Response to ‘Pride, Inc.’
[Ref: “Guest editorial: Pride, Incorporated,” Vol. 8, Issue 13, or online at bit.ly/2sVyeua.]
This “editorial” is misleading and ignores that many of these corporations are involved through their LGBT Employee Resource Groups who are bringing together their LGBT employees and their families through the Pride event like Sony and Qualcomm.
Do they not get to celebrate Pride because of where they work? Can only LGBT people who work for nonprofits participate?
Moreover, some of the “corporations” are LGBT-serving entities like UC Heath Systems, which has one of the longest-serving HIV clinics in San Diego and earns a perfect 100 score on the HRC index.
Do the LGBT doctors, nurses and staff of Sharp Healthcare get to come to the parade? Who gets to decide who celebrates Pride?
—Sarafina Scapicchio, via Facebook
This was a terrific editorial. Thank you. I wasn’t aware of the facts/statistics of the commercialization of Pride until you shared them here.
I started going to Pride events in the 1980s, and as you said, the vibe and the atmosphere have certainly changed a lot in the past 35 years.
The way you wrote about sponsorship by corporations like Wells Fargo and Walmart encourages me to question the ethics of corporate Pride sponsorship in a whole new way.
You’ve given me a lot to think about, and as I go to San Diego Pride this year, I will certainly do so.
—Michael Kimmel via gay-sd.com
Wow, I have to admit that I do see the addition of corporate America to the sponsorship of Pride as a good thing.
It has kept the cost reasonable, it’s what — $15 to see all sorts of great musical acts in San Diego? Kind of like the Del Mar Fair in its appeal. We have been striving for years to be accepted by the world at large and to be recognized as an integral part of America and now that we are, you complain.
Whether [or not] Wells Fargo chooses to support to the Pride Festival and Parade and the DAPL, [these] are actually business decisions. They also are showing support for their LGBTQ employees and potential employees.
Of course they are marketing to us, they are making it clear that they value our business, they are accepting that we are part of the world and acknowledging that we are important, it is so crazy to belittle this progress.
—Gina Roberts, via gay-sd.com
As a San Diegan who has helped create non-corporate alternatives to Pride Inc. — Gorilla Pride San Diego 2013 and 2014 — I can say that the queer inclusiveness, the educational programs, especially the emotional presentation by a local queer undocumented male, and its more radical inclusion of trans experience, was far more affecting and enriching than all of my Pride Inc. experiences; except maybe my first.
Thanks for writing about what lots of people I know are thinking.
—Sean Bohac, via gay-sd.com
[Ref: “#LGBTB2B: Pop culture, politics and business,” Vol. 8, Issue 12, or online at bit.ly/2tqHK9d.]
Great to see Michelle’s business column. Very good information from a seasoned business leader in our community.
—Joyce Marie, via gay-sd.com
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I was honored and grateful to be on the cover (twice) of Gay San Diego. Thank you for such a terrific interview. You made the whole process quite painless for a (nervous) first-time author like me.
I appreciate your well thought-out questions and how skillfully you’ve put all the pieces together. I was so pleased with the result.
—Michael Kimmel, via email and gay-sd.com