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Friday, June 22, 2012

SFPD Asks People to Be Gay This Weekend -- Literally

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

One million people will be in the Castro this weekend to see this
  • One million people will be in the Castro this weekend to see this

There's no happier time in San Francisco than Gay Pride, which brings out the colorful, the playful, and the wild animal in us all.

But as with every event that draws the masses, there's always potential for problem people to screw things up for the rest of us.

That's why San Francisco police are asking that everyone just be gay this weekend -- gay in that happy, carefree sort of way. Specifically, they are asking that we all get along, which means no fighting, no dangerous drinking, and no violence of any sort.

An estimated 1 million people will make their way through the Castro neighborhood this weekend to celebrate all things homosexual. The Pink Party on Saturday night is alcohol-free, so don't even think about bring your rainbow-colored flask; and yes, there will be extra cops on patrol that night to make sure you aren't pounding beers in the street.

But because they can't be everywhere at once, SFPD is asking everyone to use common sense, if you have any, and follow these very important safety tips:

  • Look out for you and your friends. If you see something weird or suspicious, then say something to a Pride staffer or a cop.
  • Drink responsibly, which means don't drink until you pass out on the street, and know where your alcoholic beverage is at all times.
  • This one is really important: Don't drink and drive.
  • Keep your cell phone on you at all times. Guard your wallet and other valuables.
  • Stay close by your friends, and be cautious when you or your friends decide to leave a bar with someone you just met.

If you can accomplish those and still have fun, then you are sure to have a happy and safe Pride this year.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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