SF State Float Represents Queer Community During SF Pride Parade

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Photo of SF State contingent marching in Pride Parade

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Marina Whitchurch, an adjunct faculty member in Communication Studies, said the float was embellished with 10 flags, symbolizing the diverse factions of gender and orientation that exist within the spectrum of sexuality. The flags represented gay, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, polyamory, polysexual, asexual, transgender, genderqueer and straight people, she said.

Whitchurch said the float is a symbol of education, as it creates visibility for a range of queer folk. Representing each respective group within the queer community serves as validation for a number of different identities and speaks to the strides that have been made for sexual equality.

“I’ve seen the perception of queer people evolve from tolerance, to acceptance, to celebration,” she said. “It’s very telling of the changing times that have been made possible through education and political action.”

Photo via Les Wong (@GatorPres) on Twitter