Preparations under way for SF Pride weekend

June 24, 2011 1:02:47 PM PDT
San Francisco police are adding extra patrols to the Castro as it gears up for the 41st San Francisco Pride Celebration. It's a three day party of activities and parades by the Pride Foundation to commemorate the liberation, culture and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Crews are getting ready for the Transgender March from Dolores Park to the Civic Center. The party will start at 3:30 p.m. at Dolores Park and is open to the public, but is intended to shine the spotlight on the transgender community. The event was started about eight years ago. The march will begin at 6:30 p.m..

"The mission of the Trans March is to really have equal rights for all people, including trans-people and we really feel like in order to do that we have to secure safe and stable housing, that we need to put an end to profiling of all members of our community. We really want to stop a lot of the violence and discrimination that our community faces. So we feel like it is really important for us to go to the center of San Francisco and to end our demonstration there," said Trans March spokesperson Luis Gutierrez-Mock.

The Dyke March and Pink Saturday, which is a street party, will take place on Saturday. The big event will take place on Sunday; Olympia Dukakis and Chaz Bono will be the grand marshalls of the Pride Parade.