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Posted: 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO —
It's pride week in San Francisco and organizers are busy getting ready for the pinnacle event: Sunday's parade.
On Wednesday, crews were still busy completing the last of the fleet of the approximately 20 floats the public will see on Sunday.
But some gay activists are frustrated the event has so many corporate sponsors including Wells Fargo and Bank of America.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca has joined other gay activists -- some from Occupy San Francisco -- who have formed a group called Occu-Pride.
"The foreclosure epidemic in SF...to have banks that are involved with that sponsoring Pride, it is obvious they are trying to buy good will in the community," said Avicolli Mecca.Occu-Pride organizers said they are planning a protest during the parade, but won't say what form it will take.
"We are going to be doing an action to remind folks that we are a movement, not a market," said Avicolli Mecca.
But Pride organizers said activists shouldn't be too quick to slam their corporate sponsors.
"They are committed to equal opportunity for LGBT people for equal benefit protections," said SF Pride Executive Director Brendan Behan.
Gilbert Baker, the man who designed the first gay pride flag, agreed.
"When business moved to create equality, it helped move governement," said Baker.
One of the sponsors Wells Fargo , issued a statement saying it extends the same benefits to domestic partners of employees as it does spouses.
Each year gay pride has a theme. This year it is global equality. Avicolla Mecca the significance of the term.Behan offered his definition: "Recognizing the LGBT movement is an international movement."Gay pride has often been a forum for social action, from AIDS funding to same-sex marriage. It appears this weekend will be no different.
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