SF LGBT Center will take on organizing annual Pride weekend event with assistance from the City
San Francisco, CA – Today Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener announced that the SF LGBT Center will be putting on Pink Saturday this year, with funding assistance from the City. Pink Saturday, the street party that takes place every year on Castro Street the evening before the San Francisco Pride Parade, had been in jeopardy after the previous organizers of the event, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, informed the community they would not be putting on the event this year. Supervisor Wiener and the Mayor’s Office worked to find a community partner to take on the organizing role, which led to the identification of the SF LGBT Center, a non-profit which serves the San Francisco LGBT community.
“I can’t thank the SF LGBT Center and the Mayor’s Office enough for stepping up to make sure Pink Saturday continues this year,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener. “This is such an important event for our community, and I look forward to working closely with the Center to bring everyone together for this great celebration and to make sure it's a safe event that celebrates Pride. I also want to recognize all the years of amazing work that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have done in the past to bring us Pink Saturday year after year. The SF LGBT Center has big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that we can all work together to make this year’s Pink Saturday a success.”
“San Francisco is a world-class city with a world-class heart that embraces and celebrates diversity, and our City’s Pride celebration brings hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to celebrate with us,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Thank you to the SF LGBT Center for stepping up to continue the Pink Saturday tradition, and we look forward to working with Supervisor Scott Wiener and the Center to make sure this year’s San Francisco Pride is the best yet.”
“The Center is honored to continue the Pink Saturday traditions established by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – traditions that bring our diverse community together in a celebration of LGBT culture and Pride” said SF LGBT Center Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe. “For many people, particularly many young people, this party is an affordable, accessible opportunity to honor the importance of being our authentic selves and to connect with LGBT people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. We appreciate the support provided by Supervisor Wiener and Mayor Lee. With their investment, and community feedback from previous events, we are able to build upon the legacy established by the Sisters while improving safety and creating a stronger LGBT cultural experience. We believe deeply in the power of community, and working with our LGBT and allied partners, look forward to a safe and celebratory experience for everyone.”
Pink Saturday, the street party that has been produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence since 1995, has encountered public safety challenges in the past. The SF LGBT Center, in partnership with the City, will be increasing security from previous years and ending the event at an earlier time, most likely closer to 8 PM. Requests for an earlier end time came out of a community meeting that was held to address challenges from previous Pink Saturday celebrations. With the Dyke March and the Saturday SF Pride event expected to funnel thousands of people into the Castro – the figurative heart of the LGBT community – this event creates an important space to come together to celebrate LGBT culture and progress towards full equality. The SF LGBT Center will announce more details around Pink Saturday in the weeks to come.