Why two grand marshals refuse to march in San Francisco Pride parade

Virgin America's float in the San Francisco Pride parade.

Virgin America's float in the San Francisco Pride parade. PRNewsFoto/Virgin America

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stepped-up security surrounding San Francisco‘s LGBTQ pride celebration has caused two honorary grand marshals and a health clinic that serves sex workers to withdraw from the event’s signature parade.

The executive director of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project, Black Lives Matter and the St. James Infirmary said Friday they are pulling out to protest the heavy police presence and metal detectors that will be part of this weekend’s festivities.

The security measures were put in place following the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando two weeks ago.

TGI Justice Project Executive Director Janetta Johnson says they make LGBTQ people who have been mistreated by police feel less safe and are at odds with the parade’s theme, which is “For Racial and Economic Equality.”

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