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Breed Got Her Compromise With SF Pride, Small Number of SFPD Officers Will March in Uniform in Parade

SF Pride relented and Mayor London Breed and the SFPD were able to reach an acceptable compromise on banning police uniforms from the Pride parade on Thursday – just in time for the Pride flag to be raised at City Hall.

The mayor, who didn’t want to look like an ally of the city’s LGBTQ community or a police ally, sided with the police last week by joining their boycott of the SF Pride Parade. The SFPD, along with the fire service, said they would not take part in the parade after deciding not to allow them as they traditionally do – with LGBTQ members of the force and allies marching in uniform in a parade contingent. (New York Pride made a similar decision two years ago, though they banned police from their parade altogether.)

Last week, SF Pride hinted that a compromise was likely in the works.

race decision drew the ire of LGBTQ groups in the city, including the transgender district, the explained last week that its members would not attend a city-sponsored Pride event in protest of the mayor.

One such event was the annual Pride Flag raising at City Hall to kick off Pride Month, which was scheduled for today.

As the chronicle reportsBreed was able to announce the compromise between the SFPD and SF Pride at the event, although it is not clear if the Transgender District or other LGBTQ groups planning to protest were present.

According to a statement from the Office of the Mayor of London Breed, this is the compromise: Command staff will march unarmed in dress uniforms into the parade; “less than 10” officers in uniform with arms will march with them “in support”; and a third group of SFPD officers will march in civilian clothes or SFPD polo shirts.

SF Pride had previously stated that LGBTQ officers and others in the force could march freely in the parade and identify themselves as SFPD, but were asked to wear SFPD t-shirts or other clothing that was not a full uniform. This is to reduce the harm or psychological trauma caused to marginalized communities by the sight of uniformed police officers.

“This year we all need to pull together,” Suzanne Ford, interim executive director of SF Pride, said in a statement. “This is the year you have to ask yourself what you can do for San Francisco Pride. We need everyone to come together to celebrate the celebration this city deserves.”

In an official statement today in connection with the flag-raising, Breed said: “Here in San Francisco, we welcome our diverse communities to ensure everyone is free to live as they are. While other states attack the rights of LGBTQ people here In San Francisco, we proudly raise the Pride Flag to celebrate history and honor the achievements of this community. Today and throughout June reflects the strength of the LGBTQ community and our city’s commitment to LGBTQ rights and equality.”

Others present for the flag raising included gay SF supervisor Rafael Mandelman, state senator Scott Wiener and newly appointed gay supervisor Matt Dorsey.

Also SFFD chief Jeanine Nicholson, the first openly LGBTQ chief of the fire service.

“Pride is about how we, as LGBTQ people, came together decades ago to save our own lives,” Nicholson said. “It started as a movement to free ourselves from discrimination, violence and exclusion. And we all stand on the shoulders of these brave souls who have spoken out. Today is about inclusion and the dignity of who and how we are in the world without fear. Together we are stronger.”

Nicholson added, “I was recruited into Pride in 1991 by an LGBTQ member of the San Francisco Fire Department, and now I’m so proud to be the leader of the same department.”

Related: Race joins police and firefighters in boycott of Pride march over ban on police marching in uniform

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