Following the horrific massacre in Orlando, there have been some concerns about security at the upcoming Pride events, especially in the US.
San Francisco is one of the first US Pride events this year, as it takes place on June 25 to 26. However, it has been confirmed that extra security measures will be in place. All entrances to Pride will be locked down with metal detactors and bag searches.
Large bags have been completely banned from the site, whereas small bags will be searched for any weapons.
The official statement says: “There will be security screening and metal detectors at all points of entry for the 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration and festival. Bags are highly discouraged, and no bags over 18” x 18” will be admitted. Everyone attending the Celebration must pass through the screening process.”
“All items will be subject to inspection at the entry gates, and there are no lockers for storage of oversized bags. Attendees and participants at the 2016 SF Pride Celebration are strongly encouraged not to bring bags and only soft bags no larger than 18” x 18” will be admitted. All items will be subject to inspection at the entry gates, and there are no lockers for storage.”
The San Francisco Chronicle has said that the metal detectors will be manned by private security, while there will be 25% more police present than previously.
Naturally, city officials are warning of “lengthy lines to get into the event”, but I’m sure we’d all rather wait a little longer but feel a little safer. Given all the recent Orlando attack, and the other attacks on LGBT people and pride events, security is paramount at this year’s Pride events all around the world.