sfpride.org               SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #31: 4.28.09
If You're Going to San Francisco...
39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade - June 27-28, 2009

In this issue:
- To Form a More Perfect Union #5: State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
Virgin America Proudly Supports the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
- ACTION: Day of Decision on Prop 8
- Calling All Movement Vets! Stonewall/GLF 40th Anniversary Contingent
Beverages & Donations: Two Ways to Support our Beneficiaries
- Volunteer for SF Pride 2009!!

There's Still Time to Join in the Parade!
Clift Hotel, a Festive Backdrop for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade
- Green is the New Pink: SF Pride's Composting & Recycling Program
Yelp Me! I Need to Be in the Know


 To Form a More Perfect Union #5: State by State LGBT Rights & Issuess

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.

New JerseyRecent poll shows majority of New Jersey voters support marriage equality. 
Republican caucus supports Miss California’s same-sex marriage comments.

New updates for: Colorado  D.C.  Maine

More State-by-State Updates


 Virgin America Proudly Supports the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade

Virgin America, the official airline of better, proudly supports the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade.

Climb aboard Virgin America. Here you will find the simple pleasures of life available on a plane: a choice in movies, on-demand food, and even Wi-Fi―all for a radically low fare. This is how to fly.

Grab a seat at virginamerica.com.

 ACTION: Day of Decision on Prop 8

Photo Credit: Juan Carlos Betancourt  

On the Day of the Decision -- the day that the California Supreme Court will announce it's verdict on Prop 8, local community gatherings will provide an outlet for our emotions, show our continuing support for marriage equality, contextualize this moment in the larger civil rights struggle and prepare for taking the necessary next steps forward towards securing civil marriage equality at the state and federal levels.

Download flyers for your own events
[8 X 10] or [4 up]

SF Pride has endorsed the San Francisco Day of Decision action and we would encourage you and your community organization to do the same for the action located in your area.

Organizing now will also send the message that we no longer accept discrimination against us. We must be ready. Here’s what you can do.


 Calling all Movement Vets! Stonewall/GLF 40th Anniversary Contingent

A 'No on 6' button from the fight against the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban suspected homosexuals from teaching in California.

Our history matters. 

This year, as we commemorate the passing of forty years of LGBT activism in the wake of Stonewall and the emergence of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the 2009 San Francisco Pride Parade will feature a contingent of Stonewall and GLF vets whose contributions to the movement have been many.

The Stonewall/GLF 40 contingent will lead the parade off after Dykes on Bikes. The organizers are looking for any Stonewall and GLF vets to join in this historic 40th anniversary commemoration. 

Additionally, any veterans or former participants in the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, the Society of Individual Rights, the Tavern Guild, the early bike clubs likes the California Motorcycle Club, and the Compton's Cafeteria Riots are also welcome to be a part of this historic reunion contingent.  The first planning meeting takes place this week.

For more information contact the committee co-chairs, Peter Fiske, Tommi Avicolli-Mecca, and Mark Barnes at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sf_stonewall_glf_40/.


 Beverages & Donations: Two Ways to Support our Beneficiaries


Your beverage purchase supports over 70 non-profit organizations like Most Holy Redeemer's AIDS Support Group.
(Photo Credit: David Yu)

Donate the minimum request of $5 at the entrance gates of the SF Pride Celebration to earn yourself a dollar discount off beverage purchases for that day of the event.

Not only is your donation going to help the more than 35 local non-profit organizations staffing the gates, but a portion of your beverage purchase also helps support another 30-plus non-profits working the beverage booths.

Your support is vital not only in helping to keep San Francisco Pride free and open to people of all economic backgrounds, but your donation also helps strengthen community organizations working on issues related to the LGBT community, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.


 Volunteer for SF Pride 2009!!

Photo Credit: David Yu


It’s that time of year again!

The 2009 celebration has many volunteer opportunities. There are openings for almost all celebration and parade positions. 

For more information on how you can participate in this year’s Pride event, check out our volunteer info page at sfpride.org and make sure to sign up online

If you have any questions or problems with this application, please contact Niko at volunteers@sfpride.org.

For more information or to sign up, click here.


 There's Still Time to Join in the Parade!


Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

The 39th Annual SF Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 28th, wants you to participate!

Register online by May 4th at sfpride.org. Avoid additional late fees by getting your application in NOW!

To apply, go to:



 Clift Hotel, a Festive Backdrop for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade


Described by The New York Times as “Equal parts wit, surrealism and glamour – a luxury hotel with an edge,” CLIFT, a Morgans Original, provides a festive backdrop for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade.  A Five Star experience near Civic Center and cable car lines which provide non-stop service to the Castro.  Our Pride Package includes two complimentary signature cocktails, deluxe accommodations, champagne brunch for two and two complimentary Grand Stand tickets for Sunday’s parade.  Reservations: 800.652.5438.  495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.


  Green is the New Pink: SF Pride's Composting & Recycling Program


San Francisco Pride has a long history of being at the forefront of green practices at our event.  Not only is SF Pride one of the greenest events of our size, we are also one the first major outdoor events in the nation to institute a large-scale composting program.  But to be truly successful, we need our attendees' support.

Join us in keeping SF Pride green More information.

 Yelp Me! I need to Be in the Know


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Visit www.yelp.com/weekly to sign up!

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