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www.sfpride.org                                                                   SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #28: 3.18.2009
Take a Stand & Be Counted
39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.27/28.2009

In this issue:
- Form a More Perfect Union #2 - State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
How to be Cheap & Easy: Float Building & Contingent Coordination Workshop
- Get a Room  with Joie de Vivre Hospitality

- Free Use of Float Trailer for Winners of Float Design Competition
- Action: Meet in the Middle 4 Equality
- Official Events Application Now Online
- Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
Get Your Parade Application in Early
- New on Video Lab: Transgenderism & LGBT Elders

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  Form a More Perfect Union #2 - State by State LGBT Rights & Issues

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 states and territories in the Union.  Below are the second set in the series.  Tell us what issues are affecting the LGBT community in your state.

D.C. - The HIV rate hits 3%, the highest rate in the nation - More D.C.
Nevada - same-sex domestic partnership rights under consideration - More NV

New Hampshire - battling bills regarding same-sex marriage - More NH
Oklahoma - teacher fired in row over a gay-themed project - More OK
Texas - Legislature considers several bills regarding LGBT rights - More TX
Vermont - Begins hearings on same-sex marriage bill - More VT
West Virginia - State Senate passes protections for sexuality in areas of housing, employment, and accommodations - More WV

More Updates: California - Colorado - Florida - Hawai'i - Kentucky - Maine - Minnesota - New Mexico - North Dakota - Utah - Wisconsin

  How to Be Cheap & Easy: Float Building & Contingent Coordination Workshop
Photo Credit: Dan Nicoletta  
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee will hold their FREE float building and contingent coordination workshop with FREE food on Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 AM.

This is a basic nuts and bolts session about the planning and execution of floats and contingent coordination.

The workshop will take place at Pier 27 in the float barn.  Click here to see a map of the workshop location.

RSVP the names and emails of your representatives to Marsha H. Levine, Parade Manager at

parade [at] sfpride.org

  Get a Room with Joie de Vivre Hospitality


Joie de Vivre created its first hotel in San Francisco, and our company is still based there today. The progressive attitudes and initiatives of our home city and state, not to mention their sizable LGBT community, are key components of our company and how we welcome our guests.

Diversity, acceptance and equality are values Joie de Vivre lives, breathes and works by. Joie de Vivre realizes that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers are not the same. Joie de Vivre has a hotel for every LGBT traveler or group, whether they’re chasing Pride parties, meeting space or organic small plates.

At Joie de Vivre, we’re about fresh experiences with our guests in mind. Here are a few current promotions tailored for gay and lesbian travelers.

Pride in California - The Golden State is one of the most diverse, gay-friendly regions in the world. As a highlight, we’re offering 10% off our best available rates from May through September 2009.

Milk is Good - Celebrate the history of the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco, as depicted in the critically acclaimed and locally-shot movie Milk, with this special year round package.


  Free Use of Float Trailer for Winners of Float Design Contest
Photo Credit: David Yu  

The eighth annual Float Resource Program design contest will begin on March 13, 2009. San Francisco LGBT Pride will be holding a design competition for those who wish to participate in our Float Resource Program. The winners will receive an award in the form of logistical support—including the use of one of the Pride Celebration Committee's float trailers — all designed to aid non-profit organizations in getting their important messages out to the masses on Sunday, June 28th.

All proposals must be received in the Pride office no later than 5:00 PM on April 10th.

Click here for Design Competition Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

The submittal process begins on Friday, March 13th. All proposals must be received in the Pride office no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 10th, to the attention of Marsha H. Levine, Parade Manager.

Click here to download a Design Competition Application


  Action: Meet in the Middle - 4 Equality

On the FIRST Saturday AFTER the Prop 8 verdict

Rally for national LGBT equality the first Saturday AFTER the California Supreme Court issues its rulings on the Proposition 8 cases. Meet on the steps of City Hall in downtown Fresno at 1:00 PM.

Why Fresno? The battle for equality has to be fought in towns like Fresno, CA — not only in gay-friendly cities. California's Central Valley population is reflective of national attitudes towards LGBT Equality and until we engage the communities of "middle-America", we will not gain the full equality we deserve.

For more information: http://meetinthemiddle4equality.com/

 Official Events Application Now Available Online

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.

Become a San Francisco Pride Official Event!

For any questions please contact us at officialevents@sfpride.org

Make sure to also check out our SF Pride Events Calendar.


  Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
  A view of the Renoir Hotel along the Pride Parade route

Renoir Hotel
45 McAllister Street
(at Market)

SF, CA  94102


Call 1.800.576.3388 for booking information or email emmanuel@renoirhotel.com.

Special Pride Rate from $169 per night, June 26-28, 2009
Single/double occupancy, +15.5% Tax & SF TID assessment
, 3-night minimum and prepayment required for stays including Saturday and Sunday night. Additional nights: $129-$159. Additional person: $15. Superior rooms $219 (limited availability).

Book before April 30, 2009 and save $10 per night on the weekend rate (McAllister Street side only). Save an additional $10 per night on the weekend rate if you stay 5 nights and more.

The Renoir Hotel*** on Market Street offers the best views of San Francisco's Annual Pride Parade and is only steps away from the Pride Festival. 133 comfy rooms with wireless internet access (fee). Enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our new Italian-American restaurant “Neptalia.”  Relax with specialty cocktails or get your groove on with some of San Francisco's best DJs spinning to a vibrant and fun-loving crowd at our lounge/nightclub “Etiquette.”  All public transportation options including BART and the F-Line Historic Streetcars are just outside our doorsteps, taking our guests conveniently to both OAK/SFO international airports and the Castro. For more information, visit us online at


  Get Your Parade Application in Early

Photo Credit:  Dan Nicoletta

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 sfpride.org 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

  New on Video Lab: Transgenderism & LGBT Elders

Transgenderism Panel

As part of SF Pride's year-round commitment to education the community about issues of concern to LGBT people, we have posted six new videos to our online Video Lab from the recent conference for Pride organizers hosted by the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee.

We believe that providing information about the LGBT community and our authentic selves is a critical part of the outreach work that we do. The latest videos contain some great information about issues confronting LGBT elders and the transgender community.

If you like the videos, please comment and rate them to keep them circulating on the web.

You can also subscribe to SF Pride's videos through our YouTube channel.

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