(This photographer was with the trans healthcare contingent; Wells Fargo and Bradley Manning photos from other sources.)
§Pink Saturday banner drop
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Pink Saturday banner drop
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Pink Saturday banner drop
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Pink Saturday banner drop
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§OccuPride sit-in at media stage
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Trans Healthcare contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Trans Healthcare contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: unidentified
§Queer + Feminist bloc
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Liz Highleyman
§Wells Fargo protest contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Janice Suess
§Wells Fargo protest contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM

Photo by: Janice Suess
§Bradley Manning contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM
bradley05-paterson.jpg
bradley05-paterson.jpg

Photo by: Jeff Paterson
§Bradley Manning contingent
by Liz Highleyman Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 12:49 AM
bradley06-paterson.jpg
bradley06-paterson.jpg

Photo by: Jeff Paterson

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Liz Highleyman
Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 6:00 AM
A couple people have pointed out the issue of Pfc. Manning's gender identity, and whether they should be called Bradley or Breanna. I don't think Manning has definitively told us yet what their gender is (that is, not filtered through the snitch who sent them to prison), so I like one person's suggestion of using "Pfc. Manning" until they tell us directly what name they prefer.

-Liz
by Socialized Medicine Now
Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 6:49 AM
Kaiser is a Health Maintenance Organization, not an insurance company. There is no billing; no payment of charges in whole or in part for each service. Beyond that, the only solution to all the medical issues raised here is socialized medicine, paid for with our tax dollars from cradle to grave, for all medical and medical related care including drugs, therapy of all kinds, dentistry, chiropractic, acupuncture, optometry, podiatry, and the usual medical doctor visits, hospitalization and surgery. Socialized medicine is better than Medicare for All as it abolishes the profit motive in medicine and it abolishes religious institutions claiming to provide medicine while refusing to provide abortions and birth control. This writer pays $700 a month to Kaiser for the 60-64 age group. This is an annual medical tax of $8,400, and constantly increasing. And that is only to be a Kaiser member; to see a doctor I pay $25 for each visit and for each lab test and X-ray, $10, and for each night in a hospital bed, $200. For that money, I should be able to have all medical care cited here for free for an entire year or more. Hopefully, in next year's parade, there will be a huge sign: SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IS WHAT WE NEED TO PUT AN END TO ALL THAT GREED.