Harvey Milk, the activist and first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California, once said, "You have to give them hope." His message was simple: Inspire a space for the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities to dream and see the possibility of a bright future. Milk said these words in 1977, eight years after the Stonewall Riots in New York City, but still the beginning of the Queer Rights Movement, a time of burgeoning hope and pride, which is now celebrated every June with marches and parades for Pride Month.
Milk was a politician in San Francisco, a queer mecca in America. Like Pride in NYC, San Francisco Pride is a pillar of Pride Month celebrations. It's bursting with vitality and the same activist energy that Milk helped encourage. Photographer Lindsey Byrnes was there, on the ground, taking it all in and memorializing it all on in the images below. From the Academy of Arts to the Dyke March, the Civic Center, and Wild Things party, relive this year's celebrations in living, (virtually) breathing color. Hope is alive, friends. Pride lives on.
Rainbow hair means you're never not showing your pride.
Nature's got pride, too.
Braided, bold, and bombastic.
A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.
Sup from the DJ booth?
Love is love is love is love.
Celebrate diversity (and those polka dots), indeed!
Deal with it.
Carrie Bradshaw takes SF Pride.
Let's talk pride, shall we?
Florals for pride? Groundbreaking!
Blink all you want, you're never going to miss these lashes.
Respect the flag.
San Francisco forever.
Tie it up, sweat it out.
One more for the kids.
Well, that's definitely one use for all those Beanie Baby-like toys that are just collecting dust under your bed.
She's got the Midas Touch.
The knots know.
Sock it to me.
What lovely creatures!
Listens to "Mask Off" once.
Pop goes the pink.
They have pride. You can see it in—erm—on their face!
Nothin' moody about these blues!
Pride knows no age.
Praying for the haters, honestly.
Hey! Who's this friendly lil' guy?
Free the, uh, button nipple.
Can't you just feel the pride?
Life through rose-colored glasses is truly better.
Look closely: They've got a taste for the cherry.
Come on, vogue!
Laced-up and ready to go.
Oh... my... glob!!
C'mon, comic book villain! Let's get sickening.
The new classic.
Highlighter game strong.
Their eyes were watching Pride.
How we're trying to be.
We love you, too!