Get Engaged! SF Pride E-Newsletter -- If you are having trouble viewing this message, click here.                                                                   SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #27: 3.02.2009
A More Perfect Union
39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.27/28.2009

In this issue:
- Form a More Perfect Union #1 - State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
Now Accepting Performer Submissions for SF Pride's Main Stage

- Apply for a Grant through Pride's Community Partners Program
- Invalidate Prop 8: March 4th Rallies & March 5th Supreme Court Arguments
- Watch the CA Supreme Court's Oral Arguments on Prop 8 - March 5
Get Your Parade Application in Early

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  Form a More Perfect Union #1 - State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
Photo Credit: Jane Cleland  

In honor of our 2009 event theme, "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union...," SF Pride is keeping tabs on the state of LGBT rights and community issues in each of the fifty states in the Union.  Below are the first eleven states in our series.  Email us with any issues affecting your community in your state.

California - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act (AB 382) to the House Assembly.  The measure seeks to prevent violence against LGBT inmates.  A recent study by the California Department of Corrections indicates that 67 percent of LGBT inmates report being sexually assaulted by other inmates, which is fifteen times the rate at which non-LGBT inmates report the same abuse.

Colorado - The CO State Senate backs an initial bill (SB88) that would extend same-sex benefits to state employees. Opponents of the measure have attempted to use the 2006 Colorado ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage to argue that Colorado voters are also opposed to partner benefits for same-sex couples on the state payroll.

Florida - Lambda United, Florida Atlantic University's gay/straight alliance, held a vigil yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Simmie Williams Jr., a transgender teen who was found shot to death last year.  Organizers sought to highlight the lack of progress in the investigation into who shot Simmie. 

Hawai'i - The Hawai'i Senate takes up debate today on the issue of same-sex civil unions following an approved civil unions measure from the State House.

Kentucky - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a Boyd County High School student who sued his school district, alleging that his school's policy requiring students to undergo anti-harassment training denied him the right to speak out against homosexuality.

Maine - Nearly 1,000 opponents of same-sex unions rallied against a bill under consideration by the State Legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage and recognize same-sex marriages from out of state.

Minnesota - Openly gay Republican State Senator Paul Koering is under fire for voting against marriage rights for same-sex couples. Ken Swacker, a legislative aide to Koering, scripted a form letter to respond to critics, arguing that same-sex marriage rights are a "pointless" issue.

New Mexico - The NM Senate's Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 to advance the Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities Act, which would extend domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples.  The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.

North Dakota - The ND State Senate passed HB2278, extending the state's anti-discrimination laws to sexual orientation. Gender identity and expression, however, still remain unprotected by North Dakota state law.

Utah - Utah Senate Democrats are calling for the removal of Sen. Chris Buttars (R-West Jordan) from key committee posts after Buttars compared gay activists to radical Muslims and suggested that gays represent the greatest threat to America.

Wisconsin - Governor Jim Doyle (D) of Wisconsin has proposed extending domestic partner protections to same-sex couples in the state's new budget.  Opponents have threatened to sue the state if the same-sex benefits are approved and cite the 2006 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage as the legal grounds upon which to lodge the suit.

  Now Accepting Performer Submissions for SF Pride's Main Stage

Performing at Pride is a great way to reach new, diverse audiences and to demonstrate support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. 

The San Francisco Pride Celebration is currently inviting submissions from all interested performing artists.  The Pride Main Stage runs both days of the two-day Celebration in Civic Center Plaza: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2009.

Press kits should include:


Lady Gaga on the 2008 Main Stage
(Photo Credit: Jane Cleland)

2.) A one or two line statement about why the performer would like to perform at San Francisco Pride
3.) A
description of the type of music the artist performs and about the artist's style and stage presence
A description of the artist's largest audience at a performance and the artist experience performing at outdoor venues
5.) CD or DVD of the performer’s work (no vinyl or cassettes) with one to three tracks pre-selected for our review -- CDs with more than 3 music tracks or DVDs longer than 5-10 minutes will not be reviewed in their entirety; a DVD of a recent performance is strongly recommended
6.) Discography (if any)
7.) Recent press
8.) Photos
9.) Return SASE, with appropriate postage, if you wish the package returned

If you are submitting information for more than one performer, please do so separately so that we may consider each performer individually.

Press kits should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009, to be considered:

San Francisco Pride
ATTN: Main Stage Coordinator
1800 Market Street, PMB # 5
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information about the SF Pride Main Stage, contact us at entertain [at] sfpride [dot] org.


   Apply for a Grant through Pride's Community Partners Program

2008 Community Partner ...And Castro 4 All
(Photo Credit: Rink Foto)

Gain high visibility at Pride while earning funds for your 501(c)3 non-profit.  All Bay Area-based non-profits serving the LGBT, breast cancer, or HIV/AIDS communities are encourage to apply to SF Pride's Community Partners Program.

Organizations accepted to the program earn grant funds by providing volunteers during the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, which will take place June 27-28, 2009. Applications must be received by March 16th For a list of program qualifications and requirements, please visit our Community Partners web hub at or click here.

For questions about the program, please contact us by email at communitypartners [at]sfpride [dot] org or by calling 415-864-0831 ext. 100.

Online Community Partner Application

Returning Partners: All returning community partners must have their 2009 applications and 2008 Final Reports submitted on, or before, March 16th.

We look forward to working with you! 

  Invalidate Prop 8: March 4th Rallies & March 5th Supreme Court Arguments


On March 5th, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on why Proposition 8 should be repealed.

On the evening before the California Supreme Court holds oral argument on the validity of Proposition 8 and whether the initiative process can be used to take away fundamental freedoms from minorities, join us for a candlelight vigil for justice and equality.

March 4th Vigil Locations and Times:


Photo Credit: Marriage Equality USA

San Francisco - Gather at Market and Castro from 5-6pm for pre-march rally, step off at 6pm, arrive at CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:30pm for short program. [map]

Los Angeles - Gather at Olvera Street in Downtown from 5:30-7:30pm for vigil program, ending with a walk to CA Supreme Court (Ronald Reagan Building 300 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013) at 8:00pm for moment of silence. [map]

Modesto - 7:00 p.m. at 1010 10th Street in Downtown Modesto. Walk to the Court House. Walk kicks off at 7:15ish. Rally at the Courthouse at 7:30 p.m. [map]

San Diego - San Diego will have a community rally with speakers and singing converging on the Hall of Justice at 330 W Broadway, San Diego CA 92101 from 4-6pm . A candle light vigil will then line the streets of Downtown San Diego Starting at 6pm!  [map]

Stockton - 6:00pm for a vigil program and moment of silence at 7:30pm. Meet at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2737 Pacific Ave Stockton, CA 95204 (209) 466-7743 [map]

Fresno - Gather outside the Fresno County Clerk's Office at 2221 Kern Street, Fresno, CA 93721 at 6pm for a vigil program, recommitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map]

Visalia - Gather at 221 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia CA (Courthouse lawn) from 5:30-7:30pm for a vigil program, recommitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map]

Bakersfield - Gathering in two locations. In Delano, gat! her at the south end of Cecil Avenue Park on Cecil Avenue from 4-6pm and in Kernville, gather at Circle Park at 5pm.

Roseville- Gather at the Roseville Galleria Mall, 1151 Galleria Blvd from 6-7:30pm for a peaceful candlelight vigil. Meet outside the mall entrance between the Cheesecake Factory (next to the JC Penny) and the Nordstrom. [map]

San Luis Obispo - Gather at the San Luis Obispo Downtown Center at 888 Marsh Street at 5:30pm for a vigil program, recommitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map]

San Jose - Gather at the intersection of Winchester Boulevard and Stevens Creek Boulevard, at Santana Row and Valley Fair shopping centers from 6:30 to 8:30pm for a short program. [map]

Sacramento - Gather at the! West Steps of the Capital from 5-6pm for pre-march rally. Step off at 6pm. Arrive at California Supreme Court (914 Capital Mall) at 6:30pm for a short program. [map]

For more information and additional vigil locations go to or

To add additional organizations as co-sponsors email vigil [at]

  Watch the CA Supreme Court's Oral Arguments on Prop 8 - March 5
Make plans to view the oral argument:


  Get Your Parade Application in Early

Photo Credit: Dave Golden

Avoid late fees and ensure your position in the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade line-up, by submitting your application before April 3, 2009.  Please use our online registration service to sign up today!  

Visit and under the Parade menu, select Parade Application or follow this link:

If you have any questions about the application and the fees involved, or about the Parade itself, please feel free to contact the Parade Manager, Marsha H. Levine:

parade [at] sfpride [dot] org


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