Toshio Meronek

How Gay Shame Really Feels About Corporate Pride

Filed By Toshio Meronek | June 22, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Christopher Street Liberation Day, gay pride, gay shame, Pride 2012, San Francisco

gay-shame-pride-2012.jpgPurposely confusing and always amusing, Gay Shame's latest attack on the corporatization of Pride events has officially gone viral. On Facebook, this image has been shared thousands of times, and in San Francisco you can't miss the dozens of posters around the Castro and Mission districts.

This year, the group reads the LGBT police officer's association; censorship-happy media giant Clear Channel; and the US's biggest LGBT film fest, Frameline, which accepts funds from the Israeli consulate as part of that government's campaign to "pinkwash" the apartheid happening in Palestine (likewise, Alice Walker, the bisexual author of The Color Purple, told everyone how she feels about the issue yesterday).

Some entities notorious locally in San Francisco also make the most-hated list: Supervisor Jane Kim, who made headlines around town by giving a big tax break to Twitter (which recently built a new HQ in the SoMa district, bringing more gentrification to central SF), and the city's Sit-Lie policy that further criminalizes poor people.

As summer Pride floats back up traffic on streets across the USA, it's a good reminder that while the world needs any excuse to get wasted on (official sponsor) Bud Light Lime while taking in the performances of straight pop acts of yesteryear, Pride actually started as a day of political action called Christopher Street Liberation Day.

Don't forget it.

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