From seeing the enormous gay pride rainbow flags at Bloomingdale's in San Francisco, to checking out the hour-long gay pride parade in Sacramento, I always try to participate in (and photograph) some part of gay pride celebrations, wherever I am.
These celebrations are held throughout the world in the month of June. They commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which are generally considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. On the cusp of the Supreme Court's decisions related to Prop. 8 in California and the constitutionality of part of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay pride, and the hope for full equality seems more important than ever. Here are a few of my favorite images from this year.