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Ground Zero: San Francisco

Saturday June 26, 2010

Perfect timing: a lunar eclipse and  SF Pride, all on the same day! Ready for some changes? I sure am! has been a longtime supporter of gay marriage since the the first book in the 3-book Anti-Bride was published in 2002.  You’ve got to love Chronicle Books for having the guts, sense of fairness, and open mind to get behind what was then, and is still considered to be, a touchy topic in the White House and beyond. As a publishing firm, they are fearless and peerless. Gay culture has informed, improved, uplifted and changed arts, culture, and society at large, here and across the globe. Many of the issues, laws, and the sea change in public opinion towards gay rights, the right to marry, and health care happened right here in SF – bellwether of change. Check out my latest article in Drink Me Magazine, A Historical Look at Gay Bars: Cultural Politics in a Glass, in this months Issue, Colors, in celebration of Pride.

It is with great pride that I celebrate Pride with some good friends, old and new starting with Dyke March later today in Dolores Park, the Parade tomorrow (check out uber fabulous Bevan Dufty’s float at the parade! We’re voting for him for SF Mayor) and ending most likely at some TBD after party in the Castro.

Some compatriots of note with whom I will be canoodling at Elena’s Pink Diamond Party in the Castro before Dyke March: Melissa Comito-Aakre, our Heavy Petal floral blogger, who just took the Top Wedding Flowers award, Best of the Bay SF Chronicle/SF Gate, the inimitable Irvin Lin, our spanking new food blogger: Eat the Love, and his equally talented boyfriend, A.J. Bates of Marquis Photo SF (bridal portraits, anyone?). The only regret is that I can’t hang with my super buddies and Anti-Bride Two Brides bloggettes, Stacy-Jill and Melissa, newlyweds and founders of

One thing remains clear, straight or gay, it is with pride that we celebrate SF Pride. Let the cartoons begin!


Excerpted from the Official website

San Francisco Pride has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade.

The event will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010 in the Civic Center of downtown San Francisco.
With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

The San Francisco Pride Celebration is packed with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, music of all kinds, performers, dance stages and venues, and fun. There really is something here for everyone.

The Celebration at Civic Center is host to our Main Stage where in 2009 Asian pop sensation BoA wowed Pride-goers with new beats alongside Solange Knowles and the Cliks and where in 2008, attendees saw Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Kat DeLuna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters, speakers from the marriage equality movement, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, among others.
2010 Event Themes.

The event theme for the 40th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade was selected by Pride’s Membership.  Acknowledging the need for celebration in the wake of Prop 8, the membership selected “Forty and Fabulous” from a slate of 51 potential themes, each submitted by community members and members of Pride.  Member Richard Kravitz, who submitted the winning theme, explained his submission, “I thought that we needed something fun.  Last year, I told Executive Director Lindsey Jones that the theme for next year should be ‘Forty and Fabulous.’ She said to submit it, and so I did.”
FREE Admission

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee takes very seriously its commitment to maintaining an event that is open to people of all economic backgrounds.?  Your generosity at the entrances to the Celebration in the form of donations helps keep San Francisco Pride free to all members of the community and provides crucial support to this important community event.? Our donations program also helps to support over eighty Bay Area non-profit organizations through our Community Partners Program. Donations from the celebration have helped San Francisco Pride to give back more than $1.6 million in grants since 1997.?   With your help, we can do even better this year and invest in our community’s future.?  Join us for two days of music, food and fun… all for FREE! No tickets are needed and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.


Here comes the brides....

Here comes the brides....the delightful divas of!

Stacy and I are down to less than two weeks before our big family wedding here in Chicago! We are FREAKING out with all the last minute details. As we say, we are “all wedding, all the time” right now. In other words, we have no other life. All of our time is consumed with getting everything done!

Everyone who has gone through this has said there will be snafus with the planning and the wedding day. And we are finding that is true. For example, we just found out that our stage where we’ll be standing for the ceremony is 7 feet deep. Well…our Chuppah structure is 10’ x 10’! Now we have to figure out what our alternative is. We talked about scrapping the structure and sewing the material to four posts. That poses the problem of how we hold it taut so that the material doesn’t fall on those of us under it. I planned on sewing the Chuppah. So, it’s up to me, really, to figure this out! Okay, I learned basic sewing in Home Ec over 25 years ago. Ugh…I guess I will end up calling my mom and asking her advice. That’s what moms are for, right?

We are making jewelry for members of our bridal party. That’s not going smoothly either! I think that will work itself out, though.  We just printed the programs and I’m hoping no information changes. My head is spinning with all the little details.

Through all this, I’ve only had two “wedding-stress-out” dreams. They both involved being in the car on the way to the venue and realizing I hadn’t written my vows. Considering how busy we are with all these other details, I hope these dreams don’t come true!

Meanwhile, our marriage certificate from Iowa came in and we ran to the Social Security Administration to apply for new social security cards with our new last names. Those cards came in yesterday, so we are trying to change our names as quickly and efficiently as possible. Stacy just went to the bank and she said it went quickly and smoothly. I’m going to go tomorrow!

So much excitement!!
Next blog will surely include photos from our big day!

About the Authors/

Melissa Johns

Melissa is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day. She is an activist within the LGBTQ Community and has volunteered her services at many grassroots organizations over the years. Melissa is also an avid cyclist and won two silver medals at Gay Games VII, which was held in Chicago in 2006. She is also a lifelong student and enjoys studying Latin-American culture, photography and languages.

Stacy Jill Jacobs

Stacy is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day.  Stacy is a writer, marketing nerd, and web geek grrl all wrapped up into one package.  Stacy has worked in the interactive field for many years including roles at eToys (US & UK) and Ticketmaster. Stacy became a professional queer when in 2005, she served as the Ticketing Manager for Gay Games VII. You can catch Stacy on her website at or on Twitter at @StacyJill

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