The video includes a snippet of us standing near the stairs of the War Memorial Opera House, our enormous rainbow flag blowing in the breeze, before U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul appear.
As we shouted, "Mrs. Pelosi! Support gay Russians!", she stopped for a moment to look at our signs and flag before grinning and giving the thumbs up gesture to us.
Melanie Nathan, member of the Marin Human Rights Commission, stands behind an enlargement of the solidarity letter signed by married lesbian soprano divas Patricia Racette, who sang in last night's performance of "Mephistopheles", and her wife Beth Clayton. Lots of opera-goers added their names to the letter. Read Melanie's report on last night at her blog.
Eric Colby, house manager of the opera house, holds the rose Robbie Sweeny brought for Patricia Racette, looking at yours truly not letting Bell's palsy stop me from smiling for the camera.
As Jorge Rodriguez of Gays Without Borders holds the flag and a sign, a grande dame shows her solidarity with our gay Russia cause with this photo-op. The fabulous lady is Joy Venturini Bianchi, a beloved socialite who runs her own house of couture and longtime friend of the gay community.
Many matrons and patrons staged their own photo-ops in front of our vigil for their Facebook pages and Instagram accounts.
All in all, a wonderful and fun evening engaging with high society on behalf of solidarity with Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the San Francisco cultural and political worlds.
A huge thank you from me to my activist colleagues and friends, all the fine folks at the SF Opera company and the opera-lovers for making September 6th's season opener a success!