Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Don’t forget the sunscreen for Pride weekend

The weather is supposed to be hot and San Francisco Pride officials are expecting record crowds at this weekend’s Pride parade and festival due to the excitement over Wednesday’s historic Supreme Court rulings in two same-sex marriage cases. That means a lot of people will be crowding Market Street for the parade on Sunday, June 30, and Civic Center Plaza for the festival on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

“It’s the perfect weather for a celebration, but also the perfect set-up for some heat-related illnesses,” Dr. Tomas Aragon, health officer for the City and County of San Francisco, said in a statement. “We want everyone to have a good time, and that includes staying safe and healthy by observing some practical tips and being prepared.”


Officials with the San Francisco Department of Public Health noted that everyone is affected by heat but age, medical condition, and alcohol consumption can quickly complicate how individuals respond to periods of excessive heat. People age 65 and over; infants and young children; and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, officials said.

With that in mind, Aragon recommends the following tips for preventing heat- and sun-related illnesses:

– Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You can even bring your own bottle to ensure that you’ll have some and look for refilling stations.

– Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

– Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing and a hat.

– If you consume alcohol or high-sugared drinks, do so in moderation.

– Wear sunscreen and reapply as needed.

– Take a break from the sun and heat by spending some time in the shade or seek out a cooler environment.

If you or your friends notice someone in distress, seek medical help. SF Pride will have medical teams in place. Aragon said that signs of medical distress include: difficulty breathing; red, hot, dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea; delirium (confusion); and chills.

DPH has produced a special 2013 fair season flier targeting men who have sex with men with health, party, and sex tips. Outreach workers will be distributing the flier throughout the weekend along the parade route.

— Cynthia Laird, June 27, 2013 @ 2:25 pm PST
Filed under: Music

Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho in Gay Rights Concert Tour

Cyndi Lauper just keeps on giving to the LGBT community. Now she’s letting Logo Network and the Human Rights Campaign use the title of her hit song, “True Colors,” (now considered more of a gay anthem than the music to a Kodak commercial) as the title of a national music tour to promote gay rights.

The 15-city “True Colors” concert tour, hosted by comic Margaret Cho, kicks off in Las Vegas on June 8, with a show in Berkeley, Friday June 29 at the Greek Theatre. The tour ends in Los Angeles on June 30.

“This tour is basically gonna be five hours of some of my favorite bands and me, and Margaret Cho making us laugh, and while we’re touring, we’re going to be raising awareness,” Lauper told The Associated Press on Friday. “I think people don’t know what’s going on, that’s all.”

Other tour talent includes gay singer/composer Rufus Wainright, the extra-gay Erasure, and Debbie Harry, formerly of Blondie.

Most of the performers are no stranger to gay fundraiser concerts. Harry’s performed at New York City’s Gay Pride events a few times. Several of the singers wowed crowds in Washington back in 2000 at HRC’s Equality Rocks concert, and Cho and Andy Bell of Erasure performed last summer in Chicago at Gay Games VII’s opening ceremonies. Lauper performed at the Games’ closing ceremony, donning a rainbow striped Statue of Liberty gown. Given the tour’s logo (see website), we expect to see her fabulously iconic couture on stage again.

— Jim Provenzano, March 12, 2007 @ 4:46 pm PST
Filed under: Arts,Music,Politics

Swedish group cancels Nov. 3 Stud show

Swedish glam rockers The Ark, which headlined the Shadowplay Stage and the main stage at last June’s San Francisco Pride festival (video can be seen at had to cancel its Friday night appearances in San Francisco – as well as the rest of its U.S. tour – after the group’s openly bisexual lead singer Ola Salo made a joke about a plane hitting the White House while performing Sunday, October 22 at the opening of the new Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
As reported in the D.C. press – and played up on Fox News – the Swedish Embassy is under the flight path for Reagan National Airport, and as a plane flew overhead as the Ark was about perform “One of Us is Going to Die Young,” Salo joked that the plane was going in the right direction, i.e. towards the White House. (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 1, 2006 @ 3:34 pm PST
Filed under: Arts,Music

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