Thousands of Pride supporters came out Saturday to Dolores Park to celebrate and join in on the Dyke March through the Mission.

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Sandy:  I’ve been coming to pride since I was 15, I’m 27 in august… You can be yourself. It’s Pride! Love. Unity. Equality. Some people are being more scared and more quiet (because of the Orlando shooting) and that’s what they’re getting. They’re winning because they’re freaking us out a little bit and scaring us. I’m really happy that everyone still came today;  no one is really hiding and being scared. My mom was trippin’ and telling me not to come because something is gonna happen but I’m like at least it’ll happen with me being there (Pride). I’m not trying to hide. I think it makes us stronger and more united. If there’s a lot of police then good, I don’t think it’ll really change anything. Hopefully it does… to protect us… right?

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Julio Nieves: I guess I came to pride with respect with to what happened in Orlando. I feel like people do those types of acts to prevent us from celebrating who we are. I felt like the only way to go against that would be to come out and celebrate.

Julio Nieves and Chris K.

Julio Nieves and Chris K. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Chris k: I came to pride to prove to myself that I wasn’t afraid of what happened in Orlando. That I wouldn’t let it keep me inside the house and keep me afraid of what was to happen to just be proud of who I am and to live my life according to how I want to.

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez