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www.sfpride.org               SF Pride E-Newsletter: Issue #30: 4.16.09
A Union for All of Us
39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade - 06.27/28.2009

In this issue:
- To Form a More Perfect Union #4: State by State LGBT Rights & Issues
- Calling All Movement Vets! Stonewall/GLF 40th Anniversary Contingent
ACTION: Meet in the Middle 4 Equality
Join the Barefoot Wine Club Today!
- Donate at the Gate for Beverage Discounts

DANG! That's Cheap! Free Float Building Workshop
The Hotel Whitcomb is Just a Few Steps Away from Pride Festivities
- Volunteer for SF Pride 2009
- Accessibility at SF Pride
East Bay Express Readers are United by Their Love of this Region.
7x7 Supports Pride!
- Green is the New Pink: SF Pride's Composting & Recycling Program


 To Form a More Perfect Union #4: 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.

Maryland - Maryland General Assembly protects domestic partner inheritance tax rights.
Minnesota – Senator proposes marriage equality bill in state Senate for economic reasons.
Missouri - Kansas City Police Department eliminates domestic partner health insurance.
Tennessee – Public schools deny access to information about LGBT issues online.
Washington – Bill provides expanded rights to same-sex domestic partners.

More State-by-State Updates


Calling all Movement Vets! Stonewall/GLF 40th Anniversary Contingent

Our history matters.  This year, as we commemorate the passing of forty years of LGBT activism in the wake of Stonewall and the emergence of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the 2009 San Francisco Pride Parade will feature a contingent of Stonewall and GLF vets whose contributions to the movement have been many.

The Stonewall/GLF 40 contingent will lead the parade off after Dykes on Bikes. The organizers are looking for any Stonewall and GLF vets to join in this historic 40th anniversary commemoration. 

Additionally, any veterans or former participants in the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, the Society of Individual Rights, the Tavern Guild, the early bike clubs likes the California Motorcycle Club, and the Compton's Cafeteria Riots are also welcome to be a part of this historic reunion contingent.  The first planning meeting takes place this week.

For more information contact the committee co-chairs, Peter Fiske, Tommi Avicolli-Mecca, and Mark Barnes at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sf_stonewall_glf_40/.


 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/

 Join the Barefoot Wine Club Today!

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly offer fun, flavorful, award winning wines from sunny California.  Their delicious flavors have made them the most awarded wine under $15 in the US.  Not only is Barefoot serious about producing quality wine, but they’ve been kicking off their shoes and supporting the LGBTQ community for over 20 years.   Get Barefoot & Have A Great Time! 

Join the Barefoot Wine club today!


 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.

And who doesn't love a sticker??

Since 1997, SF Pride has given over $1.4 million back to the community through our Community Partners Program -- and these are dollars that are donated by attendees like you.

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


 DANG! That's Cheap! Free Float Building Workshop

We are holding our FREE float building and contingent coordination workshop on this Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m.

This is a basic nuts and bolts session about the planning and execution of floats and parade contingents. The workshop will take place in the float barn at Pier 27.  Free food will be provided for attendees. RSVP at parade@sfpride.org.


 The Hotel Whitcomb is just a Few Steps Away from Pride Festivities

Hotel Whitcomb
1231 Market Street   
San Francisco, CA 94103
Call 1.800.227.4747 for Reservation and Information.  
Pride Rate: Call for rates


The Hotel Whitcomb is centrally located in the heart of San Francisco with easy access to the Castro and Soma District and a few steps away from Pride Festivities making us the ideal place to stay and celebrate. The hotel features recently renovated rooms, views of the parade, and onsite restaurant featuring California cuisine. Prices range from $189 and up. www.hotelwhitcomb.com.


 Volunteer for SF Pride 2009!!

Photo credit: David Yu

It’s that time of year again!

We need you - to come and volunteer. The 2009 celebration has many opportunities and SF Pride can find a sure fit for you. There are openings for the celebration (Info Booth, VIP Reception, Volunteer Assistant and more!), the Parade (Registration, Gap and Assembly Monitors) as well as Safety and Medical volunteers. 

Come out and join us in making 2009’s Pride the best Pride event yet.

For more information on how you can participate in this year’s Pride event, check out our volunteer info page at sfpride.org and make sure to sign up online

If you have any questions or problems with this application, please contact Niko at volunteers@sfpride.org.

For more information or to sign up, click here.


 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.


 East Bay Express Readers are United by Their Love of this Region.

From the international populations that make Oakland so dynamic, to the ideological diversity that separates Berkeley from Walnut Creek, East Bay Express readers are united by their love of this region. The only medium dedicated exclusively to them, the Express has been a trusted source for authoritative cover stories, in depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage, and a comprehensive weekly calendar since 1978.


 7x7 Supports Pride!

7x7 supports Pride! Don’t miss out on upcoming Pride events, sign-up for the 7x7 eNewsletter at 7x7.com and for a complimentary one-year subscription go to 7x7.com/promo and enter XHB281


  Green is the New Pink: SF Pride's Composting & Recycling Program

San Francisco Pride has a long history of being at the forefront of green practices at our event.  Not only is SF Pride one of the greenest events of our size, we are also one the first major outdoor events in the nation to institute a large-scale composting program.

But to be truly successful, we need our attendees' support.

San Francisco Pride provides marked disposal cans for recycling (marked blue), composting (marked green), and trash (marked black). Marked signs will also be posted by the receptacles to help. 

All beverage cups used at our event are 100% compostable and are made from natural derivatives -- please toss these in the green compost bins at the event.

To help us keep an event this size as green as possible, your support in using the compost, recycling, and trash bins is crucial. Our goal is to reduce Pride's ecological footprint as we continue to pioneer green event practices. Large recycling and composting bins are made available throughout the Celebration area at Civic Center. Please read the signage and place your trash in the appropriate containers.

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