"The Pride celebration has become increasingly commercialized, co-opted by corporate interests that use our struggle for liberation as a market for commodities and a way to boost profit.
These interests – the top of the 1% – parade status quo candidates and parties for our consumption, wearing a progressive mask of LGBT equality while marginalizing and criminalizing the poor and disempowered. In doing so they seek to divide our community, catering only to those of us with money to spend. But the queer and trans communities are more than the affluent; we are also the disempowered, the homeless, the sick, the victims of discrimination and violence.
Interested to see how this goes down Sunday. Gay Pride Parade in SF use to be called "Gay Freedom Day" and has turned very commercial, the ads and marketing are pretty intrusive and they take away from the joy of the event. However it is well known that SF pride operates with limited money and could not put on such a large event without corporate sponsors.