Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy 40th Annual Queer Pride Month! A U.S. Festivities Sampler: West Coast, Central, and East Coast

GLF at Christopher Street Liberation Day 1971
[image of the Gay Liberation Front, NYC is from here]

Lesbian and Gay Pride, LGBT Pride, Queer Pride events have been happening for 40 years in many places in the U.S. this year. Here's a sampling of some events in 2010. I won't get into the whole political history except to say that I wish the Gay Liberation Front was still alive and well. That would've been my group, as they were gay men who stood in alliance with lesbian-feminist values and activism.


The two day Celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco.

SF Pride Celebration in Civic Center
    Saturday, June 26, 2010
    Noon to 6:00 p.m. – Civic Center [MAP]

    Sunday, June 27, 2010
    Noon to 7:00 p.m. – Civic Center [MAP]

About the San Francisco Pride Celebration
Photo Credit: Jane Cleland
    San Francisco Pride has been said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage." 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade.
    The event will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010 in the Civic Center of downtown San Francisco.
    With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.
    The San Francisco Pride Celebration is packed with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, music of all kinds, performers, dance stages and venues, and fun. There really is something here for everyone.
    The Celebration at Civic Center is host to our Main Stage where in 2009 Asian pop sensation BoA wowed Pride-goers with new beats alongside Solange Knowles and the Cliks and where in 2008, attendees saw Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Kat DeLuna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters, speakers from the marriage equality movement, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, among others.

2010 Event Theme
Photo Credit:
Juan Carlos Pometta Betancourt
    The event theme for the 40th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade was selected by Pride's Membership.  Acknowledging the need for celebration in the wake of Prop 8, the membership selected "Forty and Fabulous" from a slate of 51 potential themes, each submitted by community members and members of Pride.  Member Richard Kravitz, who submitted the winning theme, explained his submission, "I thought that we needed something fun.  Last year, I told Executive Director Lindsey Jones that the theme for next year should be ‘Forty and Fabulous.’ She said to submit it, and so I did."
FREE Admission
    The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee takes very seriously its commitment to maintaining an event that is open to people of all economic backgrounds.
    Your generosity at the entrances to the Celebration in the form of donations helps keep San Francisco Pride free to all members of the community and provides crucial support to this important community event.
    Our donations program also helps to support over eighty Bay Area non-profit organizations through our Community Partners Program. Donations from the celebration have helped San Francisco Pride to give back more than $1.6 million in grants since 1997.
   With your help, we can do even better this year and invest in our community's future.
    Join us for two days of music, food and fun... all for FREE! No tickets are needed and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Past San Francisco Pride Themes
1970 No theme selected
1971 No event held
1972 No theme selected
1973 A Celebration of the Gay Experience
1974 Gay Freedom by '76
1975 Join Us, The More Visible We Are, The Stronger We Become
1976 United for Freedom, Diversity is our Strength
1977 Gay Frontiers: Past, Present, Future
1978 Come Out with Joy, Speak out for Justice
1979 Our Time has Come
1980 Liberty and Justice for All
1981 Front Line of Freedom
1982 Out of Many...One
1983 Strengthen the Ties, Break the Chains
1984 Unity & More in '84
1985 Honor our Past, Secure our Future
1986 Forward Together, No Turning Back
1987 Proud, Strong, United
1988 Rightfully Proud
1989 Stonewall 20: A Generation of Pride
1990 The Future Is Ours
1991 Hand in Hand Together
1992 A Simple Matter of Justice
1993 Year of The Queer
1994 San Francisco to Stonewall: Pride & Protest
1995 A World Without Borders
1996 Equality & Justice For All
1997 One Community Many Faces
1998 Shakin' It Up
1999 Proud Heritage, Powerful Future
2000 It's About Freedom
2001 Queerific
2002 Be Yourself, Change the World
2003 You've Gotta Give Them Hope
2004 Out 4 Justice
2005 Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud
2006 Commemorate, Educate, Liberate — Celebrate!
2007 Pride, Not Prejudice
2008 United by Pride, Bound for Equality
2009 "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union..."
2010 Forty and Fabulous

Gay Pride Parade 2010
Sunday, June 27 at 12:00pm.
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For PRIDEChicago information contact Richard Pfeiffer (Parade Coordinator) at PrideChgo@aol.com or (773) 348-8243.

Photo credit: Male Image Photography

June Pride Month

Each year, parade entrants, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using an international theme, or using a theme or slogan of their own choice. The 2010 international theme suggested by InterPride, the international Pride organization, is "One Heart, One World, One Pride." Regardless of how an individual wants to commemorate and celebrate Pride, there is an event or function that can fit the needs of most people.

Every year in Chicago, June Pride Month features dozens of social, cultural, athletic and political events. These events, that take place in different areas of the metro Chicago area, are organized by various community organizations and individuals.

Each year these events are compiled to create the June Pride Month Calendar. The calendar is featured on this web site; in the annual Pride Guide booklet; and in local publications. If there is an event that an organization, group or individual wants to schedule during June Pride Month, all they have to do is to organize it, and it can be added to the calendar.

However, our primary responsibility is to coordinate the Annual Pride Parade in East Lakeview. The parade is scheduled each year for the last Sunday in June.

Packets containing information concerning listing an event on the June Pride Month calendar; parade registration; the Pride Guide booklet; and barricades and portable restrooms are sent out every year during the first week of March to our mailing list. To be added to the mailing list to receive the packet in early March send your address to PrideChgo@aol.com .

770-491-8633 (O)
770-491-8636 (F)

Contact: JP Sheffield, Executive Director
Phone:  770-491-8633
Email:  jsheffield@atlantapride.org
Atlanta Pride announces Stonewall Week Events
2010 Line up includes partnerships with a variety of community organizations
(ATLANTA – May 25th, 2010)  The Atlanta Pride Committee is pleased to announce the 2010 roster of events for Stonewall Week.  The schedule includes established annual events, such as the East Point Possums Show and Georgia Equality’s Evening for Equality, as well as new events, such as the Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch.  Event partners include The East Point Possums, Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, StoryCorps, Georgia Equality, Out on Film, Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, and Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT).

“While our festival is now held in October, it is important to Atlanta Pride to commemorate the Stonewall Riots through events that build community,” said Atlanta Pride Executive Director, JP Sheffield.  Sheffield continued by acknowledging, “It took us a bit longer this year to release the event schedule, because we wanted to establish keystone activities that can become annual events.  I believe we have accomplished that with the Sylvia Rivera Brunch and the rally that will follow.”

The Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch, set for Saturday, June 26th, was inspired by the work done in 2009 by Human Rights Atlanta (HRA) during Stonewall Week, as well as the annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) and Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Community Breakfast.  HRA’s strong focus on Trans issues and significance to Stonewall will be carried through in the theme of the brunch, which will include a speaker’s panel featuring Tracee McDaniel and Cheryl Courtney Evans.  This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.  All donations collected will go to the planning committees for the 2010 TDOR event and the 2011 Rustin-Lorde Breakfast.

Immediately following the Brunch, Atlanta Pride will host the “Be Visible, Make a Statement” Rally & Community Photo Shoot at the State Capitol.  Community members are encourage to come and make their own statement about what is important to them through creative means.

Sheffield explained, “If we look at where the movement has taken us since Stonewall, we can see the growth of a variety of causes championed by the Queer community.  The causes are as rich and diverse as the community itself.  This rally is an opportunity for individuals to be seen and make their own statement, maybe by holding a sign in support of marriage equality, maybe by showing up in military apparel, or maybe by wearing a “Do I look illegal?” shirt.  There are endless possibilities.”

Atlanta Pride Photographers and Media Partners will be on hand to take numerous pictures of people “making their statements.”  These images will then by used by a group of local artists to create a community art project to be displayed at the 2010 Atlanta Pride Festival.  Photographers or Artists that are interested in taking part in this project should contact JP Sheffield in the Atlanta Pride office.

The current Atlanta Pride Stonewall Week Calendar includes the following events:

06/19/10:  The East Point Possums Show, 8pm-11pm
  • Annual drag show benefiting the Atlanta Pride Committee & the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative
  • Downtown East Point, On the Commons across from City Hall
  • FREE – Donations welcome & appreciated
For more info: www.eastpointpossums.com
Contact: East Point Possums, Rick Westbrook – 404-226-6843 or gagayactivist@yahoo.com

06/23/10:  Out and OutLoud: Stories of Love and Community, 7pm-9pm
  • Hosted by WABE’s John Lemley, featuring StoryCorps stories recorded by LGBTQ individuals.
  • Radial Café, 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Atlanta
  • FREE
For more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120948321273400
Contact:  StoryCorps, Amanda Plumb – 678-686-0388 or aplumb@storycorps.org
06/24/10:  Evening for Equality, 6:30pm
  • Annual Georgia Equality fundraiser featuring the Equality Awards & Silent Auction
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 275 Baker Street, Atlanta
  • Tickets start at $75 (on sale 5/26/10)
For more info: www.georgiaequality.org
Contact:  Georgia Equality, Melinda Morgan – 404-523-3070 ext 1 or Melinda@georgiaequality.org
06/25/10:  Out on Film Screening: Stonewall Uprising, tentative times 7pm & 9pm
  • Told by patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, the film recalls the social and political climate surrounding the events of the Stonewall Riots.
  • Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta
  • Ticket price TBA
For more info: www.outonfilm.org
For more info on film: http://firstrunfeatures.com/stonewalluprising.html
Contact:  Out on Film, Jim Farmer – 678-237-7206 or jim.farmer@outonfilm.org
06/26/10:  Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch, 11:45am-1:45pm
  • Community gathering co-produced by Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), and Atlanta Pride
  • Event will highlight the Transgender community’s involvement Stonewall Riots and draw particular attention to those Trans people of color that were at the forefront of the movement.
  • Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta
  • FREE – $5 suggested donation
  • Donations collected will be go to the planning committees for the 2010 Trans Day of Remembrance and 2011 Rustin/ Lorde Community Breakfast
For more info: www.atlantapride.org
Contact:  Atlanta Pride, JP Sheffield – 770-491-8633 or jsheffield@atlantapride.org
06/26/10:  “Be Visible, Make a Statement” Rally & Community Photo Shoot, 2pm-3:30pm
  • Rally at the State Capitol featuring speakers and an opportunity for members of the community to “make a statement” creatively
  • Pride Photographers & Media Partners will be on hand to take pictures of attendees, which will then be passed along to local artist to create a community art project to be displayed at the 2010 Atlanta Pride Festival
  • State Capitol, 100 Washington Street SW, Atlanta
  • FREE – patrons are encouraged to bring promoting their own “statement”
For more info: www.atlantapride.org
Contact: Atlanta Pride, JP Sheffield – 770-491-8633 or jsheffield@atlantapride.org


The Atlanta Pride Festival, organized by the non-profit Atlanta Pride Committee, promotes unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons. The 2010 celebration opens Oct. 9 in Piedmont Park.  Atlanta Pride Sponsors include Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Bud Light, Georgia Aquarium, Grady Medical and many others.


  1. Nice! I'll be at the Dyke March on Saturday ... and the shenanigans afterward!

  2. Awesome, Felicia!

    I hope you have a great time in the March and thoroughly enjoy the shenanigans! :)