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Much deep gratitude to everyone who turned out tonight.
No effort was made by the Pride folks to communicate with the throng on their doorstep. Nothing about how they were going to handle letting activists in and accommodate all who wanted entry. Not one representative was on the street to dialogue with us.
At about 7:04 pm Pride treasurer David Currie asked me to move aside, I was right in front of the door, so he could use his key to open the door and get into the building. I complied with his request then positioned myself half-way into the lobby, as Currie's grasp on the inside door handle slipped. Pleading to use the bathroom, he said yes to my request to be let in, and two inches behind me was Jerry the Faerie, a longtime radical queer. It was Jerry who made way for others to follow into the lobby.
A member interrupted me and asked that the meeting officially start, which it did with only me in the room. Look at the empty chairs. I shut up and listened to the board for seven-minutes conducted business, while out in hallway activists and a reporter demanded to be let in, and soon the guard allowed two handfuls of others in.
No single board member seem to be in charge of facilitating the meeting. One moment it was Lisa Williams, board president, or this woman, or one of the gentleman sitting near the door. The time was 7:23 pm.
There were two San Francisco police cruisers parked out Market Street near Guerrero, along with a squad car a short distance away.
Activists were reminded by a board member that each speaker would get a single-minute to make a statement and then public comment began, at 7:39 pm.
As I was escorted out of the building by a Pride person who wouldn't give me his name and the security guard, I said this was no way to run a Pride committee. The fact that Pride leaders couldn't be bothered to lift a finger and rent a room half-a-block away at the gay community center to accommodate the crowd, is one more example of how inept these leaders are.
We proud queers deserve, and will eventually get, better Pride leaders.