Say you were coming to SF for this thing they call Gay Pride…

Perhaps you are descending upon the city by the bay to celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at one of the geographic points that’s as far away as you can get as possible from where it all actually went down without leaving the continental US, and yet still being somewhere where they give a damn. Perhaps you are like me and haven’t been here long enough (this’ll be only my second SF Pride weekend) to have mastered all the possibilities. Perhaps you didn’t even know this Pride weekend thing was coming up—hey, it could happen—and you want to get informed really fast.

Thank goodness for hypertext. Violet Blue has done some heavy lifting putting together her intro guide to SF. (Worker bees: unless your workplace is tit-friendly, you may want to save that link for safer web-browsing climates.) From where to park (short answer that you already knew: Hahahahaha take Muni), where to eat, where to drink, where to get down and where to dress yourself up, this is some fine and useful information.

Me, I might do what I did last year, which was simply head down to Civic Plaza after the parade with an “Okay, now what?” expression on my face. That led to seeing some lovely people, getting a little tongue from one of the Sisters, buying a couple sarongs, encountering a tranny superhero or two (“Storm! You’ve got no tits! …And you’re white”), and just being in awe at how many fellow queer people can be in one place at one time. Before that, I’m gonna try the rock at Thursday Night Live at the Eagle. Have you seen the decor there? It’s like Gay Bennigan’s. And I mean that in a nicest way possible.

6 Comments so far

  1. b (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 10:09 am

    can we please mark that link NSFW?

    sweet jesus – i am sweating over here, wondering if i will have to explain this one.

  2. Jason S. (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    I very much understand, b. But right after the link is (Worker bees: unless your workplace is tit-friendly, you may want to save that link for safer web-browsing climates.) and really, I can’t give much more warning than that. Unless I add a title attribute to the link, which I just have.

  3. Jason S. (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 10:59 am

    And added a strong tag with some color that draws the eye.

    I’m having fun with this, b, thanks for making me think about writing warnings and commentary into community hypertext. I absolutely refuse to use the blink tag, though, that’s right out. ;)

  4. Gurpal (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 11:48 am

    Ya know, some of us immediately click on the hyperlink without reading the big bold red letters first–lesson learned!( and now i’m being summoned by the boss…gulp.)

  5. SEAN (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    Too funny. My company has graciously made that decision for me unfortunately:

    “[corporate] Internet policy does not permit access to this Site. Reason: The Websense category “Adult Content” is filtered.”

    But I’m gonna try to checkout Pepperspray tonight at Thursday Night Live too. I gotta agree with the Gay Bennigan’s decor. But how dare you dis my beloved Eagle!? The Sunday beer bust is [sadly?] one of the top 5 things I enjoy most about living in SF. Ssh! Keep it a secret. And FYI: “Ethel Merman” actually has one helluva rockin’ voice. Seriously.

  6. Jason S. (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2005 @ 3:00 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I dig the Eagle, despite my best attempts to not like it before I actually, you know, stepped foot inside it. (My previous attitude had to do with how ridiculous I find the Chicago Eagle, and assuming that it’d be the same here. I got schooled.) I’ve also heard nothing but good things about the Sunday beer bust, so I guess I’ll have to check that out one of these days, too.

    Sean, if you make it tonight, keep an eye out for me in case I make it (I intend to, but I’ve been battling sleep deprivation this week, wheeeeee!). Today I can be identified as the fuzzball wearing the blue-on-black Banzai Institute t-shirt.

    Starting to sound like a joke, here… “How many geeks does it take to go to the gay biker bar?”

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