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NO MORE LGBT PRIDE PARADE IN SAN FRANCISCO BEGINNING IN 2016

imageSAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – LGBT pride and street celebrations are a diminishing breed in the gayest city in the world, San Francisco.

It’s been half a decade since the City of San Francisco decided to crack down on Halloween in the Castro and shut down this street festival that started in 1940.

The annual Pink Party on the eve of Pride Parade, is not going to happen in 2015 because the organizers of the event, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, have decided against  holding it  beginning this year. San Francisco City Hall is mulling sponsoring the event but it will be more like a political campaign rally for those who will be running for public office.

Next on the chopping block is the Castro Street Fair which is held annually on the first Sunday in October.

The biggest LGBT event, the Pride Parade will happen for the last time this year.  It will also be cancelled beginning in 2016.

That leaves the Folsom Street Fair the only, sort-of-LGBT street festival which usually happens on the last Sunday in September.

Beginning next year, however, the Folsom Street Fair will  be free of commercial sponsorships, like the Pink Party.  There will only be one non-profit sponsor which will  subsidize the popular event — the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, under the leadership of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

So expect nudity to be a thing of the past at the Folsom Street Fair. However, there will still be a lot of people being tied up, whipped, spanked, caned and humiliated. Cordileone said that these practices are consistent with biblical accounts of Jesus Christ during the march to Mount Calvary prior to His crucifixion.

If you have procrastinated about attending the Pride Parade, Castro Street Fair and Folsom Street Fair in its original form, this is the year to do it.

 

 

RESIDENTS WANT A DOG PARK TO REPLACE CASTRO CHURCH

The now former MCC Church in the Castro
The now former MCC Church in the Castro

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The building that has housed San Francisco’s Metropolitan Community Church in the gay Castro district for decades will be replaced by two luxury residential buildings,  according to the Bay Area Reporter. A total of four condo units will be built at the crumbling building on Eureka Street.

The church will be moving to downtown San Francisco, sharing an existing structure with another church group.

Upon hearing the news, a group of influential gay residents sent an angry letter to Supervisor Scott Wiener who represents the district on the county board of supervisors, demanding that the site be converted instead into a dog park.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 6 out of 10 Americans own a pet — more than 40 percent of which are dogs. The numbers are much  higher in the Castro.

“We don’t need any more ridiculously high-priced condos. What we need is a park where we can take our furry companions to meet and socialize with other dogs,” a spokesperson for the group told The Adobo Chronicles.

The group proposed that the city buy the $2.3 Million property from the new owner. To raise the funds, it proposed that the city impose a 5% dog park surcharge  for every beer and cocktail sold at all gay bars in the Castro.

Wiener could not be reached for comment, as he was vacationing in Lake Tahoe.

 

SAN FRANCISCO’S GAY DISTRICT 8 ELECTIONS IS ONE TO WATCH

imageSan Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The electoral contest for San Francisco’s District 8 county supervisor slut, err slot,  is pretty much decided in favor of incumbent Scott Wiener. Well, until today, when a write-in campaign was launched by Latina lesbian comedian Marga Gomez.

The campaign is  going viral and is gaining widespread support from the LGBT community which is not happy about Wiener’s policies and initiatives which many consider to be more pro-business than pro-LGBT.

Supporters of Gomez will hold a vigil rally from 6 to 9 pm on October 30 in front of Hechos restaurant on Market Street  while Wiener and Mayor Ed Lee host a party celebration on Castro and 18th Streets following a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Castro Street Improvement Project.

Never has a write-in candidate won an election, but Gomez could make  this a Guinness World Record, and it will be a feather in the cap of the LGBT community.

Go vote on November 4.