I have a huge surprise: I've been nominated to be one of a handful of Parade Grand Marshalls in the San Francisco Pride March this year.
YOW! I wanna win so bad. I promise, if I'm a parade marshall I will be so outrageous, and we will have so much fun, that we won't stop talking about it for the rest of lives. Deal!
Would you vote for me?
You can go online and press a button. Or, you can vote in person and make a big papery show of it! (See below for in-person voting details).
Let me give you a little background:
I've been involved in the SF Parade since... 1979. Before that, I was part of the gay parades in Hollywood, and Long Beach.
I have done every station of the cross at Pride celebrations except Grand Marshall.
I have protested the stage, taken over the stage, performed on stage, marched in the goofball contingent, the fuck-anita-bryant contingent, the anarchists, the strippers and whores, the angelic choirs, the diseased-pariah-news fellow travelers, as a parent with my kid in a little red wagon, as a spectator on poles, window ledges, running out in traffic, getting my car stolen, getting high, getting On Our Backs first issue out, getting mugged, Dykes on Bikes, in latex, in leather, in my pajamas, post-break-up, post-knife-fight, post poptarts, with straight relatives, with closeted gay relatives, with my eyes closed... every incarnation you can think of. Let me reach my zenith!
I have never been in a "little red convertible," waving and singing with the crowd. I have not "led" a float covered with flowers and disco balls. THIS IS MY DESTINY.
Now, who are the other contenders?
I hate to tell you this, but they're all worthy, wonderful people who are probably as hysterical to lead a parade as I am. I'm in the "community activist" category, so everyone on the ballot is more than deserving.
Just focus on your selfish pleasure to see me win, win, win.
Vote Now! You can only vote once, darn it.
Polling has started already, and it ends 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 10th.
2011 Detailled Grand Marshal Voting Guide
There are three (3) methods you can utilize to cast your vote:
1.) Visit a public polling place, get a paper ballot, and cast it in person. Times and locations are:
Friday, April 1 – Bench & Bar (510 17th Street, Oakland)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 2 – Mr. S Leather Co. (8th and Harrison Streets, SF)
11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, April 9 – Project Open Hand (730 Polk Street, SF)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
2.) Stop in at the SFLGBTPCC office between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and pick up a paper ballot — then either fill it out on the spot, mail it in, or FAX it in to the office. Multiple ballots can not be turned in or FAXed by one person, a maximum of TWO (2) ballots can be sent into the office via regular mail (1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco CA 94103.
3.) Vote online at sfpride.org!