BAS Pride 2016: Marching, Frisking, Policing at Civic Center; Hard French & Disco Daddy 6/25
Pride 2016 may be one of the most important in recent memory. Out of the tragedy of Orlando, a wave of solidarity has spread across the world and it has galvanized our community to respond with love, to speak out against our culture of violence, stand with our Latinx, Muslim, and poc brothers and sisters, and be as fucking queer as possible.
Every year there is hardly a dearth of things to do during the high holy days of Pride Week, but it’s all the more so this year! Be sure to check in here at BAS for events, exhibitions and actions every day this week and we’ll do our best to keep you in the big gay loop! Also be sure to look for our annual Pride retrospective photo spread next week to catch all the looks and lovin’. Happy Holigays, jotos!!!
Sungay, Sungay, Sungay! Morning has broken and the city is queering it up proper. Some of us actually have not quite made it home yet or are on our way there. Others are making brekkies for the rug rats, brunching with friends, or are desperately looking for a brunch. If you are new to town, visiting or just looking to mix things up, there are a few last minute options about.
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Watching the parade from the sidelines can be an exercise in endurance if standing in the sun for hours on end isn’t really your bag. Like we posted on Tuesday, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club will be marching with Supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos and walking in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Orlando as well as those here in the Bay Area who are victims of violence because of who they are. The Eventbrite is closed, but all are welcome and they will be assembling on Spear Street between Folsom and Howard at 10:00 a.m. as contingent No. 95. The club asks that marchers wear their best red outfits if possible.
The Pride Celebration is going to be a bit of a pain in the ass, just to be real. If you plan on going down to Civic Center, we cannot emphasize paring down your looks as much as possible. This writer was working, and had to run laps between security even though we were vetted. Leave the booze, wine keys, vapes, lighters, and drugs at home. They will make your afternoon miserable. I mean, both Peaches and Psychic TV are both performing on the main stage, so it’s very much worth going but they have clamped down on everyone. It’s gonna be a shit show.
If however, you feel like foregoing the mall and paying substantially more, Psychic TV will be playing at the always-delightful Hard French Hearts Los Homos at the Mezzanine. To be honest, one must ask if the cost is all that more. Number one the bars in the Civic Center will rack up a tab close to the price of admission at Hard French and you won’t be dealing with anywhere close to the same number of people. Though sold out, there will be tickets at the door. Juanita More’s party at Jones is the same deal: sold out, but tickets at the door.
If however, if you’ve done whatever your daytime activities required and feel like some grinding and bumping of things set to the immortal echo of the discotheques of yesteryear, than hustle your bustle down to the Eagle once again for Bus Station John’s holiday special version of Disco Daddy. A pittance of a cover gets your hours of pleasure on the dance floor and a patio that is well seasoned with the joys of so many Prides before.
That’s it chamacos! It’s been a rough couple of weeks. We deserve a little dance, a little altered state or two, and a little lovin’ in however many numbers you care for. So many have given their lives so that we may do this, so do it well and continue to fight as fiercely as they did. Xo
March in Pride with Harvey Milk, Jane Kim & David Campos
Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.
Spear Street (btw Folsom & Howard)
Contingent No. 95
San Francisco Pride Celebration
Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.
Civic Center Plaza
Sliding Scale Donation (NOTAFLOF)
Hard French Hearts Los Homos
Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.
444 Jessie Street (@ Mint)
[South of Market]
Disco Daddy: 3rd Annual Pride Edition
Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
398 12th Street (@ Harrison)
[South of Market}