Photo Credit: Connor Radnovich
It was a tough decision, but the right one. In mid-April, the Board of Directors of San Francisco Pride announced that this year’s Parade and Celebration, a historic 50th anniversary, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. We all look forward to the annual Pride events every June, as we celebrate our history and accomplishments as an LGBTQ community, and acknowledge the continued efforts we must strive for as part of full equality. But first and foremost, we must protect the health and safety of our community, our families, and our allies who support us. Thank you to the Pride Board, for your thoughtful deliberation alongside our health officials and local government, and your efforts to find an alternative solution in a time where there are so many unknowns.
It goes without saying that this has been a challenging time for all of us as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended so many aspects of life. We have been watching, doing what we could to try to plan for a uniquely different San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade than has ever been celebrated before. We recognized and discussed as a Board, during our now virtual meetings, that one outcome we should prepare ourselves for was the cancellation of the world-recognized celebration of LGBTQ Pride in San Francisco.
“For decades, Dykes on Bikes has been the loud, badass kickoff that we all need for San Francisco’s Pride Parade,” said San Francisco Pride Executive Director Fred Lopez. “They’re always, always first. It’s a tradition we will never give up. So when we made the hard decision to cancel Pride 50’s Parade and Celebration, our hearts immediately broke for these inspiring womxn. But Pride lives on, and we look forward to when their bikes roar down Market Street again!”
Dykes on Bikes have ridden loudly and proudly at the front of the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than 40 years. Everything about this year will feel different and we will celebrate differently. We look forward to the creative ways that SF Pride will be celebrated virtually as part of the “Virtual Global Pride” on Saturday June 27. We will continue the work we do around the year to create a community of women motorcyclist supporting philanthropic endeavors in the LGBTQ community.
This year will be different, but we will still find ways to celebrate LGBTQ history and our community. Please stay tuned as we learn more about the Virtual Global Pride activities that are taking place.
President, San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® WMC