www.sfpride.org  SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #24: 5.23.08
In the Wake of the Decision
38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.28/29.2008

In this issue:
- In the Wake of the California Supreme Court Decision
Cyndi Will 'Bring Ya To The Brink' at SF Pride
- Harvey Milk & the Candidacy of the LGBT Movement
- The Official Women's Hotel of San Francisco Pride
- See the Parade up Close: Grand Stand Seating Tickets on Sale
- Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted Room Rates

Mexican Trans Couple Pushes for Change with Wedding
- Vendor & Parade Applications Still Being Accepted
- Deadline Extended: Advertise in Pocket Pride
- The Hotel Whitcomb
- Check out Our Official Events Calendar!
Two-Spirit Wellness Conference & the Native American AIDS Project
- Call for Artists for 2008 Pride artSpace

The last day to submit a Parade application is June 6. For more information, check out the Parade section of our website here.

 In the Wake of the California Supreme Court Decision

It is a rare occasion to have the opportunity to experience a watershed moment like the one that took place last week with the California Supreme Court's decision to strike down discrimination against same-sex couples. 

We all felt it at one point: that uncertainty about whether it had all actually happened. Really? They decided in our favor?

The whole community seemed ready to take in the history of the moment that same evening.  It certainly had all the trapping of a Where-were-you-when-you-heard kind of day.

Photo Credit: Bill Wilson

In some ways, the California Supreme Court's ruling last week is still surreal, especially after Californians LGBT communities had just received news earlier this month of the coming battle over same-sex marriage on California's November ballot. 

It is as if history is reminding us that progress toward equality is neither steady nor linear, but knotted and twisted, filled with bursts forward, steps back, and a number of unexpected turns. 

Even this most recent victory took four years of a prolonged legal battle to make possible. And with the court's pronouncement, four years of creative legal strategizing suddenly culminated in a swift shift in the direction of the historical current.

History figured into the Court's decision.  The majority opinion referenced the 1948 Perez v. Sharp, heard by the same court, which found that California's statutory provisions prohibiting interracial marriage were inconsistent with the state constitution.

And yet, in spite of its complex path, there appears to be a general direction to this sometimes varied momentum of the LGBT rights movement.

So, how did we get here?

The six consolidated appeals looked at by the California Supreme Court all arose out of Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision...

[Click here for more on the Marriage Decision]


 Cyndi Will 'Bring Ya To The Brink' at SF Pride

Cyndi Lauper will be appearing at San Francisco Pride as a Celebrity Grand Marshal, joining Charo and Stuart Milk, the nephew of Harvey Milk.

After winning a Grammy in 1985 for best new artist and becoming the first artist in history to have five top ten singles from a debut album, Cyndi Lauper continues to win critical acclaim as a singer, musician, actor and writer.  

A devoted advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community for over 25 years, Cyndi Lauper launched the annual True Colors Tour in 2007.  In partnership with organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), this North American tour brings people together to voice their solidarity for GLBT equality and raise awareness about the continued discrimination the community still faces. 

From Cyndi and her openly gay sister Elen taking part in a highly successful national public awareness campaign for PFLAG to participating in countless events to raise funds and awareness for the fight for GLBT equality, Cyndi is committed to this vital community that has loved and supported her throughout her career.   In appreciation for her work, Cyndi has been honored by many organizations including HRC, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  

Cyndi is also a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has ravaged the world.   Participating in efforts and events for organizations like AMFAR, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Cyndi  continues to speak out about the need for education and greater resources to fight this disease.

Cyndi’s new album “Bring Ya To The Brink” is in stores May 27th.


 Harvey Milk & the Candidacy of the LGBT Movement

May 22 marks what would have been former San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk's 78th birthday. 

Milk has been widely referred to as a martyr for the LGBT movement, but it is not his death that first launched Harvey into the public's eye.

Milk's election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 was an historic moment.  His win came after two unsuccessful bids in 1973 and 1975. 

In 1977, when voting for San Francisco City Supervisors transitioned from city-wide elections to district elections, Milk managed to win a seat on the Board and in so doing became the first openly gay elected official of any major U.S. city.

When Milk addressed a crowd of supporters after his victory, he noted the significance of his election for the LGBT community, "This is not my victory -- it's yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight."


Harvey Milk's Post-Assassination Message

As a supervisor, Milk rallied the city council in 1978 to pass the city's landmark Gay Rights Ordinance, which barred employers from firing employees because of their sexuality.  Milk's fellow supervisor Dan White resigned from the Board in opposition to Milk's bill. 

White would later return to City Hall and shoot then-Mayor George Moscone and Milk, killing them both.

White was arrested and tried in a trial that would make famous the "Twinkie defense" (which formed part of White's diminished capacity defense).  When White's 7-year prison sentence for manslaughter was announced, the San Francisco LGBT community was outraged. Many in the community saw the sentence as excessively lenient for the dual assassinations.

On May 21, 1979, members of the San Francisco LGBT community gathered in San Francisco's Civic Center, chanting, "We want justice!," and "Remember Harvey Milk!," to protest the verdict. Protestors' outrage spilled over into property destruction, and the White Night Riots broke out.  Twelve police cruisers were burned and both car and store windows were smashed.

The White Night Riots, San Francisco, May 21, 1979  

To those who lived through those years, Harvey Milk's life and times are fairly well-known, but youth face significant hurdles to receiving LGBT history in the present education system.

So if you have access to a social networking site and you would like to help spread the word about this history, just copy and past the code available here  into your posting, bulletin, or blog.

 The Official Women's Hotel of San Francisco Pride

Get cozy with the women of Curve, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine and San Francisco Pride!! 

Stay and play where the girls are at The Kabuki Hotel, a newly renovated premier Japanese-style boutique hotel with a western touch.

Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception, free parade grandstand passes, subscriptions to Curve and much more!

Special Rate: $149 a night * Space is limited so book now!  Available until June 3.


Call: 800-533-4567 and mention Group Code: Curve magazine



 Grand Stand Seating Tickets on Sale

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

See the Parade up close and personal!

Grandstand tickets are on sale now through June 19 if you purchase them online.

Online ticket sales end June 19, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person prior to the event at the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Box Office located at the LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market Street, 1st Floor. The box office is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday. It is advisable to call before dropping by at 415-865-2787.

Ticket sales at the Box Office will end on June 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the Grand Stands on June 29 for $35.00.

Tickets are $30 (plus a $1 processing fee). Accessibility tickets are available on a sliding scale and come with one partner ticket also available on a sliding scale .


Please keep in mind that your space is subject to re-sale if you are not seated by 11:00 a.m.

There are no shaded areas in the grand stands. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring along a hat and sunscreen. Please do not block the view of those people behind you.

There will be a beverage and food area behind the Grand Stands.


General Seating Ticket: $31.00
Accessibility Ticket: Sliding scale
Accessibility Partner Ticket: Sliding scale


 Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted Room Rates

The lobby at the newly renovated Hotel Kabuki, a tranquil and serene escape in the heart of Japan town

A circle suite The Hotel Vitale, San Francisco's only luxury waterfront hotel

A guestroom at Americania Hotel, one of the 3 hip newly remodeled Joie de Vivre properties South of Market..

We are pleased to offer discounted Pride Rates at our San Francisco Joie de Vivre Hotels! Book prior to June 1, 2008 and receive a pair of Parade Grandstand tickets, a $70 value, free of charge (subject to availability). Reservations can be made by clicking here or ask for the SF Pride Rate when you call and book your stay.

Joie de Vivre Hospitality
Corporate Office: 530 Bush Street San Francisco Suite 501, CA 94109 www.jdvhotels.com 800.738.7477

Joie de Vivre Hotels is the largest boutique hotel company in California. Our unique collection of over thirty five high-design and very gay-friendly hotels, restaurants and spas are located in San Francisco, Marin County, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Big Sur with new hotels opening soon in Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Studio City, Venice Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach and beyond. Whether you are traveling for business or Pride, planning a vacation, romantic getaway, or special event, we have a hotel uniquely suited to your personality.

 Mexican Trans Couple Pushes for Change with Wedding

Photo Credit: Jonathan Rivera

This past Saturday, May 17, a trans couple stepped into history in Mexico when they wed in a small ceremony held with family and friends at a community center in the Federal District. 

According to a Reuters newswire, theirs is the first transgender wedding in Mexican history.

Mario del Socorro, an FTM transman, and Diana Guerrero, an MTF transwoman, told media that they hoped media coverage from their marriage would help push the Mexican Congress to pass a law currently under consideration that would let people access sex change operations at hospitals and allow for changes to one's gender on official government records.

Mexican LGBT people have seen a number of advances in terms of rights in the past few years.  In 2006, the state of Coahuila and the Federal District (Mexico City) legalized same-sex civil unions.  Mario and Diana, however, chose to marry under their given names and birth-assigned genders in order to access additional benefits not available through civil unions.


 Vendor & Parade Applications Still Being Accepted
Photo Credit: Bill Wilson
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is accepting applications for Booth Spaces & Parade Contingents for the 2008 two-day Pride Celebration and Parade.

Visit: http://register.sfpride.org to register to participate in this year's celebration.

For Parade questions, please e-mail: parade@sfpride.org.

For Exhibitor questions, or questions concerning the online registration form for either exhibitors or parade contingents, please e-mail: exhibitor@sfpride.org or call (415) 389-1515.


 Deadline Extended: Advertise in Pocket Pride
Proposed 2008 Pocket Pride cover

Pocket Pride, a concise guide of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration, was a huge success at San Francisco LGBT Pride 2007 and will once again be distributed at San Francisco Pride LGBT Pride 2008.

Advertising in Pocket Pride will bring even more visibility to those participating at the event or allow those not at the event to reach thousands of attendees. More information can be found at: pocketpride.sfpride.org. For additional information email exhibitor@sfpride.org or call (415) 389-1515.

The deadline to advertise has been extended to May 30.


 The Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market Street   
San Francisco, CA 94103

Call 1.800.227.4747 for Reservation and Information.  
Pride Rate: Call for rates

Restored to its original splendor, the Hotel Whitcomb is a landmark hotel in the heart of San Francisco. A masterpiece of early 20th century architecture, the Hotel Whitcomb features rare Janesero wood paneling, marble columns, and original Austrian crystal chandeliers. Visitors from around the world enjoy the friendly service, grand old style and modern-day luxuries at this world-class hotel.



 Check out our Official Events Calendar!

Every year, SF Pride partners with event organizers throughout the Bay Area to assemble a calendar of Official Events for the month of June. These events help both the event organizers and the Pride Celebration Committee reach out to the many diverse sectors of our community to make June a truly empowering and celebratory month. There’s something for everyone: family outings, performances and exhibits, parties and club events, business and networking functions, and much more! Here are just a few of the exciting events that are coming your way:

June 7 – The Center | Start Here, Go Anywhere: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center invites you to attend a building-wide celebration launching Pride month activities! Music. Performances. Films. Edibles & Refreshments. Info about... (more)

June 10 – GGBA Pride Business Expo: GGBA's Pride Business Expo is one of the largest LGBT business trade shows in the nation. This event is the premier showcase for our members, with over 100 exhibitor displays from the top LGBT supporting companies... (more)

June 14 – Project Eden Gay Prom: Gay Prom is a drug-free dance for LGBTQ youth & allies 20 years of age & younger. This dance is attended by youth from the Bay Area as well as... (more)

June 21 – Transgender Parent Support Group: Are you or your partner a transgender parent or considering parenthood? This group... (more)

June 21 – Black Pride and Juneteenth Extravaganza: Presented by Club Rimshot and cosponsored by The Black LGBT Professionals Network, activelyOUT and The Bayard Rustin Coalition, this will be the party of all parties... (more)

Visit our website for a complete Official Events Calendar and start planning your Pride Month today! Please support the events that support Pride and the community, and help us be United by Pride, Bound for Equality in 2008!


 Two-Spirit Wellness Conference & the Native American AIDS Project

The Native American AIDS Project (NAAP) is one of the country's most comprehensive full-service HIV/AIDS programs for Native Americans and the only Native-specific HIV/AIDS service organization in California. The Native American AIDS Project's mission is to provide culturally competent services that celebrate the Native American culture to individuals living in the San Francisco Bay Area. NAAP's programs empower participants to explore the root causes - both societal and personal - which place them in situations of disempowerment, poverty, victimization, dependency and addiction. All services draw upon Native cultural, spiritual, behavioral and medicinal tradition to communicate HIV prevention messages and to care for our HIV positive brothers and sisters.

NAAP is working in collaboration with the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits and the Native American Health Center, San Francisco to host a Two-Spirit Wellness Conference June 26-27, 2008.  

Two-Spirit Wellness Gathering – Day 1: 
Native LGBT Speakers from different parts of the country will speak of their experiences on health, wellness, recovery and Native ways of healing.  Opening Ceremonies start at 9:00 a.m. followed by presentations, panels and workshops throughout the day ending at 5:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided and a dinner reception featuring a keynote speaker will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This event will be held at the Veterans Memorial War Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco and is a collaboration with the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, the Native American AIDS Project and the Native American Health Center with support from Sand Francisco Pride and the American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post 448.
 For information, contact the planning committee at 2spiritwellness@gmail.com.  Admission is Free!

Two-Spirit Wellness Gathering – Day 2:
 From 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., preliminary findings from a major Native LGBT Research Project will be presented followed by a session on Two Spirit Community Mobilization, closing out with a Pride information session.  Lunch will be provided.  This event will be held at the Veterans Memorial War Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco and is a collaboration including the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, the Native American AIDS Project and the Native American Health Center with support from Sand Francisco Pride and the American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post 448.  For information, contact the planning committee at
2spiritwellness@gmail.com.  Admission is Free!

Shake The Feathers 415-865-5616..


 Call for Artists for 2008 artSpace at Pride

Call for Entry:
Artists* Performers* Artist Demonstrators*

San Francisco LGBT Pride 2008 artSpace
Exhibition Event: San Francisco Pride “United by Pride, Bound for Equality”

Submission Deadline:
Friday, June 6th, 2008

Looking for San Francisco Bay Area LGBT visual artists, performance artists and artist demonstrators working in any creative discipline to submit work(s) for Pride 2008 Art exhibition space. Submissions should reflect the 2008 Pride theme: “United by Pride, Bound for Equality.” We encourage creativity, innovation, thought provoking and imaginary, and boundary pushing art. This is a great opportunity for artists to participate in a World Class international gay pride celebration.

Pride 2008 ArtSpace Coordinator/Curator: Robert Melton
Exhibition Event Dates: Sunday June 29th, 2008
Exhibition Time: Noon -7:00 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, site location (TBA)

-   A max of 2 works can be submitted.
    Exhibiting artists must attend the event to set up and take down art pieces
    Accepted artists must submit an brief artist/statement/bio
    Accepted artists must drop work/s off at the LGBT Center during business hours
-    Accepted artists must pick up work/s at the closing event or at the LGBT Center

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY: to multon@mindspring.com in the following formats Jpeg, QuickTime, PDF, MP3 or in-person to Robert Melton, Art Pavilion Coordinator/Curator or Brendan Behan, Community Mobilization Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator. 

Please copy the following text into your email submission:


Your Email:

Title of Work(s)/Date:



Brief Description of work(s):

Briefly explain how your creative work project reflects the Pride theme:

E-mail: multon [at] mindspring.com or brendanb [at] sfpride.org

can be sent electronically or in-person by scheduled appointment

Access the electronic version of the submission form here.