Happy Gay Pride Weekend: San Francisco

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    Jun 27, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    What a wonderful experience I had with a couple of friends last evening in San Francisco. We parked almost two miles from the Castro, and walked through part of south-of-Market, into the MIssion District and then into the Castro.

    Along the way we had dinner on Valencia Street.

    What struck us was this....the city was absolutely vibrant and alive. More than any other year I noticed that these other neighborhoods, outside of the Castro, were in full celebration mode. It seemed there were parties going on in some buildings in many apartments, on the street, on corners. Strangers were greeting strangers, the policemen maintained a low profile and were greeting people with smiles.

    Music was everywhere. Color and light was everywhere. It was quite an exciting walk.

    Strangely, though the Castro itself was wall-to-wall people, we felt a little less comfortable there. This was no longer, if it ever was, my (our) demographic. But even there the sense of celebration was intense...and we noticed little (there was some) public drunkeness or rowdy behavior. Of course, I guess this was early....11PM...by Castro celebration standards.

    Forget the RJ discussions about whether the word "Pride" should be used for celebrations about being gay. What we sensed is a profound "we are happy to be here and alive..." mood. It was wonderful.
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    Jun 27, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    I thought I'd post this too. I shot this from my deck in Oakland looking towards San Francisco. (It's a hazy day, so I had to bring up the contrast and saturation a lot).

    I wonder how many of the younger guys on RJ realize that the Pink Triangle was a symbol of oppression. It was the symbol embroidered by the Nazis on concentration camp inmates' clothing if they were gay.

    So here is this symbol, so obviously displayed on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. It does mark us as targets....even among other gay people (witness some of the comments made by a few RJers about San Francisco "faggots"). But it does express the basic message. "We are here. Get used to it."

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    Jun 27, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    [Edit} Well, I spoke too soon. Yes, we left at 11PM....but at 11:30 PM, just about where we had stood in the Castro, up the street from the Castro Theater, three people were shot, near the Chevron Station. Apparently, a 19 year old is in custody,and one of the victims died.

    Apparently, the shooting was personal and not related to the celebration. But who knows at this point. That's awful.
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    How unfortunate :[, and crazy, too. The shooting happened about 10 minutes right after I left the party. icon_eek.gif It explains why we saw and heard so many sirens pass by.
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    We had a great time at the Pink Party last night! We spent the early evening in Little Italy and had dinner, and then walked about 15 blocks to get to a Muni station only to find out that the entire MuniRail system had lost power and we were packed into a shuttle like sardines.

    But we had a good time in the Castro and we were literally walking away as the shots rang out. So sad for the victims.
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    I guess the only good news out of the shooting was that it was unrelated to Gay Pride celebrations, and had to do with a personal dispute between the shooter and the guy who was killed.

    Unfortunately, the other two victims were innocent bystanders. They will recover from the wounds in their legs.

    The really bad news is that after the shooting some punks decided to try to start a riot, pelting the police responding to the shootings with bottles. What idiots.
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    after ya'll have recovered from gay pride week in san francisco; COME ON DOWNNNN to southern decadence the last week of august here in new orelans. icon_wink.gificon_cool.gificon_twisted.gif