The annual Pride Parade on June 30, 2019 in San Francisco. Photo: Josie Norris, The Chronicle
Any other year June would have been full of parades, celebrations, and parties to celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans and canceled all face-to-face gatherings for the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean that SF Pride will be canceled. Circumstances inspired the vibrant community to move celebrations into the virtual landscape and even partner with other organizations around the world to honor and recognize the Bay Area’s diverse queer community.
Here’s a look at what virtual events are planned for the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride:
Proud in San Francisco, June 24, 2018. Photo: Mason Trinca, special for the chronicle
Lavender Talks: A Celebration of the 2020 SF Pride Award Winners
This discussion is the fourth in a series of moderated panels presented by the Commonwealth Club. It will be hosted by Michelle Meow, a radio host and former president of the SF Pride Board of Directors. Confirmed panelists for the discussion are storyteller Gabby Rivera, artistic director of the San Francisco Lesbian / Gay Freedom Band Mike Wong, and activist Cleve Jones.
Thursday, June 25th, 12pm – 1pm. Free of charge, registration required and available at bit.ly/lavendertalkscommonwealth. Recordings of previous Lavender Talks can be found at www.sfpride.org/lavender-talks.
Openhouse LGBTQ Virtual Senior Prom
Openhouse, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides residential assistance, social services, and community to LGBTQ seniors, plans to host its annual LGBTQ prom through video conferencing and Facebook Live.
Typically held in the Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial, this intergenerational dance re-introduces high school prom for seniors whose high school memories may not be as sweet as others. The night will include performances by community members and special friends of Openhouse. The Openhouse Dance Troupe plans to lead the guests into a socially distant dance routine. For community members without internet access, the organization is looking for a solution to include them in the celebration.
Thursday, June 25th, 4-6pm. Free. For more information, see www.openhouse-sf.org or follow the organization on Facebook below www.facebook.com/openhouseSF.
Frameline organizers will host a four day virtual film festival during Pride Week. Photo: frame line
Frameline44 Pride Showcase
The four-day virtual film festival, presented in partnership with the Castro Theater, includes a preview of “Ahead of the Curve” – Jen Rainin’s documentary about the founder of Curve magazine, Franco Stevens – as well as the return of perennial favorites “Fun in Boys Short Films ”,“ Fun in Girls Shorts ”and“ Transtastic ”, a showcase for the best short films.
The world premiere of “Ahead of the Curve” is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th at the West Wind Solano Drive-In Theater in Concord.
Thursday-Sunday, 25.-28. June. $ 8 to $ 10 per screening; $ 250 for the pass, which is valid all year round. www.frameline.org.
Trans March 2020
This march is San Francisco’s premier trans Pride event and one of the largest honoring the country’s transgender culture. The event, which always takes place on the Friday before SF Pride, will take place for the first time in 2020 with multiple online appearances and surprises due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Friday June 26th. Free. For more information and programming, visit bit.ly/transmarch2020.
Uber participants carry the flag of pride during the 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo: Mason Trinca, special for the chronicle
Global Pride 2020
SF Pride works with other organizations whose personal events have been canceled due to the crisis. The 24-hour live streaming event features performances, speeches by activists and public figures, and other content to celebrate the diverse populations of the LGBTQ community around the world.
Saturday June 27th. Free. www.globalpride2020.org
Thousands gather to watch the 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade. Photo: Mason Trinca, special for the chronicle
2020 San Francisco Pride Online Celebration
The organization plans to offer a variety of live and recorded music performances, including from New Orleans artist Big Freedia, pop star Betty Who, and transgender artist Urias; Greetings from elected officials; and reflections on the 50th anniversary of the celebration of the city’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual pride.
San Francisco’s Pride Board of Directors announced Tuesday, June 23, that Grammy-winning singer and Motown legend Thelma Houston will headline Sunday’s online celebration. The weekend virtual event will also boost the black voices with a spotlight segment about Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. a celebration of the underground ballroom community with participants from the HBO Max series “Legendary” and a special appearance by the famous Grand Marshal W. Kamau Bell.
Saturday, June 27th, 1pm to 9pm; Sunday, June 28th, 2-7pm. Free. More information and access at www.sfpride.org
Gary Virginia and Donna Sachets 22nd Annual Pride Brunch
The annual event is reinterpreted as a 90-minute live streaming fundraiser with a kitchen cook-off where viewers can vote for a Pride Brunch Top Chef. The brunch also plans to recognize the Grand Marshals and award winners of the LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco.
Tune-in-only tickets are available for a suggested donation of $ 50. A $ 100 package includes participation in virtual events, an Uber Eats-delivered brunch, gift bag delivery, access to online auction bids, and an invitation to a post-Pride party at the Castro Theater this fall (date to be announced). The proceeds will go to the Positive Resource Center.
Noon-1:30 p.m. June 27th. $ 50- $ 100 per person. Live stream access and tickets available at bit.ly/PrideBrunch20.
Patricia Cumbelich photographs the Pink Triangle installation on Twin Peaks on June 25, 2016. Photo: Michael Macor, Die Chronik
Light the pink triangle
This year’s Pink Triangle celebration will look a little different thanks to a special partnership with the nonprofit Illuminate, which also worked on the Bay Lights digital art installation that illuminates the western span of the Bay Bridge.
Over the past few years, hundreds of volunteers have gathered at Twin Peaks in San Francisco to put together the Pink Triangle as a symbol of hope and inclusion. In 2020, the symbol will shine brightly with more than 2,700 LED nodes, making the Tribute a brighter symbol than ever.
The major lighting event will be broadcast live when the sun sets on Saturday June 27th. The installation will then be illuminated every night for three weeks to commemorate resilience in memory of the HIV / AIDS crisis as well as the current COVID-19 crisis.
Saturday, June 27th, 8 p.m. Free. www.illuminatethepinktriangle.org
Pride 50: Generations of Hope
A new CBS television special, titled “Pride 50: Generations of Hope,” premieres on Sunday June 28th, marking the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride. The special will include archive parade material, as well as anecdotes, reflections and thoughts from many of the people who helped plan the popular Bay Area event over the years.
Sunday, June 28th, 5pm to 8pm. Free. Broadcast on KPIX and KBCW in the Bay Area. Live stream available at www.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.
The online exhibition 50 Years of Pride of the GLBT Historical Society
The GLBT Historical Society has unveiled an online version of the upcoming photo exhibition, which will be on display at San Francisco City Hall, and which will feature more than 100 photos from five decades of the city’s Pride celebrations. “50 Years of Pride” is curated by Lenore Chinn and Pamela Peniston and presented by the GLBT Historical Society and the galleries of the San Francisco Arts Commission with the support of San Francisco Pride.
The Society also launched another online exhibit titled “Labor of Love: The Birth of San Francisco Pride,” which chronicles the organizations’ early years. The exhibition was curated by Gerard Koskovich, Don Romesburg and Amy Sueyoshi.
Access the exhibits at www.glbthistory.org/50-years-of-pride and www.glbthistory.org/labor-of-love.
The 2019 Pride Parade in San Francisco. Photo: Jana Asenbrennerova, Special on The Chronicle
Chronicle calendar producer Anne Schrager contributed to this list.
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