Pride Volunteer, San Francisco, CA - May 12, 2016
HRC's pride volunteers are given the choice of working the second day of SF Pride at the booths and the third day as part of the parade, or both. Both summers I volunteered with them, I chose to work only the second day. This entails standing outside in the hot sun for four to seven hours working with people you may have briefly met before or with whom you have only just become acquainted. These co-workers, or co-volunteers, are separated into the full time employees at HRC, Pride "supervisors", and the temporary volunteers who really just end up getting in the way. The hardest part of the job was to coordinate with other volunteers despite differences you may have while standing for hours on end and communicating with customers who might not speak English. However, it was enjoyable to engage with like-minded people on LGBT+ issues.