www.sfpride.org                                                                      SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #25: 6.16.08
Pride, Visibility, & Social Change
38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.28/29.2008

In this issue:
- San Francisco Pride Takes on Bill O'Reilly on Air
Meshell Ndegeocello Headlines Saturday Main Stage
-  All-New Video Lab Premieres on SF Pride Website
- Virgin America Proudly Supports the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration
- The Rainbow Flag Turns 30
Joie De Vivre Hotels
Win a Palm® Centro™ smartphone!
The Official Women's Hotel of San Francisco Pride
- Stuart Milk to Attend SF Pride as a Celebrity Grand Marshal
Grand Stand Seating Tickets on Sale
City Car Share has Pride!!
Vendor Applications Still Being Accepted
Mamma Mia! Dances Into Movie Theatres July 18
Check out our Official Events Calendar
- Two-Spirit Wellness Conference & the Native American AIDS Project

 San Francisco Pride Takes on Bill O'Reilly on Air
Photo Credit: Fox News  

Mikayla Connell, President of the Board of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee appeared on the O'Reilly Factor this week to personally deliver this year's Pink Brick to recipient Bill O'Reilly. 

Each year in March, community members nominate and vote to select a recipient for the annual Pink Brick award, which is given to a person or organization that has done substantial harm to the LGBT community.

O'Reilly was intrigued to know why he got the dubious honor, asking, "What's the beef?" Mikayla, in a spectacular performance that you can watch on our website, cited O'Reilly's sensationalized piece about lesbian gangs from August of 2007 among many other examples.


Photo Credit: Fox News

This is a community award so the community thinks that you have portrayed unfairly the LGBT community," said Connell.

In the interview with Mikayla, O'Reilly seemed unable to accurately describe gay content in his previous shows.  He misstated the air date of the lesbian gangs segment, saying, "That was six years ago, five years ago," when the l segment actually aired on June 21, 2007 -- barely a year ago.

Photo Credit: Fox News

O'Reilly also misrepresented his role in that infamous news report, claiming to Mikayla that it was guest Rod Wheeler who provided all the incorrect information.  In actuality, it is O'Reilly who started the entire segment out by claiming that Wayne Buckle was attacked by a lesbian gang.   You can see the video and review Pride's analysis on our website.

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is committed to honoring the voice of our community and continuing to make an impact in the ongoing struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights with work like this.  To support our efforts, find out how you can get involved and support our outreach initiatives that are changing hearts and minds.  Check out how you can support our work by making a secure online contribution to our Outreach Program here.


 Meshell Ndegeocello Headlines Saturday Main Stage

Fill your Pride Saturday with the soulful grooves and riveting R&B stylings of Meshell Ndegeocello. Don't miss this spectacular performance by our Saturday headliner.

The Main Stage at the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration is a place to catch the best mix of both local, national, and international talent.  We have packed in a great list of entertainers, artists, and performers for both Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

Find out more about when you can catch Meshell and our other acts by checking our most current line up on our website.


 All-New Video Lab Premieres on SF Pride Website

Check out hot videos like the one at left at the all-new Video Lab on the SF Pride website.  We have a small but growing video library that will get you in gear for this year's Pride Celebration & Parade.

Want to know who you'll see on this year's Main Stage? You can catch it all at SF Pride's Video Lab.

 Virgin America Proudly Supports the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration

We are making flying good again and bringing great service back to the skies.

Let's not forget style, entertainment and relaxation - all for an astonishingly reasonable fare.


Grab a seat at virginamerica.com.

As San Francisco's hometown airline, Virgin America will serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation, and up to 30 cities within five years. Virgin America's base of operations is San Francisco International Airport's ultra-modern, spacious and convenient International Terminal, which was completed in 2000. The airline's brand-new Airbus A320-family aircraft offer guests their own interactive in-flight entertainment systems, plugs for laptops and other portable electronic devices and a host of other innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel and bringing a little fun back to flying.

To learn more visit: www.virginamerica.com


 The Rainbow Flag Turns 30

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

On June 25, 1978, Gilbert Baker debuted the first rainbow flag at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Celebration, the antecedent to our present-day San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade.

The six color rainbow that is now synonymous with the LGBT movement used to contain pink and turquoise but was reduced from its original 8 colors for production purposes.

The original colors of the rainbow as Baker had originally designed it represent, respectively: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. The dying and sewing of the first flag was done by Baker himself.


 Joie De Vivre Hotels

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 asking for the SF Pride Rate when you call and book your stay.

Joie de Vivre Hotels

Home 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.

Upload your California photos June 1-August 31 for a chance to win hotel stays for a year!



 Win a Palm® Centro™ smartphone!

AT&T and Palm will be giving away sleek new Centro smartphones every hour during the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration. Visit the AT&T Digital Clubhouse for complete rules and while you’re there check out the latest products like the new Jawbone Bluetooth® headset or just sit back and enjoy AT&T Advanced TV or surf the web with AT&T High Speed Internet access. The AT&T Digital Clubhouse is open to the public and located just in front of City Hall.

2008 Palm, Inc. All rights reserved. Palm and Centro are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

 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



 Stuart Milk to Attend SF Pride as a Celebrity Grand Marshal

Stuart Milk, nephew of the late San Francisco City Supervisor, Harvey Milk

Stuart Milk, the youngest of Harvey Milk’s two nephews and a teen when his uncle was killed, came out of the closet the night of November 27, 1978 along with thousands of other members of the LGBT community across the US. He has been the Milk family voice and spokesperson on his uncle’s legacy and a frequent participant at memorial and commemorative events for the last several years in San Francisco. Stuart’s talk at USF on his conversations and memories of his uncle can be seen on the extras DVD in the 20th Anniversary edition of the academy award winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk.”  Continue reading...


 Grand Stand Seating Tickets on Sale

Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

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 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.  Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community members should contact deaflgbtpride@gmail.com.

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


 City Car Share has Pride!!

SF Pride and City CarShare have teamed up again this year and for a greener approach to SF Pride celebration planning. As a local nonprofit, City CarShare loves the Bay Area. In fact, all of their resources and profits go right back into the community through their services, advocacy and support.

With free driving credits from City CarShare, SF Pride is getting around town without having to pay for rental cars, taxis, or reimbursements to employees who use their own cars.  In exchange, SF Pride is donating booth space, parade presence, tickets and other sponsorship opportunities to City CarShare.

You too can save money and never have to worry about gas, insurance or car maintenance again. Become a City CarShare member and get 24/7 access to over 270 cars in over 150 locations throughout the Bay Area. And since you’re part of the celebrations, City CarShare is giving you a $30 credit when you sign up to ShareLocal or SharePlus today at  www.citycarshare.org.  Use promo code Pride08 (Offer valid until July 15, 2008)

Are you a City CarShare member who wants to score Grandstands ticket to the Pride parade? Or, how about mingling with other SF elite at the VIP Pride Party? This year, City CarShare is truly Sharing the Love, and giving all City CarShare members two ways to win tickets to these June 29th events.

1)  Create a video with a theme that celebrates SF Pride and why Sharing the Love as a City CarShare member is important to you. Get creative and have fun! Upload your video by Friday, June 13th to your favorite video sharing site (YouTube, Vimeo, imeem, etc) and send marketing@citycarshare.org a link to your video along with your name. Winners get to choose the parade or party, and bring 3 friends!

2)  Submit a memorable quote, testimonial, or story about City CarShare’s impact on your life. To enter, send marketing@citycarshare.org your text submission and name by June 13th. Each winner will get 2 tickets to one of the events


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

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

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.


 Mamma Mia! Dances Into Movie Theatres July 18

Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Summer 2008 is the season for Mamma Mia! Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in this celebration of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads.


 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 a few more exciting events that are coming your way:

All month long – DYKES ON BIKES®: 30 Years at the Forefront: This exhibit, hosted by the GLBT Historical Society, uses a significant anniversary to look back and commemorate this anchor SF institution that has become internationally renowned. The exhibit also... (more)

June 25 – SF Leather Pride Meet & Greet: An event to welcome visiting Leather/Kink people to SF Pride and the SF Leather/Kink scene... (more)

June 26 – Official A&PI Pride Kick-Off Party: In celebration of the two Community Grand Marshals who are Asian & Pacific Islander, this party sets off Pride week for all A&PI LGBT attendees. Featuring performers... (more)

June 27 – Cream: San Francisco’s biggest Girl Pride party kicks off the weekend with a live performance by CRYSTAL WATERS. The famous Cream dancers with two amazing rooms... (more)

June 28 – Pink Triangle Installation & Commemoration Ceremony: Friends of the Pink Triangle is a group of volunteers who, on a tiny budget, construct a gigantic pink triangle on Twin Peaks that can be seen for 20 miles. The Pink Triangle has been installed for each Pride Weekend since 1996... (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

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.


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