'Alternative to Pride Parade' announced

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In the wake of all the kerfuffles besetting Pride this year -- from the Pride Board's egregiously mismanaged reaction to the election of Bradley Manning as a community grand marshal (his supporters have plans of their own), to the recent announcement that military recruiters would be descending upon the celebration in earnest, and, well, just the continued corporatization of Pride in general -- it comes as no surprise that a radical Pride-questioning movement has been reawakened.  Just like the '90s are back, so is Gay Shame, at least in spirit.

And thus an alternative parade to the Pride one on Sunday has been announced -- let us not be surprised that it is a bar crawl! In any case, it's a nice start to getting us back to our gay, unlicensed roots while joining with other activists who are Over the Rainbow(TM). Here's the statement from the organizers with more details.

Have you had enough with the poor political choices of some community leaders that claim to represent you? Are you over the over-corporatizing of SF PRIDE??? Or just tired of the same old events that don't reflect who you are, and how you want to celebrate your queer pride?

Want to be part of something different, something fun, something that will challenge conventional thought within the SF LGBTQ community?

Then join us for an ALTERNATIVE TO PRIDE PARADE (AND BAR CRAWL).

We will be getting back to our gay roots, meeting at THE CINCH BAR at 1723 Polk Street at 12 NOON with the parade beginning at 1pm (we don't think a 10:30am start time for a Pride Parade is appropriate), ending up at THE SF EAGLE.

We will make stops along the way, passing through SF PRIDE at Civic Center to express (peacefully) our displeasure with what passes for gay pride at this event, and then we will continue on to SOMA with stops at THE POWERHOUSE/HOLE IN THE WALL, and finally we will end up at The SF EAGLE.

We encourage you to DRESS UP, whatever you want: Drag, Leather, Freak, Nerd, Casual, Beach Wear, Furry, Punk, etc. We also encourage you to BRING PROTEST SIGNS, be creative (body paint?), be original! We will definitely want folks to know what we are up to and perhaps get people thinking about why we need BUDWEISER, VIRGIN AMERICA, VERIZON, WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, and COMCAST to have a good time!

RSVP TODAY!!!

Comments

Fragmentation is the beginning of the end.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 28, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

and be so thankful that we (our money) are acknowledged by corporations and that we are now officially allowed to be fodder for military (imperialist) operations. How dare we not be grateful for the crumbs thrown to us!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 11:11 am

Verizon pays a couple grand to have some lame booth where they pass out stickers and sign a few people up for cell phone plans.... AND YOU JUST CAN'T BELIVE THE HORROR!! lol...

Jesus, your life must be a drag if everything is grounds for outrage.

Posted by Scram on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 11:31 am

Or he's heading for an early grave.

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

upon the acknowledgment or validation by the oppressors:capitalism and the State. Your allegiance to both of these, and your insistence we follow suit, continues the oppression. Unlike pro-establishment gays, I am not going to sell out my brothers and sisters for consumerist comfort.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

highly unlikely to have any appreciable net worth.

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

on a blog. There is no evidence to take their claim seriously.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

I think that is why it is called a blog.

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

are pure fiction.

Most wealthy people I know.--and you use that "most people argument " a lot do not spend their time on blogs boasting about their wealth

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

b) Saying "most wealthy people I know are . . " is beyond pretentious, implying that the number of wealthy people you know is a statistically significant sample.

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

along with all the property you have bought and sold. You also have
used "the most people ...I know" claim numerous times. In your rush to have the
final word you often forget what you have posted in the past.

Yeah, I know: "LOL! You think anon/guest are the same person?"

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

And more than one Guest.

Open your eyes.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:52 am

their "appreciable net worth" is, nor do I give a fuck what you think mine is.

Nice try to bait me with your "class envy" schtick.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

society uses to assess your value. And you've either got it or you haven't.

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

And you obviously don't.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

for an imbecile. As much as you want to brag about your net worth, the really rich guys won't let you into their club. You are just rabble to them.

To normal people who don't use net worth as the metric to assess someone's value, you are just a sycophantic wannabe.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

much to pay you at your job. Your worth is decided by others, not you.

Anyone can maintain any delusion about self-worth that they like, but it is only when others pay you for your time and efforts, that you really discover your value.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 5:37 am

Mammon worshipper.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 5:59 am

then you've made a really, really bad choice of which country to live in.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 6:31 am

and thus why you obsess over it and attack others who don't share your insecurities and whose self-worth is not tied to their income.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 8:21 am

I don't need to work but choose to.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 9:19 am

and I am Ann Ryand.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 9:48 am

Or that you cannot afford to quit it?

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:02 am

for why would someone who claims to be happy about their financial standing care how much BART or CCSF student workers make? For some reason, you believe being a low to mid-level corporate worker with some type of college degree entitles you to a higher wage then people who have jobs assigned to the working class. You are always pissing in your pants here about that.

To make you feel a little better about yourself, I will let you have the last word.

Go nuts.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:41 am

society as a whole wishes to continue to finance generous benefits just so a few lucky workers don't have to pay for anything.

I am betting that most voters do not want that.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:55 am

anon has lost this debate. In typical fashion, once boxed in, he changed the subject.

We look forward to judging future debates on these comment pages.

Posted by NPDA on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

they have lost the debate, they always try and claim that actually they won it, meaning of course that you just lost this debate.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

Theoclassical economics, the power of cash compels you!

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 6:34 am

Ha! What kind of demented psycho writes dreck like this?

Your brothers and sisters (more like your parents and grandparents) fought for acceptance by mainstream America, nay, the world.

What better way to observe that this acceptance has taken place than for mainstream America (yeah, those evil capitalist PIGS) to support and sponsor the primary day of celebration for the LGBT community.

Twenty years ago, only a very few corporate sponsors would support the gay community with their actions and dollars. Now, it is common place. Another way that the community has moved forward.

Instead of celebrating SFPride on likely the most important time ever for the community, you choose to rant some nonsensical Lenin-based horseshit, whose content you likely don't fully understand anyway.

You miss the entire point. Do the world a favor and get off welfare or off mommy and daddy's paycheck and take up residence in a community suitable for your brand of hate and lunacy. North Korea is calling -- have a nice trip.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

were about being accepted by the mainstream? That's news to me.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

accept you or not.

Why be so deferential?

Posted by anon on Jun. 29, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

Others must accept us on our terms, we must not have to adopt their terms in order to gain acceptance.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 8:20 am

How many and how much depends on how well you wish to assimilate into society.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 9:18 am

you think it is likely I do not fully understand what you call "Lenin-based horseshit".

From your post above, I take it you have a more nuanced understanding of Marx and Lenin. Please enlighten me on my misreadings.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:13 am

Or any other "ism" except for capitalism.

There are other countries that have systems more like what you approve of, although I doubt you would enjoy living in any of them much.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 10:54 am

to "Guest" in regard my supposed lack of understanding of Marx or Lenin.

I did not ask why Communism is not accepted in America, nor I would I ask that question as I know the history of Communism and how it had a major influence in the labor movement of the 1930 which lead directly to Roosevelt and Congress creating The New Deal.

I also don't understand why I would trust or take the advice of someone like you that unquestionably has no idea what he/she is talking about as your post above abundantly proves. I can only gather you felt compelled to respond as you are getting ignored in other discussions and need a new place to take a piss in.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

A Keynesian, perhaps. A Leninist, never.

Beyond that, I am sorry but I cannot answer your question about your "lack of understanding of Marx and Lenin". The good news is that it probably doesn't matter either way.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

Where did I write that FDR was a Marxist?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

don't act surprised if someone slaps you down over it.

Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 5:05 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 9:16 pm
Posted by anon on Jul. 01, 2013 @ 5:59 am

I wrote: "(Communism) had a major influence in the labor movement of the 1930 which lead directly to Roosevelt and Congress creating The New Deal."

Where in the sentence above do I claim that FDR was a Marxist?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2013 @ 6:57 am

Even though there is no evidence that that is true, and of course he never admitted that?

I rest my case.

Posted by anon on Jul. 01, 2013 @ 7:28 am

I said Communism influenced the labor movement, and that the labor movement influenced FDR and Congress.

Posted by Michael W on Jul. 01, 2013 @ 9:49 am

But on a progressive web page someone taking the position that the oppressors are the state?

Interesting.

Posted by matlock on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 5:12 pm
Posted by anon on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

My version of this:

We will definitely want folks to know what we are up to and perhaps get people thinking about why we need BUDWEISER, VIRGIN AMERICA, VERIZON, WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, COMCAST AND MILITARY RECRUITMENT to have a good time! WTF ?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 28, 2013 @ 4:10 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 28, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

How about divorcing the parade, a political event, from the celebration, a commercial event?

Posted by marcos on Jun. 28, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

In whose mind, except Gavin Newsom's (and any other pandering politicians) is this a political event? Perhaps once upon a time - but surely not in the recent past. The coincidental timing of the Prop 8 ruling added a political side to this years' event, but that is about it. Except in the minds of the uber political, who think everything is a political statement.

Posted by Richmondman on Jul. 02, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

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