Viva Variety
Incredible month of events celebrating queer life.

Showcasing the many ways to be yourself and change the world, this year's official San Francisco Pride events highlight the diverse ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people celebrate their cultural richness.

On Friday, June 28, Celebrity Grand Marshal Sharon Gless will host the kick-off to the Pride Celebration Weekend--the 24th Annual Pride Concert. Join San Francisco's Lesbian/Gay Chorus, the Gay Men's Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for a fun-filled musical tribute to Gay Pride in America. San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Executive Director, Scott Mandell, said, "The Pride Concert offers the unique opportunity to experience all three San Francisco treasures and Sharon Gless in one glorious night."

June is a month to celebrate queer art and culture in San Francisco, beginning with Viva La Rainbow, an exhibition of the photography of Kieran Ridge and Hiroma Oda. The exhibition takes place at the newly opened LGBT Community Center and at Borders Books & Music on Union Square. On June 25, Viva Variety 25, the Gay Pride Show will feature some of the best performers from the worlds of dance, theatre, performance arts, spoken word, comedy and music. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund.

The Golden Gate Business Association will present "IN(side) & OUT: Gay/Lesbian Business in the New Millennium," featuring guest speakers and workshops on Thursday, June 27. Topics include marketing to a gay and lesbian audience, how LGBT-owned small business can compete in the wider marketplace and what makes up the "gay" dollar.

Rugby players from around the world will compete on June 28-29 in the International Gay Rugby Association and Board's Rugby Tournament and Festival. Informally known as the ‘Bingham Cup’, in memory of the September 11th hero and rugby player Mark Bingham, the tournament will attract over 200 players to compete in one of the world's toughest and most brutal sports.

On Saturday, June 29, join San Francisco's community activists, fundraisers, entertainers and leaders for the Official Pride Brunch, at which the Grand Marshals will be presented to the community at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. The event raises funds for the Positive Resource Center.

Official parties include the Saturday night ReUNION at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Sunday's Latin Stage after party, the weekend's premier 18+ over party. The ReUNION party, now in it’s 5th year, raises thousands of dollars for a variety of community organizations.

For details of the official San Francisco Pride events, links to the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and National Queer Arts Festival, and other events taking place during the month of June, go to http://www.sfpride.org/calendar/index.htm and view the community events calendar co-hosted by the Pride Committee and the Community Center.

The official events compliment the 32nd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade held over the June 29/30 weekend. The theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World”.

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