- Live Performance!Outrageously popular, artistically outstanding and always delicious, The Fresh Meat Festival is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance festival. This year, Fresh Meat celebrates its 10th anniversary with an all-star lineup.
- International Film! Frameline is the oldest and largest GLBT Film Festival in the world. 80,000 people annually attend the 200+ films shown during the last two weeks of San Francisco’s Pride month each June. We are proud to present on Saturday Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann’s The Queen Has No Crown
- Learn Local History! 45 years-ago on a hot summer’s night in 1966 at Turk and Taylor in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco a group of people who identified as gay, trans and/or gender nonconforming fought back against police harassment at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria. This public act of resistance helped define the history of a human rights struggle that is still relevant in our lives today.
- Wander!San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 24 to 26, 2011 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage. With 500 Pride flags waving throughout the city take the time to wander the neighborhoods!
- Volunteer!The LGBT Alliance has a booth this year at Grove and Larkin Streets amongst the festivities. We will be providing information about our Bay Area Jewish community alongside our Pride partners this year Be’chol Lashon and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Visit our booth during Pride Weekend this year for a chance to win a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card! We still always love volunteers to join us so please sign up for both Saturday and Sunday!
- March!Interested in marching? Camp Newman, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Congregation Temple Sinai, A Wider Bridge and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will all have a presence in the SF Pride Parade. Invite your friends and family and go march on Pride Sunday.
- Dance! Dancing in the streets with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Pink Saturday is a San Francisco favorite for thousands of party-goers! This year, Pink Saturday has gone dry but there are plenty of official options for those who want to relax in an alcohol free atmosphere during the Pink Saturday street party too. In the Castro, visit the Metropolitan Community Church to sing, eat and “Measure your life in love” at a RENTmovie sing-along.
- Pray! At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav during our Annual LGBT Alliance sponsored Kabbalat Shabbat Pride Service thousands of participants from the Trans March will hoot and holler as they walk by on Dolores Street. It is the quintessential Jewish San Francisco experience to be able to wave hello to the thousands of marchers while you daven with the first LGBT Reform-Liturgy-based Prayer Book, Siddur Sha’ar Zahav.
- Observe Stein! This summer has quickly become thought of as a Spectacular Summer of Stein. Exhibitions on Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas are on view throughout the Yerba Buena Arts District until Sept. 6. Take a look at how these two Jewish Lesbian women raised in the Bay Area became extraordinarily influential Americans of the 20th century! We have LGBT Jewish programs and family activities listed on our events calendar.
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San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 25 to 27, 2010 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.”
The LGBT Alliance took advantage of the opportunity for outreach among the major festiveness at Civic Center with a LGBT Jewish community booth.
In addition to introducing multiple Bay Area LGBT Jewish lay led programs like Jewish Transitions, Grief and Growing weekend, The 20th World Congress of GLBT Jews, The HIV Story Project and A Wider Bridge we also introduced hundreds of folks to how our organized Bay Area LGBT Jewish community can be relevant to their everyday lives. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the weekend:
Last year organizing a community-wide SF Pride parade group, though intended to be a specific response to Prop 8, was so successful that we wish we could have continued this every year. But we do not have the resources. This year the LGBT Alliance will not be sponsoring a community-wide SF Pride parade group. Instead, as in past years, members of the LGBT Alliance and our allies will march with other organizations that are sponsoring a parade group. If you or your organization is interested in marching in the SF Pride Parade, please visit our Facebook page and share your plans so others can join you. We understand that Camp Newman, Congregation Temple Sinai and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav are all marching in the SF Pride Parade.
After having just completed a two-year process of study, reflection and strategic planning, the Alliance has chosen to begin implementing its plans with a focus on leadership development and programmatic partnerships, and this year encourages Pride ‘organizing’ among the many Jewish groups and organizations in our community who have participated in Pride for years. The LGBT Alliance is excited to celebrate the many diverse Jewish groups and their Pride involvement.
Celebrate Pride Weekend
San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 25 to 27, 2010 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” The LGBT Alliance has a booth this year on both Saturday and Sunday among the major festiveness at Civic Center. We will be introducing multiple Bay Area LGBT Jewish lay led programs like The HIV Story Project and A Wider Bridge as well as providing information about our Bay Area Jewish community.
Celebrate Pride Month
In the Bay Area the entire month of June is filled with opportunities to celebrate LGBT Pride including highlights like:
- The 34th Annual Frameline LGBT International Film Festival
- The 3rd Annual Contra Costa County LGBTQ Pride Picnic & BBQ
- Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride including the annual young adult pride dance
- The 9th annual Fresh Meat transgender & queer performance Festival
- The 12th Annual Queer Arts Festival
- The 6th Annual Trans March
- The 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Pride Rally
- The 18th Annual Dyke March
- Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration along the Russian River in Guerneville
- The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Pink Saturday Castro Street Party
- Plus, in August we have San José Pride and after a six-year absence, the East Bay Oakland Pride festival will return Labor Day weekend along with the 9th annual Sistahs Steppin In Pride East Bay Dyke March & Festival!
Multiple Bay Area Jewish Congregations celebrate Pride each year by hosting a Pride Shabbat. If you would like to organize a Pride Shabbat or community ritual at your Bay Area Jewish congregation or home please connect with us! We would love to help you discover unique Drashot & help spread the word about your Pride celebration! Here are a few of the congregations that have communicated with us that they are organizing a Pride Shabbat, Potluck, Oneg or Havdallah gathering during Pride month this year:
- In San Francisco, at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
- In Sonoma, at Congregation Shomrei Torah
- In Marin, at Congregation Rodef Shalom
- In the East Bay, specifically at Chochmat Halev in Berkeley in cooperation with Kehilla Community Synagogue, and the Aquarian Minyan
- In the South Bay the 4th Annual Pride Shabbat, specifically at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos in cooperation with Temple Emanu-El of San Jose and Congregation Emeth of Gilroy – Morgan Hill
- In San Francisco, as part of the Resident Programs and Services program for Pride Month at The Jewish Home, young religious school students from Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer will perform their queer Purim stage production based on Glee on June 13.
Celebrate Pride! Celebrate our community! Celebrate the unique distinctions of our LGBT Bay Area Jewish community!
A celebration of diversity, freedom, Jewish values and inclusion took place on Tu B’Shvat January 31, 2010 at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman, members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, envisioned an LGBT Jewish celebration in Sonoma and they volunteered to orchestrate and design the evening that welcomed 85 LGBT Jewish Sonoma County residents, their families, friends and supporters.
Andrew Ramer, the author of the Haggadah originally used at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and recently adapted for the members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, led the service along with Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman. Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Rabbi & Liturgical Soloist, Rabbi George Gittleman & Leira Satlof, along with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav President, Alex Ingersoll and Congregation Shomrei Torah, President, Marcy Pluznick-Marrin participated. Lisa Finkelstein, Director of the LGBT Alliance at the Jewish Community Federation also attended.