Get Engaged! SF Pride E-Newsletter -- If you are having trouble viewing this message, click here.                                                                      SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #26: 6.24.08
Get Engaged!
38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration - 06.28/29.2008

In this issue:
- The Black Triangle: Women's History Eclipsed?
Crystal Waters, Inaya Day, Kat DeLuna: Check out the 2008 Main Stage Line-Up

- Celebrate Your Pride with Comcast
- Chantal Chamandy
- Five Ways to Watch the SF Pride Parade Broadcast
Win a Palm« Centro™ smartphone!
- Get Engaged! Wedding Pavilion
Experience Classic San Francisco at InterContinental Mark Hopkins
- Your California Photo Contest
artSpace: MEZăL├O presenta Kalayaan (Freedom) Performance
- Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
- Thank You to Our Friends and Sponsors
- Going, Going, Gone: Grand Stand Seating Ticket Sales End Soon
- The Hotel Whitcomb
- Air New Zealand
- The Inside Scoop: Donate at Event Gates to Receive Beverage Discount
- Vendor Applications Accepted Until June 25
- Yelp!
- Red Bull, 2008 San Francisco Featured PRIDE Parties not be Missed

- Stanislaus PRIDE Day - September 27, 2008

 The Black Triangle: Women's History Eclipsed?

Within the world of LGBT symbolism, the pink triangle has taken a major position.  Once used to identify gay male detainees in Nazi concentration camps, the pink triangle has since come to be reclaimed as a symbol of pride and group identity.  Far less ubiquitous, however, is the black triangle, which was the Nazi symbol given to “anti-socials,” primarily lesbians or women suspected of being lesbian.

Unlike the pink triangle, the black triangle encompassed a more amorphous grouping of people.  Unmarried mothers, prostitutes, and women who had abortions were also among the “anti-socials” counted under the designation. Lesbians, however, represent the best documented victims of the black triangle classification.

Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 had ushered in a new politics of male dominance.  Women were removed from public leadership, and employers could fire women workers at their discretion.  Philosopher Ernst Bergmann called for lesbians to be “compulsorily mated in order to cure them.”  Throughout the 30s, the Nazi government forced hundreds of lesbians into marriages with men.

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 Crystal Waters, Inaya Day, Kat DeLuna: the 2008 Main Stage Line-Up

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Main Stage's programming pairs speakers from the frontlines of the LGBT civil rights struggle with up-and-coming, cutting-edge performers.

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee announced on June 20th  the Saturday and Sunday line-ups for the 2008 Main Stage. Among the headliners rank a mix of talented women of color including Meshell Ndegeocello, Crystal Waters, Inaya Day, and Kat DeLuna. Also, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Celebrity Grand Marshal Cyndi Lauper will make a special appearance on the Main Stage.

In addition, leaders of the marriage equality movement, Kate Kendell, Executive Director of NCLR and Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California, will join the exciting line-up of Main Stage Speakers. Molly McKay, activist for Marriage Equality will also speak on Saturday and Sunday.

Also on Sunday, June 29, get your "Cuchi! Cuchi!" fix with Charo on stage at 12:40 p.m., and at 1:15 p.m see the ever-talented performer extraordinaire Margaret Cho.

Meshell Ndegeocello
R&B funkstress Meshell Ndegeocello headlines the Main Stage's Saturday, June 28 at 3:40 p.m. and is making her first appearance at an LBGT Pride event.

Crystal Waters
Crystal Waters is a dance music singer and songwriter who is perhaps most known for her 90s hits, "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)," "100% Pure Love," and "Say ... If You Feel Alright." She takes to the Main Stage Sunday, June 29 at 4:05 p.m.

Inaya Day

Inaya Day, who will appear on the Sunday Main Stage at 4:55 p.m., has been at the forefront of the dance scene since 1996. 


Kat DeLuna

DeLuna's musical blends hip-hop, R&B, merengue, pop, Latin, jazz, electronica, and dance.  You can catch Kat on the Main Stage at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Information about Pride's Main Stage acts and the most current artist set times are available at


 Celebrate Your Pride with Comcast

Celebrate your PRIDE with Comcast!  Watch the 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade LIVE on Comcast Channel 99.  On June 29th at 10:30am the Pride Parade will be aired live on the Comcast network.  All you need is Comcast TV service and a Digital Box to bring home the festivities: Get the Comcast Triple Play – Digital Cable, High Speed Internet and Comcast Digital Voice (your new home phone service)!  Comcast will have complete real time coverage of the 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade for everyone to enjoy!  It doesn’t stop there; the live version of the Pride Parade will be available On Demand to watch whenever you want.  If you have not already subscribed to Comcast Service, call 1-800-COMCAST or go to today to learn more about Comcast Products and Services. 


Comcast celebrates diversity and is committed to working together with the LGBT Community Center on the fight for equality.  Comcast is a proud sponsor of the San Francisco’s 38th Annual Pride Festival and Parade. 


 Chantal Chamandy

International singer/songwriter Chantal Chamandy shows her support for the LGBT community and San Francisco Pride with a special performance on Pride's Main Stage on Sunday afternoon.  Honored to be the only western singer to ever perform and record a concert in front of the pyramids in Giza, Chantal is taking her international success stateside so Americans can enjoy what the rest of the world has for years.  On her latest release, the live CD/DVD release “Beladi: A Night at the Pyramids”, Chamandy’s voice evokes the misty romanticism of a night beneath the Arabian stars as she promoter her message of peace through culture. For more information about Chantal, visit  


 Five Ways to Watch the SF Pride Parade Broadcast

LIVE Broadcast:
On Bay Area Comcast 99 (Digital) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LIVE Webcasts:

- KRON 4 at and
- Clear Channel Radio on Live & Uncensored from 10:00 a.m. to the end

Prime Time:
KRON 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

On Comcast: On Demand starting at 7:00 p.m.

 Win a Palm« Centro™ smartphone!

AT&T and Palm will be giving away sleek new Centro smartphones every hour during the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration. Visit the AT&T Digital Clubhouse for complete rules and while you’re there check out the latest products like the new Jawbone Bluetooth« headset or just sit back and enjoy AT&T Advanced TV or surf the web with AT&T High Speed Internet access. The AT&T Digital Clubhouse is open to the public and located just in front of City Hall.

2008 Palm, Inc. All rights reserved. Palm and Centro are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

 Get Engaged! Wedding Pavilion at SF Pride

Come celebrate the recent victory for marriage equality at the Get Engaged! Wedding Pavilion at the Pride Celebration in Civic Center Plaza near the intersection of Fulton and Larkin.  Get all the answers you need about marriage rights, meet and greet civil rights leaders, and get engaged with the movement to defend marriage equality for all couples on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.  Enjoy cake and champagne toasts, play the "newly wed game," play games for singles--and perhaps meet your future partner--, listen to wedding music, and and celebrate the marriage victory together with the community.

For more information about the California Supreme Court marriage decision and other information, check out our Marriage Resources page on the SF Pride website.


 Experience Classic San Francisco at InterContinental Mark Hopkins
As splendid now as when it opened to great fanfare in 1926, InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is one of the city's finest hotels. From its French Chateau and Spanish Renaissance architecture to the historic murals in the Room of the Dons to the hotel's crown jewel, the Top Of The Mark sky-bar, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is the grand dame of classic San Francisco. Conveniently located at the crest of illustrious Nob Hill and at the crossing of three cable car lines, the venerable landmark is minutes from Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District, and a short ride to Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A unique feature of the winged building is that all 380 guest rooms face outward, boasting spectacular views and are adorned with fine fabrics, rich woods, and first class amenities. The hotel's five luxury suites are reminiscent of a fine home or estate. Each suite is elaborately furnished in a unique style, filled with luxury appointments and original art representing the city's diverse and international cultural heritage.

Take advantage of the following discounted rates offered by the InterContinental Mark Hopkins during the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration weekend: Standard Guest Rooms are priced at $189 plus tax.

Upgrade to one of our Deluxe Guestrooms at the rate of $229 plus tax.

Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Area in our new "View Room" for only $269 plus tax. Last but not least, book a Club Floor Room at $289 plus tax and enjoy complimentary access to the Club InterContinental Lounge also! All rates are for single and or double occupancy and subject to San Francisco hotel tax currently at 14%. To book, please visit


 Your California Photo Contest

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.

Upload your California photos June 1-August 31 for a chance to win hotel stays for a year!

 artSpace: MEZăL├O presenta Kalayaan (Freedom) Performance

The artSpace is proud to announce three special performances at the SF Pride artSpace in Civic Center Plaza.

"MEZăL├O presenta Kalayaan (Freedom) Performance"
by Giovanni Ortega

"Kalayaan" is a performance piece dealing with the acceptance of being gay in Islamic Southeast Asia. It infuses  traditional music, movement and spoken word that represents the struggle of homosexuality throughout other parts of the world.

The artist Giovanni Ortega writes about the work and this year's Pride theme, "United by Pride, Bound for Equality," "This piece shows us that we have to be united globally in our Pride and that we must continue to take notice of other areas in the world where it's still a struggle being gay."

Performance times: 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. at the SF Pride artSpace

Where you can find the artSpace at Pride:
On Civic Center Plaza near the corner at McAllister and Polk. 
(click here for the Celebration Map)

 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

Special Pride Rate from $149 per night, June 27-29, 2008
Single/double occupancy, +14% tax, minimum stay and prepayment required for stays including Saturday and Sunday night

Additional nights: $109-$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

 Thank You to Our Friends and Sponsors
Thank you to these friends and partners whose support makes this event possible and successful.


 Going, Going, Gone: Grand Stand Seating Ticket Sales End Soon

Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

See the Parade up close and personal!

While online ticket sales have close, tickets can still 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 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.  Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community members should contact

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


 The Hotel Whitcomb
1231 Market Street   
San Francisco, CA 94103

Call 1.800.227.4747 for Reservation and Information.  
Pride Rate: Call for rates


Restored to its original splendor, the Hotel Whitcomb is a landmark hotel in the heart of San Francisco. A masterpiece of early 20th century architecture, the Hotel Whitcomb features rare Janesero wood paneling, marble columns, and original Austrian crystal chandeliers. Visitors from around the world enjoy the friendly service, grand old style and modern-day luxuries at this world-class hotel.


 Air New Zealand is a Proud Partner of San Francisco Pride

Your inspiring journey begins the minute you step aboard Air New Zealand. As the national carrier of New Zealand we reflect the country’s diversity-embracing nature and are proud to be a partner in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration.  We offer more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver to New Zealand.  We also offer great connections to Australia and a daily non-stop service from Los Angeles to London.  Rated among the world’s best international airlines, our most recent accolade was been judged as having the world’s best passenger service in the prestigious Air Transport World magazine awards.  Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on


 The Inside Scoop: Donate at Event Gates to Receive Beverage Discounts
Photo Credit: David Yu  

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, in addition to putting on the world-renowned Pride Celebration & Parade, is also a grant-giving organization.

Each year, money raised at our donation gates and beverage booths in Civic Center helps to fun grants to local Bay Area-based non-profit organizations known as our Community Partners.  These organizations work on issues related to LGBT communities, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

A donation of at least five dollars or more at our donations gates at the entrance to the Celebration site will earn you a beverage sticker which entitles you to a $1 discount on all the drinks you order at our beverages booths on that day.  And the best part is, both the donation and the beverage proceeds help support the community.

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has been able to donate over $1.2 million dollars to community organizations since 1997 thanks to beverage sales and generous donations made at the gates. 

So be sure to look for donations volunteers as you enter Civic Center on both Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 to get your beverage sticker and help support critical community programs.


 Vendor Applications Accepted Until June 25

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is still accepting applications for Booth Spaces for the 2008 two-day Pride Celebration and Parade.

Visit: to register to participate in this year's celebration.  Applications will be accepted until June 25.

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


Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what's great (and not so great) in San Francisco. It's the ultimate city guide that reveals honest and current insights on everything local, from martinis to mechanics. Check out yelper-tested restaurants in Civic Center for some post-celebratory noshing. Don't forget to visit the Yelp Photo Booth at Civic Center on Sunday! Get your poses ready, because our amazing professional photographer will be on hand to capture your fabulousness.

Restaurants near Civic Center
Yelp Photo Booth

 Red Bull, 2008 San Francisco Featured PRIDE Parties not to be Missed

ACTIVATE! Demigods and Demons
Friday, June 27th
Lookout, 3600 16th St (at Market)

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO season four winner of Project Runway Friday June 27th, 8:00 pm Supper Club, 657 Harrison St. (between 3rd & 2nd St)

The KING of San Francisco Pride parties Colossus Saturday June 28th At the legendary 1015 Folsom (at 6th St.) 

Club Universe returns one time only, 21 and over Saturday the 28th, 9:30 pm 535 York St.

Red Bull drink features at the notorious End UP Saturday the 28th 401 6th Street (at Harrison) creates community among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) professionals of all ages and backgrounds to actively engage in professional development, networking, alumni activities, and exceptional social experiences.

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Come be active and OUT… be activelyOUT at Pride!


 Stanislaus PRIDE Day - September 27, 2008
Stanislaus PRIDE Day 2008 will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008, from 11am to 7pm at Graceada Park, in Modesto, CA. This year's theme is "Live. Love. Be". Join us for an outdoor community celebration of GLBT Pride with live music, entertainment, food, family, and fun! Stanislaus Pride Day celebrates PRIDE in the Central Valley and is the only celebration of its kind from Sacramento to Fresno! Open to all ages; expect seventy-five (75) or more vendors, a beer and wine garden for adults, and local entertainers to take to the park’s Mancini Bowl stage. For more info visit


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