The singer Peaches, perhaps best known for her song “Fuck the Pain Away,” will headline the main stage at this year’s San Francisco LGBT Pride celebration, organizers announced today (Wednesday, June 8).
“As an artist, Peaches is truly inspirational in her approach to gender and sexual identity, and we are so excited to have her headline this year’s celebration,” said George Ridgely, SF Pride’s executive director, in his group’s announcement.
Peaches, who’s touring to support her latest album, “Rub,” will appear Sunday, June 26, the second day of the festival. SF Pride describes her style as a mix of “electroclash, punk, alternative hip hop, and synthpop.”
Other main stage performers will include former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta and international DJ Hector Fonseca, among many others.
Organizers also announced several speakers who will address this year’s theme, “For Racial and Economic Justice.” They include Kara Zordel, executive director of Project Homeless Connect; Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder of the City of Refuge United Church in Christ and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; and trans advocate Clair Farley, director of Economic Development at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.
The final line-up will be announced soon at www.sfpride.org.
Pride works to keep celebration on track
Pride organizers, who are fighting lawsuits from several men injured during shootings associated with previous festivals, are working to ensure this year’s celebration can even happen.
Plaintiffs in the most recent lawsuits say SF Pride hasn’t done enough to ensure safety, and they’re seeking an injunction that would prevent the festival from happening this year unless several changes are made, including moving the party from its Civic Center location. The parade would still be allowed to continue.
A judge has order Pride officials to explain at a June 16 hearing why they shouldn’t have to make the changes, which were recommended by the San Francisco Police Department.
In court documents filed June 3, attorneys for SF Pride said, “The requested preliminary injunction would either prohibit [the] defendant from holding its 46th annual SF Pride celebration on June 25 and 26, 2016, on the one hand, or would require so many changes to the manner in which the 46th annual Pride celebration could be held so as to render the holding of the event impossible, on the other hand.”