Hey, we're throwing a Pride party with Wells Fargo and we want you to come. Head out to 111 Minna on Tuesday, June 21 from 7-8:30 pm to get your Pride on with a few cocktails, tasty light bites courtesy of Small Potatoes Catering and beats by DJ Dylan Mahoney. Marke Bieschke, local writer and author of the new book Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide For Teens, will also be in the house. The whole soiree's our kick-off to Pride weekend and also a benefit for the nationwide anti-bullying program Make it Better, whose mission is to raise gay teens' self-esteem and confidence.
Come have a cocktail, get your groove on and support a great cause.
June means many things in San Francisco—winter, asparagus-overload, summer street festivals—but most of all it means Pride. Leading up to 2011's Pride Weekend (June 25–26), we asked some of San Francisco's most beloved drag ambassadors to write on the question: "What does Pride mean to you?" Heklina, MC and producer of Trannyshack, wrote last week's essay, and this week, the scribe is Cookie Dough, host of The Monster Show, the longest running drag show in the Castro. We'll be publishing one essay a week until Pride weekend.
I Am Pride. As a third-generation San Francisco native, I have found that even as the city has changed for good and for bad, I am a proud San Franciscan through and through. Of course when people say “oh, yeah, I’m a native too," my question is "cool, what neighborhood did you grow up in?" Usually this is met with a “well, I’ve been here about 20 years." I want to pat them on the head, and say “that’s sweet." They want to claim this city as their own. And that makes me proud.
Celebrate Pride outside the triangle at these 10 gay-supportive businesses we love.
Rosenow Floral Design. Auspiciously named, Erin Rosenow has really, um, blossomed since opening Rosenow Floral Design in 2008. That same year, she showed her support for marriage equality by donating wedding petals to gay and lesbian couples who managed to say “I do” pre-Prop.
Levi Strauss & Co. Let’s just say that when it comes to supporting LGBT rights, Levi’s is one big, bad mamma jamma.
With all the midday drinking, cheering along the parade route, and pre- and post- partying that are de rigeur during Pride, you’re bound to work up a killer appetite. With road closures and nary a cab in sight, our food editors have chosen places within an easy walk of the festivities.