A longtime Queer safe space El Rio has become the 'It" spot for the queer and alternative crowd on Sundays.
Pride Is a Protest Once more
this will be the second year in a row that Pride in San Francisco returns to its protest roots, with the People’s March on Polk Street on Pride Sunday, June 27th.
Like last year, the march will kick off at 11 a.m. at Polk and Sacramento, with Empress Juanita MORE! and Alex U. Inn leading the march to Civic Center. There will be speakers outside City Hall and a rally for justice for Black and trans people. Marchers will then proceed to the Castro where there will be DJs and an afternoon outdoor dance party.
The theme of this year’s People’s March is "Unite to Fight," and a press release says that marchers will "stand in protest of transgender and racial injustice, police violence and killings, unjust healthcare, the fight for gun control, reparations to Black People, and the right for people of color to have the right to vote without laws of intimidations.” The release also says, "We will roar our voices in solidarity with our Black, Brown, and Indigenous trans and queer family, friends, lovers, and neighbors."
As Ms. MORE! told the Bay Area Reporter earlier this month, "It needs to happen again. A lot of the feedback we got last year is that it felt like the reason Pride happened in the first place.” Her famous Pride Party is happening that day as well at 620 Jones, and she added, "I do need to go to my party as well, so that will happen at some point in the day.”
It’s hard to know how many people will come to the city on Pride Sunday expecting a party in Civic Center or the Castro, but the city is reportedly preparing for all eventualities — and they’re guessing the turnout could be significant. The DJ setups, though, will likely only be in the Castro, and that street party is expected to go on until 6 p.m.
Are the Trans March or Dyke March Happening? Not Officially.
According to official announcements, the Trans March is not happening in 2021 — though there will be a resource fair at Dolores Park on Friday, June 25. this event has become a vital kickoff for Pride Weekend that has happened every other year since 2004, with the route typically leading from Dolores Park to Civic Center and the Transgender District.
There is also an intergenerational brunch this year which sold out.
"The planning committee has been working with the Department of Public Health, SFMTA/ Shared Spaces/ SF Parks & Recs in making sure that these events will be meeting all the required COVID-19 protocols for everyone’s safety,” organizers say. "Of course, we want you all to be healthy so that we can march together again, in person, in 2022!”
On Saturday, June 26, the traditional Dyke March and rally in Dolores Park has not been put on the official books, but it remains to be seen if Bay Area lesbians won’t still gather in the park and pull together an impromptu march around the neighborhood. In recent years, this march has splintered into a couple of factions, with some believing that the march should not have an official, pre-planned route but should be more of a protest that doesn’t conform to the wishes of city authorities and the cops.
2015 saw an especially big “Take Back the Dyke March” contingent who defied orders and overwhelmed a police line. As local writer Violet Blue described it at the time, "They were chanting. They were powerful. They were angry, and it was a righteous anger. They were taking back the Dyke March.” It would not be surprising if something unofficial took shape once again this weekend.
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