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Welcome to the 42nd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from outside the Bay Area will attend SF Pride this year. If that includes you, then make a trip to the on-site Information Booths for a copy of the Pocket Pride or Pride Guide with the most current event map, information about the Parade, and the 411 on the more than 20 communityrun stages and venues throughout the Pride Celebration area.
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You can enjoy beverage discounts all day at Pride by making a minimum donation at the event entrance gates. The donations benefit a myriad of nonprofit charities. In return for your generous support, you will get a sticker that earns you discounts on beverages at SF Pride designated beverage booths – all day long! If you choose to enjoy alcohol at the event, please drink responsibly and remember to stay hydrated. “Pride don’t gotta be a DRAG,” say The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Drink water frequently. Have brunch and snack all day long. Sit down B4U fall over. Co-factors of drugs and sex can interfere with your personal behavior, communi-
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cation skills and friendships in all types of sordid ways. Carry a safety whistle and blow like hell if you see trouble. Report suspicious activity or unattended packages to the nearest
On June 23 and 24, the Civic Center is the location for the celebration and all the booths and stages. On Saturday, June 23, the hours are noon to 6 p.m. On Sunday, June 26, the hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parade Route & Times
member of the Safety Team or at the nearest Information Booth. Keep yer cell in yer pocket. Make it a safe and sane Pride. Facilities & Accessibility Free child-care facilities and a range of services for people with disabilities are available. With special paradeviewing areas and sign language interpretation at all performance stages, the aim is to make the event accessible to everyone. For details about accessibility, log on to the website at sfpride.org. Recycling and Composting
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ter station near both the Celebration site and Parade route, making access to the event easy. Please don’t try to drive there. It will be hell to park. If you take Muni, plan ahead to not arrive late. For more information, visit sfmta.com or call 311 or 415.701.2311. For fares, schedules, and to plan your BART trip, visit bart.gov. There is also bicycle parking available. Check out the comprehensive transportation guide at sfpride.org. Celebration Location & Times
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With close to 500 exhibitors and nonprof it booths at the event, SF Pride offers a wide variety of artists, local and national businesses, nonprofits, food, and beverages. SF Pride makes a special effort to have exhibitor booths affordable to local nonprof its that often use their space to educate, raise much-needed funds and connect with the community. There’s something at Pride for everyone!
In an effort to be environmentally responsible as people continue to pioneer green event practices, San Francisco Pride provides four disposal areas for garbage, recycling and compost. Marked signs will be posted. Almost all of the beverage cups used at this event are 100% compostable and are made from natural derivatives. Parade Grandstand Tickets and Accessibility Info The Grandstands are the perfect way to enjoy the Parade. Tickets are provided on a sliding scale to those with accessibility needs and their partners. Go to sfpride.org. Accessibility Seating is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The Civic Center MUNI/BART Station is located right next to the entrance to the Grandstands. Getting to Pride SF Pride is one of the largest outdoor events in the nation in the heart of a major metropolitan area. BART and Muni transit systems serve Civic Cen-
The Pride Parade is Sunday, June 24 along Market Street with kickoff at 10:30 a.m., starting at Beale Street and ending at 8th Street. This year’s theme is “Global Equality.” And Now for a Little History Lesson Every year I read an editorial asking for the “freaks and drag queens” to please step aside and not ruin it for LGBTQ rights. And I need to remind those naysayers that it was drag queens and transgenders (way back at the end of June 1969 in New York City, hanging out at their local gay bar, the Stonewall Inn) who decided they would no longer put up with daily police harassment and arrests that were part of “normal” homosexual life for these people. At that time it was illegal to be gay, so there was no openly gay pride, no openly gay politics, and most certainly no gay parade. On this particular night, the Stonewall patrons initiated local action that was to eventually lead to national gay liberation. They fought back. For several days and nights the Stonewall Rebellion raged on, and the socalled sissies beat the men-in-blue in a rather violent uprising (and I don’t mean just with purses). So you see, it was a very abnormal group of “freaky people wearing funny clothes” back then who made it possible for us today to cocktail and cruise undisturbed in the gay or lesbian bar of our choice. And walk down Market Street holding hands. And even imagine Global Equality. Those nelly fellas paved the way for every one of our civil rights marches. So when you see a drag queen or “freaky person,” give ‘em the thumbs-up and thank ‘em for the legacy that continues. Flame ON, freaky people!!!
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It’s About Freedom
Former Pride executives Teddy Witherington and Lindsey Jones
By Teddy Witherington There is no such thing as “bad taste” at Pride. People wear ridiculous outf its and insignia that at any other time would be cause for derision, much less pride. They Indian wrestle down their gullets the kind of things that can only be eaten after a bout of sunstroke and/or copious quantities of mood-altering chemicals. Pride day in San Francisco remains the only occasion on which I have eaten funnel cake (Google it). So what’s it all about? When asked that question, my fatuous answer was often “porta potties.” This had the dual benefit of, a) shutting people up (or making them laugh); b) helping me not to think too hard. Not that there is any shortage of sincerely earnest thinkers telling us what they think. Articles written by the small and the silly, drenched with clichés, bemoaning the state of pride and questioning its relevance, will infest our media. The savage truth is that not one of the articles is worth squat unless you know what Pride means to you. So, let’s pause and think about that for a moment. The avid-activists will remind us that Stonewall was a riot, which is undeniably the truth. It was a riot in 1969 and will remain so throughout history. Stonewall was, indeed, one of several phenomena and the single most recognizable catalyst that ignited the collective marches, parades, diversity days, celebrations, book-readings, workshops, parties, protests and pageants that today bask under the rainbow parasol we refer to as “pride.” The roots of Pride actually go back thousands of years. Public gatherings in those days were usually religious, judicial (there was nothing like a good hanging in those days) or tied to the military. They brought together scattered populations, were utilized as opportunities for commerce (buyers and sellers). Permits were granted. So far, I have pretty much described the basic architecture of the modern LGBT Pride event. So, the next time you knock a Renaissance fair, think again. But why do we gather? We gather to fulfill a basic human instinct – to belong. Assembling with those of a common interest around a system of rituals is as old as humanity. These festivals are days for symbolic-inversion. Authority is ridiculed ( just ask a Parade Safety Monitor) and the world is turned upside down. All the demons are on the loose, subject, of course, to local restrictions. In Harare, Zimbabwe, where restrictions are acute, the local LGBT com-
munity awaits a cue from nature. As the lavender petals fell from the Jacaranda trees and carpet the ground, nature provides what the law prohibits. The Miss Jacaranda contestants are all gay men. In a city like San Francisco those restrictions are relatively lax even on “normal” days. On Pride day, it’s even more festive. I learned my favorite Pride acronym in the broadcast truck of KRON4 during the live broadcast of the Parade in 2003, where spotters would yell “COC” (=cock on camera) so that the offending (and many of them were) appendages could be edited out in the live-delay-loop, and the prudes at the FCC would be thoroughly thwarted. So, having gathered, what do we do? Well, that rather depends on you, I’m afraid, and what’s in your heart. Is it shame, dignity, self-respect, pomp, self-congratulation, vanity, vainglory, or arrogance that you find?
recalling our own first steps out of the closet. Actually, it’s not about pride at all. It’s about freedom. Freedom cannot be bought at the expense of others. Forget the word and embrace the spirit. The only real constraints on our day of liberation are of the insidious kind we place on ourselves. To experience freedom in its gorgeous reality, for me, comes from a core belief that difference truly makes for a better world. I don’t just mean people who look different, but people who have a very different set of values, beliefs, practices, experiences and, yes, wardrobe to my own. For me, that awakening transformed an awesome gay pride day into an awesome life. Congratulations! It’s Your Pride. Now, go express yourself.
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If you’re having problems, take a look at the outfit you’ve chosen for the day. That will be a big clue. Pride is “all of the above.” Embrace it, and enjoy the parts that appeal to you. Or, put another way and as we’re all so fond of posting on Facebook, “if you don’t want a gay marriage, don’t get one.” When seen in its full implication this sentiment can just as easily be, “if you don’t want wear a harness, don’t wear one.” Yes, it’s easy to single out a group of folks as the “unacceptable face of Pride” and the clincher for the they-give usa-bad-name brigade is always, “it’s illegal!” However, if a future government raised the age of consent to 21, would we be so eager to restrict the participation of youth organizations? What comes first, law or conscience? In Texas, men were routinely buggering one another in vast numbers prior to getting the permission of the Supreme Court in 2003, but I do not recall that illegal behavior being touted as a reason to restrict participation. When in 1995, London’s LGBT Pride Festival moved to Victoria Park, the local media headline was, “Gay MudWrestling Comes to East-End.” So, where did we stand on that? Not in the ring, exactly, but rather than take the bait of co-opting negative perceptions of our community and getting down into the real muck, we chose to move beyond fear, beyond the need to confront or degrade. Globally, and as a community, we’ve done a pretty good job of that, but lest we congratulate ourselves too quickly, it’s worth also acknowledging that we are an injured community and the injuries that have been inflicted on us many never truly heal. So, if our neighbors choose to participate in Pride in ways that we may not, we can respect their right to do so and opt for more compassion and less judgment, perhaps BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 3
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Do Ask, Do Tell Zoe Dunning This is my favorite time of the year. The entire city feels more festive, and the Pride Flag flying above the Castro seems to ripple in the wind with a little more “snap!” I know this issue of the Bay Times is chock full of listings of activities Pride weekend. My personal favorites are the Frameline Film Festival, the Trans March Friday afternoon, the Pride Run in Golden Gate Park Saturday morning and the Dyke March Saturday evening. I forget how invisible lesbian, bi and transgender women can be in this town until I see all our beautiful selves accumulated in one place. The majority of the year it seems we are holed up in our homes
carrying on our everyday lives – paying bills, scooping cat litter boxes, moving our cars on street cleaning days. On Dyke March Saturday, though, we rub the darkness from our eyes, come out into the sun, and march down to Dolores Park from Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill, the Mission and places beyond like the Whos in Whoville. I even hear a faint “Fah who foraze! Dah who doraze!” in the background (had to look up those lyrics, by the way . . .). It’s an incredibly powerful experience and one not to be missed. This year I will have to decide whether to march or watch. Both options can be a lot of fun and I hope to see everyone there. Come up and introduce yourself! Another major event is the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Pride Breakfast at Yank Sing on Sunday morning. It is probably the only LGBT event that starts at 8:00 AM and people actually attend! And not just any people. Pretty much every elected official and candidate for public off ice in Northern California attends this “see and be seen” political event. It is a great place to network with politicos and get a belly full of dim sum before heading to the Parade.
For those of you tempted to watch the Parade on local cable television, I encourage you to get out there and participate rather than observe. The Board and Staff of SF Pride put in tremendous time and effort to put on an incredible show and experience for us all. They underwrite much of the event’s expense through corporate sponsorships, but they also need the revenue from food and drink sales and the donation bins at each entrance to help make our Pride Parade and Festival happen every year. So come out, get some sun, join the fun, and make sure you throw some money into the buckets as you enter the festival! In closing, I told you in an earlier column about a great lesbian candidate for Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Tara Flanagan. I am delighted to update you that Tara won the seat outright by garnering 50.8% of the vote this past June election, thus avoiding a run-off in the fall. She will be an outstanding addition to the bench and a trailblazer for us all. Congratulations to Tara! Happy Pride everyone!!!! Enjoy responsibly.
HIV/AIDS News More than 15 percent of new HIV infections occur in children. Without treatment, only 65 percent of HIVinfected children will live until their first birthday, and fewer than half will make it to the age of two. Although breastfeeding is attributed to a significant number of these infections, most breastfed infants are not infected with HIV, despite prolonged and repeated exposure. HIV researchers have been left with a conundrum: does breast milk transmit the virus or protect against it? New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine explores this paradox in a humanized mouse model, demonstrating that breast milk has a strong virus killing effect and protects against oral transmission of HIV. “This study provides significant insight into the amazing ability of breast milk to destroy HIV and prevent its transmission,” said J. Victor Garcia, PhD, senior author on the study and professor of medicine in the U NC C ent er for I n fe c t iou s D i s e a s e s a nd t he U NC C enter for A I DS Research. “It a lso prov ides new leads for the isolation of natural product s t h at cou ld be u sed to combat the virus.”
In the study, the researchers f irst deter m i ned t hat t he ora l cav it y and upper digestive tract of BLT mice have the same cells that affect oral transmission of HI V in hu m a n s a n d t he n s u c c e s s f u l l y transmitted the virus to the mice t h rough t hese pat hw ay s . W hen the mice were given virus in whole brea st m i l k f rom H I V-neg at ive women, however, the virus could not be transmitted. “ T he s e r e s u lt s a r e h i g h l y s i gn i f icant because t hey show t hat breast milk can completely block oral transmission of both forms of HIV that are found in the breast m i l k of H I V-i n fec t e d mot her s: v ir us par t icles a nd v ir us-in fecte d c e l l s ,” s a i d A n g e l a Wa h l , Ph D, a post- doctora l researcher i n Ga rcia’s lab a nd lead aut hor on t he paper. “ T h is ref utes t he ‘Trojan horse’ hpothesis which says t hat H I V i n cel ls is more st ub b o r n a g a i n s t t h e b o d y ’s o w n
innate defenses than HIV in virus particles.” Fi na l ly, t he resea rcher s st ud ied the ef fectiveness of pre-exposure prophyla x is ( PrEP) w ith ant iretroviral medication for oral transm ission of H I V. Ga rcia a nd h is team have previously shown that PrEP is ef fective against intravenous, vaginal and rectal transmission of H I V i n huma n i zed BLT mice. In this study, they gave the mice antiretroviral drugs for seven days (3 days before and 4 days after exposing them to the virus) and found 100 percent protection against virus transmission. These latest f indings provide important leads to alternative treatments that could be used to prevent transmission. “No child should ever be infected with HIV because it is breastfed. Br e a st feed i n g pr ov ides c r it ic a l nut r it ion a nd pr ot e c t ion f r om other infections, especially where c le a n w at er for i n f a nt for mu l a is scarce,” Garcia said. “Understanding how HIV is transmitted to infants and children despite the protective ef fects of milk will help us close this important door to the spread of A IDS.” Source: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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model, which is created by introducing human bone marrow, liver and t hy mus t issues into anima ls w it hout a n i m mu n e s y s t e m o f their own. Humanized BLT mice have a fu l ly f unct ion i ng huma n immune system and can be infected with HIV in the same manner as humans.
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The Ongoing Fight for Health Equality
Guest Commentary Dawn Harbatkin, MD On May 9, 2012, President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. Obama’s announcement was long overdue and certainly welcome. Like so many others, I was excited and called my friends and family to talk about it. And, of course, I started dropping hints for my partner. It’s hard to imagine that I might be able to get married within my lifetime and, even more importantly, benefit from the privileges that come with this legal recognition. For example, my partner is an army veteran with a pension I am currently ineligible for. While the issue of the right to marry is critical in our community, it often overshadows the importance of another basic right -- our right to quality, compassionate, affordable LGBT healthcare. As I know from my work at Lyon-Martin, access to quality healthcare for many queer people is too often out of reach or impossible. At Lyon-Martin, our patients are diverse in age, ethnicity and social circumstance. What they have in common is the struggle they share with LGBT Americans across our country, i.e. difficulty accessing healthcare that is respectful and meets their needs.
Local and national research note that the LGBT community continues to fear and experience discrimination in medical settings. We are also less likely to have health insurance and a usual source of medical care. An online poll conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc. and Witeck-Combs Communications found that 86 percent of heterosexuals surveyed had health insurance while only 70 percent of homosexuals did. Further, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, transgender people tend to be uninsured and are less likely to have employer-based healthcare. They postpone care when sick, or delay preventative care due to discrimination by insurance providers. And, like many other Americans, 88 percent of transgender patients delay healthcare due to cost.
Obama administration is correct in contending that overturning the law will jeopardize access to healthcare for millions of Americans, including those most vulnerable in our LGBT community. While I yearn for the opportunity to marry the person I love and am passionate about our right to marriage equality, I am all too aware of the dire situation we face in securing our right to equal access to quality healthcare. As a community, we cannot afford to ignore the struggle for health equality and must apply the same fervor our community has for marriage equality to LGBT healthcare. As we celebrate Pride this weekend, I encourage us to take pride in and value our individual health as well as the health of our community. All of us at Lyon-Martin urge you to take an active role in your health now and year-round, and to support the organizations that work towards healthcare equality for our community. We’ll have information at our booth at the rallies preceding the Trans March and the Dyke March and will be launching our 30 Days of Health campaign next month to encourage you to “do something healthy” for 30 days.
Similar to Obama’s groundbreaking stance on marriage, the President’s Affordable Care Act is a revolutionar y attempt to acknowledge and protect our right to healthcare. For the LGBT Community specifically, the Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to collect data to better understand LGBT healthcare disparities, provide us expanded access to insurance regardless of income or current/previous illness, improves care for people living with HIV or AIDS, codif ies a Patient’s Bill of Rights to put healthcare back in the hands of patients and providers and creates a National Prevention Strategy, which states that “all Americans should have the opportunity to live long, healthy, independent and productive lives, regardless of their … sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics.”
Dr. Dawn Harbatkin is the Executive Director of Lyon-Martin Health Services, San Francisco’s most unique community clinic that has been providing quality, compassionate, affordable healthcare to women, lesbians, transgender and genderqueer individuals since 1979. Join us in Dolores Park during the rallies preceding the Trans March and the Dyke March on Pride weekend. And please visit our website today to learn more about how you can get involved: www.lyonmartin.org.
Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is currently under fire, and the
Cathy Renna Dr. Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University, is a clinical social worker who has worked on LGBT health and mental health since the 1970s. Prior to the AIDS epidemic, her early organizing activities helped establish a national network of LGBT health and mental health providers that provided a platform for the community to address critical health, mental health and AIDS-related issues. In 1979, Dr. Ryan began to plan, and later was coinvestigator of, the National Lesbian Health Care Survey–the first major study to identify lesbian health and mental health needs and concerns. During the early 1980s, she developed community-based AIDS services as director of AID Atlanta and the Whitman-Walker Clinic AIDS Program. As co-director of the AIDS Policy Center at The George Washington University, she co-wrote the f irst book on AIDS policy, which served as the basis for many of the recommendations of the first Presidential Commission on AIDS. Dr. Ryan pioneered the development of guidelines for care of LGBT adolescents and in the 1990s, co-wrote the first comprehensive guide to health and mental health care for lesbian and gay youth. She co-authored the
first guidelines for care of LGBT outof-home youth as part of the Model Standards Project to improve services for LGBT youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. As young people started coming out during adolescence in the 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. Ryan identif ied a major gap in care. Little was known about how families responded to their LGBT children, and services for LGBT youth were provided either individually or through peer support. In 2002, she founded the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) with Dr. Rafael Diaz to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health and well-being of LGBT youth, and to develop a new family intervention model to help ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. Her groundbreaking research and family intervention work are changing the way we address issues related to coming out and the paradigm for how we nurture and promote the well-being of LGBT children and adolescents in the context of families, faith, culture and communities. Among the resources that she and her team have developed is Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children – a guide that encapsulates FAP’s approach. Dr. Ryan describes it as “meeting families where they are.” Written in
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English, Spanish and Chinese, it has been designated as the 1st Best Practice resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention. Lower literacy versions and versions for religiously diverse families are in development, including one just released for Mormon families. Says Ryan: “After working in LGBT health for nearly 40 years, this is the most hopeful work I’ve ever done. So many parents, providers and youth have told us that this work is not only changing lives - it’s saving them.” Although FAP understands that there is a long way to go in helping protect and nurture LGBT children and youth, there can be no doubt that FAP’s progress is remarkable - and that Dr. Ryan’s work has dramatically changed how providers, educators, clergy and others approach and address the needs of LGBT youth.
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Global Equality Is More Than a Theme Same-sex marriage is legal in just 11 countries and a handful of jurisdictions.
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Like I mentioned, these statistics are helpful, but there is another equally important part of the story that simple statistics do not capture, and sometimes a number simply cannot express the underlying reality. Discrimination can manifest in the form of a doctor or healthcare provider that does not take the time to understand the health needs of LGBT patients or when hospitals provide substandard care or outright refuse care to LGBT patients. In places where one’s sexuality, gender identity,
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Pride’s theme this year, “Global Equality,” carries a timely and important message about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our basic human rights. This year’s theme is a reminder that equality is a basic human right that every human being should enjoy. The reality, however, is that LGBT people across the globe continue to face attacks on our freedoms and our access to health care and life-saving drugs.
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The oppression that LGBT people confront on a day-to-day basis is neither singular nor monolithic – it varies from country to country, community to community. Statistics do not always capture the nuance, but they still tell an important part of the story:
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There have been 816 reported cases of transgender murder around the globe since 2008, according to a report by Trans Murder Monitoring Project. Same-sex acts are punishable by death in Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as in parts of Somalia and Nigeria (ILGA 2012).
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Consensual sex between same-sex adults is illegal in roughly 70 countries. Only 14 countries protect the rights of LGBT people to adopt.
or gender expression are suspect or criminalized, LGBT people face significant hurdles trying to take the reigns of their own healthcare destiny and sometimes may not seek medical attention that they need for fear of judgment, rejection, persecution, or violations of their patient confidentiality. We are thirty-one years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic and LGBT people around the globe continue to suffer and die because they cannot access healthcare that embraces their whole being, including their specific needs as LGBT people. LGBT elders and youth, in particular, face unique challenges in accessing healthcare. There is also a danger in talking about global equality. When the discussion veers into talk about how “lucky” we have it here in the U.S. or that places like the Bay Area feel like a “bubble,” we risk forgetting that not all LGBT people enjoy rights or face discrimination in the same way. Just this past April, a transgender woman by the name of Brandy was gunned down in Oakland in an incident that many believe was motivated by hate. So we should ask: a bubble for whom? It is not that we should avoid acknowledging privilege – indeed, we need to do a better job of understanding privilege where it exists. The point, though, is that it’s
too easy to set up simple one-to-one comparisons that hide the fact that we as LGBT people do not enjoy all rights equally amongst ourselves and that quite unfortunately discrimination on the basis of gender, sex, race, class, and physical ability create and reinforce inequalities within the LGBT community – and that is a reality that is not unique to the United States, bubble or no bubble. Moreover, the United States has a long way to go in recognizing the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In 29 states it is still legal to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and firing someone for being transgender is legal in some 34 states. In other words, in half the union, being LGBT means you have no right to keep a job no matter how robust your qualifications. My wish for our community this Pride is to take this chance to see ourselves as part of the global movement for LGBT rights, to move beyond oversimplifications of the Global North and the Global South and to recommit ourselves to appreciating that our experience of equality is unequal within our local communities and with our larger global community. Our Global Grand Marshal Bishop Christopher Senyonjo’s own work is a poignant demonstration of this fact. Bishop Senyonjo has been engaged in some incredibly important work on behalf of equality in Uganda, including fighting the much talked about Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Even as I write this, I see reports emerging now on the Internet of Uganda’s Ethics Minister ordering the breakup of a gay rights meeting in Kampala. Let us not kid ourselves: When we say “Global Equality” this Pride, let us recognize that there is an implied urgency that we would do well to keep in mind. Pride means everybody, equally. We all deserve to be embraced by our communities, which is why I want to say to my community—here in the Bay Area and to all those joining us in San Francisco for Pride from around California, the U.S., and the globe—that our movement is global. So let us come together and celebrate our diversity, appreciate our interconnectedness, and remember that “Global Equality” is more than a theme. It is a call to action that extends well beyond Pride Week. Brendan Behan is the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride.
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Mayor Ed Lee leads the annual Rainbow Flag Raising on the City Hall Balcony on Monday, June 18th. Looking on are Levi Strauss Founadtion’s Miguel Bustos, Gilbert Baker, Andrea Shorter and SF Pride board president Lisa Williams.
Person of the Week: Kriss Worthington For the f irst time ever, the city of Berkeley will have a f loat at the SF Pride Parade. One of the organizers is Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington, our Person of the Week. He and our friends in Berkeley have been championing gay rights for ages. Berkeley, for example, was the first City Council in the United States to endorse marriage equality, celebrate National Coming Out Day, and provide LGBT training for all police. Due to such efforts and his prominence as an effective progressive leader, Worthington has been called “the most dangerous man in Berkeley.” On the other hand, Dolores Huerta,
co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America Newspapers, said, “Kriss Worthington has been standing up for working people and social justice ever since I first met him in the 1970’s, when he was a volunteer for the United Farm Workers.” Worthington spent the first 11 years of his life as a foster child, living in foster homes and later, spending time on the streets as a homeless youth. Those challenging years gave him both compassion and courage to help members of society who are less fortunate. In addition to addressing LGBT issues, he has worked with social justice
groups to gain governmental support for issues including peace, environment, labor, civil rights, education, consumer, disability, seniors, immigrants, students, tenants, women’s, healthcare, affordable housing, fair trade and many more. He helped to enact the following model ordinances: Zero Waste, Living Wage, Equal Benefits and Precautionary Principle. We therefore hope that you will all be prepared to give an extra loud cheer to Worthington and the rest of his and his colleagues’ contingent at the Pride Parade this year. Welcome, Berkeley!!!
The Week in Review By Ann Rostow What If They Filed a Lawsuit And Nobody Came? Good morning, dear readers. I will be on vacation next week, so be prepared for exciting GLBT news to break while I am not around. It always happens. Meanwhile, I would be remiss were I not to wish you all a very merry Pride weekend! As an assimilationist at heart, I should in theory be looking forward to the day when the Pride Parade is obsolete, a silly remnant of a discriminatory past, no more meaningful than a Renaissance Festival. But I don’t feel that way. I suspect (and hope) there will always be a GLBT community, even after our civil rights are long granted. Not the self- important activists and not the libertines. But the off-beat, wild and crazy krew that glides easily from the boardroom to the courtroom, from the bonfire on the beach to the Champagne breakfast at dawn. Ageless, race-less and always forgiving of those that trespass against us. We are Pride! Now, moving on to the news, I am completely perplexed by the situation in Illinois, where no one seems willing to defend the state’s straight-only marriage law! Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union filed coordinated state lawsuits a few weeks ago, both combining to represent something like 25 same-sex couples. It felt like a blast from the past, since our gay legal allies have been spending most of their time in federal court for the last several years. Yet, here they were back in state court, presenting the kind of freedomto -marry case that won us marriage rights in states like Massachusetts and Iowa. First, we read that the Governor was on our side. Then we heard that the Attorney General agreed. Then we learned that the Cook County Clerk, the official defendant in the cases, was also a supporter of marriage equality. Nonetheless, I assumed that the Clerk, David Orr, would be obliged to defend the Illinois marriage statute, just because. But that was wrong. Last Thursday, Mr. Orr and his legal colleague, Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez, both announced their opposition to the antigay marriage law and refused to rise to its defense. Now what? Unlike the situation in California, there are no initiative proponents to take up Satan’s banner here. The law under attack was passed ages ago by lawmakers who also don’t seem inclined to fight. According to the Chicago Sun Times and others, lawyers at the far right Thomas More Society are hard at work drafting motions to intervene on the antigay side. No judge wants a case to win by default. At the same time, it’s hard to see why a bunch of conservative hacks have standing to take part in a challenge to state law just because they’ve got their knickers in a twist and nobody else has the stomach for it. We’ll see. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more about Illinois state procedures while we’re at it. Don’t worry; we’ll just fly right over the boring details. Mr. Hollande’s Opus You’ll be happy to know that the socialists won a controlling majority in the French parliament, which sets the stage for passage of a marriage equality bill. I gather a law has already been drafted in anticipation of
left wing victory, so it’s easy sledding from here. Ah, remember how excited we were when the Netherlands broke ground with their marriage equality law back in the day? Now, the whole thing is vieux chapeau indeed. At least in the Euro-zone. I’ve been reading good things about Maine, not that I trust a poll of 500 people conducted in June with a fivepoint hit-or-miss margin. That said, marriage equality is winning by 55 to 36, with an undecided group at 9 percent. The poll asked a convoluted question that included some gratuitous lingo about protecting religious freedom. That’s annoying, because no church is ever forced to conduct ceremonies that lie outside its tradition. But we’re also getting tired of having to bow and scrape before so-called religious expression, which is little more than an excuse for bigotry. Plus, the language that is now approved for Maine’s November marriage vote doesn’t even mention religious exemptions. Instead, it asks voters: “Do you want to allow samesex couples to marry?” This sounds straight-forward enough, so to speak. But of course we do better when we soothe everyone’s baseless fears by adding nonsensical religious exclusions. Put all of this together, and who knows where Maine’s voters stand? Personally, I haven’t forgotten the breathless optimism in the run up to Question 9, a 2009 marriage repeal that we lost quite handily after everyone said we had a great chance to win. Three years is, however, a long time in the modern fight for marriage. And the passage of time alone is worth several percentage points of the vote. By the way, while I was reading about Maine I noticed that someone caught a 27-pound lobster off Rockland. They’re going to put him back in the ocean. The lobster was named “Rocky,” and I am wondering just why Rocky was returned to Neptune’s arms. He’s just going to wind up back in the trap like a bad penny. If not, he’ll die alone on the ocean f loor and eventually get picked over by little fish and crabs. Why can’t someone eat him? If I were a lobster, that’s how I’d like to go out. Poached and sprinkled with a little lemon. Hot butter on the side and a cold bottle of Bandol Rose on ice. Oh, Rocky. What if? Dale Dale! He’s Our Man! So, speaking of polls, there was also a positive poll out of Washington, where, as you well know, we will soon be defending our marriage equality law against repeal. This poll was based on over 1,000 citizens, but I still approach it with wariness. Just consider the headlines on Google: “Same sex marriage in substantial lead: poll,” said one. “PPP Survey: Narrow majority of Washington voters support same-sex marriage,” said another. So which is it? A “substantial lead” or a “narrow majority.” Turns out it’s both. A “narrow majority” of 51 percent believe same-sex marriage should be legal. On the other hand, “substantially” fewer people, 42 percent, think the reverse. The other seven percent cannot take a stand for whatever reason. My point, however, is that gay friendly blogs and papers can’t help themselves. They invariably spin the news
Professional Services to our advantage rather than simply reporting the information. Why? Do GLBT reporters think we’re more likely to win if we really, really hope and pray? Do they feel compelled to offer “good news” or “look on the bright side”? These are supposed to be sources of information, not cheering squads. In another piece of news on the subject of marriage campaigns, the forces of evil in Minnesota are way behind us in fund raising. Over last year and the first months of 2012, the enemies of freedom and equality have raised about $1.4 million in support of the antigay constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. Our side, led by handsome law professor and author Dale Carpenter, has raised $4.6 million over the same period. You go, Dale! Dale is the treasurer of Minnesotans United for all Families and the author of Flagrant Conduct, the inside story of Lawrence v Texas, that came out recently to rave reviews. Six Secrets for A Healthier You! I’m sure you’ve heard many times that gay marriage campaigns have “always” ended in defeat for samesex couples. You may also have been reminded in this column that we once won one of those elections, namely, a ballot measure in Arizona back in 2006. So, it’s not true that we’ve lost 32 out of 32 of those votes. We’ve lost 32 out of 33, or maybe 31 out of 32. Whatever. This is sort of beside the point, but the minor inaccuracy infuriates me only because it’s not that hard to correct. Oh, and let’s not forget that Washington voters refused to repeal their domestic partner law in a 53-47 vote in 2009. No, it’s not a vote on “marriage,” but it’s significant nonetheless. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, mainstream media. At any rate, I was recently attracted to an Associated Press headline that read: “Five Reasons Gay Marriage Losing Streak may Be Over.” Was my interest perhaps tied to nearly two decades of professional focus on the subject of marriage equality? No! I was drawn to the piece because it promised “Five Reasons.” I love stories with “Nine Tips” or “Ten Common Mistakes” or “Eight Keys.” There’s something comforting in knowing that the author has done what feels like mathematical analysis and produced a handy list to guide you in your weight loss, financial decisions or personal happiness. The format also implies that these are the best “five” or “eight” reasons. And after you’ve digested the top entries in the category, why bother with tip number eleven or reason number seven. Who needs it? Life is tough enough. I hope I’m not breaking any confidences when I confess I was brief ly involved with a health magazine where the wonderful publisher and I frequently invented numerical lists for the cover headline. At the time I was a self-indulgent chain smoker who started happy hour as soon as the sun was over the yardarm (in the midAtlantic). My publisher was equally hedonistic. But that didn’t stop us from piously suggesting in print that readers “skip that fattening dessert and pick an apple instead!” or, “next time, take the stairs instead of the elevator.” (continued on page 29)
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Las Vegas, NV - First Out Lesbian Elected to Nevada Legislature – 6.13
Cook County, IL - State’s Attorney Motion Claims Same-Sex Mar riage Ban Unconstitutional - 6.14
The current vice-chair for the Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada has made history. On June 12, Pastor Patricia Spearman became the f irst openly gay woman to be elected to the Nevada Legislature. She is also the second African American to be elected into this Legislature as well. Her victor y over incumbent Senator John Lee did not come as a shock. His right wing attitude and inability to change has left the majority of Nevada civilians fed up and disappointed. Lee is an anti-equality, antienvironment, anti-choice longtime member of the Good Ol’ Boys club. Spearman won by an overwhelming amount of votes and has plans to move forward with a more progressive and democratic platform. She faces no GOP opponent in the fall. Three openly gay men also won Democratic primaries for legislative seats, meaning Nevada could go from one to four openly LGBT state lawmakers.
The Cook Count y State’s Attorney’s of f ice conceded in a court f iling June 14 that Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Two recent lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr claim that not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Illinois Constitution. The state’s attorney’s response agrees with that claim. “We believe the plaintif fs are correct in their assertion that the Illinois Constitution upholds marriage equalit y for same sex couples just as it does for opposite sex couples,” spokeswoman Sally Daly said in an email.
Spearman achieved v ictor y through a coalition of Nevada progressive groups. Lt. Col. Spearman (Ret) was also ver y vociferous regarding repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the ban on LGBTs serving openly in the military. “It’s all about equality,” she always emphasized. This would never have happened without the 24/7 work of the Nevada Conservation League, Planned Parenthood, PL A N Action, Progress Now Nevada and scores of volunteers.
The Illinois Attorney General’s of f ice has also said it plans to f ile a brief in support of the lawsuits, and Gov. Pat Quinn has voiced his support for gay marriage. The lawsuits were f iled late last month by the gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. ACLU Attorney John Knight said he wasn’t surprised that the state’s attorney agrees with the argument, particularly since Orr himself has made clear that he believes same-sex couples should be granted marriage licenses. The next hearing in this case will be June 21, when a motion to combine the two lawsuits will be heard by Judge Moshe Jacobius. Source: Chicago Tribune
Source: Las Vegas Sun
Golden Valley, MN - General Mills Opposes Minnesota Gay Mar riage Ban – 6.14 Who pissed in Brian Brown’s cornf lakes? One day after General Mills Executive Ken Charles, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion, testif ied before Congress about why the states need inclusive employment nondiscrimination legislation, the cereal company announced that it opposes ef forts to write a same-sex marriage ban into the Minnesota state constitution.
S u m m i t C i t y, I N - I nd i a n a R e p u b l ic a n s , Democrats Pull Platform Reversal Over Samesex Marriage – 6.14 Indiana Democrats will vote on a platform during their state convention that, for the first time, says the party “opposes amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage.” Last weekend, Republicans approved a platform that has no mention of gay marriage.
Sig n t he pet it ion at m nu n ited.org t ha n k i ng G ener a l Mills for supporting all Minnesota families!
The reversal has surprised advocates in the LGBTQ community who see the change as a signal that attitudes are evolving and that same-sex marriage isn’t the wedge issue it had been in past elections. But the move also has disappointed social conservatives who do not want Indiana to sideline this issue. Republicans say their platform is simply a change in focus in an election that is all about jobs. Riiiight! Democrats say their platform reflects both their longstanding commitment to equality and the changing attitudes among voters. A recent Gallup Poll indicated that half of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage, while 48 percent oppose it. Those in favor included 65% of Democrats, 57% percent of independents and 22 % of Republicans. Still, no state’s electorate has rejected the ban when given the chance to vote on it. Micah Clark, leader of the American Family Association of Indiana, which wants Indiana to have some type of ban in the constitution, said he was disappointed by the GOP silence this year. Aw gee, that’s too bad!
Source: Minnesotans United for All Families
“Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children,” exhorted National Organization for Marr iage’s President Br ian Brown. “General M ills makes billions marketing cereal to parents of young children. It has now ef fectively declared a war on marriage with its own customers when it tells the countr y that it is opposed to preserving traditional marriage, which is what t he M innesota Mar r iage Protect ion A mendment does.” Brown whined, “This will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time. It’s ludicrous for a big corporation to intentionally inject themselves into a divisive social issue like gay marriage. It’s particularly dumb for a corporation that makes billions selling cereal to the very people they just opposed.”
Richmond, VA - Thorne-Begland Becomes Virginia’s First Out Gay Judge – 6.14 T he open ly gay prosecutor whose nom inat ion for a judgesh ip was rejected by the Virg inia General Assembly in May was temporarily appointed to Richmond General District Court, making him the f irst out gay judge in the commonwealth. Bev ill Dean, clerk of the R ichmond Circuit Court, said the circuit court had appointed Tracy Thorne-Begland, a former Nav y pilot, to the unf illed vacancy on the General District Court. Thorne-Begland last saw his nomination fall 18 votes short of the 51 required to assume the judgeship after 31 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates voted against his nomination, with 10 more delegates abstaining and 26 others not vot ing. House Republicans scutt led ThorneB egl a nd’s nom i nat ion a f ter con ser v at ive l aw ma ker s a nd g roups , primarily Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William Co.) and The Family Foundation, questioned whether his sexual orientation and marriage would prevent him from uphold ing current Virg inia law, in which same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned. Other lawmakers opposed him because they either questioned his honesty regarding his concealment of his sexual orientation when he f irst joined the Nav y, or thought he may have violated militar y protocol when, in 1992, he later came out and publicly challenged the militar y’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. A fter coming out as gay, he was honorably discharged. Welcome, Your Honor! Source: Metroweekly.com
Local News Briefs Get in the Pink This Pride and Celebrate on Pink Saturday
San Francisco Safety Coalition’s “B Safe 4 Pride” Seminar
After more than 20 years, the world’s biggest Pride Block Party is back better than ever! Pink Saturday, June 23, 5-11pm, provides a safe celebratory space at the heart of the Castro for all members of our community. With the support of neighborhood merchants, City officials, MUNI and the close cooperation of the Mission District Police Station, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. will close the streets in the Castro to celebrate the queer community’s cultural home, welcome Pride visitors and raise support for grassroots LGBTQ nonprofits.
The San Francisco Safety Coalition invited the public to its “B SAFE 4 PRIDE” pre-Pride Safety Seminar to help better prepare attendees to enjoy safe fun that should occur over SF Pride weekend. The free seminar at Eureka Valley Recreation Center was presented by Chief Ken Craig of Community Patrol USA. He is also a Grand Master level martial artist and vice chair of Castro Community On Patrol. The seminar was a fun, informationpacked, low impact format with both lecture and interactive components.
To ensure everyone’s safety, visitors and guests will clear a brief bag check at the gates, so no dangerous materials or containers enter the area. Drinking is fine in the bars, but no alcohol is allowed in the streets. After that, attendees will be welcomed to a re-designed event featuring a host of choices in food, music and dance, and more than a few fabulous nuns to provide glittering fun! Pink Saturday Coordinator Sister Selma Soul explains that instead of a large main stage, “The Sisters will spread a mix of DJ and sound stages throughout the footprint, so folks can wander, disco around and enjoy a variety of entertainment.”
The seminar covered the following: preparations, planning, avoiding trouble and suspicious things, de-escalating situations, assessing threats and escalating one’s responses accordingly, attracting help and assistance when things go bad, the differences between self-defense and defending yourself (yep, they are different), the legal definition of self-defense and why it is vital to know it. The event included some simple defensive techniques that anyone can do, and that really work, and some strategies to help someone following an incident.
Most importantly, Pink Saturday is San Francisco’s largest outdoor fundraiser for grassroots Bay Area LGBTQ organizations for youth, elders, civil rights, the arts and community health services. Gate donations of $5 or more support many deserving nonprofit organizations.
The seminar involved three information-packed hours of safety advice and techniques. Donations assisted the SFSC and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s “Stop the Violence” project in continuing its work of violence reduction, improving reporting of all crimes and enhancing safety and security in all communities throughout the city. “Self-defense training is like a fire insurance policy,” said Craig. “You hope you’ll never need it; but if the time ever comes, you’ll be darned glad you have it!”
Source: Interview by Dennis McMillan
Source: Interview by Dennis McMillan
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Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade By Dennis McMillan
Celebrity Grand Marshal Sarah Silverman
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Sarah Silverman is a comedian, actress and your favorite Jewish friend. Over the last two decades she has made guest appearances on dozens of television series and in feature films, as well as being the star of three seasons of her own Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program.
Jones, please see the feature about her on page 25.)
Celebrity Grand Marshal Carmen Carrera A svelte artiste, Carmen Carrera is best known for her roles on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U on LOGO TV. But few know this sophisticated beauty is more than a polished drag queen. Carrera is a transgender woman. “Transitioning is a life-changing decision,” she says. “It’s empowering. I plan on finishing the long and risky hormone replacement therapy process, while continuing my work in television and movies. I look forward to being a positive role model for the transgender community.”
Celebrity Grand Marshal Dot Jones Athlete and actress Dot Jones began her performing career two decades ago as Lady Battleaxe on Knights and Warriors. She currently stars on the hit FOX series Glee as football Coach Shannon Beiste. She says, “I love playing not just the big, tough chick; but the big, tough chick with a heart!” (For more information regarding
from 1970-1972. He was stationed in San Francisco just at the start of the gay liberation movement. After being honorably discharged, Baker stayed in San Francisco and taught himself to sew. It was this skill that he put to use making banners for gay and antiwar street protest marches, often at a moment’s notice and at the behest of his friend Harvey Milk – later elected to office and assassinated on Nov 27, 1978. Milk rode triumphantly under the f irst rainbow f lags Baker made at their debut on June 25, 1978, for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Early in 2008, Baker returned to San Francisco to recreate the banners and flags he made in the 70’s for the Academy Award winning feature film MILK starring Sean Penn. In 1994, Baker moved to New York City and created a mile-long Rainbow Flag for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot. Measuring 30 ft. x 5,280 ft. and carried by 5,000 people, it broke the world’s record for largest flag. Baker gives speeches and lectures about the Flag and LGBTQ history in cities large and small around the world. His message is about human rights. Baker lives in New York City, where he continues to evolve the Rainbow Flag.
The Gilbert Baker Pride Founders Award Gilbert Baker was born in Kansas in 1951 and served in the US Army
Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. Two-term mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for an astonishing four decades. His career spans the American presidency from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and he has worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger. From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, health care, international trade, domestic partnerships and affirmative action, he has left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State. As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that will position the City as a center for the burgeoning field of biotechnology. Today he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.
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Global Grand Marshal Bishop Christopher Senyonjo Selected by the Pride Celebration Committee in May, The Rt. Rev. Bishop Disani Christopher Senyonjo is perhaps best known for his courageous advocacy on the part of LGBTQ persons in Uganda, where he spent his entire ministerial career prior to his 1998 retirement. Following his retirement from the bishopric, Senyonjo began counseling services for singles and married people. His counseling services for LGBTQ people began in 2001. In 2010, he founded St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre for LGBTQ/Straight Alliance. Bishop Senyonjo has been a keynote speaker at multiple international human rights conferences, including two at the United Nations in 2010. These two conferences helped to reinstate language protecting LGBTQ people against “extra-judicial” killings. He has been recognized by the California State Assembly for his leadership on LGBTQ issues and was named one of Huffington Post’s Ten Most Inf luential Religious Leaders for 2010. Bishop Senyonjo’s courageous stand against anti-LGBTQ bigotry in Uganda was the subject of a profile in “Religion Dispatches” in February 2011. He is executive director of the St. Paul’s Reconciliation (continued on next page)
Celebrating 25 years of commitment to the LGBT community
Helping to create safe schools, inclusive workplaces, and financial success The LGBT community has come a long way in the last 25 years, and Wells Fargo has been right there. Our commitment goes back to 1987, when we added sexual orientation to our non-discrimination policy. Since then, we’ve contributed to LGBT organizations, lent our support to anti-bullying efforts, and continued to foster a culture of equality in the workplace. Then, in 2011, Wells Fargo Advisors was the first in the industry to have Financial Advisors earn the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor℠ designation. We are only as successful as the communities we serve. Here’s to the next quarter-century.
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and Equality Centre, Kampala, and will be visiting the United States from June 13 to July 30.
Organizational Community Grand Marshal ACLU of Northern California Selected by communit y vote in March, the ACLU of Northern California is the nation’s largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, protecting and advancing civil liberties, including LGBTQ rights, throughout the region.
she eventually launched the Neighborhood Prosecutor and Community Courts program under current District Attorney George Gascón. Prozan was elected as a 2008 Obama delegate and has received leadership awards from the FDR and Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Clubs. In 2010, Prozan ran for District 8 Supervisor by waging a non-ideological, common sense campaign. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Castro Country Club. She and her wife, Julia Adams, were married in 2008 and are residents of the Castro, along with their rescue dog Mika.
Individual Community Grand Marshal Sister Roma Individual Community Grand Marshal Edaj Selected by the Pride board in May, Edaj is a versatile artist whose career as a choreographer, producer, emcee and DJ began in 1991 while she served in the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. In 1996, she made her debut in San Francisco where she has become an influential entertainment specialist throughout the Bay Area. From 1996-2000, she was co-choreographer/dancer for Club Q. Her most celebrated performance is at MANGO, where she has amazed and delighted patrons since 1997. From 2002 – 2010, she was executive producer of the Women’s Stage at San Francisco Pride. She ensured there was a space for women at the celebration and showcased a diverse, multitalented global representation of the women’s community on the stage. Her work supporting and empowering women through artistic expression stretches across the nation and internationally through her company, Mizdj Creations. She is an advocate for the women’s community and constantly lends her expertise toward establishing opportunities for women to excel in the arts.
Individual Community Grand Marshal Rebecca Prozan
Selected by SF Pride’s members in April, Rebecca Prozan is the director of Community Outreach for the District Attorney’s Office where she is creating a community relations model based on her 17 years of experience as a community organizer, prosecutor and neighborhood leader. In 1995, Prozan cut her teeth as an organizer for Willie Brown’s campaign for mayor. Following his victory, she worked as the mayor’s liaison to the queer community, where she secured funding for LGBTQ nonprof its, advocated for LGBTQ representation on commissions and organized the first LGBTQ civil ceremonies. Since that time, she managed Kamala Harris’ bid to become San Francisco’s first African-American and first female district attorney, and also worked as a legislative aide to Supervisor Bevan Dufty. In 2004, Prozan joined the District Attorney’s office, where 14 BAY TIMES JUNE 21, 2012
Selected by communit y vote in March, the year 2012 marks Sister Roma’s 25th year as one of the most continuously active, outspoken and highly visible members of the San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. Roma has dedicated half of her life to serving the San Francisco LGBTQ community as an activist, fundraiser, public speaker, hostess/master of ceremonies, columnist, talk show host and an arguable San Francisco gay icon. Since taking her vows, Roma has been on the front lines in the war against HIV/ AIDS, homophobia and hate crimes as the original creator of the “Stop the Violence” campaign. One of San Francisco’s most colorful and outspoken civil rights advocates, Roma has graced the main stages of San Francisco Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Castro Street Fair, Halloween in the Castro and Easter in Dolores Park just to name a few.
Individual Community Grand Marshal Morningstar Vancil Selected by the Pride board in May, Morningstar Vancil identif ies as Two-Spirit, Butch and as a folk-artist, veteran and community builder. Vancil came to the United States to gain political asylum in 1984. Recently she was featured as a filmmaker for the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival (2011). She is an active member of FABLED ASP. Vancil has been an advocate for people of color in the areas of immigration, human rights, domestic partnership and tribal alliance building. She served as a volunteer for the Two-Spirit Groups’ Archives of the GLBT Historical Society. She is a member of Kreatibo (a queer-Pinay performance troupe), Butch Magic (a drag king troupe), Fat Bottom Revue (big burlesque) and Neshkinukat, a coalition of Native American artists in Northern California. Vancil is a founding member and former officer of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, serves on the LGBT advisory board of the SF Human Rights Commission and is a former LGBT board member of the American Cancer Society. Presently, she is the Woman’s Commander of Post 448 (LGBTQ veterans). She is also recovering from gynecological cancer, diagnosed in 2003, and has been very active in creating community for LGBTQ cancer survivors. Individual Community Grand Marshal Gary Virginia
While it is impossible to know exactly how much money Roma has helped accrue for the global LGBTQ community, she has contributed her time and talents to events helping raise an estimated total of over $1 million in 25 years of service.
Individual Community Grand Marshal Olga Talamante Selected by the Pride board in May, Olga Talamante is the executive director of the Chicana/Latina Foundation. The Chicana/Latina Foundation’s mission is the empowerment of Chicanas/Latinas through their personal, educational and professional advancement. She is well known for her activism and community leadership. Over the years she has worked in the Chicano, farm workers, human rights and LGBTQ movements, always striving to bring together the various issues that intersect our communities. She is a past co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). She currently serves on the boards of Horizons Foundation, the Greenlining Institute, on the advisory board of GELAAM (Latino LGBTQ organization in San Mateo County) and on the Latino Advisory Council of the Oakland Museum of California.
Selected by SF Pride’s Electoral College in April, Gary Virginia is a tireless fundraiser, venerable activist and 24-year HIV/AIDS survivor who has produced numerous benefits for AIDS, breast cancer, emergency humanitarian relief and US and international LGBTQ civil rights. Virginia is active in many organizations. His public service history includes past president of Positive Resource Center, SF Human Rights Commission LGBT advisory committee, Gays Without Borders/SF executive committee, columnist, podcast radio host, San Francisco supervisor candidate, Pride Brunch co-founder (honoring the other Grand Marshals), and founder of Krewe de Kinque Mardi Gras charitable club. The 18th annual Mr. San Francisco Leather contest took place at the Alcazar Theater on April 20, 1996. After the judges put the seven well-qualified contestants through their paces, the winner was Gary Virginia, the first Mr. Daddy’s Leather. Virginia won the title of Mr. San Francisco Leather 1996. He is an outstanding member of Mama’s Family, the social fundraising group of community leaders in the leather/ fetish world who help charities such as AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Virginia currently serves on the advisory board of the Bay Times and the Positive Resource Center.
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Four Days of Pride Thursday Golden Gate Business Association’s Pride Business Expo By Pat Mayfield
G eorge Moscone wa s t he keynote speaker at the GGBA’s f irst B o a r d of D i r e c t or ’s I n s t a l l a tion dinner. A lso in attendance at t h i s h i stor ic a l ly sig n i f ic a nt e v e nt w a s H a r v e y M i l k , S a n Francisco’s recently elected f irst gay City Supervisor.
E dit or’s Not e: T h e G GB A’s P r i de Business Expo, held on June 21 at the Hotel W hitcomb, is the centerp i ece of t h e orga nizat i on’s a nnu al p rog ra m m i n g , g i v i n g m e m be rs t h e u ni qu e oppor t unity to showcase their business to co n s u m e rs f ro m all over the Bay Area . He re , exe c u t i v e d i re c t o r Pat Mayf ield sh a re s i nfo r m ation about the venerable association and its impressive history. T h i s s p e c i a l mont h of L GB T PRIDE celebration is especially meaningful to the Golden Gate Bu s i ne s s A s s o c i at ion . We a r e proud of our signif icant histor y a s t h i s ye a r we c e lebr at e ou r 38 t h yea r a s t he nat ion’s f i r st LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Known as the GGBA, the organization was founded in 1974 in the Castro area of San Francis-
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co by gay and lesbian business owners. They believed there was a need for LGBT businesses to connect to help and support one another. Not only was the GGBA in the forefront of leadership for LGBT businesses, but t he GGBA a lso prov ided st rong leader sh ip i n t he L GBT movement i n t he
1970 ’s a n d 8 0 ’s . T h e G G B A Foundation was started in 198 0, and became the Horizons Foundation in 1988. The GGBA also st ar ted TA P, a t ravel prog ram for the gay community. It eventually became a part of the San Francisco Travel programs. 19 77 w a s a m e m o r a b l e y e a r for t he G GBA bec ause M ayor
T he G GBA of fer s net worki ng oppor t u n it ies t h rough our monthly networking Make Cont a c t m i xe r s a n d t h r ou g h t he Business E xchange Net work groups (BEN ). BEN groups hold bi-weekly meetings to exchange business refer ra ls and to lear n more about the businesses represented. The BEN groups consist of non-competing members.
Membership in the GGBA also includes membership in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The NGLCC i s promot i ng t he Suppl ier D iver sit y I n it iat ive t hat cer t i f ies L esbi a n , Gay, Bi sex u a l , a nd / or Transgender owned Business E n t e r p r i s e s ( L G B T B E s) a n d works to prov ide oppor tunit ies for LGBTBEs to gain exposure w it h i n cor porate procu rement processes. The NGLCC will be in San Francisco in late August to provide training and information on how to become a certif ied LGBT-owned business. We believe this w ill be a great opportunity for our members.
E duc at ion a l prog r a m s a re offered t h rough t he Ta l k of t he Tow n Ser ies and Member Succ es s Work s hop s t h at a r e he ld throughout the year. Upcoming programs are focused on social media and networking. The next Ta l k of t he Tow n pr og r a m i s on “How to Increase Your Yelp Presence on the Internet.”
T he G GBA is t he place where you a nd your busi ness belong. B u s i n e s s g r ow t h , pr o mot io n , fellowship and camaraderie are ju st a few of t he benef it s a nd values that GGBA membership provides. For more information, review our website at www.ggba. com or contact the GGBA of f ice at 415.362.4422.
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Four Days of Pride Friday Pride Concert Cantata Features Writings of Harvey Milk By Heidi Beeler “Come out, come out, wherever you a re!” T hat wa s Ha r vey M i l k ’s c a l l for g ay p e o ple t o stand up and be counted in the face of anti-LGBT bigotr y. Ever y year since 1979, San Francisco’s LGBT music groups have answered Milk’s call with a joint concer t – t he P r ide Concer t – showcasing the talents of a wide a r r ay of L GBT music ia ns a nd singers, bringing visibility to the com mu n it y. T h i s yea r, M i l k’s writings form the centerpiece of that concert. Harvey Milk: A Cantata, a new choral work composed by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, features both famous speeches and unpublished texts written by Milk. The Lesbian/Gay Chor us of San Francisco (LGCSF) will premiere the piece at the 34 th A nnual Pr ide Concert, Gotta G ive ‘Em Hope, 7 & 9 pm on Friday, June 22 (www. A nnua l Pr ideConcer t.org). T he c a nt at a i s D ubow s k y ’s second world pr em ier e i n S a n Fr a n cisco in as many weeks. His feature documentary f ilm Submerged Queer Spaces was premiered in the Frameline Festival last weekend. A composer, w r iter, f i lmma ker and educator, he’s written choral, instrumental and orchestral concert music, and has scored f ive feature f ilms. He’s composed mater ial for LGCSF several t imes since 20 04, including the 20 09 soc io -pol it ic a l cha mber oper a Halloween in the Castro. So when L G C SF A r t ist ic Director Wi lliam “Bi l ly” Sauerland wanted to commission an original piece to per for m at t he 2012 GA L A Conference – the internat iona l Olympics of GLBT choruses – he turned to Dubowsky.
en Gate Men’s Chor us (7 pm), Oakland-East Bay Men’s Chorus (9 pm) a nd Sa n Fra ncisco Gay Men’s C hor u s L ol l ipop Gu i ld (9 pm) each express their Pride w it h mu s ic t h a t r a n g e s f r om rock to world, from nautical to naught y, from B eat les to Ca rmina Burana. The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, a co - pro ducer, per for m s bot h concerts with LGCSF. Freedom Ba nd A r t i st ic D i rector Jad i ne Louie said that she kept Harvey M i l k i n m i nd as she chose t he Band’s music.
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“For GA L A 2012, we were looking to do a piece that would be unique to a San Francisco chor u s a nd to a m i xed c hor u s , a piece wh ich wou ld bot h st a nd out a nd have a broad, u n iversal appeal,” Dubowsky wrote via email. “As Harvey was all about bridging communities and communicat ion, ( his words are) especia l ly appropr iate for m i xed chor us, (wh ich blend s) women and men’s voices together.”
LGCSF’s cantata is just one part of t h i s ye a r ’s P r id e C onc er t . Guest performers Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble (7 pm), Gold-
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This year’s Pride Concert offers some audience extras in addition to the concer ts. A free concer t t a l k w it h Dubowsk y about t he ca nt at a st a r t s at 6:15 pm. Between the 7 pm and 9pm shows, Pride Concert audience members are inv ited to attend Wine and Art Fair, a reception featuring a variety of California wines and concessions. A rt pieces by mult i med ia a r t ist Gra ha m Nelson will be on display and available for sale, including a new original portrait of Harvey Milk. Louie will be stepping down as the Freedom Band’s artistic director after this concert. It seems a f itting setting for her farewell, since she was f irst introduced as the Band’s new conductor at the 1996 Pride Concert. Louie said she look s for wa rd to t he f i na l per for m a nce before t he P r ide weekend audience.
Dubowsky and Sauerland compiled the libretto together. They were g iven complete access to Milk’s original papers, many of which had never been published, through Susan Goldstein, Cit y Archivist of San Francisco, with the permission of the Estate of Harvey Milk. The result is a cantata in f ive movements – Recruit You , Come O ut , J udg me nt , Hope , Postlude –written entirely in Milk’s own words. Thirty-f ive years after Milk’s assassination, they found his writing was still poignant to the LGBT community today. T he c a nt at a end s w it h a pre s c ient p o s t lude wher e i n M i l k ex hor t s people to stop watch-
ing a ‘make believe world’ and talk to their neighbors instead,” Dubowsky wrote. “Now in 1978 , that was television. Today, that could be understood as the Internet and its mediated artif icial realities. But the message is the same: Get out of your chair and meet your neighbors and talk to t hem. It’s a universa l message, and illustrates beautifully Milk’s activism and philosophy.”
“T he concer t is about Har vey, whom I remember not ju st i n words and movie legend, but as a per son,” L ou ie, a Sa n Fra ncisco native, shared in an email. “The pieces are exuberant. Celebration Tribalesque and Dry Your Tears, Af r ika ( per for med joint ly with LGCSF ) have a joyful sense of c om mu n it y. T h e S i nf o n i a n s (feat u r i ng a ser ies of t r u mpet fa n fa res t h roughout) is proud. D rea m s a n d P rocl a mat ion s is not on ly about hav i ng a d rea m of peace, but a lso t he deter m ination to make it happen.”
All photos courtesy of Heidi Beeler
“ T he aud iences at t he A n nua l Pride Concert have an extraord i n a r y v i b e ,” L o u i e w r o t e . “A s per for mer s, we rel ish t hat positive energ y. A long with the backstage love-fest of f ive or six d if ferent g roups cheer ing each other on, you can expect everyone to kick it up a notch.”
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Four Days of Pride Friday Trans March Exudes Pride W hat i f you t hrew a ra l ly a nd a march, and ever ybody came? That’s what it’s like at the Trans March – every K IND of body is t here, t housa nd s of t hem, a nd t hey ’re a l l f u l l of t r a n s pr ide. Tr a n s pr ide i s proud of d iversit y, of var iet y, and proud of t he most pro gressive trans communities in t he world , ma ny of wh ich a re represented r ight here i n Sa n Francisco. The f irst Trans March occurred on June 25, 2004, as a spontaneous, grass-roots reaction to the ongoing news reports of the trial of the young men who had murdered Newark 17-year-old Gwen A raujo in 2002. A mistr ial was a n nou nced Ju ne 22 nd , a nd on t he 23 rd , just t wo days before t he f ir st ma rch, Gwen’s mot her wa s awa rded a post hu mous na me cha nge for her daughter
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to validate and af f irm the name Gwen. An anonymous f lyer circulated throughout the commun it ies brought 20 0 0 people to gether in Delores Park to listen to speakers and performers, and then to march to Civ ic Center. T he next yea r, t he at tenda nce nu mber s doubled, a nd t hey ’ve been growing every year since. A small organizing committee of volunteers makes sure the Trans March takes place in San Francisco on t he Fr iday even ing of Pride Weekend. It is one of the most i mpor t a nt a n nua l event s for a l l our d iverse transgender com mun it ies. It is t he a nt it h-
esis to the National Transgender Day of Remembrance t hat has ta ken place on or around Nov. 20 th each year for over a decade. The Day of Remembrance commemorates t he fa l len, t he v ictims of anti-trans violence, and it gives trans people courage to support each other through the ha rd t i mes. But su m mer is for celebration, and our local Trans M a rch is t he epitome of P r ide for t ra nsgender people a round the world. Accord ing to t he Trans March web site (w w w.transmarch.org), “The mission of the San Francisco Trans March is to inspire all
trans and gender non-conformi n g p eople to r e a l i ze a world where we a re sa fe, loved , a nd empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communit ies to unite and achieve t he social just ice and equa lit y that each of us deserves.” Tr a n s p e o p l e c a n e a s i l y g e t lost i n t he shu f f le of t he ma s sive LGBT pride parade on the Sunday of Pr ide weekend, and, like the Dyke March that takes place on Saturday to give lesbi-
ans their due, the Friday Trans March celebr at e s t he a m a z i n g variety of people who make up our most misunder stood a spect a s a n L GB T c om mu n i t y. The T represents gender d iver s it y a nd r e s i st a nc e t o g ender nor m s . It r e pr e s ent s immense resi lience and deter minat ion to d iscover and manifest t he sel f. It rep resents w il ling ness to s a c r i f ic e e v e r y t h i n g for one’s i nteg r it y a s a per son whose body and soul are dif ferent from what was or is expected of us based on our assigned sex at bi r t h. But most of a l l, t he Tra ns M a rch represent s a celebration of the unique qualities of each person, and a commitment to realize our freedom to be ourselves. Wear pur ple and join in t he 2012 Trans March, starting at Delores Park at 3pm this Friday!
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September Brighton 1 - 2 Sep Brighton gay Pride
Las Vegas 4 - 10 Sep Gay Days Las Vegas
Munich 1 Oct Rosa Wiesn - Oktoberfest
Key West 6 - 10 Sep Key West PrideFest
Los Angeles 5 - 7 Oct Gay Days Anaheim
Las Vegas 7 - 8 Sep Las Vegas Pride
Orlando 6 Oct Orlando Pride
Berlin 8 Sep Folsom Europe
Rio de Janeiro 11 - 15 Oct Gay Pride Rio
San Francisco 23 Sep Folsom Street Fair
Atlanta 13 - 14 Oct Atlanta Pride
Munich 23 Sep * Rosa Wiesn - Oktoberfest
New Orleans 25 - 31 Oct Halloween Los Angeles 31 Oct Gay Halloween Streetparty November Brussels 1 - 4 Nov La Demence Anniversary Weekend Amsterdam 2 - 4 Nov * Get Ruff ! Leather Pride Weekend Puerto Vallarta 3 - 10 Nov Club Atlantis Vallarta Palm Springs 4 Nov Greater Palm Springs Pride Miami 21 - 26 Nov * White Party Week
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Israel Gay Pride
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Four Days of Pride Saturday Maud’s Reunion Continues the Tradition Compiled by Mandy Carter M aud’s w a s onc e t he lon g e s t running lesbian bar in the US, having opened in 1966 and cont inuing unt i l it closed in 1989. T he f irst Maud’s Reun ion was held in 20 09 to mark t he 20t h anniversar y of Maud’s closing, as well as to honor and celebrate Rikki Streicher and the 23-year h i s t or y o f M a u d’s i m p a c t on lesbia n cu lt ure a nd t he lesbigaytrans ( LGBT ) politics of San Francisco.
S i n c e 2 0 0 9 , t h e M a u d ’s R e u n ion s have been held once a year during San Francisco Pride Wee kend for a nyone who h a s ever gone to Maud’s dur ing its 23 years. Activ ities include the popular “Welcome Table,” pool table, AT M, outdoor back yard with tables and chairs, ping pong table, “Memories of Maud’s” on the T V screen, and Ipod music of 19 6 6 -19 8 9. W heelcha i r accessible. Smoking is okay in the back yard and on t he sidewa l k. Organizers for 2012 include Deb Trapani and Jorja Ghera.
All photos courtesy of Mary Sager
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Special thanks from the organizers go to Finnegan’s Wake owner Tom Frenkel, the bar staf f, and customers for welcoming us for all four Maud’s Reunions 20091212. RSVP to maudsreunion@gmail. com a nd w r ite “ R SV P M aud’s Reunion” in subject line. Maud’s Reunion 2012 Saturday, June 23, 2012 12pm-6pm Finnegan’s Wake (old Maud’s) 937 Cole Street @ Carl Street San Francisco, CA 94117
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Four Days of Pride Saturday The San Francisco Dyke March Celebrates 20 Years P ut t i ng t he M A RCH Bac k I n the S.F. DYKE M A RCH – Dyke Space Cont i nuu m – mea ns no stage in the park and more emphasis on the rally and March. Schedule: DJs and socializing in Dolores Park from 12-5, rally at 18th and Dolores at 5, March at 6.
By Susan Levinkind Come out to the 20th Annual SF Dyke March, Saturday, June 23! In our 20 t h year we ref lect on the genesis of the Dyke March, its evolution, its revolution! The Dyke March embraces each and every “dyke” who makes up our commun it y today. T he t heme for t h i s yea r’s D yke M a rch i s therefore “Dyke Space Continuum.”
Nia Collective S. F. Dyke March, 1999.
Rally w ith: Emcee Rosa Hern a n d e z ; B ay A r e a A m e r i c a n I nd i a n Two S pi r it - O p en i n g B le s s i n g a nd s p e a ker s: K r y s Freem a n & Cher r ie Mor a g a , w it h per for ma nce by Sist a h Boom. T he D yke M a rch beg a n a s a n act of resistance and it st i l l is. The f irst Dyke March was April 24 , 19 9 3 , w h e n S F l e s b i a n s joined Lesbian Avengers, Queer Nat ion, and Nat ional ACT U P Women’s Committee, calling for a Dyke March the night before t he Nat iona l M a rch on Wa shi ng ton for L GBT r ight s. More t h a n 2 0 , 0 0 0 d y k e s m a r c he d !
D yke Marches arose across North A merica: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal and many smaller places. 10 , 0 0 0 d yke s m a r c he d i n t he f irst San Francisco Dyke March in June of 1993. Now it has become an annua l event t he Saturday before the last Sunday in June. Last year, 50,0 0 0 people at tended t he SF D yke M a rch, the world’s largest dyke march! We cont i nue to hold t he D yke March as dyke- on ly space. We i nv ite our ma le a l l ies to enjoy our Dolores Park rally with us, a nd to plea se suppor t us from the sidelines dur ing our march to the Castro. At t he event i n Dolores Pa rk , D yke M a rch items a re sold to raise some of the money needed to put on t his huge event. The D yke M a rch, a n a l l-volu nteer ef for t w it hout cor porate spons or s , n e e d s t he supp or t of t he 50,000 folks who enjoy this day,
so please give generously. If you would like to make tax-deductible donat ions, go to t hedykemarch.org, where you can also f ind more event details. Or send c hec k s to C . I . –D yke M a r c h , 3543 18th St. #2, SF, CA 94110. S er v ice s for Old a nd D i s abled Dykes include: • In Dolores Park, an accessible, non-smoking, scent-free area for old and disabled dykes, between 19th & Cumberland.
ON LY s e n ior/d i s a b le d d y k e s who cannot walk the March. • S e n i o r/ D i s a b l e d V i e w i n g Stand at 18th and Dolores (new t h is year) for t he ra l ly at 18t h and Dolores at 5:00, ASL interpreted. • Senior/Disabled March Viewing Stand: The gay synagog ue, Sha’ar Zahav, at 16t h & Dolo res, is again providing space for senior/d isabled dykes to watch the March.
• Park ing/Shutt le/Bart – The S.F. park ing lot on Hof f Street i s p r o v i d i n g s e n i o r/d i s a b l e d parking, located one block west of M i s s ion b et ween 16 t h a nd 17th. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one of the 25 available spaces. Shuttle runs 1-4 from the garage to the park.
• End of March Transportation: The Cable Car and shuttle will take dykes back to the garage or Dolores Park from the end of the March or Sha’ar Zahav.
• S en ior/ D i s able d C able C a r w i l l a r r ive at Dolores & 19 t h Streets around 4pm to pick up
Come out and claim your space in the Dyke Continuum!
More det a i ls about t he M a rch and access ava i lable at htt p:// thedykemarch.org
Ellas in Accion, a Latina lesbian organization march in SF Dyke March 1997. Sharon Bottoms and April Wade talk of their lesbian mother custody fight, 1993.
“Dykes Who Dare” contingent: Isabel Quallo, Alice B. Toklas, Pat Bond, Tommy Anderson placards. SF Dyke March, CA. 1998.
SF Dyke March crowd and banner, 1997.
Photos by Cathy Cade Photography (www.CathyCade) Courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.
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Four Days of Pride June
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10:30 A M – Parade K ickof f is on Market Street starting at Beale Street with the famous D ykes on Bi kes cont ingent. The Parade ends a t 8 t h S t r e e t . Fe a t u r i n g hu nd red s of cont i ng ent s , t housands of par t icipant s a nd tens of t housa nd s of spectators, t he Parade will continue until the last g roup completes t he entire route. A lso happening on Sunday, June 24 th , 11:00 A M – 6:00 PM is the Pr ide Celebration, a lively festival featuring numerous exhibits and booths, food, beverages and other great items to buy and f ind out about. For more details, see Sister Dana’s “Welcome to SF Pride” story on page 2 in this issue of the Bay Times. Photos by Rink
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Doesn’t take much to ignite the waiting into a fiesta of flirtation. What form of conversation does the familiar take? Don’t I know you? Aren’t you a friend of Patrick’s? Didn’t we meet at Alice’s? Then the community sits in the dark anticipating the Mighty Wurlitzer and the blessing film bestows. We should have met sooner. -Kit Kennedy, Bay Times Poet in Residence
Arts&Entertainment A Favorite Movie of the Year So Far: Nobody Else But You er y cha r act er ha s somet h i n g to h ide, a nd as Dav id slowly st r ips away the façades, this multilayered master piece becomes even more intriguing.
Gary M. Kramer Sexy, witty, and full of clever cinemat ic i n - jokes, Nobody El se B ut You (opening July 6) is a delicious, delirious mystery. Blocked crime novelist David ( Jean-Paul Rouve) sees the frozen corpse of Candice (Sophie Quinton)—a local model, who t hinks she is t he reinca rnation of Marilyn Monroe—being removed from the snow. He is oddly bew itched, and comes to suspect h e r s u i c i d e w a s a c t u a l l y mu rder. Bruno (Guillaume Goiux), a hu n ky loca l cop, wa r ns h i m not to i nvest igate. T hen d ia r ies a nd suspects start piling up and things get really mysterious. Nobody Else But You brilliantly explores issues of rea lit y, ident it y, celebr it y, a nd rei nvent ion. T he film is less about generating thrills and more about keeping the characters a nd v iewers off k ilter. Ev-
In a recent email exchange, director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu expla ined t hat he wa nted to t ack le t he noir gen re. “ T he t h r i l ler as p ec t i s j u st a ba ckd rop t o t h i s f i l m. G en res a re i nterest i ng be cause t hey g ive me what I need: one structure, with codes. Genres cont a in my t hs, a nd a re a pa rt of ci nema h istor y. It ’s fa nt ast ic for me to feed my own story with that. Genre ref lects back the image you want to find.” He cont i nued t o ex pl ic a t e how he played with codes: “If I try to explain more about the way I ap proa ched m a k i n g t rop es ‘f resh a nd new,’ I could t a lk about ‘re m i x i ng ’ a nd ‘sa mpl i ng.’ It ’s not very interesting to ‘copy’ or to use too direct ly ‘t ropes a nd st aples.’ But it ’s ver y product ive to t r y to r em i x t hem … L i ke i n t he H ip Hop music. Why not apply this to cinema? It ’s not about ‘homage’ but about robbery! I use a part of something to make it a new composition. Like ‘collage’ in painting too. ‘Recycling’ is a good thing to use to find a new freedom in the work. But I’m not t he f irst one— ask Quentin [Tarantino].”
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Seeking a Fr iend t racks t he st ages of grief for all of humanity. “Some go to work , some a re i n den ia l, they have different coping mechanisms—some find comfort in rituals like mowing the lawn,” Scafaria explained. Others commit suicide, try heroin, and have orgies. At one chain restaurant, there’s an amusing, “anything goes” mentality. “I show the acts of violence, but I try to focus on the positive side,” Scafaria admitted gleefully.
optimist who, when it comes time to f lee for safet y, leaves her boyf r iend O wen ( Ada m Brody) but g rabs her v i nyl records. K n ightley, who just got engaged to James Righton of the K laxons, admitted t hat she was, surprisingly, late to embrace music.
Dav id a nd Br u no at a sau na, or
Nobody Else Like You is a film that viewers should enjoy and adore. It is one of the year’s best.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Film
Gary M. Kramer Wr iter/d i rector L orene S ca fa r ia described her new f ilm, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, as a
mash-up between “a rom-com and t he apoca ly pse.” S et du r i ng t he last three weeks on earth, the film t races t he f ina l days in t he lives of Dogde (Steve Ca rel l) a nd h is neighbor Penny (K iera K nightley) who meet and maybe fall in love as their current relationships end just as the world is coming to a close.
T he cha racters a re forced to explore what Scafaria said is, “How people spend their time when you take ‘forever’ off t he table.” The filmmaker described her cockeyed approach to the end of the world as f i nd i ng, “Comedy i n t ragedy. Death is surreal.”
The film opens with Dodge’s wife, Linda (Carell’s real life wife, Nancy), g iv i n g her husba nd a mea n look at the announcement that the world is going to end, and then litera l ly r u n n i ng aw ay. T he scene, ironically, was shot on the couple’s 16 t h wedd i n g a n n iversa r y. “ We got t hem a cake w it h an asteroid i n it ,” S c a fa r i a rec a l led w it h a laugh. Carell, chatting via Skype, rememb er s t he event , “ I ’m not u n fa m i l ia r w it h her dagger- eyed look,” adding that it usually means he’s in trouble. Seeking a Fr iend charts Dodge m e e t i n g Pe n ny ( K e i r a K n i g h t ley), a “f la ky a nd i r responsible”
“I do love music, but I’m not a music lover i n t he sa me way Pen ny is,” K nightley said. “Music touches people i n such a n a ma z i ng ly emot iona l w ay— most of my best friends are passionate, absolutely obsessed with music. I came to it quite late. I didn’t like music when I was a teenager. I didn’t listen to it. I t hink it was because when I was 11 or 12 , a nd I st i l l wa nted to play games, and girls who I was rea lly friendly w it h got into Boy Bands, and it was almost like they were t a k i ng my ch i ld hood aw ay because I still wanted to be playing, and I t hink I found it really offensive for a really long time because of that.” “But when I was 24 , 25, I rea lly started gett ing into it and underst a nd i n g [mu sic] on a p er son a l level. I found things I really like. (continued on page 30) BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 23
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A Personal Response to Stonewall
Examined Life Tom Moon When I left home at age eighteen, my f irst independent act was to look for a psychiatrist to cure me of being gay. I found one too - not in Mississippi, not in Kansas - - but r ight here i n prog ressive San Francisco. It was 1967 and “reparative therapy,” now discredited as quackery, was standard treatment for gays a nd lesbia n s ever y where i n t he count r y. T he socia l at mosphere wa s oppressive to a deg ree t hat even those of us who lived through it sometimes forget. In those days
it w a s c on s id e r e d a br e a c h of good t a ste even to ment ion g ay people, much less to say anything positive about them. I remember that, when I was fourteen, having just f ig ured out t hat I was “one of t hem,” I went to t he l ibr a r y and surreptitiously looked myself up in the card catalogue. What I read said it all: “Homosexuality: see also, perversion, psychopathic dev ia nce.” It never occur red to me to doubt what ever y “authority” around me said was true. And so I went into “therapy” for over two years -- which meant opening my l i fe to a ma n who contemp tuously treated my lust, my love, a nd my most tender feel i ng s a s sy mptoms of an a l l-but-hopeless menta l d isorder. My shame, des pa i r, a nd lonel i nes s i nc r ea sed with every week of this treatment. Then, in June of 1969, something happened t hat cha nged my l i fe completely. One hot even i ng i n New York, the police conducted a routine raid of a gay bar to keep the queers in their place, but this time the queers fought back – for d ay s. A s it w a s h appen i ng, t he Stonewa l l upr isi ng wa s a l it t lecovered story, and the few in the
med ia who d id repor t it most ly t r e at e d it a s a joke. But I w a s stunned, electrif ied. This was impossible. The ones w ith no r ight to human dig nit y were claiming it anyway. Clearly others were as moved as I was, because overnight it was on: the resolute march out of the closet, by the tens of thousands, of people just like me who’d had enough and weren’t going to hide any more. The new gay liberation movement challenged everything I thought I knew about who I was. By then I was in college study ing psycholog y, and had lear ned enough to ex a m i ne w it h a more i n for med and critical eye the anti-gay psycholog y I ’d been t aught . I w a s amazed to discover that there was no science i n it at a l l, a nd t hat what litt le rea l science d id ex ist at the time completely contradicted the “mental illness” myth I’d been ra ised to ta ke for g ranted. I’d been sold a bill of goods. A t f i r s t I w a s c om plet e l y d i s or iented . I n my ea rly teen s I ’d formed an identit y that involved being “t he one str uggl ing to recover from mental illness.” W ho
was I w it hout t hat ident it y? But over time all my doubts, fears and confusions resolved into a realizat ion that life was ask ing me one s i mple que s t ion . T he que s t ion was, “Do you or do you not have t he courage to l ive t he one a nd on ly l ife t hat is in you to l ive? ” For the f irst time in my life, I was able to say, “Yes!” to that question a nd to my l i fe. I found t he way back into myself because of what ot hers before me had st a r ted at Stonewall. I’d already decided that I wanted to become a t herapist , but now I had a new pur pose. I resolved t hat I wou ld devote my profes sional life to doing all in my power to see that no other gay person would ever again be subjected to t he k i nd of psycholog ica l abuse that I had endured. That commitment has guided my professional life from that day to this. I never met anyone who participated in the Stonewall rebellion, but I owe them all a debt of gratitude that I can never pay. We’re a l l connected more than we can ever know. Never doubt that when you live from your truth, the ef-
fects ripple outward and may profoundly af fect the lives of people you w i l l never meet. T hat is a s t r ue today as it was when I was young. T h is mont h, a s we celebrate, young people a l l over the cou nt r y - - st i l l t r apped i n fea r a nd s e c r e c y a nd s h a me - - w i l l be aware of us. Remember them. They will be with us in spirit, and we will never know how many of them will f ind the inner strength and the hope to continue to live because of what we do. We create t he k i nd of world we want to live in by living the lives that are in us to live. Our journey to f u l l equa l it y rema i ns a work in prog ress, but t he world we’re bui ld ing and w i l l leave to t hose who follow us is light years distant from t he world I k new i n 19 67. This month, may all my brothers and sisters ever y where celebrate the gift of their lives with dignity, pride and joy. Tom Moon is a psychotherapist in San Francisco. His website it tommoon.net.
Dot-Marie Jones Brings Glee to SF Pride
Inspiring LGBTQ Prof iles Kathleen Archambeau “You’ll always have a seat at my table.” Dot-Marie Jones Actress on Glee
PH OTO B Y G AG E SK I DMO R E
From lockdow n at juven i le ha l l in Fresno to Hol ly wood st ar on Glee, world champion arm wrest ler Dorothy ( Dot) - Mar ie Jones h a s a lw ay s p er s e ver e d . A s t he youngest of six children and aunt to 24 nieces and nephews, she has a genuine and deep concer n for youth welfare. This led her to become a spokesperson for the Just Like You Foundation, dedicated to “educating children on the value of universal acceptance.”
T hough Jones h a s b een a c t i n g for 20 years, she really is an accidental actress. Born in Turlock in 1964, she was raised in a town of 3,000 and majored in Criminal Justice at Fresno State, where she was on a track scholarship. Jones played softball and competed in shot put and powerlifting in college, w inning A l l-A mer ica honors in shot put and becoming state champion in 1983 and 1984. She qua l i f ied for t he U. S . Oly mpic t r ia ls in 1988 for shot put. Suffer ing 11 k nee injur ies, her 6’4” frame was cut dow n to 6’3”, an inch of height restored recent ly by knee replacement surgery. Dot-Ma r ie Jones never pla nned to act when Sh irley Eson of A mer ican Gladiators discovered her at a bodybu i ld i ng compet ition. Eson urged Dot to tr y out, which she did and won the part in 1992. Her mot her, 8 4, has been her biggest fan, telling Dot after ever y reject ion, “ You’l l get t he next one.”
b o ok , “ Ju st L i ke You ,” a st or y of d if ferences and ant i-bul ly ing. Recent ly, a g irl sent Jones a letter thanking her for “what you’re doin’ ‘cause I was a lways one of those girls who never had a place to sit at lunch.” It made Jones cry a nd she w rote r ight back to t he girl, “You’ll always have a seat at my table.” Join the LGBTQ community this Sunday, June 24 t h , in cong ratulating Dot-Marie Jones on her latest role as Celebrity Grand Marshall at the 40 th SF Pride Parade.
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Her get t i ng t he next big one, a role i n G l ee , wa s a l most a s u nlikely as her becoming an actress. She was in Whole Foods and ran into co-executive producer Brad Falchuk. She told him to tell cocreator Rya n Mur phy, who had worked w it h Jones on N ip/ Tuck and Pretty/Handsome, to cast her in Glee. Murphy wrote the role of boy s’ footba l l Coach B eiste for Jones. In 2011, Jones was nomin a t e d fo r a n E m m y a s G u e s t Actress in a Comedy Ser ies and aga i n i n 2012, for Out st a nd i ng Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, for her contributions to Glee. Jones has spoken out extensively against the bullying of children. When a youth counselor, she had to “cut down a kid who had hung himself.” In her own growing up, she shot up from 5’6” to 6’1” in 6 months in 8 th Grade. Kids teased her brutally. She still takes a lot of shots about her appearance to which she responds, “Never been a m a n . Ne ver pl a n ne d t o b e.” She’s promot i ng t he ch i ld ren’s BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 25
Preserving Trailblazing Photographer Bob Mizer’s Works By: Dennis Bell In 2010, I founded the charitable and educat iona l non-prof it Bob M i zer Fou ndat ion, I nc., whose pur pose is to promote a nd preser ve progressive and controversia l photog r aphy. I bel ieve t he most disputed works of art are the most i mpor t a nt ones to protect and preserve, since they bear witness to the progress of our liberal society, whose political ideal is to protect the personal freedoms of all its citizens. My intention with this foundation is to spur thought and discussion t hrough t he protect ion and d issem inat ion of photog raphs prev iously censored a nd ot her w ise marginalized. You might know Bob Mizer, who d ied i n 19 92. He beg a n t a k i ng phot og r aph s a s e a rly a s 19 42 , f i r s t e x p er i me nt i n g w it h s e l fportraits and later mov ing onto the boardwalks of Venice Beach, California, to capture images at beaut y pageants and bodybuilding competitions. These early works laid the foundation of his career spanning 50 years, f irst as a professional photographer in 1945 and later as the founder and sole operator of the Athletic Model Guild (A MG).
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B efore M i zer, men a nd women wa nt i ng to v iew t he ma le for m h a d a c c e s s on l y t o b o d y bu i ld i ng mag a zi nes, a r t st udy book s b y To n y S a n s o n e a n d E u g e n e Sa ndow, a nd underg round pho tographs by a handful of artists, such as Paul Cadmus and George Platt-Lynes. I n t he 19 5 0 ’s , M i z e r fe a t u r e d i n P hys i qu e P i ct or i al homoerot ic painters like George Quaintance and Etienne, who sometimes produc e d p a i nt i n g s d i r e c t l y f r om A MG photographs. David Hockney v isited A MG i n t he 19 6 0’s, l o v e d M i z e r ’s p h o t o g r a p h s o f models i n shower s, a nd created a whole series of paintings about t hem. Tom of Fi n la nd wa s f i r st publ i s he d i n P hys i q u e P i c t o r i a l . L e s s er-k now n a r t i st s wer e f r e quently featured in the magazine, like popular physique model, And r e w K o z a k , who s e pr i m it ive style paintings dating to the late 1940’s are still with the Foundation today.
I am a photographer, and I’m sure my own style has been inf luenced by the work of the pioneering physique photog raphers of t he mid1900’s. In 2003, I met Mizer’s heir, who had stored what he’d wanted from M i z er ’s e st at e i n st or a g e lo c kers and in his garage. He said he wanted me to cont inue t he care of A MG, and that he’d nearly decided to split apart the archives, sell of f what he could, and throw out the rest. To f ina nce t he cat a log u ing, f i li n g a n d s t or a g e of mor e t h a n 1,000,000 negatives, slides, prints and f ilms, I organize fundraising campa ig ns t hrough K ick star ter, as well as publish books on Mizer’s work and coordinate galler y shows, f i l m screen i ng s a nd lectures. I don’t w a nt it to b e for g ot ten t h at t he A t h let ic Mo de l Gu i ld was more than likely the world’s largest, longest-running physique studio, and that one man ran it. The studio and its treasures were almost lost forever. Look for more on the Bob Mizer Foundation in upcoming issues of the Bay Times. You can directly support BobMizerFoundation .org by contr ibuting to its current Kickstarter campaign.
PH OTO B Y BO B M IZ ER / AT H LE T I C M ODE L G UI LD F O UN DATI ON
With his photographs, Mizer was a trailblazer in the commerciali zat ion of ma le i mager y, whose sole pur pose wa s to let v iewer s gaze at male beauty. He created
and distributed Physique Pictorial, t he f i r st mag a zi ne i n t he world specif ica l ly desig ned to ma ke these images available to anyone interested in them. You can now see his work’s inf luence on mainstream culture, such as in Bruce Weber’s sometimes-controversial photo campa ig ns for Abercrombie & Fitch. It’s homoeroticism for the masses.
Athletic Model Guild member Dennis Bell
Trust Your Heart and Live Proudly ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Words aren't your most effective means of communication now, Aries. Attract a new wave of like minds by diversifying how you express yourself. Have pride in being a passionate pioneer.
LEO (July 23 – August 22) Don't attempt to rationalize the deluge of dreamy insights flooding your consciousness now, Leo. Receive them willingly, and enjoy the divine guidance. Have pride in your courageous creativity.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Plunge into household projects to de-clutter your closet and your soul. Purge belongings that obstruct your view of the bright future ahead, Sagittarius. Have pride in your personal principles.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) Financial responsibilities may appear overwhelming, but rest assured you're sowing powerful karmic seeds now, Virgo. Trim excesses, and focus on your most precious aspirations. Have pride in your savvy selectivity.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) As the zodiac's most masterful manifester, you should understand that decay is necessary for rebirth. Remember, Capricorn: grey rainclouds yield green treasures. Have pride in your ability to rebuild.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) As the public's watchful eye observes your career progress, you may be tempted to second-guess yourself. Stand tall, sweet Libra. Have pride in being a loving leader.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) You've always been one to embrace new perspectives, Aquarius. Turn this talent inward as novel gateways to security, service, and spirituality awaken you. Have pride in thriving outside the box.
better. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) Outdated ideas are slowing you down, inciting a regeneration of your belief system. Change has never been your forte, dear Taurus, so make baby steps. Have pride in your perseverance.
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GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) Everyone knows “variety” is your signature spice, Gemini. As you continue to shake things up, enhance your unique flavor by embracing the exotic. Have pride in your clever curiosity. CANCER (June 21 – July 22) While nesting comes naturally to you, current reconstruction of your home base could instill a bit of panic. Foster this stage of domestic metamorphosis, Cancer. Have pride in your nature of nurturing.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) The creed to which you've clung all these years has either evolved or eroded into extinction. New philosophies bloom now, Scorpio. Have pride in your talent for transformation.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20) Be a vessel of imagination now, Pisces. Your wellbeing depends on it. Engage in entertaining activities that amuse all your senses. Have pride in synthesizing the surreal.
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Say It Loud! I’m Gay and I’m Proud! We s ay “ I ’m L E S B I A N ! ” a n d people look at us sadly, as though we’re missing out on something. Some people have trouble mustering up the courage to say the word at a l l. How many t imes can we laugh at folks saying “Lebanese” without feeling sorry or confused?
Speak Up! Speak Out! Laugh Often! Karen Williams “Say it loud! I’m Black and I’m proud! ” T ha n k you M r. Ja mes Brow n because now I can adapt the lyrics to suit myself. “ Say it loud! I’m Gay a nd I’m proud!” While some lesbians may protest my use of the word “Gay” to describe myself, keep in mind that I am merely maintaining the meter of t he slogan. Besides, it may be t i me for us to ca l l ou rselves by a name that sounds like we’re having some fun. Men get to say, “I’m GAY!” and feel good about it, especially since they always have thumping music and disco balls to back them up.
I’m suggest ing t hat we ca l l ourselves “PL AY” -- a word that impl ies t hat we’re hav i ng f un a nd not taking ourselves so seriously. We could then be PL AY M ATES a nd solve t he d i lem ma of what to call ourselves. “Lovers” is too personal and denies the bed death we may actually be experiencing, and “partners” sounds like we’re in business together and not necessarily the “love” business! We c a n h a v e P L AY D A T E S alone, together, or in groups with other PL AYERS! Wow, I’m turning myself on w ith all the possibilities. Wouldn’t it be fun to walk up to a woman you’re interested in and ask her if she’d like to play w it h you? Imag ine t he intr ig ue, the innuendo, the heart-pounding excitement of playing with a girl you r ea l ly l i ke! A nd when you don’t feel l i ke play ing any more, you won’t have to feel the harsh sting of rejection. You can simply f i nd someone else to play w it h,
someone who plays t he way you do. I’ve been called a “player” but it always felt judgmental or derogatory, like there’s something wrong with me because I enjoy the company of women, dif ferent women for d i f ferent act iv it ies. I ’ve i ncur red jea lousy a nd resent ment but rarely praise for my play ing skills. I t ’s t i m e f o r w o m e n - l o v i n g women to ease up on ourselves, to remember why we’ve chosen this lifest yle in the f irst place. I truly fear us becoming lesbians in straight-face, so eager for approva l of t he “ma i nst rea m” t hat we lose our f ierceness in the process. It’s my feeling that the marriage agenda too often usurps our pride in our dif ferences, and makes us desire to be “like everyone else.” Well I, for one, do not want to be like everyone else! I miss the true d iversit y of our lesbian community…the SMers, sex rebels, celibates, serial daters, and out and proud players. So this PR IDE season, come out a nd P L AY, a l l you P L AY E R S a n d P L AY M A T E S o n P L AY DAT E S! “ Say it loud! I PL AY and I’m proud!”
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ALL PH OTO S B Y R IN K
What is your favorite thing to do on Pride Weekend?
“I love performing with SF Cheer on the Pride Main Stage.”
“Jewelle (Gomez) and I will be watching the Parade and the festival films.”
“Frameline Festival films, sangria, tacos, and more films.”
“To see the kaleidoscope of diversity of the community on Pride Day.”
“Drink sangria at Cafe Mystique!” BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 27
Historically speaking, the Bay Times began in 1979 as a Calendar for the LGBTQ community. The title was Coming Up!
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compiled by Robert Fuggiti
Faux Girls! – Infusion Lounge. Free. 7 pm. (124 Ellis St.) www. fauxgirls.com. An exciting, all-new dinner show featuring the finest female impersonators, including Victoria Secret, Alexandria, Chanel, Maria Garza, and more. GGBA Expo – Hotel Whitcomb. $10. 5:30 pm. (1231 Market St.) www.ggba.com. Review 75 exhibitors from the Golden Gate Bussiness Association’s annual LGBT tradeshow. Pride Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences. $12. 6 pm. (55 Music Concourse Dr.) www. calacademy.org. Heklina hosts a special Pride edition of this weekly favorite event, with a costume contest, performances and entertainment by Juanita More, Stay Gold & Hard French. A Coupla Crackpot Crones – The Garage. $15. 8 pm. (715 Bond St.) www.crackpotcrones.com. A benefit for the Pat Bond Memorial Old Dyke Award. The Faux Girls will perform at Infusion Lounge on Thursday, June 21. Photo: Priscilla Murray. am. (420 Mason St.) www.rubyskye. com. SF’s hottest new t-dance party, with special guest and internationally renowned DJ/producers Freemasons and Moto Blanco.
Adam Killian - The Nob Hill Theatre. $25/$50. 8 pm and 10 pm. (729 Bush St.) www.thenobhilltheatre.com. Hunky porn Star Adam Killian performs live with two shows a night.
‘Massive’ Pride Party 2012 – The Stud. $5. 8 pm. (399 9th St.) www.studsf.com. Bears, music and dancing, with strong drinks and a fund crowd.
Azucar con Ache – Yoshi’s Oakland. $20. 8 pm or 10 pm. (510 Embarcadero West) www.yoshis. com. Enjoy a “mesmerizing” display of performance artistry. Enjoy 25% off with promo code “Betty” at online checkout. Butterfly Fashion Show – The New Parish. $15/$20. 8 pm to 2 am. (579 18th St.) www.thenewparish.com. Featured labels include: Androgynous Woman / Studs, Ultra Sexy Femme with appearances by Dice Dixon and Pernell Walker. 34th Annual Pride Concert – SF Conservatory of Music. $20. 7 pm. (50 Oak St.) www.sfcm.edu. Featuring the world premier of Harvey Milk: A Cantata by composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky with numerous special guests such as the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and many more!
Dykes on Bikes 36th Annual Pre-Pride Party Fundraiser – El Rio. $10-20. 12 pm to 5 pm. (3158 Mission St.) www.dykesonbikes.org. Support Dykes on Bikes at the annual Pride benefit. 4th Annual Maud’s Reunion – Finnegan’s Wake. Free. 12 pm to 6 pm. (937 Cole St.) email@example.com. Celebrate Rikki Streicher and the 23-year history of Maud’s impact on the lesbian culture and LGBT politics of San Francisco. 14th Annual Pride Brunch Hotel Whitcomb Ballroom. $75/$100 VIP. 11 am. (1231 Market St.) www.sfpride.org. A celebration to honor the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade, and benefit the Positive Resource Center. Hosted by Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet. 28 BAY TIMES JUNE 21, 2012
2012 SF Pride Parade – Civic Center. Free. 10:30 am. (Civic Center) www.sfpride.org. The 2012
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Monday Musicals: Superstar Edition – The Edge SF. Free. 7 pm to 2 am. (4149 18th St.) www.edgesf.com. Enjoy clips from your favorite movie musicals and Broadway shows
CLASSIFIEDS The 4th Annual Maud’s Reunion will take place at Finnegan’s Wake on Saturday, June 23. Photo: Thank you Mary Fager & Joan Shirley. Pink Triangle Installation – Twin Peaks.Volunteers needed. 7 am. Also June 24. (Twin Peaks) www.thepinktriangle.com. Participate in creating the annual memorial that remembers gay victims of the Holocaust and a serves as a reminder of the ongoing repression of minorities around the world. Freight Benefit – Freight and Salvage. $22.50. 8 pm. (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) www. freightandsalvage.org. A star studded summer fundraising event with performances by Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Austin Willacy and more.
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Armageddon – Mist Ultra Club. $25/$35. 7 pm. (316 11th St.) www.mistsf.com. A showcase of the best dancers in the Bay, with gender illusionists, underwear contests, giveaways and more. Juanita MORE! Pride Party – Chambers. 12:30 pm to 6 pm. $25 online/$35 Jaunita More! hosts her Annual Pride Party at Chambers/Jones on Sunday, June 23. Photo: Austin Young.
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Fabulous Exhibit – Creativity Explored Gallery. Free. 7 pm to 9 pm. Thru August 1. (3245 16th Street) www.creativityexplored.org. A group exhibition that celebrates fashion, fame, identity, and queer culture.
Sex And The City: Live.. In Drag – Rebel. $20. 7 pm. (1760 Market St.) www.rebel-sf.com. Presenting a live presentation of two of your favorite episodes of the ground-breaking HBO series! Diablo Dancers – First Congregational Church. Free. 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. An LGBT Square Dance party. Everyone welcome! Documents – SOMArts Main Gallery. 6 pm. Thru June 26. (934 Brannan St.) www.pietronigro.com. Frank Pietronigro’s Documents is an ephemeral installation that employs homophobic words stenciled into the gallery floor and through audience participation, destroys and transforms the words into something new.
National HIV Testing Day – Various Locations. Get tested and know your status. www.greaterthan.org. Mike’s Men: Sex, Guys and Videotapes – Magnet. Free. 11 am – 6 pm. Thru June 30. (4122 18th St.) www.magnetsf.org. A solo exhibit of drawings and videos with limited edition prints and posters. Harvey’s List for Men “Wine Time!” – Jake’s on Market. $15. 6 pm to 8pm. (2223 Market St.) A new gay men’s networking event: Sample great wine while mingling with friends and making new ones!
80’s Night – Cat Club. Free before 9:30 pm/$6 after. 9 pm to 2 am. (1190 Folsom St.) www.sfcatclub.com. A weekly 80’s dance party with two rooms and groovy dancing all night long. Dina Rao CD Release Party – Martuni’s. Free. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. (4 Valencia St.) www.dinarao.
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Pigs & Wigs BBQ Brunch – Rebel. 12 pm to 3 pm. (1760 Market St.) www.rebel-sf.com. Enjoy BBQ, drag queens and bottomless mimosas.
Katharine Cole – Ukiah Brewing Company. Free. 9 pm. (102 South State St., Ukiah) www.katharinecole.com. Sing along to favorite songs and enjoy new tunes. Lips Together, Teeth Apart – New Conservatory Theatre Center. $25. 8 pm. Thru July 1. (25 Van Ness Ave.) www.nctcsf.org. A gay community on Fire Island provides an unlikely backdrop for two straight couples who try to divert themselves with food, cocktails, and fireworks, all while a group of gay men party on next door.
Whistle Blowers – Exit Theater. $20. 8 pm. (156 Eddy St.) www. indistage.com. ‘A sexy comedy about modern love.’ Written by Matthew Todd and directed by Rooben Morgan. 8 Secrets to Loving Your Work – Career Wisdom Institute. $395. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. (Address upon RSVP) www.careerwisdominstitute.com. A self fulfillment work shop teaching participant tools to love their work. Limited to 10 spaces only. Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay – SF Main Library. Free. 9am to 8 pm. (100 Larkin St.) www.sfpl.org. Exhibit continues: Curated by Joey Cain; explores the life, ideas and contributions of Hay, who is considered the founder of the modern Gay Movement.
Sundayz – Beatbox. $8. 3 pm. (314 11th St.) www.beatboxsf.com. The best t-dance party in town with a newly renovated dance floor and state of the art sound system. Hi Top – Trigger. 9 pm to 2 am. (2344 Market St.) www.clubtrigger.com. Enjoy huge Long Island drink specials and hip hop music all night long.
American Idiot – Marines Memorial Theater. $25/$65. 7:30 pm. (609 Sutter St.) www.helpison-
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Dina Rao will be at Martuni’s on Thursday, June 28. www. dinarao.com. theway.org. The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) presents a special benefit cabaret with special guest Bruce Vilanch. Grease Sing Along – Castro Theatre. $15. 7 pm. (429 Castro St.) www.castrotheatre.com. Enjoy a good old fashion sing-along to this movie classic.
Funny Tuesdays – Harvey’s. Free. 9 pm. (500 Castro St.) www. harveyssf.com. Weekly LGBT comedy night, hosted by Ronn Vigh. Same Sex Dance Class – Boogie Woogie Ballroom. $16. 8 pm to 9 pm. (551 Foster City, Blvd., Foster City) www.boogiewoogieballroom.com. Each month covers a different dance starting with beginner material working up to intermediate.
4th of July Celebration – Pier 39. Free. 2 pm to 11 pm. (Pier 39 Beach St.) www.pier39.com. Celebrate Independence Day with live bands, food and festivities, with a fireworks show at 9:30 pm. BINGO – The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. $15 to play. 7 pm. (938 Alameda, San Jose) www.defrank.org. Early game starts at 6:30 pm. Wheelhouse – TheatreWorks. $19-69. 7:30 pm. (500 Castro St., Mountain View) www.theatreworks.org. A traveling rock band cuts back on expenses, hitting the highway in a well-worn Winnebago: When their plan backfires, it threatens the sweet harmonies that hold them together.
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4Bidden – The Cellar. $10. 10 pm to 2 am. (685 Sutter St.) www.cellarsf.com. The premier LGBT night for ladies every Thursday, a night you won’t forget! Tubesteak Connection – Aunt Charlie’s. $4. 10 pm. (133 Turk) www.auntcharlieslounge.com. Dance the night away to great music and a fun crowd at one of the best SF dive bars in town.
All-Male Strip Contest – Deco Lounge. Free. 10:30 pm (510 Larkin St.) www.deco-sf.com. An amateur strip contest with cash prizes; hosted by Miss Thang and Diva LaFever. “A Place at the Table: a Gathering of LGBT Text, Image, and Voice” – Bancroft Library, UC Berkley. Free. 10 am to 4 pm. Thru July 9. (Berkeley Campus, Berkley) 510-642-3781. Individuals use text, image and voice to transform unique and often difficult life experiences into beautiful and fierce works of art.
80’s Night – Cat Club. $6. 9 pm to 3am. (1190 Folsom St.) www. sfcatclub.com. Serving up drink specials and classic 80’s hits all night.
Eileen Goldberg Opening Exhibit – A Woman’s Eye Gallery. Free. Noon to 5 pm. (678 Portola Dr.) www.awegallery.com. Eileen’s work is minimal, abstract, and full of subtle detail and complexity: Color and translucency bring a richness and mystery to the work and add emotion.
Youth Group – Rainbow Community Center. Free. 1 pm-6:30 pm. (3024 Willowpass Rd., Concord) www.rainbowcc.org. Weekly youth support group happening every Saturday. Hayes Valley Follies – Marlena’s. Free. 10 pm. (488 Hayes St.) www.marlenasbarsf.com. A new weekly drag show with singing and performances from some of the
(ROSTOW continued from page 11) The copy may have been trite, but the headlines would grab you by the collar and pull you in. “Ten Steps to Perfect Health!” “Lose Five Pounds with these Five Tricks!” At any rate, this is all to explain why I pulled that AP story onto my desktop. Five reasons! What could they be? The reasons our losing streak may end are as follows: Reason one is because the authors think we have a chance of winning in Washington, which (obviously) is a tautology. Reason two is because Republicans are less opposed to same-sex marriage than they once were, which is basically a manifestation of the general trend in our favor. Reason three is because polls are moving in our direction, another tautology and a rehash of Reason two. Reason four is because the authors think we have a good chance of winning in Maine. See the comment on Reason one.
Reason f ive is t he impact of Obama’s personal statement in support of marriage equality, which could inspire voters in Washington and Maine. Alternatively, the authors hedge, it could antagonize the opposition. Um, whatever. I don’t know about you, but I was disappointed in the “five reasons.” But would I have bothered to read an article headlined: “Washington, Maine voters might support marriage equality in November?” Don’t think so. Case Open! Oops. I forgot to tell you about two more recently f iled federal lawsuits! Happily, it’s not too late. The A merican Civ il L iberties Union has f iled a federal suit in North Carolina, arguing that the Tobacco state’s refusal to allow gay parents to adopt their partner’s children is unconstitutional. If this just sounds like same-old same-old legalese to you, it’s really not. Increasingly, we are going into states like California, like Ne-
braska, like North Carolina, and challenging state-based policies under the U.S. Constitution. It’s a new tactic in several respects. It reminds me of cartoons where the naughty animal is increasingly bombarded by an evolving variety of ammunition until he or she curls up, defeated. In New York, meanwhile, a married lesbian has filed suit in federal court against a Catholic medical center in Westchester County, claiming that the center is hiding behind the Defense of Marriage Act in an illegal effort to withhold spousal employment benefits. Blue Cross Blue Shield is also named in the suit, which aims to become a class action case. Had I but space enough, and time, I would expound on the potential of a distracting debate over religious freedom. Lucky for you, I have neither, and I am now officially on vacation! –A new version of Ann’s column is available every week at sfbaytimes.com. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 29
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By Sister Dana Van Iquity S ister Dana thinks this month is all about pride, Pride, Pride, PR IDE , PRIDE!!! Can’t I have just one day of SHAME?! No, not really! I’m so full of queer pride I could pee a rainbow! Just look at a l l the events this proud nu n h a s at t ende d i n t he n a me of Pr ide! First t here was t he P r id e Pa r a d e f u nd r a i s er, “ B E SCENE,” at the W hotel, hosted by Grand Marshals Rebecca Prozan and Sister Roma. It was about being vocal, being out and being seen at t h i s fabu lous SF P r ide k ickof f. We d ined on delect able hors d’oeuvres and free cocktails provided by Pride’s sponsors. Tita A ida was t he femme fata le femcee. A sl ide show gave cont i nuous scenes f rom pa st pa r ades. A photo boot h g ave t he per fect souvenirs. Nex t wa s t he SF L GBT COM M U N I T Y C E N T E R’ S 10 T H BI RTH DAY BA SH w it h 4 f loors of celebration, including a Jose Cuer vo ma rg a r it a ba r a nd Barefoot w ine st at ion; t he Center’s a r t ex h ibit ion, “Ephemera
& Greatest Hits;” blown-up B&W photos on the 2 nd f loor (with an Easter-dressed Sister Dana in the far right bottom corner); scrumpt iou s fo o d ; a nd ent er t a i n ment int roduced by Center E xecut ive Di rector Rebecca Rol fe, hosted by rad io 99.7 NOW ’s Fer na ndo & Greg. DJ La Niche spun lively tunes. Kippy Marks and his nimble f i nger s pl ayed exot ic music a nd d a nced to h i s elect r ic v io lin. Sister Phyliss Withe-L itaday sang “Taylor the Latte Boy” (the s t or y of t he s i n g er ’s f l i r t at ion w ith a bar ista at Starbucks) and “ We A re a Family” from D reamg irl s. L eigh Crow por t rayed her drag k ing persona of Elv is Herselvis on ukulele singing Presley’s “Fools Rush In” and “Hey Good L ook i n’.” Et hel Mer ma n belted out “ M i n n ie t he Moocher” a nd U2’s “ I Wi l l Fol low.” Mom ma’s B oy z (a fou r some of d r a g k i n g r a p p e r s a n d h i p - h o p p e r s) d i d “ Drop It L i ke It’s Hot ;” “ Ju mp Around;” “I Like Big Butts;” and “Ice-Ice Baby.” Next it was the SA N FR A NCIS C O P R I DE F L AG - R A I S I NG CEREMONY with Mayor Edwin Lee & San Francisco Pride Comm it tee toget her w it h Trea su rer José Cisneros, Super v isor Dav id C a mp o s , Sup er v i s or C h r i st i n a O l a g u e , a n d S u p e r v i s or S c ot t W iener on t he Cit y Ha l l steps , with light refreshments following on the Mayor’s Balcony. P.O. PLUS showed great pride in celebrat ing the 30 th anniversar y of Castro’s ver y own neighborhood postal center with a wine
a nd ca napés recept ion onsite at 58 4 Ca st ro a nd19 t h St reet s. S en at or M a r k L eno g ave P.O. Plus a cer t if icate of recog n it ion and gave the good news that they passed t he State budget t he day before, w it h hopes G over nor Brown doesn’t veto it. Supervisor Scott Wiener presented a certif icate from the Board. A silent auct ion benef ited A I DS Emergency Fund. As we go to press, I will be attending many more Pride fundraisers, including the 5th Annual PRIDE K IC KOF F PA RT Y, Ju ne 21 st , 7-11pm at t he beaut i f u l B ent ly R e s e r v e , 3 01 B a t t e r y S t r e e t , hosted by M a rk R hoades. Food by K impton hotels. Open bar by Ketel One vod ka and Don Julio tequila. Special guests are the hilarious comics from the Chelsea Lately Show, Heather McDonald & Loni Love. It’s a fundraiser for the Victory Institute, which helps LGBTQ people run for polit ical of f ice. You can get tickets at VICTORY INSTITUTE.org/pride. A nd don’t miss Gar y Virg inia & Donna Sachet’s 14TH A NNUA L PR IDE BRUNCH presented by Wells Fargo, honoring the Grand M a r s h a l s of t he P r id e P a r a d e and benef iting Positive Resource C enter. Hotel W h it comb, 1231 Market Street, Saturday June 23, 11am-2pm. Tix $75 & up at positiveresource.org. 34TH A NNUA L PRIDE CONCERT is June 22nd at SF Conservator y of Music, 50 Oa k Street. T i x $15 - 3 0 at s f l g f b.or g. 7pm
show w ill include Har vey Milk: A Cantata by Jack Curtis Dubowsky; SF L esbian/Gay Freedom Band, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus; and Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble. 9 pm s how w i l l i nc lu d e Ha r v e y Milk: A Cantata; SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Ba nd; Oa k la nd-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus; San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus; and Lollipop Guild. “M I K E’S M E N: Sex, Guys and Videotape” is a hot, male erot ic a r t ex h ibit ion at M ag net health center’s galler y (18th and Castro Streets) by legendar y underground f ilmmaker and v isual artist Mike Kuchar, up till Saturday, June 30. In addition to the or ig i na l d r aw i ng s ( g reat to see up close for their incredible penMENship... although not af fordable to many), there are ver y affordable L imited Editions Prints (editions of 10 only) and a really fun color poster, “GAY HE A RT THROBS” for only $20 unsigned or $40 signed by artist (note the resemblance of “Dwayne” to vintage porn star, Peter Berlin!). Drama bin Laden premiered his latest work of gen ius, B ATGU Y I S DE A D: T HE DR AG S IC A L at the pop-up queer center, Faetopia. A ll hell breaks loose among notor ious G ot ha m Cit y v i l la i ns a f ter Bat ma n i s dec l a red dead. T he cit y is i n d ire t rouble w it h its protector gone. The dragsical is a format pioneered by Drama bin Laden - a multimedia stor ytelling adventure, a drag performance as a musical parody, with a f u l ly l ip - s y nc h i n g c a st (e ven
t he d ia log ue i s l ip - s y nched ). It starred Suppositori Spelli n g a s J O K E S T E R , Tr i x x POISON ie Carr as W I L L O W , R a y a L i g h t a s PROF. RIDDLE, Miss Rahni as C AT W I DOW, Gla m a more a s DR. SCA RECR A NE, La Monistat as THE BIR DM A N, Guido a s D O U B L E - FA C E , M u t h a Chucka as SLENDA, Chastity Bel le as PA PR IK A , Leo Forte as BA N E , a nd A mbrosia Sa l ad as GNA R L EY QU I N N. This rev iewer failed to heed the w a r n i n g not t o e at t he br ow n a c id , s o t he plot w a s d i f f ic u lt to comprehend, but there w a s a n i n s a n e a s y lu m , a ja i l , severa l murders, a tr ia l, and an electrocution. Was it all a dream? Or a beautiful nightmare?! UNPLUGGED was just 250 men of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus singing a cappella only to beat-boxer ext raord i na ire K id Beyond a nd an occasiona l piano. H igh l ights w e r e O n e R e p u b l i c ’s “ G o o d L ife,” “I f I L oved You,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “True Colors,” and two Harvey Milk-based or ig i na l s, “A ltoona, Pen ns ylvan i a” by 16 yea r old composer/ singer Ju l ia n Hor n i k a nd “Give ‘em Hope” by Joseph Martin and Pamela Stewar t. “Summer t ime” from Porg y and Bess was sung and beat-boxed beaut i f u l ly by Deke Sharon, producer of NBC’s talent show, The Sing- Of f a long w it h Vocal Minority. Sister Dana truly hopes to see all his readers decked out in their very prettiest, showiest, gaudiest Pride f inery!
(FRIEND continued from page 23) I love t hat music ca n completely capt u re a moment , a su m mer, a relat ionsh ip. I love t hat k i nd of memory. It’s what we do to make sure we know we’re not alone.” Asked for his playlist for the end of t he world, Carell said, jok ingly, that he would listen to “Jethro Tu l l — s o m e A q u a l u n g t o b e up beat—a nd Taylor Sw ift to feel a ll warm and fuzzy inside.” Which causes one to wonder how K nightley and Carell would fare in the face impending doom. K n i g ht ley apprec i a t ed t h a t her character was, “The sort of person who is able to go, ‘This moment is fabulous!’” in the face of death, d o o m a n d d e s t r u c t i o n . “ S h e ’s st uck in t he moment of her life, a nd doesn’t quite k now what direction to go, or whom she wants to be with, or where she wants to go, or where she wants to be. And the end of the world is happening at the same time. But that doesn’t stop where she is. I found it up lifting and positive. What it really says is what’s important, which is love and friendship and the wonder f u l moment s i n l i fe — not t he other moments.”
K nightley’s Penny has many wonder ful moment s — cook ing a nd smok ing pot in t he f ilm. Yet t he actress said she is not like Penny off screen. She admits to being capable of making “one-pot” dishes, like stews, and as for weed, admits with a smile, “I wouldn’t know.” Ma k ing t he f ilm did not prompt the actors to check things off their proverbia l bucket list . K night ley would decline making a rush trip to, say, visit Fiji. Instead, her reg ret s wou ld b e, “ Not sp end i n g enough time with the people you love.” Likewise, Carell said if the world were coming to an end, he wou ld w a nt to b e w it h h is fa m ily—his parents and his brot hers, a nd “ I ’d for a ge for ju n k food — Twinkies and Ho-Hos,” since eating healthy wouldn’t matter. When asked if they believe in the prophe c y of t he M ay a n C a len da r t hat sug gest s t he end of t he world in 2012, K night ley replied w it h her proper Br it ish reser ve, “I think they have a lack of imaginat ion.” Ca rel l d id n’t concu r at f i rst , “I do t h i n k it ’s a l l com i ng to an end,” he said in his patented deadpa n, before con f i r m i ng h is real thoughts, “No, I really don’t.
But what can you do about it? The mov ie is a met aphor to embrace l i fe. T h is is a n u n l i kely couple finding common ground.” K n ig ht ley w a s g lad to sha re t he ex p er ience of m a k i n g t he f i l m w it h t he comed ia n, about whom she sa id, “He ma kes you believe he’s on the verge of suicide and yet f i nds i ncred ibly f u n ny moment s in it.” Carell praised his co-star as “fine and sweet… [but] didn’t have the best breath.” He was talking, of cou rse, about t he dog na med Sor r y t hat Dodge adopt s before connecting with Penny. Speaking of animals, an amusing scene has Carell not killing a spider one night only to pay for that decision the next morning. When asked about his feelings about spiders— does he fear them, let them live, or kill them gleefully, he responded w it h a laugh of a ma ze ment, “That’s a substantive quest ion! ” A nd a n swered, “ I ’m l ive and let live.” Not unlike the characters in Seeki n g a F r i e n d , w ho sh a re a “ You Only Live Once” attitude. © 2012 Gary M. Kramer
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We Must Never Forget the Pink Triangle’s Tragic Origins By Patrick Carney The Nazis used the pink triangle to identify homosexual prisoners in concentration camps. The gay com mu n it y ha s si nce embr aced t he tr iangle, once an attempt to label and shame, as a positive and pride-af f irming symbol. However, in t he 19 3 0 ’s & 4 0 ’s , t here was not hi ng to celebrate c on c e r n i n g t he pink tr iangle. Gays were forced to wear the pink triangle on their jackets in the concentration camps to differentiate them as homosexual and to set them apart from other prisoners. Tr iangles of var ious colors were used to identify each categor y of “u ndesi r able:” yel low for Jew s, brown for Gypsies, red for political prisoners, purple for Jehovah’s Wit nesses, blue for imm ig rants, green for criminals, black for antisocials and pink for homosexuals. The pink tr iangles were sl ight ly larger than the other colored triangles so that guards could ident i f y t hem from a d ist a nce. It is said that those who wore the pink triangles were singled out by the guards to receive especially harsh treatment, and when the g uards were f i n i shed w it h t hem, some of the other inmates would harm them as well and turn their own despair and fur y on them. “Pink triangle prisoners were treated as the lowest of the low, apart from the Jews,” said Geof frey Giles, a history professor at the University of Florida and once a scholar-inresidence at t he U. S. Holocaust Memor ia l Museum in Wash ington, D.C. “A nd t heir deat h rate w a s h i gher t h a n ot her g r oups , apar t from t he Jews.” About 6 0 percent of the pink triangle prisoners didn’t survive the war, he said. T he stor ies of t he su r v ivor s revea l u n i m a g i n able c r uelt y a nd suf fer ing. It is t he same k ind of senseless, ir rat iona l hat red t hat st i l l hau nt s Gays, Jews, Black s, and other minor it ies today. The Taliban in A fghanistan required non-Muslims to wear identifying badges on their clothing, just as the Nazi’s required their “undesirables” to wear identifying logos so long ago. History repeats itself. At t he end of t he war when t he concentration camps were f inally liberated, virtually all of the prisoners were released except those who wore the pink triangle. Many of t hose w it h a pin k tr iangle on their jacket were put back in prison and the nightmare continued. They were also disqualif ied from receiving war reparations. It was not unt il 1969 that homosexualit y wa s decr i m i na l i zed i n West Germany, and only in 1994 were anti-gay statutes f inally abolished in the reunited Ger many. It has taken much longer in many other count r ies. I ndeed, t here is even much discrimination still in parts of t he U. S . ( ju st look at Nor t h Ca rol i n a’s recent elect ion) a nd t here a re even t hose ca l l i ng for the death of gays in Uganda, Malawi, Iraq, and Iran— where they recently hanged gays in a public square (my partner is Iranian so it is a good thing he is now here and no longer t here). It was not until 1985 that homosexuals murdered by the Nazis received their f irst publ ic ack nowledgement in a speech by West German Presi-
dent R icha rd von Wei zsa ker. It w a s 2 0 0 2 b e for e ho mo s e x u a l s conv icted by t he Nazis were off icia l ly pa rdoned by Ger ma ny’s parliament. Why were gays a target of persecution by the Nazis? It turns out it was more t han just homopho bia. Ted Phillips, the director of ex h ibit ions at t he Un ited States Holocaust Memor ial Museum in Washington D.C., states that most gays were seen as a threat to the Nazis ideolog y of racial purity by not pa r t ic ipat i ng i n t he prol i ferat ion of t he A r yan R ace. The regime wanted men to reproduce for the future of the countr y, its work force, its mi l itar y, and t he continuation of the ideal-race in the v iew of the Nazis, who were A r ya n s of Nord ic descent . T he Na z i s d id n’t st r ive, i n it i a l ly at le a st , t o a n n i h i l at e homo s e x u a ls t hemselves, but to el im inate t heir behav ior — ostensibly because it impeded the objective of r e pr o duc i n g t he m a st er A r y a n r a c e. T he Na z i s b e l ie ve d t h at t hey cou ld “re - educ ate” homo sexua l pr imar i ly t hrough forced labor, “to become re-productive, not just product ive, members of society,” Phillips said. Only men who were found guilt y of hav ing seduced more than one male partner were intentionally worked to death at the camps.” T her e wer e ot her rea son s g ay s were seen as a threat. In the early 20 th Centur y, there was a thriving, modern, open and lively gay com mu n it y i n Berl i n; fol low i ng W W I, some people labeled t hat k ind of moder nit y decadent and blamed it as one of the causes for Germany’s defeat in that war. Bet ween t he t wo world wars ca me the establishment of the Weimar Republic. The German economy declined for a variety of reasons, but the Nazis used the misfortune as a wedge issues to help gain power. They often used scapegoating to publically blame a lot of the nat ion’s problems on Jews and t he Homosexua ls. T he T h ird Reich targeted Gays early. In 1933, gay men and sex workers were sent to t he c onc ent r at ion c a mps . Fou r years later wou ld come t hose of Jewish decent and then the various other targeted groups of “undesirables” soon followed. L e sbi a n s wer e not s p e c i f ic a l l y t a rgeted for who t hey were a nd wer e not subjec ted to t he pi n k triangle. However, some lesbians were put in concentration camps a nd wore a black t r ia ngle. T he black triangle was mainly for ant i-socia ls (sor t of a catch a l l for non- con for m ist s) a nd t hose les bians who could not be forced to reproduce for t he A r yan Master
Race were locked up for wh at t he regime determine d was antisocia l behav ior since procreation of A r yans was a pr i me g oa l of t he Na z i s . Most women cou ld be forced, i f neces sary, to be breeders (unfortunately and trag ica l ly t h r ou g h r a p e) , men could not and therefore the men who cou ld n’t be “re trained as breeders” were seen as a t h r e at wor t hy of deat h. Even t hou g h i nd i v id ua l lesbia ns were gener a l ly not targeted for simply being gay, the highly advanced German lesbian s ub - c u lt u r e w a s l a r g e l y e l i m i nated. Until that time there was a ver y sophisticated and well established lesbian community with numerous publications, bars, cafes, nightclubs. That was not allowed to survive within society at that time.
been lost on many. Because “those who forget h i stor y a re doomed to repeat it,” we continue to display the Pink Triangle atop Twin Peaks. It is important to keep alive the memor y of all the Holocaust v ict ims and to remind ever yone of the consequences of unchecked hatred. The test of any democracy is how well it treats its minorities. T he T h i rd Reich demon st r ates how easily a government can devise minority scapegoats. Branding homosexuals as criminals let many other Germans feel comfortable looking the other way, while the Nazis went about their torture, incarceration and murder.
In recent years the pink triangle has been recla imed as an international symbol of the gay rights movement. Gay activists appropriated the pink triangle, transforming it from a badge of d iscr imination into a symbol of def iance, resilience and pride, but we must never forget its tragic origins. That is why the Twin Peaks installation is so important. We must remind people of the hatred and prejudice of the past to help educate others a nd prevent it f rom happen i ng again. What happened in the Holocaust must not be forgotten and must not be repeated.
W hy do so ma ny not k now t hat homosexuals were targeted in the Holoc aust a nd not k now where t he P i n k Tr i a n g le c a me f r om ? Gerard Koskovich, a curator and fou nd i ng member of t he GL BT H istor ica l Societ y i n Sa n Fra ncisco, commented t hat a fter t he wa r t here wa s no push by g ay s for a public memor y of their ordeal in the concentrat ion camps out of fear they would be arrested again if they brought the subject up. There also was continued homophobia even among others who su r v ived t he Holo c au st i n t h at “such people” deser ved to be in pr ison. The harsh realit y is that the Nazis were not the only ones capable of extreme prejudice towards homosexuals. Twelve years after the war, as many gays were ar rested as dur ing t he T h ird Reich. Under the Nazis, Jews were targeted as a class and an entire people were selected for genocide. However, g ay s were select ively targeted based upon an individual’s perceived threat to the establ ishment. T hey were persecuted by the Nazis on “behavioral,” not racial, grounds. 90,000 suspected homosex ua l s were l i sted i n t he pol ice f i les. T here were 50,0 0 0 conv ict ions, and of the approx im ately 5,0 0 0 who were sent to the concentration camps, 60% of them died. Paragraph 175 of the G er ma n st at ute t hat or ig i na l ly cr iminalized homosexual behavior as a minor of fense was tightened u nder t he Na zis so t hat it became a felony. That statute was used as a basis for discrimination and persecution of homosexuals, and it is why so many of those targeted who survived remained quiet unt il it was repealed 24 years after the war. T he l i st of s y stemat ic, del iberate and wel l- orchestrated exterminations is a long one. The Armenian Genocide of 1915 - 1918 in the Ottoman Turkish Empire, the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the ethnic cleansi n g of B o s n i a a nd t he S ud a n , a nd nu mer ou s ot her g eno c id a l ca mpa ig ns a re test a ment of t he world’s complacency. Who will be next? It seems the lessons of the Holocaust and the Pink Triangle have BAY T IM ES JUNE 21, 2012 31
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