www.sfpride.org  SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #23: 5.01.08
Bound for Pride
38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.28/29.2008

In this issue:

- Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Groups on the Attack in California, Arizona
- Virgin America Proudly Supports the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration
Make the Float of Your Dreams: Free Float Building Workshop
- Grand Stand Seating Tickets Go on Sale Today
- Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted Room Rates
- Volunteering at SF Pride is a Great Way to Support the Community
- Vendor & Parade Applications Being Accepted for the 2008 Pride Celebration
Advertise in Pocket Pride
- Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
- Family Day at the Museum of the African Diaspora on Pride Weekend
Intergenerational Writers' Series: Passing on the Pen
- Great Art Speaks to You and This Summer it's Saying, "Come to San Francisco"
- SFMTA Proud Sponsor of SF Pride & Your Partner in Transit

The last day to submit a Parade application materials is June 6. For more information, check out the Parade section of our website here.

 Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Groups on the Attack in California, Arizona

Anti-LGBT groups announced this week that they have gathered enough signatures to qualify a same-sex marriage ban amendment for the November ballot in California.

In a press release available through their website, Equality California said this of the signature drive:

"Extremist anti-LGBT organizations spent an unprecedented amount of money to pay people to collect signatures and are now saying that they succeeded in buying their way onto the November ballot."

The pro-amendment organization ProtectMarriage.com, according to sources, turned in more than 1.1 million signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.  The measure needs at least 694,354 valid signatures to qualify.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has already come out against the initiative, calling it a "waste of time."

While anti-same-sex marriage organizations in California gathered voter signatures for their initiative, Arizona groups are pushing the state legislature to place an anti-same-sex marriage measure on their state ballot.

Arizona was the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships in 2006. 

The Arizona House gave preliminary approval on April 22 for the measure that would place the marriage issue on the ballot.  Similar efforts to exclude gay and lesbian couples from marriage are now likely to appear on the Tennessee and Florida November ballots as well.

A writer for Beliefnet.com suggested that these ballot initiatives may reflect an intent to draw anti-LGBT voters to the polls during this year's Presidential election.


 Virgin America Named Official Airline of San Francisco Pride
San Francisco's Hometown Airline Announces Partnership with San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration

Virgin America, the California-based carrier dedicated to making flying good again, announced a partnership with SF Pride, the nation's largest LGBT event. As the "Official Airline of SF Pride," Virgin America will partner with the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee for the world-famous, one- of-a-kind SF Pride Parade and Celebration.

"As San Francisco's hometown airline, we actually thought: how could we not be the official airline of SF Pride?" said Porter Gale, Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America. "SF Pride and the spirit that surrounds the celebration have literally defined the San Francisco community for more than 30 years, and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of this incredible tradition and support SF Pride's important work to educate and celebrate the LGBT community."

Virgin America is proud to partner with SF Pride for a memorable presence at the parade (complete with a contingent of Virgin America teammates), and to welcome on board those traveling from all over the country who will take part in the festivities. Special SF Pride guests will kick off their journey to the event in fabulous style on board Virgin America's planes, which feature nightclub-like moodlighting, custom-designed leather seats and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the U.S.

"SF Pride celebrates the diversity and depth of the San Francisco community," said Mikayla Connell, Board President of the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee "We are thrilled to have Virgin America as our official domestic airline sponsor. Virgin America's commitment to make flying good again echoes SF Pride's commitment to produce an event that makes a difference."

SF Pride Board President Mikayla Connell (far left) and Supervisor Bevan Dufty (far right) together with the the Virgin America Team.
Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

This year marks the 38th Anniversary of SF Pride, which will be held on the weekend of June 28th and 29th, 2008. Guests flying to the event on Virgin America can check out the airline's unique, tech-savvy entertainment options via the Red video touch-screen at every seat. Red allows guests to order food or a cocktail, watch one of 25 movies or live TV (from Bravo to E!), play a videogame, create a playlist from 3,000 MP3s or even meet new friends via seat-to-seat chat.

Virgin America currently flies to seven cities with daily flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, SFO to SEA, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD and LAX to SEA


 Make the Float of Your Dreams: Free Float Building Workshop

Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

Designing a parade float can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Now you have the chance to take the pain our of the process and get in on the industry secrets at our upcoming workshop.  Take the mystery and guesswork out of the design and implementation process.

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee will produce their FREE float building workshop on Saturday, May 10th at 11:00 AM.

This will be a basic nuts and bolts session about planning and execution.  You can RSVP to Parade Manager Marsha H. Levine at parade@sfpride.org with the names of your representatives (four maximum) and the name of your organization. We will send you the location and other information.

For other questions, please email Marsha H. Levine, Parade Manager at parade@sfpride.org.

Please check out the information in Float Resource Program section of our website here.


 Grand Stand Seating Tickets Go on Sale Today

Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

See the Parade up close and personal!

Grandstand tickets go on sale starting Thursday, May 1, 2008.  

To purchase Grand Stand Seating tickets online, please visit:

Online ticket sales end June 19, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person prior to the event at the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Box Office located at the LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market Street, 1st Floor. The box office is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday. It is advisable to call before dropping by at 415-865-2787.

Ticket sales at the Box Office will end on June 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the Grand Stands on June 29 for $35.00.

Tickets are $30 (plus a $1 processing fee). Accessibility tickets are available on a sliding scale and come with one partner ticket also available on a sliding scale .

People from the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community may also request accessibility tickets by contacting Clint at deaflgbtpride@gmail.com

Please keep in mind that your space is subject to re-sale if you are not seated by 11:00 a.m.

There are no shaded areas in the grand stands. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring along a hat and sunscreen. Please do not block the view of those people behind you.

There will be a beverage and food area behind the Grand Stands.


General Seating Ticket: $31.00
Accessibility Ticket: Sliding scale
Accessibility Partner Ticket: Sliding scale
 Joie de Vivre Offers Discounted Room Rates

The lobby at the newly renovated Hotel Kabuki, a tranquil and serene escape in the heart of Japan town

A circle suite The Hotel Vitale, San Francisco's only luxury waterfront hotel

A guestroom at Americania Hotel, one of the 3 hip newly remodeled Joie de Vivre properties South of Market.

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.

Joie de Vivre Hospitality
Corporate Office: 530 Bush Street San Francisco Suite 501, CA 94109 www.jdvhotels.com 800.738.7477

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 your personality.

 From Outside the Bay Area? Make Friends as a Volunteer at SF Pride

Register to volunteer online.


Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration happen.

Because of the support of our volunteers, San Francisco Pride does not have to charge an entrance fee to the Parade or Celebration, keeping the event free and open to people of all financial means.

Signing up to volunteer is also a great way for people visiting San Francisco to meet other members of the community.  San Francisco Pride Volunteers have the opportunity to work with other community-minded individuals while having fun at the largest LGBT gathering in the United States.

To apply to volunteer, please fill out our online application. For more information about the many volunteer opportunities available, visit the volunteer section of our website.

Any questions may be submitted to our Volunteer Coordinator Brendan Behan at volunteers@sfpride.org.


 Vendor & Parade Applications Being Accepted for the 2008 Pride Celebration
Photo Credit: Bill Wilson
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is accepting applications for Booth Spaces & Parade Contingents for the 2008 two-day Pride Celebration and Parade.

Visit: http://register.sfpride.org to register to participate in this year's celebration.

For Parade questions, please e-mail: parade@sfpride.org.

For Exhibitor questions, or questions concerning the online registration form for either exhibitors or parade contingents, please e-mail: exhibitor@sfpride.org or call (415) 389-1515.


 Advertise in Pocket Pride
Proposed 2008 Pocket Pride cover

Pocket Pride, a concise guide of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration, was a huge success at San Francisco LGBT Pride 2007 and will once again be distributed at San Francisco Pride LGBT Pride 2008. Advertising in Pocket Pride will bring even more visibility to those participating at the event or allow those not at the event to reach thousands of attendees. More information can be found at: pocketpride.sfpride.org. For additional information email exhibitor@sfpride.org or call (415) 389-1515.


 Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel

A view of the Renoir Hotel along the Pride Parade route.

Renoir Hotel
45 McAllister Street (at Market)
SF, CA  94102

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

Special Pride Rate $169 per night, June 27-29, 2008
Single/double occupancy, +14% tax, 3-night minimum and prepayment required for stays including Saturday and Sunday night.

Additional nights: $119-$159. Additional person: $15. Superior rooms $219 (limited availability).

The Renoir Hotel*** on Market Street offers the best views of San Francisco's annual Parade and is only steps away from the Pride Festival. 133 comfy rooms with high-speed wireless internet access. Relax with specialty cocktails or get your groove on with San Francisco's best DJs spinning to a vibrant and fun-loving crowd at the Renoir's new lounge/nightclub Etiquette. All public transportation options including the BART U.N. Plaza/Civic Center stop and the F-Line Historic Streetcar are just outside our doorsteps taking our guests conveniently to both OAK/SFO international airports and the Castro. For more information, visit us online at www.renoirhotel.com.


 Family Day at the Museum of the African Diaspora on Pride Weekend
Join San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in part I of their Family Day programming for the exhibition, Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera. Come to the 3rd Floor Education Center to learn about cyanotypes, an early photographic process, and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Check out more information on MoAD website.


2008 Intergenerational Writers' Series: Passing on the Pen

GLBT Organizations Build Bridges Between Generations of GLBT Storytellers
March 23 - December 9, 2008
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society and the Lambda Literary Foundation have joined forces to celebrate the contributions of three generations of GLBT Storytellers. The two organizations will host a series of conversations, entitled “Passing On The Pen,” designed to pair some of the pioneers of GLBT literature with today’s emerging GLBT storytellers.
(More Information here)


 Great Art Speaks to You and This Summer it's Saying, "Come to San Francisco"
San Francisco will have the works by some of the most recognizable names in the art world simultaneously on display in the summer of 2008. Frida Kahlo, Dale Chihuly, Mary Cassatt and the Ming Dynasty are all names synonymous with the pinnacle of their art forms and they all can be experienced and enjoyed from June to September 2008...only in San Francisco www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com. Right on the heels of the 75th anniversary season of the San Francisco Ballet, the opening of a new museum, and a quartet of major exhibitions include:

· San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum; opens June 8. For more information, call 415-655-7800 or visit www.thecjm.org.
· Frida Kahlo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; June 14-Sept. 28. For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415-357-4000.
· Chihuly at the de Young; June 14-Sept. 28. For more information, visit www.famsf.org or call 415-750-3600.
· Women Impressionists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès and Marie Bracquemond at the Legion of Honor; June 21-Sept. 21. For more information, visit www.thinker.org or call 415-750-3600.
· Power & Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty, at the Asian Art Museum; June 27-Sept. For more information, visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes the destination's arts and cultural programs in concert with presenting sponsor CityPass San Francisco; VISA; and official airline sponsor Virgin America.


 SFMTA Proud Sponsor of SF Pride & Your Partner in Transit
The SFMTA's Muni is one of America's oldest public transit agencies, the largest in the Bay Area and seventh largest system in the United States. It currently carries more than 200 million riders annually. Operating historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches and the world famous cable cars, Muni's fleet is among the most diverse in the world.

Remember - wherever you go in San Francisco make it a green & safe trip - walk, ride share, bike and ride Muni.


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