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Photos: This SF Pride we made it clear that LGBTQ+ includes the blind and disabled

It’s not every day that we get to march freely down the middle of Market Street with our canes wrapped in multi-colored ribbon. But on Sunday, we took to the streets for the 2018 SF Pride parade with a rainbow-clad pan-disability contingent of more than 150 people with disabilities and our allies. To our knowledge this is the largest-ever group of disability supporters to march in San Francisco Pride.

This year’s contingent was a true testament to the shared experience of having a disability, whatever it may be, and the subsequent empowerment that comes with being seen and celebrating that identity. We’d like to extend a warm thank you to the staff, volunteers, community supporters and our sponsors, Mental Health Association San Francisco and The Arc San Francisco, who marched with us and made this a truly celebratory day.

We’re still selling our beloved SF Pride T-shirts in the Adaptations Store! Support LightHouse and pick one up for next year’s parade for only $20.

Three volunteers in rainbow spandex hold the LightHouse banner while marching at the front of the contingent.
Three volunteers in rainbow spandex hold the LightHouse banner while marching at the front of the contingent.
A woman applies eyeshadow to a LightHouse contingent member with rainbow balloons in the background.
A woman applies eyeshadow to a fellow LightHouse contingent member with rainbow balloons in the background.
Two pride participants, one standing wearing the LightHouse shirt and wearing 'Ms. Wheelchair California' sash, prepare to march in the parade.
Two pride participants, one standing wearing the LightHouse shirt and the other wearing a ‘Ms. Wheelchair California’ sash, prepare to march in the parade.
A pride participant from Senior & Disability Action marches with our contingent, holding a 'Blind, Queer & Proud' sign.
A pride participant from Senior & Disability Action marches with our contingent, holding a ‘Blind, Queer & Proud’ sign.
Contingent members from The Arc San Francisco smile and pose before the parade begins.
Contingent members from The Arc San Francisco smile and pose before the parade begins.
A little girl wearing a tutu and fairy wings smiles and jumps into the air.
A little girl wearing a tutu and fairy wings smiles and jumps into the air.
A LightHouse student stands with his guide dog and a volunteer holding a sign that reads, "Shared history, shared struggles, shared liberation".
A LightHouse student stands with his guide dog and a volunteer holding a sign that reads, “Shared history, shared struggles, shared liberation”.
A contingent member from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco smiles and holds a sign that reads, "Disabled & Proud. I can have both."
A contingent member from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco smiles and holds a sign that reads, “Disabled & Proud. I can have both.”
A pride participant with a cane walk side by side in the midst of our large Pride contingent.
A pride participant with a cane walk side by side in the midst of our large Pride contingent.
A contingent member marches with a sign attached to their wheelchair that reads "Free our people."
A contingent member marches with a sign attached to their wheelchair that reads “Free our people.”
Two Pride participants in wheelchairs laugh while marching down market street with the contingent. One holds a sign that reads "Proud to be here."
Two Pride participants in wheelchairs laugh while marching down market street with the contingent. One holds a sign that reads “Proud to be here.”
LightHouse Pride organizer Laura Millar smiles while marching, with her white cane wrapped in rainbow ribbon.
LightHouse Pride organizer Laura Millar smiles while marching, with her white cane wrapped in rainbow ribbon.
Two rainbow-bedecked pride participants march side by side, one holding a sign that says "Proud of everything that we are."
Two rainbow-bedecked pride participants march side by side, one holding a sign that says “Proud of everything that we are.”
A french bulldog smiles while his owner, a LightHouse volunteer, holds him before the parade starts.
A french bulldog smiles while his owner, a LightHouse volunteer, holds him before the parade starts.

Mark Your Calendars for San Francisco PRIDE 2018

We are excited to announce that LightHouse will march in the 48th annual San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th! The San Francisco Pride Parade’s mission is to educate the world, commemorate LGBT+ heritage, celebrate LGBT+ culture, and liberate LGBT+ people. This aligns with LightHouse’s mission to promote equality and self-reliance for people who are blind or visually impaired, and promotes the visibility of LGBT+ blind and disabled people.

The LightHouse is committed to inclusivity. Blindness intersects with every single identity, and we recognize the need to amplify the voices of disabled LGBT+ people and our community members. LightHouse is proud to open our doors and extend an invitation to all disabled LGBT+ community members, their families, friends, allies and the organizations that serve them. Join us as we celebrate the intersectionality of people who are blind, have low vision, have other disabilities, and the many community members who identify with both communities or actively want to support LGBT+ visibility. It’s a central part of our blind experience to be seen, be heard and to be proud of who we are!

Find out the many ways individuals can participate by visiting our Eventbrite page and signing up today. The first 100 people who sign up will receive a free Be Seen PRIDE 2018 t-shirt, to be handed out the day of PRIDE. We would like to extend an invitation to community partners to join us to make this a collaborative cross disability experience. For community based organizations interested in partnering with LightHouse’s cross disability contingent, individual questions, or help signing up on Eventbrite, please contact Laura Millar, Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7345.

For all volunteer related questions contact Allyson Ferrari, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at aferrari@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7320.

Make sure you sign up today on our Eventbrite page and #beseen with us, as we celebrate diversity at this year’s 48th annual PRIDE parade!