Too Jaded for Gay Pride? Get Over It!

A queer guide to Pride events

Trannyshack Does the "Gay Ghetto"

Harvey's

500 Castro (at 18th Street)

10 p.m.-2 a.m.; $6.

All right everyone, this is my third year of doing the SF Weekly Pride Guide, and I always manage to get a shameless plug in, don't I? Well, here you go, darlings. If you find yourselves in the Castro for Pink Saturday, won't you please spend the evening (and some of that lovely gay disposable income) with me as I host a show with all your "T-shack" faves, including Syphilis Diller, Putanesca, Nikki Star, Diva Dan, Kiddie, and more TBA.

Sunday, June 26

Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud

San Francisco Gay Pride 2005

The parade starts at Market and Beale at 10:30 a.m. and comes to an end at Civic Center, with festivities continuing there throughout the day. (The Main Stage, in front of City Hall, will feature entertainers En Vogue, Third Eye Blind, Betty, Anita Cocktail & the Diamond Daggers, and many more TBA).

What to do on Gay Pride night, though? Just about every club promoter in town is vying for that coveted gay dollar, and there's tons of stuff going on. Here are just a few suggestions for the evening:

Dykes on Bikes After Party

The Lexington Club

3464 19th St. (at Valencia)

Noon-2 a.m.; free.

Lipstick lesbians beware! This is where all the butchies will be partying after working up a thirst kick-starting, as always, the parade.

Messy Queen

Club Eight

1151 Folsom (between Seventh and Eighth streets)

6 p.m.-midnight; $3.

DJ Andrian & the Mysterious D spin mash-ups and bastard pop for your dancing and cruising pleasure, with a barbecue, appetizers, and $1, ass-kicking margaritas. Go to www.eightsf.com for more info.

Lashes

Bambuddha Lounge

601 Eddy (at Polk)

5-10 p.m.; $10.

Parade Grand Marshals Juanita More and Donna Sachet host this glam bash to benefit the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center. Also features performances by Princess Kennedy and Suppositori Spelling, with DJs Derek B ("Trannyshack"), Neon Leon, and Chelsea Starr ("Hot Pants").

Sundance Saloon After-Pride Country-Western Dance

Ramada Plaza Hotel

1231 Market (at Eighth Street)

6-11 p.m.; $5.

If your feet aren't killing you after marching all day, kick up your heels with these two-stepping, line-dancing dykes and queens.

Giant

Ten 15 Folsom

1015 Folsom (at Sixth Street)

6 p.m.-midnight; $20.

I can talk about Pride, diversity, rainbow flags, etc., until I'm blue in the face, but you circuit queens and gym bunnies just want to do your party favors and dance, don't you? Well, why not? This massive T-dance put on by club king Gus Bean is custom built for you. Get it, girls!

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