Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

SF city departments and agencies show their Pride

11402850_10153103854963757_6474217560681609346_oWith Pride celebrations in full effect in San Francisco – this morning’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality decision kick started the merriment with impromptu partying in the city’s gay Castro district – a variety of city departments and agencies are showing their support for the LGBT community with rainbow logos and supportive social media messages.

By far the most lovable – or perhaps most cuddly¬† –¬† of the logo transformations is the one for SF Animal Care and Control, seen at right. The promoter of pet adoptions also features a cover photo montage of a cat, dog, bird and rabbit on its Facebook profile with the tagline “We take pride in our animals.”

In addition to wishing a “Happy Pride to all,” the agency is also promoting an adoption special that begins next Wednesday, July 1.

“We’re waiving adoption fees for America’s Dogs, giving free training classes with adoptions and debuting a fun contest with a fabulous prize,” the agency announced today.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 5.30.27 PMThe San Francisco Police Department has also switched its online logo to one that features a rainbow-colored badge. And as the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog Thursday, the public safety agency is also encouraging Pride participants to be careful throughout the weekend.

hunxQLdb_400x400FbaDsie8_400x400Both the San Francisco Planning Department, whose director John Rahaim, is an out gay man, and the Public Works Department have also debuted rainbow-hued logos in honor of the annual LGBT celebration, which is marking its 45th anniversary this year.

DPW employees joined in the celebration of the same-sex marriage ruling in front of City Hall this morning. The department tweeted out a photo and the message “Public Works celebrates this historic day. #LoveIsLove @MrCleanSF.”

BZjsPATn_reasonably_smallThe San Francisco Public Library also is showing its Pride with a rainbow logo. Not only is the library taking part in the American Library Association’s annual conference being held in San Francisco this week, its James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center housed at the main branch will be marching in Sunday’s parade.

“We participate in the Pride parade every year. We have signs and banners and give out fortune cookies with all sorts of Pride messages inside,” said Karen Sundheim, the Hormel center’s program manager. “In our contingent with Pride we will have made 50 posters out of wood. On each side of the poster is an LGBT book. We are promoting those books and will also have quotes on the poster from the books.”

Park-rainbow-logo-200x300Back once again is the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s Pride logo redo. It shows a girl on a swing hung from a tree drawn in silhouette with a sky that is rainbow colored. It debuted four years ago, as the B.A.R. noted at the time.

The department raced to finish work on the renovation of the northern half of Dolores Park in time for tonight’s Trans March and tomorrow’s Dyke March. Both annual events kick off from the park, and organizers for each opted to take over a portion of 18th Street this year for staging their events as it was unclear if the urban greenspace would be open in time.

The fencing around the renovated portion of Dolores Park came down last Thursday, June 18. Now work on the southern half, where the popular “gay beach” hillside is located, is closed off as crews upgrade that section of the park.

Pride_rotatorThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also has joined its city counterparts to show its LGBT support with a Pride-themed map of its light rail lines. Three years ago buses throughout the system sported Pride messages on the electronic route signs, but the pro-LGBT displays no longer appear due to one local activist’s questioning how the messages shown are selected.

As the SFMTA promotes the use of the city’s transit system by Pride participants, it has created a Pride weekend cheat sheet that can be found on its website here.

“Happy Pride! We’re off to an exciting start for celebrations this weekend,” noted the agency on its Facebook page Friday.

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm PST
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