United by Pride
38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride
Parade & Celebration - 06.28/29.2008
In this issue:
- Music and
Performance in the City by the Bay
- Virgin America Proudly Supports the San
Francisco Pride Parade &
- Iranian Lesbian Asylum-Seeker Faces Deportation in
- Grand Marshal Nominees Announced
- Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted Room Rates
- Pride Night at Teatro Zinzanni
- Same-Sex Marriage
Ban Hits California Supreme Court
- Curve magazine + Dani Campbell:
Issue Release Party
- Hotel Whitcomb
Music and Performance in the City by the Bay
where one is from and what one's interests are, one person's reaction to a city
can be very different from another's. One thing that everyone can agree upon is
that San Francisco is a city with many faces. Indeed, there could be no better
way to describe the City by the Bay.
Visitors to and
aficionados of San Francisco's famous Haight District (known more commonly to
non-Bay Area residents simply by its iconic intersection "Haight-Ashbury") would
find as no surprise that the City has a rich rock and punk music heritage,
having been home to the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Dead Kennedys,
||The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band|
Photo Credit: Jane Cleland
But rock is not
the only musical genre to which San Francisco has made a significant
contribution. The Fillmore District is also widely renowned for the
contributions of African-American musicians and artists to the city's jazz
legacy. Jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Louis
Armstrong all performed in the Fillmore District. A recent resurgence in
independently owned jazz clubs in the area are a sure draw for any music fan and
a continuation of this neighborhood's contribution to the fabric of the City's
arts and culture.
San Francisco is
also home to the world's first openly LGBT musical organization the San
Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, which was founded with the intent of having
a marching band to perform in the annual Pride celebration. San Francisco also
features a number of other LGBT music groups such as the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of
San Francisco, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and the Gay, Lesbian & Allied
Musicians Youth Choir, among others.
avant garde artist community is perhaps a key marker of the city's identity. San
Francisco is home to a thriving theater improvisation community. Locals also
take pride in the grass roots performing arts community that has staged a number
of stirring and successful productions by local artists that began with
performances in garages to small, intimate audiences.
Also of note in
the City's vibrant arts scene is the Oberlin Dance Company (ODC) and Robert
Moses' Kin. Both dance companies have helped carve an undeniably San Franciscan
imprint into the national contemporary dance scene. These companies are a
must-see for any dance enthusiast.
information about where to stay and how to get around San Francisco, visit our
Hotel & Visitor's Guide on the San Francisco Pride website.
Virgin America Proudly Supports the
San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration
We are making
flying good again and bringing great service back to the skies.
Let's not forget
style, entertainment and relaxation - all for an astonishingly reasonable fare.
MUSIC. TV. GAMES.
MOVIES. AND MORE. THIS IS HOW TO FLY.
Grab a seat at
As San Francisco's hometown airline, Virgin America will
serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation, and up to 30 cities
within five years. Virgin America's base of operations is San Francisco
International Airport's ultra-modern, spacious and convenient International
Terminal, which was completed in 2000. The airline's brand-new Airbus
A320-family aircraft offer guests their own interactive in-flight entertainment
systems, plugs for laptops and other portable electronic devices and a host of
other innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel and bringing a little
fun back to flying.
Iranian Lesbian Asylum-Seeker Faces Deportation in Britain
An Iranian lesbian who fled Iran for the United Kingdom
after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death may face deportation,
London's The Independent is reporting. The Independent reports that Pegah
Emambakhsh, 40, had come to the UK in 2005 after her partner had been arrested
by Tehran police. Under the Iranian Islamic Punishment Act, lesbians found
guilty of sexual relations with other women can receive sentences of up to 100
lashes. Third-time offenders may receive a death sentence.
Photo Credit: Outrage! London
Emambakhsh may be
forcibly returned to Iran after losing her latest attempt for asylum status,
which came just days after a rising tide of public outcry surrounding a gay
Iranian teenager - also seeking asylum in the UK - who fears execution if he is
returned to his home country.
19 year-old Mehdi
Kazemi fled to the Netherlands after the UK Home Office denied his application
for asylum. A Dutch Court later mandated Kazemi's return to the UK citing the
European Union's constitutional requirement that the country where a foreign
national first enters the EU be the country responsible for processing any
asylum claims lodged by that immigrant.
Both cases have
provoked public outcry and Kazemi's case even caught the attention of the
European Parliament. LGBT rights groups claim that Emambakhsh and Kazemi's cases
are but a few examples of dozens of cases regarding LGBT asylum-seekers in
Emambakhsh's and Kazemi's cases, the Home Office indicated that so long as
Iranian LGBTs remain 'discreet' about their sexuality, they would not be
persecuted. The implication is that the Home Office need not guarantee Iranian
LGBT people asylum in the UK since LGBT persecution could theoretically be
avoided by being discreet.A widely supported resolution by the
European Parliament urging the UK to support Kazemi's asylum claim caused the
Home Office to agree to review the circumstance of the case and to temporarily
reverse the denial of Kazemi's claim. No news has yet been announced as to
whether Emambakhsh's case will receive a similar review.
Grand Marshal Nominees Announced
The official slate of candidates for Community Grand
Marshals in both the Individual and Organization categories as well as for
the Pink Brick has
been announced for 2008. Cast your vote or access a printable mail-in
ballot here (para una versión de la papeleta electoral en español, haga click aquí).
Anyone, anywhere may participate in the voting process; however, all ballots
must be received by March 31.
Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted
We are pleased to offer discounted Pride Rates
at our San Francisco Joie de Vivre Hotels! Book prior to June 1, 2008 and
receive a pair of Parade Grandstand tickets, a $70 value, free of charge
(subject to availability). Reservations can be made by clicking here or ask for
the SF Pride Rate when you call and book your stay.
Corporate Office: 530 Bush Street San Francisco
Suite 501, CA 94109 www.jdvhotels.com
Joie de Vivre Hotels is the largest boutique hotel company
in California. Our unique collection of over thirty five high-design and very
gay-friendly hotels, restaurants and spas are located in San Francisco, Marin
County, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Big Sur with new hotels opening soon in
Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Studio City, Venice Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach
and beyond. Whether you are traveling for business or Pride, planning a
vacation, romantic getaway, or special event, we have a hotel uniquely suited to
Pride Night at Teatro Zinzanni
Join the GGBA & San Francisco Pride as we
celebrate an evening of Pride, networking, and fun!
Thursday, March 27
Pier 29 on The Embarcadero
invites the LGBT community to experience a bewitching evening of European
Cabaret and Cirque, Divas and Madmen, Spectacle and Sensuality with Live Music
and a Gourmet Five-Course Dinner - set in the nightclub of your dreams!
Celebrate the Queer community with Teatro Zinzanni!
Tickets for this
spectacular event are discounted at $99 and space is limited. To purchase your
tickets call TZ's box office at 415-438-2668. Click here for more
information.At issue in the present case in California's highest court is whether
California's ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution by denying
equal protection under the law on the basis of sexual orientation. Jennifer
Pizer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, has indicated, "California's
Constitution promises each of us equality under law and freedom to marry and
create a family without undue government interference. These guarantees of
equality and individual liberty do not have a sexual orientation limitation - a
'gay exception,' if you will. They are promised to each and every one of us,
straight and gay alike. When a law denies a minority group of California
families their constitutional rights to equality and liberty - and labels them
as unworthy of full participation in society - especially in a core institution
like marriage - the state must have a darned good reason."
Challenge to Same-Sex
Marriage Ban Hits California Supreme Court
The California Supreme Court heard closing arguments about
the state's ban on same-sex marriage on March 4. The opening arguments have come
on the heels of the 4-year anniversary of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's
order allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples in what has
been dubbed the "Winter of Love." It was in August of that same year that the
state Supreme Court nullified those marriage certificates, which brought on a
series of legal challenges that have since been working their way through the
Curve magazine + Dani Campbell:
Issue Release Party
Celebrate the release of Curve magazine's April issue.
Party with smokin' hot Cover Girl Dani Campbell star of MTV's, 'A Shot at Love
with Tila Tequila.'
Hosted by Curve relationship advice columnists Lipstick &
Dipstick with sexy performances by LA's lesbian burlesque troupe The Pin Up
Dance the night
away with DJ Chelsea Starr, and Curve, the nation's best-selling lesbian
magazine. March 28 from 9pm-1am at the stylish Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco.Click here:
to get your tickets now! Only $20 in advance, $30 at the door (if available) 18+
The Hotel Whitcomb is a masterpiece of early nineteenth
century architecture. Our rooms feature wireless Internet, on-demand movies, and
has over 20,000 sq feet of meeting space. The hotel is with-in walking distance
of Civic Center and minutes away from Union Square, Moscone Center, Fisherman's
Wharf and The Embarcadero.
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