June 22nd, 2012

‘OccuPride’ to protest parade commercialism

By Will Reisman
San Francisco Examiner

As San Francisco gears up for Pride weekend, some in the LGBT community are worried that the celebration — sponsored this year by Budweiser, Zynga, Virgin America and other big-time brands — has lost touch with its origins as a protest for queer rights.

“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.”

This year, Avicolli Mecca and other activists are organizing OccuPride, a series of protest actions inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and loosely affiliated with Occupy San Francisco. While there have been unsanctioned protests at Pride in previous years, Avicolli Mecca said this year activists had more to be angry about.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/occupride-protest-parade-commercialism#ixzz1yWxfJqjj

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