Pride, 2017==The Spirit of the Rainbow=–Planet First!

Planet First!–Pride, 2017

The City of Saint Francis

San Francisco, the City of St. Francis,  reflects the humanity that lives with in her borders.  On the surface she is a beautiful City. The views that surround her, the fog late at night, all give an other worldly quality to living within her  borders. On the other hand there is the dark side–homelessness, cruelty on her streets, and extreme wealth and poverty.

William Barclay wrote:

“To the rich man, Lazarus was part of the landscape. If ever he did notice him, it never struck him that Lazarus had anything to do with him. He was simply unaware of his presence, or, if he was aware of it, he had no sense of responsibility for it… A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.” — Poverty and homelessness has become a part of the landscape, we scream for solutions, rather than being the solution–living simply, sharing of our material goods, and of ourselves. It begins with each one of us.

And yet  like She  has has through thousands of years, the Spirit has broken  forth in a rain bow of colors into  transforming the City  as a  haven for people of all colors, creeds and religions, and sexual orientation. San Francisco provides a place for people to become who they are. I owe San Francisco my life, for I would have  never undergone  my own inner transformation with out living here.   San Francisco is life giving. I recently received my Doctor of Ministry Degree, from a conservative school. During my time there I was allowed to reflect the rain bow of colors  through my theology and being queer. I was never afraid, and that is in large part due to the rain bow of San Francisco which has shaped my life  for twenty sum years. I placed the diploma on my wall proudly–knowing I received it through being truly myself. San Francisco allows us to be truly ourselves.

Fourteen year old Quincy Corsello recently gave a speech at  Grace Cathedral School  in which he said that San Francisco has taught him that there is no difference between people–“we are all equal”. 

To me that summarizes the great gift of San Francisco, and what we are celebrating at Pride–all of us are equal–we are all brothers and sisters.

People often make judgments on the celebration of people at Pride–the display of nudity, dress, drinking-when in actuality it is people being free to express themselves in the daylight and in the open. Our society has been so oppressive, and has quelled the needs of expression  so much, that when we have the opportunity we become afraid. Pride is about  being ourselves, it is about our celebrating our full humanity. It is the Spirit in her fullest manifestation.

So during this Pride Week we invite you to unfurl your rainbow flag–literally and figuratively and celebrate the God of the rainbow that brings all of us together as brothers and sisters in one family.

Hey–Get Nude–I am too ugly and have to maintain my priestly image–ha! but –but you are all beautiful–Enjoy Pride–celebrate the Rainbow of Colors! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


+Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Come Join Franciscans Against the Death Penalty in a prayerful Vigil On Friday, June 16, 2017 in front of the Earl Warren Supreme Court Building at 350 McAllister Street at 12 Noon.

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