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B-52's and Local Performers to Share Spotlight at SF Pride 2001
Diverse Program Promises Something For All


This year's SF Pride Main Stage is an entertainment kaleidoscope featuring something for everyone. Whether it's Native American Drumming, Hip-Hop, Cabaret, Latin, Punk, Cheerleading, Belly Dancing, Mime, Dance, Disco or Blues, this year's Main Stage has it all.

Headlining the Main Stage this year are the B-52's whose timeless hits, Rock Lobster and Love Shack have become signature tracks in popular music. The band first achieved prominence in the 1980's when their beehive wigs and quirky lyrics attracted the attention of music fans, particularly those in the LGBT community. Looking forward to appearing at SF Pride, openly gay band member Keith Strickland said:

"Put on your finest drag and call your friends. Let's march down to City Hall and take action in the spirit of those before us. We must not be ambivalent. Now is our time to continue the commitment to our own liberation. Come out, take part, be seen and heard for yourself and future generations." Pride President Cecilia Chung added, "It is going to be a Queerific party! The B-52's take me back to my coming out days as a gay teenager with all their colorful fashions and hair styles. I encourage everyone to come to the event in their favorite dance gear and jump right in to the festivities!"

The appearance of the B-52's is made possible by sponsorship from United Airlines and the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It's because of United's commitment that we are able to fly in all the Band members from around the country" said Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, "without their support we just wouldn't be able to afford it. The Chronicle has upped their sponsorship to allow us to compensate all our performers fairly this year."

"We are proud to take part in this year's observance of SF Pride," said Chris Brathwaite, a United spokesperson. "This event is one of many we support around the country within the LGBT community."

Sharing the limelight with the B-52's on the Main Stage on Sunday June 24 this year is the cream of local talent including singer-songwriter Mark Weigle, Soulstress Gwen Avery, Punksters Blue Period, the politically charged San Francisco Mime Troupe, Linda Low, Veronica Klaus and the hilarious Kinsey Sicks. Grand Marshals, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Inc., are also scheduled to appear with a very special performance. Main Stage Producer, Ken Bunch said:

"Seventy Five per cent of the performers are local this year and the line-up is more diverse, political, entertaining and fun than ever before."

Saturday's Main Stage program will be released on soon and features a Domestic Partnership Commitment Ceremony and the 4th annual Stand Against Hate in association with CUAV (Community United Against Violence).

The San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration takes place this year on June 23/24. Last year the event attracted an audience of over 750,000 people. The event theme is Queerific.

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For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 0831