The start of Sunday's parade sure was intense. I was photographing co-hosts Mama Tits and Sylvia O'Stayformore with Grand Marshall George Takei and his husband Brad when we heard a protestor's megaphone and looked over to see a group of anti-gay protestors disrupting the festivities and claiming the love of Jesus. Parade participants quickly formed a "Wall of Love" so they couldn't pass. Police lined up in between the two sides. While everyone remained composed for the most part, emotions were high and I was shaking. One man had to be restrained by a girl wearing rainbow wings. I ventured over to get some shots from the protestors' viewpoint and was shoved. I shoved back. It was a police officer. Oops! Fortunately we kept it real, he didn't escalate the situation and, after some words, that was that. Once things had calmed down, he apologized and shook my hand, saying we all get worked up. (I should've remarked that, yes, we do, but he's the one carrying a gun.) His gesture was followed by nearly every other officer involved in the skirmish, and I was couldn't have been more impressed. Also, surprised.
At the same time, Pride superstar Mama Tits did what she does best to drown out the fundamentalists' noise. I missed the moment, but I'm glad Dee Plunkett Vanderlin snapped her standing "TITS to face with HATE" [the man with the megaphone]. Our friend Gena Apo filmed Mama's rousing performance, which has since gone viral.
Above is a GIF I made (my first ever!) of one moment, and here's more from my perspective.