Sister Dana Van Iquity is pissed that heâs not a Pride Parade Grand Marshal, and Sister Roma is!
Nah, jusâ kiddinâ! Romaâs my longtime good buddy. I just wrote that as a sneaky trick to get you to read this: THE SISTERSâ ROAST OF SISTER ROMA, Wednesday, June 20, at SupperClub, benefiting Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners and The Sistersâ own âStop the Violenceâ campaign. Rouge Bar opens 7pm with lavish cocktails and hot tacos as the whoâs who of the queer community arrive. Roast begins 8pm with searing presentations by Lenny Broberg, Bevan Dufty, Donna Sachet, Peaches Christ, Sasha Soprano, Heklina, Steven Scarborough, Tim Valenti and ChiChi LaRue! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (me included) join Cockatielia, BeBe Sweetbriar and SupperClubâs own Marina Luna to set Roma ablaze. Roma is acclaimed as a SF Pride Parade Grand Marshall (or Marshmallow, after this roast!). Co-producer Sister Bella de Ball, says, âIt is no small thing to walk in the shadow of someone as huge as Sister Roma. Yes, I did. I just called her âfat.ââ Co-producer Guard TheO Pressed, comments, âIâm glad to see Roma is finally getting some much deserved recognition. God knows, sheâll put on face just to go to the opening of an envelope!â $20 tix: TickeyFly.com.
3-1 was the score at LGBTQ NIGHT OUT AT THE GIANTS with the âBettyâs Listâ/Bay Times group when SF trounced the Arizona Diamondbacks. I enjoyed a pre-game reception in Seals Plaza with Grand Marshall Gary Virginia and Krewe de Kinque Queen Deana Dawn. In the stadium, the Giants played their âIt Gets Betterâ video (the only national baseball team to do so). Bay Area recording artist Diana Nagy sang âThe National Anthem.â Members of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF sang âTake Me Out to the Ballgame.â Two gay guys smooched each other on the Kiss Cam. At the 7th inning stretch, it was 1-1; but we waved our rainbow flags furiously as the Giants scored 2 more homers!
GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS, honoring media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community, held their 23rd annual awards: âLights! Camera! Take action!â at Marriott Marquis with Gleeâs Dianna Agron hosting, featuring Extraâs Mario Lopez, quadruple-threat Rita Moreno, Chelsea Latelyâs Fortune Feimster & Chris Franjola, and Happy Endingâs Adam Pally. TV creator/producer Shonda Rhimes (Greyâs Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal) received both the Golden Gate Award and Outstanding Drama Series. Outstanding Daily Drama was Days of Our Lives. Outstanding Digital Journalism was Adam and Pete: Love in a Time of War. Wells Fargo got Corporate Leader and Facebook got Special Recognition awards. The Voiceâs season one finalist Beverly McClellan and Cirque du Soleilâs Mystere entertained. New GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said he originally came from not-so-liberal Alabama and is thrilled to be in SF âwhere you can be exactly who you are.â He stressed, âItâs time for our community to go on the offensive!â
âFABULOUS BY DESIGNâ was the fundraiser for GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) NETWORK at the De Sousa Hughes Design Showroom. Executive Director Carolyn Laub noted that in California alone, the Network (founded in 1998) supports 880 GSAâs with the mission to provide a safe space empowering youth activists to fight homophobia, transphobia and bullying in schools by training student leaders. 34 other states now have GSAs, including Kentucky and Arkansas. Laub praised the FAIR Education Act, requiring schools to include queers in history and social studies curriculums. Two incredible youth leaders spoke of their challenges and triumphs.
SF GAY MENâS CHORUSâ UNPLUGGED will feature a cappella versions of hits ranging from Broadway to the Beatles, and contemporary pop classics from Cyndi Lauperâs âTrue Colorsâ to American rock band One Republicâs âGood Life,â and more. Itâs just 250 men singing. Unplugged! SFGMC contacted the man known the world over as âthe father of a cappella singing,â Deke Sharon, arranger and vocal producer of NBCâs hit series The Sing-Off. He works with the Chorus adding his special sparkle. No instruments other than beat-boxer Kid Beyond. June 15 & 16, 8pm, Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore. Tickets start at $25, vendini.com.
5TH ANNUAL PRIDE KICKOFF PARTY, Thursday, June 21st, 7-11pm is at the beautiful, iconic Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street & Sacramento, hosted by Mark Rhoades. Food provided by Kimpton hotels & restaurants. Open bar by Ketel One vodka and Don Julio tequila. Special guests are comics from the Chelsea Lately show, Heather McDonald & Loni Love. The fundraiser is for the Victory Institute, helping LGBTQ people run for political office. Tix: VictoryInstitute.org/Pride.
LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART is at New Conservatory Theatre Center through July 1st. Terrence McNallyâs comic drama takes place July 4, 1991. David has died from AIDS, leaving his exquisite Fire Island gay neighborhood beach house to his dowdy, pragmatic sister Sally (Marie OâDonnell). For the holiday, she and her uncouth, Jersey husband Sam (Michael Sally) have invited Samâs attention-grabbing, high-strung sister Chloe (Sarah Mitchell) and Chloeâs stuffy, arrogant spouse, John (Cameron Weston). The scenery is magnificent â youâd swear you were poolside at a beachfront getaway. The script is witty, if not just a tad long. AIDSphobia, homophobia and racism raise their ugly heads. We get to know each characterâs inner psyche through tableau and revealing monologues the others cannot hear. Find out what that wacky title means! Tix 861-8972 or nctcf.org.
Do not miss SEX AND THE CITY at Rebel, 7 & 9pm, June 18, 19, 26, 1760 Market at Octavia! $20 advance, brownpapertickets.com/event/245268 or $25 door. This mostly drag cast hilariously portrays four professional women in search of the perfect relationship ... and orgasm: sassy columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Heklina); slutty publicist Samantha Jones (DâArcy Drollinger), cynical attorney Miranda Hobbes (Lady Bear); and prudish art gallery curator Charlotte York (Trixxie Carr). Also featuring Cookie Dough and Jordan Wheeler, with Leigh Crow as Mr. Big. Fan-tabulous!!!
Sister Dana is thrilled that summer is almost here, hoping to see a lot less clothing and a lot more flesh out there on you queeple (âqueer peopleâ â do ya think thatâll catch on?!)