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sfpride.org              SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #38: Jan. 13, 2010
A New Year for LGBT Pride
40th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade - June 26-27, 2010

In this issue:
- Prop 8 Trial Examines History of Discrimination
- Be a Fortieth Anniversary Volunteer
Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 27
- Cirque du Soleil's OVO

- Help Build an E-Pride Movement
- Volunteers Wanted in Our New Office
- Boost Your Visibility with an Ad in Pocket Pride
- Apply Now for Exhibitor Booths and Parade Contingents

 Prop 8 Trial Examines History of Discrimination

Photo Credit: Juan Carlos Pometta Betancourt


    In federal court here in San Francisco , academics submitted testimony on Tuesday regarding the history of discrimination against LGBT people in the much-watched Perry v. Schwarzenegger case before Judge Vaugh Walker.  While lawyers defending Proposition 8 called the testimony "utterly irrelevant," historians from Harvard and Yale, discussed issues ranging from the history of marriage to the criminalization of gay life.  The much-watched trial may eventually end up before the Supreme Court, though many have also expressed concern about the timing of the suit and its potential for success.  SF Pride will be keeping you updated on Facebook and Twitter as this historical legal challenge moves forward.

 Be a Fortieth Anniversary Volunteer
  An SF Pride Safety Volunteer at the Parade

Photo Credit: Richard Bui

    We are now accepting volunteer applications for this year’s San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. The theme is "Forty and Fabulous" and the event will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010.The two-day Celebration & Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the United States.  Such a large community event couldn’t take place were it not for the more than 1,000 volunteers who help in the office, at the Parade, and on the Celebration site.
    For more information on how you can participate in the fortieth anniversary Pride Celebration and Parade, check out our volunteer info page and fill out our Celebration & Parade Volunteer Application. You can also click on the following links to be considered for a Safety or Medical volunteer position.
 Town Hall Meeting on January 27

    Please join us at an important Town Hall Meeting to find out about the fantastic upcoming events SF Pride will be having this Spring and our plans for the fortieth anniversary Pride Celebration and Parade. At this exciting event you’ll learn about our Community Partners Program, the value of SF Pride membership, and all the different ways you can sign up to volunteer and be a part of our “Forty and Fabulous” year! Get involved with SF Pride early!

Come to the Town Hall Meeting:
        Wednesday, January 27, 2010
        5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
        SF LGBT Center, Ceremonial Room, 4th Floor
        1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP appreciated by January 25, 2010 at rsvp@sfpride.org. ASL interpreters available.

 Cirque du Soleil's OVO

Cirque du Soleil's OVO Playing Near You

 Help Build an E-Pride Movement



    This coming New Year, SF Pride wants to make a huge statement to the world about the power of Pride.  With our 40th anniversary just around the corner on June 26-27, 2010, we want to take Pride into the next generation of Stonewall.  Our goal is to build an international Pride movement and to do it in the medium of our times: online.  So, in honor of our upcoming 40th anniversary, we want to build a network of 40,000 people committed to showing their support for LGBT equality 365 days a year.
    Show your Pride online by following and friending Pride on your favorite social media outlets.  Help us build the e-Pride movement.


 Volunteers Wanted in Our New Office
  Lt. Dan Choi

Photo Credit: Don Yount

    The Pride office is the central planning location for the fortieth anniversary of the Pride Celebration and Parade. With the help of our creative and supportive office volunteers, this year will be one of the most exciting ever. Volunteering in the office can be done on a one-time basis, over a period of a few days, or as an on-going, weekly occurrence.
    We currently need your assistance with a variety of exciting projects. You can help with archiving historical Pride documents, preparing for the new membership year, updating spreadsheets, and sending out mailings. We've moved, so you can even help us to organize our new space. Our office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays.  Please contact us at volunteers@sfpride.org or call 415-864-0831 ext.110 with your availability.
    If you have any questions or if you are having difficulty finding the 30 Pearl Street entrance [MAP], please call us at (415) 864-0831. We look forward to welcoming you to our new offices!


 Boost Your Visibility with an Ad in Pocket Pride
  Pocket Pride
    Reach tens of thousands of SF Pride attendees through our handy portable guide to the annual SF Pride Celebration and Parade.  Reserve ad space in Pocket Pride by January 8, 2010, and save 20%!  Place your order and find rates at pocketpride.sfpride.org.  To qualify for the 20% discount, you must pay by Jan. 8, 2010.  Artwork is due May 15, 2010. 
    For more information about Pocket Pride, go here,
    Call 415-389-1515 for assistance.
 Apply Now for Exhibitor Booths and Parade Contingents
  A view of the Pride Celebration at Civic Center

Photo Credit: Noemi Enriquez

    Be a part of the fortieth anniversary San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade.  Register online for an exhibitor booth at the largest gathering of LGBT people all year or sign up for a parade contingent at  register.sfpride.org.   Call 415-389-1515 with any questions you may have.