. Times story about some internal agonizing among San Francisco's Gay Pride participants, some of whom are miffed at the corporate sponsorship and perceived watering down of leftist politics. I particularly enjoyed the last two paragraphs, which (unintentionally) spotlight a main reason why I prefer L.A., and the gay celebrations in my neigbhorhood, to Frisco and the Castro.
But the reality is that Los Angeles is a less political, socially conscious place than San Francisco -- sometimes to a disappointing extent, said Martin, who said he believes that parade watchers in Southern California could certainly stand a little more politics with their play.

"Are we just celebrating hot bodies and a good time? Or is there something more to it?" asked Martin, who received an award named after a gay icon, Harvey Milk, during last weekend's gay pride celebration in Hollywood. "Los Angeles, unfortunately, has gone out of its way to keep it very sanitized. It just doesn't fit L.A.'s style."

Posted by at June 24, 2002 04:15 PM

I can't say I'm bothered by the corporate sponsorship of SF Pride, but then again, I celebrated when the Pottery Barn at Castro and Market opened. I mean, other major events in SF are sponsored too, like as the Precious Cheese North Beach Festival and the SF Examiner Bay to Breakers race.

And while Pride festivities are, indeed, an opportunity to "celebrat[e] hot bodies and a good time," I don't think that's a bad thing at all. Especially when there are other simultaneous events coincide with the Pride parade and festival, such as the SF Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Bingham Cup rugby tournament.

Posted by: Ben Bartos at June 24, 2002 06:25 PM

When comparing LA to SF, remember that the SF Lefties are complaining because there is, in fact, a lot of corporate sponsorship. If the LA celebrations have indeed been sanitized of politics, then I disagree with both Matt and "Martin". I have always enjoyed watching a parade where Commies and Exxon march together.

Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at June 25, 2002 10:12 AM
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