‘Stop the Haters’ - SF Pride Revelers Look at What’s Next for Gay Rights

‘Stop the Haters’ - SF Pride Revelers Look at What’s Next for Gay Rights

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Last weekend’s San Francisco Pride Parade came days after a Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied benefits of marriage to same-sex couples. The court also dealt a blow to proponents of California’s Proposition 8, the voter-approved initiative that banned same-sex marriage. As thousands descended on the city to celebrate, New America Media asked participants what they saw as the next major hurdle for the gay community. Photographer Leah Andritsch is an intern with New America Media.

Miguel Gutierrez, originally from Colombia, made his costume by hand. He says he included condoms in the costume because he represents the Health Department.
“We should be able to share the same rights as everyone else in the community and in the country.”

Genevieve Schwarzkopf and Angie Bolden, with their daughter Isabelle, have been together for six months and are engaged.
“The next hurdle for the gay community is for [same-sex marriage in California] to actually stick because last time it didn’t, and also to stop the haters.”  –Angie Bolden

Chelsea and Lony HaileyNelson, with their daughter Esme, will have been together for 20 years this December.
“We need to look at other members in our community and get equal rights for them, like health care and stopping workplace discrimination for transgenders.” –Chelsea HaileyNelson

Will Chase and Grey Lux, both 30 and from San Francisco, are engaged.
“The next hurdle is to get all the states to recognize gay marriage.” --Will Chase

Lexy Girard, a nurse from New Jersey, moved to San Francisco in 2009.
“Our next hurdle is for all of us to get along in general and not to be so divided.”

Diane Naylor and Anita Easland, from Santa Rosa, got married in 2008.
“We want marriage equality for the whole country not just states alone. Marriage should be universal.” – Diane Naylor

Pallav Patankar and Sridhar Rangayan, from Bombay, India, are visiting for a Desi queer conference organized by Trikone.
“In India, homosexuality just became decriminalized in 2009. Before it was forbidden to be gay. You could be arrested if you engaged in homosexual acts. We want equal rights and to be able to get married. Also, for the Constitution to recognize it.” – Pallav Patankar9_Patankar&Rangayan.jpg