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www.sfpride.org               SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #29: 4.03.09
In the Midst of History
39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade - 06.27/28.2009

In this issue:
- To Form a More Perfect Union #3: State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
Get a Room with Joie de Vivre Hotels
- LGBT History through Pride 40 Years after Stonewall
Enjoy the Best Views of the Parade at the Historic Renoir Hotel
ACTION: Meet in the Middle 4 Equality
Enjoy Deluxe Accommodations at the Handlery Union Square Hotel
- Hurry! Last Chance to Get Your Parade Application in Early
- San Francisco Marriott - your passport to the 2009 Pride Parade and Celebration
- Volunteer for SF Pride 2009!
- AAA Official Travel Agency of San Francisco Pride
- Accessibility at SF Pride
MUNI: Connecting San Francisco with Pride
City CarShare has Pride!
- Donate at the Gate for Beverage Discounts

 To Form a More Perfect Union #3: State by State LGBT Rights & Issues

In honor of our 2009 event theme, "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union...," SF Pride is keeping tabs on the state of LGBT rights and community issues in each of the states and territories in the Union.  Below are the second set in the series.  Tell us what issues are affecting the LGBT community in your state.

Alaska - Gov. Palin's pick for Attorney General has called gays "degenerates."
- two trans women cry foul over jail treatment.
Iowa - Supreme Court votes to legalize same-sex marriage in Varnum v. Brien.
Louisiana - federal judge orders two dads listed on adopted son's birth certificate.
New York
- lesbian moms get birth certificate rights.
North Carolina
- majority opposes constitutional same-sex marriage ban.

More State-by-State Updates


 Get a Room with Joie de Vivre Hotels

Joie de Vivre is the largest collection of boutique hotels in California spanning the whole state from the quaint town of Glen Ellen in the Sonoma wine country to the surf and sand of the original Surf City, Huntington Beach.   With more than 32 unique hotels in our collection, we have a California getaway to suit your life and style.


 LGBT History through Pride 40 Years after Stonewall

Harvey Milk pushes his camera store float in the 1974 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade
Photo Credit: Guy Corry

Pride is a reflection of the struggles, hopes, and realities of the LGBT community.  Forty years after the Stonewall Uprising gave way to the modern LGBT rights movement, that history is still with us and continues to be a cornerstone of our annual Celebration & Parade.

In 2008, the California Supreme Court's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage brought couples from all over the country to San Francisco -- some came to marry, some came to celebrate, and some came to organize ahead of the Prop 8 ballot initiative.

In 1987, just weeks after then-President Ronald Reagan first mentioned the words 'HIV' or 'AIDS' in a public address (a whopping 6+ years after the epidemic was first discovered in 1981), the issue of the ongoing epidemic was a focal point at Pride.

In 1978, the year that Harvey Milk first rode in the parade as a City Supervisor, Anita Bryant's national anti-LGBT crusade and the pending Briggs Initiative inspired that year's Parade visuals.

But looking back can also be another way of looking forward.  It is a means of gauging our often-times mixed successes and plotting the road ahead.  So this year the SF Pride Celebration Committee is expanding our online archives to bring you more of our collective history as we march on for our rights and dignity.


 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 from $169 per night, June 26-28, 2009
Single/double occupancy, +15.5% Tax & SF TID assessment
, 3-night minimum and prepayment required for stays including Saturday and Sunday night. Additional nights: $129-$159. Additional person: $15. Superior rooms $219 (limited availability).

Book before April 30, 2009 and save $10 per night on the weekend rate (McAllister Street side only). Save an additional $10 per night on the weekend rate if you stay 5 nights and more.

The Renoir Hotel on Market Street offers the best views of San Francisco's Annual Pride Parade and is only steps away from the Pride Celebration. 133 comfy rooms with wireless internet access (fee). Enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our new Italian-American restaurant “Neptalia.”  Relax with specialty cocktails or get your groove on with some of San Francisco's best DJs spinning to a vibrant and fun-loving crowd at our lounge/nightclub “Etiquette.”  All public transportation options including BART and the F-Line Historic Streetcars 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


 ACTION: Meet in the Middle 4 Equality

On the FIRST Saturday AFTER the Prop 8 verdict

Rally for national LGBT equality the first Saturday AFTER the California Supreme Court issues its rulings on the Proposition 8 cases. Meet on the steps of City Hall in downtown Fresno at 1:00 PM.

Why Fresno? The battle for equality has to be fought in towns like Fresno, CA — not only in gay-friendly cities. California's Central Valley population is reflective of national attitudes towards LGBT Equality and until we engage the communities of "middle-America", we will not gain the full equality we deserve.

For more information: http://meetinthemiddle4equality.com/

 Enjoy Deluxe Accommodations at the Handlery Union Square Hotel

The Handlery Union Square Hotel is offering 2 great Pride Packages.  Enjoy deluxe accommodations, complimentary valet parking for one car, 2 hats, and 2 boas starting at $149 for the Historic Section and $169 in the Club Section. Include 2 Grandstand Tickets for just $20 more.

For Reservations call 415-781-7800 and mention promo code PRIDE09.






 Hurry! Last Chance to Get Your Parade Application in Early
Photo Credit: Jane Cleland

Avoid late fees and ensure your position in the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade line-up, by submitting your application before April 3, 2009.  

Please use our online registration service to sign up today!  Visit sfpride.org or follow this link:


If you have any questions about the application and the fees involved, or about the Parade itself, please feel free to contact the Parade Manager, Marsha H. Levine: parade [at] sfpride.org 


 San Francisco Marriott - your passport to the 2009 Pride Parade & Celebration

San Francisco Marriott  
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA  94103-3199
(415) 896-1600
(800) 228-9290 Reservations

Book your reservation at the San Francisco Marriott, your passport to the 2009 Pride Parade and Celebration.  Step outside our front door to the annual events of the weekend. Savor a night cap in the View Lounge on the 39th Floor with the spectacular view of the City’s skyline and end the night in slumber in our comfortable guest rooms featuring Marriott’s Revive Bedding.


 Volunteer for SF Pride 2009!

Photo credit: David Yu

It’s that time of year again!

San Francisco Pride is in need of fun-loving folks to help put on this year’s event. We have many Pride 2009 opportunities, so even if you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area we can still use your support.

There are openings for the Celebration (Info Booth, Volunteer Assistant and more!), the Parade (Registration, Gap and Assembly Monitors) as well as Safety and Medical volunteers.  For more information on how you can participate in this year’s Pride event, check out our volunteer info page at www.sfpride.org and make sure to sign up online

If you have any questions, please contact Niko at volunteers@sfpride.org.

For more information or to sign up, click here.


 AAA Official Travel Agency of San Francisco Pride
AAA Travel in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah is proud to serve the LGBT community, your friends and family. Our specially-trained Vacation Specialists can put together virtually any type of travel arrangement for you, including exclusively Lesbian and Gay trips or vacations with family and friends. Check us out at your local AAA Travel Agency, by phone 1-888-248-5980, or online at: www.aaa.com/connect.



 Accessibility at SF Pride

Accessibility has been a critical part of San Francisco Pride's commitment to fostering a welcoming and affirming environment for the community at the annual event.

Accessibility at our event takes many forms.  To find out more, check out the Accessibility section of our website.


 MUNI: Connecting San Francisco with Pride

As your partner in transit, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, is proud to sponsor the 2009 LGBT Pride Celebration. The SFMTA celebrates the diversity of our community and recognizes the importance of equality for all people. Our goal is to provide residents and visitors of San Francisco with safe, timely, convenient and environmentally sustainable transportation options. At the SFMTA, we connect San Francisco with Pride!


 City CarShare has Pride!

Think global, share local. Join City CarShare and get hourly access to hundreds of fuel-efficient cars without the costs of ownership. You will also be investing in your community by joining the only local nonprofit, car share organization. Since youre a part of the Pride celebration, City CarShare is giving you $30 in driving when you use to promo code Pride09 to sign at www.citycarshare.org. (Valid for ShareLocal or SharePlus until July 15, 2009)


 Donate at the Gate for Beverage Discounts

Your donation at the gates not only helps keep SF Pride free but also goes to support over 70 non-profit organizations.
(Photo credit: Bill Wilson)

San Francisco Pride is a free community event. Economic accessibility is an important part of staying true to our commitment to the community.

So to keep SF Pride free, we ask for your donation at the gate.  Your donation not only supports Pride but goes on to support more than 70 non-profit organizations.  Donating the requested minimum at the gate also earns you a donor sticker and discounts at Pride's beverage booths.

All of our Donations Gates are staffed by non-profit organizations in the Bay Area working on issues related to the LGBT community, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.  These organizations are our Community Partners and also help to run our beverage booths.

Since 1997, SF Pride has given over $1.4 million back to the community through our Community Partners Program.

For more information about our Community Partners Program, go here.


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