Andrew Zollman, founder of the animal rights site LGBTCompassion.org, had planned a rally Saturday, July 7 at the Edge bar, 4149 18th Street, in the Castro neighborhood.
But the website for the Bay Area chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association says the fundraiser’s been postponed. No explanation is given, and organizers didn’t respond to an interview request.
Zollman is upset about what he describes in an email as the “animal cruelty” the rodeo promotes. Among the stunts he doesn’t like are “‘goat dressing’ where panties or underwear are roughly forced onto young goats as quickly as possible.”
In a brief phone interview, Zollman said Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, just up the street from the Edge, has already canceled a July 14 rodeo fundraiser.
Mike Poma, the church’s business manager, confirmed the event’s been cancelled, but he said it was actually going to be a fundraiser co-hosted by the church and the rodeo group to raise funds for Project Open Hand and another charity.
Poma said the church has donated $1,000 to Project Open Hand, which delivers meals to people with AIDS and other illnesses, even though they’ve called off the gathering.
He said that Zollman repeatedly threatened to protest not just the fundraiser, but also masses, “and finally we said, ‘Fine, we won’t do it.'”
The 20th annual Best Buck in the Bay rodeo will be held September 14-16 at Driscoll Ranches, 5460 La Honda Road, La Honda, California. Visit the rodeo’s website for more information.