Cristal VeronicaPride Creativity Award
Pride Creativity Award
For outstanding artistic contribution to the LGBTQ communities.Cristal Veronica is a proud Queer Chicana feminist photographer. After getting two higher education degrees, she fell into wedding photography after seeing images of non-traditional couples doing things their own way. She felt a strong pull to document folks making decisions about what love looks like to them and not compromising their values for societal standards. So, she picked up a camera and photographed a friend’s queer wedding seven years ago. Since then, she married her wife at San Francisco City Hall with Governor Gavin Newsom as the officiant, and focused her business, Cristal Veronica Photos, solely on LGBTQ folks and POC. She always feels honored when folks hire her based on her niche. Cristal lives in San Francisco, wishes Tupac was still alive and making music, and is always craving sushi and donuts.
Original illustration by George McCalman.