It’s not called the Gay Mecca for nothing. If you’ve ever been to gay pride festivities in San Francisco, you know it’s a spectacular-spectacular of unending rainbow flags, homotastic parades, gawking tourists and wildly fluctuating weather. If you’ve never been to a gay pride in San Francisco, hell, what are you waiting for?
This year pride featured a host of women’s events, from the 18th annual Dyke March to the all-women’s weekend parties hosted by Eden. And the celesbians were everywhere. Yep, some of The Real L Word ladies made an appearance. Sure some chefbians showed up. And did I mention I met Pam Grier? Yeah, now you’re jealous.
While the big gay parade is Sunday morning, Saturday is all about the ladies with the ginormous gathering at Dolores Park followed by the Dyke March. If you ever wanted to know what a city park looks like covered in lesbians, it looks pretty much like this.
After an afternoon in the sun, everyone takes to the streets for the Dyke March — or Dyke Shuffle at the pace it always starts at. But at least there are plenty encouraging window signs to look at as the march makes its slow amble to the Castro.
Eden, a collaboration between Curve magazine and Movement Productions in conjunction with BoiBlue Events and FullCircle Events, posted its inaugural slate of all-women’s pride parties with offerings all weekend including comedy shows, dancing, dancing and even more dancing.
Saturday night was its featured event, Eden. Held in the Olivia Travel Building, the party included celesbian guests like The Real L Worders Tracy Ryerson (with girlfriend Stamie, in case you were wondering) and Mikey Koffman (who was alternately texting and dancing in the VIP area). And, yes, Mikey was wearing her sunglasses — at night. No comment from Corey Hart.
Also spotted, Top Chef chefbians Jamie Lauren and Josie Smith-Malave (in the green hat above). But the evening belonged to former The L Word star Pam Grier who popped in to the party to pose with fans and generally grace the planet with her presence. Gracious and gorgeous, she granted an impromptu interview about her new memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, and the support she has received from the LGBT community.
See what I was saying about being jealous before?
The weekend concluded with the 40th annual pride parade and celebration. The Civic Center was packed, as usual, with a mix of gays, tourists and people who wanted any excuse to use a dumpster as a dance platform.
Ah, gay pride. In a way it’s good it’s only a weekend. Otherwise, seriously, we’d never get any work done.