June means many things in San Francisco—winter, asparagus-overload, summer street festivals—but most of all it means Pride. Leading up to 2011's Pride Weekend (June 25–26), we asked some of San Francisco's most beloved drag ambassadors to write on the question: "What does Pride mean to you?" The first essay is from Heklina, MC and producer of Trannyshack, the DNA's Lounge's monthly drag club. We'll be publishing one essay a week until Pride weekend.
What does Pride mean to me? Of course, I can be a jaded queen and say that Pride has become too commercialized, gay culture itself has become too mainstream, and that many people forget that one of the main messages about Pride is inclusion and diversity. But it’s too easy to just be jaded about Pride, and it also does it an injustice.