The Pride festivities have arrived, and there’s a lot going on in our neighborhood or its vicinity. Here’s a little guide of events that you can’t miss this weekend:
- Today’s annual transgender march will honor the 45th anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria riot, that went down at this now disappeared cafeteria at the corner of Taylor and Turk when police officers tried to arrest a trans woman. Although the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City are generally considered the starting point of the modern gay liberation movement, this incident is considered to be the first recorded transgender riot in United States history.
Also, this year’s trans march should take on an even feistier tone. On Thursday, as SFist reports a San Francisco Superior Court Judge dismissed felony hate crime charges brought against two men accused of assaulting a 20-year-old transgender woman at the 16th and Mission BART Plaza back in April. Trans March 2011, Dolores Park to UN Plaza, June 24, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
- On Saturday, Deco Lounge on Larkin is throwing one of their epic disco parties, Go BANG! Go PRIDE! (see pictures from their party last year here). There’s no charge for entry if you get there before 10 pm, and the cover is only $5 afterwards. They’ll be serving up $2 PBR, $3.75 Jager shots and vodka-cranberries, and $5 Skyy Ginger and ginger ale concoctions. DJs will be spinning 70’s and 80’s disco hits to get partiers in the mood for a bygone. Saturday, June 25th, 9 pm-2 am, at Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin St.
- The main event of the weekend is, of course, the Pride Parade along Market Street. One of the biggest and most fun in the country, it’s not to be missed. Sunday 26, starts at 10:30AM at Market & Beale Streets.
- On Sunday, the historic Aunt Charlie’s Lounge on Turk at Taylor is throwing a house music party entitled “A River Runs Through It“. Just a few steps away from the Pride Parade route on Market, there will be pulsing beats and cheap drinks to transport you away from the screaming masses. Free, starts at noon.
- BONUS: on Tuesday there’s a free screening at the Castro Theatre of the 2005 documentary “The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria”, directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker. For those of you interested in learning more about this historic event and see some original footage of it, as well as interviews with some of the people who participated in the riot. Tuesday, June 28, 9PM, Free.