RESIST regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, celebrate diversity. Those themes and more marked this year’s Pride Parade in San Francisco. Many organizations and businesses were there to support their LGBT members and employees, but the queer organizations were there to say, Resist! and No, we won’t go back! I loved Race Bannon’s poster, “My safeword is IMPEACH”. Another of the Leather Contingent’s banners was, “Whip Fascism, We Won’t Go Backwards”.
The crowds were very upbeat and there were plenty who took the opportunity to proclaim their queerness, especially through their attire and clever t-shirts. Who can forget “Queer as Fuck” or “Can’t Even Think Straight”.
As always it was a pleasure and an honor to march with Leather Pride SF and this year my good friend Brue was one of the Leather Marshals. Congratulations again to Brue and thank you for all that you do for the community. I also have to give a special mention to Danny for leading us, whip first! The cracking of his whip got everyone’s attention and was hot to watch! For photos of all the fun, follow this link.
Day two of the rodeo was another great day of competition and fun. Here are all the action shots.
The San Francisco Gay Rodeo was held in Duncans Mills and Guerneville this year and was a great event. The Friday welcome pool party was full of hot cowboys, beautiful drag queens and folk who came for the rodeo events. The weekend was packed with parties, dances and rodeo events. It’s been a few years since I attended a gay rodeo, so it was a really special weekend seeing friends and watching the cowboys and cowgirls compete. I can’t wait for it to return next year! Here are more photos from rodeo.
SF Pride is always a good time. Everyone was happy and the day was gorgeous. See all the photos here.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier
On June 26th, 2013 California became Lucky 13 as Gays and Lesbians could once again get married in California. The annual Pride Parade became an extra special celebration this year as we celebrated our victory in getting Prop 8 overturned as well as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Check out the photos from the day as the LGBT community and our straight allies celebrated PRIDE! More photos…
Fist Fest West was held at the fabulous Canyon Club this year and was filled with hot men from all over the U.S., Europe and Australia. In fact, the surrounding hotels were all booked up, there were so many attendees. The kick off/registration was held at the Tool Shed Bar and was a lot of ffun! In fact it was a bit of a Meat Market. More photos from the weekend.
The Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration, “Gay By Nature” took place June 3rd in Guerneville and was well attended. The weather was perfect and the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were divine. The Pride parade kicked off at about 11am down Main Street in Guerneville with the traditional Dykes on Bikes. Grand Marshalls this year were LGBT-friendly 5th District Supervisor, Efren Carrillo and Dr. Marshall Kubota, a Sonoma County AIDS health-care provider with a career dating back to the first infections in the county. The celebration was held on the beautiful grounds of the Guerneville Lodge. There was plenty of entertainment and Sister Femme Fatale was our mistress of ceremonies.
Click on the photo to see more from the Parade.
Xavier Caylor teaches Flagging at Gold’s Gym and with several friends and fans, put on this event to bring fellow flaggers together and to raise some money for the maintenance of the Aids Grove in Golden Gate Park. Xavier speaks of his flagging experiences as meditations and talks about how “you can be in a room with 1,000 or 2,000 people, yet spend time with just yourself.” Speaking to the dichotomy of the flagging experience, Xavier references how these “opposite experiences” are part of weaving the rich tapestry of this art form.
Whatever the experience, everyone had a great time and there were a number of “newbies” trying flagging for the first time with some patient help from the experts. All the many flags made for a beautiful kaleidoscope of changing patterns and colors and brightened a foggy day with the love and enthusiasm of the participants. More photos.
The Sisters doing what they do best, looking fabulous and raising money for charity.