"Bursting with Pride" photo by Mike Eliason, courtesy of the Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Barbara Pride celebration begins next week Oct. 10-11th in Plaza de la Guerra!
Welcome to OUT in SB, your periodic eBulletin from the Gay Santa Barbara Foundation highlighting events of cultural interest for members of the region's LGBT community and those who support us. Please feel free to forward this list of GSB produced or co-sponsored events to anyone you think might be interested.
In this issue:
CALENDAR OF EVENTS1. Santa Barbara Pride 2003 Begins!
2. Gay Identity Art Exhibit, Reception and Silent Auction
3. Downtown Block Party
4. Read OUT Loud! A Literary Salon
5. Queer Gearhead Invasion
6. National Coming OUT Day/SB Pride Festival
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REPORTS
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Events like the Santa Barbara Pride Festival and GSB's other year-round efforts would not be possible withOUT the generosity of sponsors like Toyota of Santa Barbara. Please be sure to let Jim or Gina know how much their ongoing support is appreciated or click on the banner above to visit their website!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Well it's hard to believe that yet another year has gone by but we are already... ONE WEEK AWAY from SB Pride again! Your Committee has been working hard all year to put a fabulous Celebration together for you and we hope you and your friends will all be able to join us for some or all of the interesting and diverse events we have planned for you. Last year, more than 5,000 people (police estimates) celebrated with us in Plaza "gay" la Guerra. We expect that number to grow for 2003 and hope you will join us. In honor of this year's festival falling on National Coming OUT Day (gee, what a coincidence...) our theme is, "Come OUT, Come OUT Wherever You Are!" See below for more on this. Below, please find a sampling of the schedule but be sure to keep checking in at www.SBPride.org for the latest details and updates. .
Thursday October 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Frameworks Caruso-Woods Gallery, 131 East de la Guerra.
The pubic is invited to the FREE opening reception of "Gay Identity III", the GSB Foundation's juried art exhibition and silent auction - receiving day for entries is Oct. 4thfrom 10 am to 2 pm. The event heralds the beginning of Santa Barbara's annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Celebration held in Plaza de la Guerra through October 11th. The reception and exhibition will be held at the nearby Frameworks-Caruso/Woods Fine Art Gallery, 131 East de la Guerra Street and will run through October 18th.
Artists need not be gay lesbian bisexual or transgender themselves but must in some way address the "Gay Identity" in their work. Submissions will be judged on aesthetic quality, Gay Identity relevance and presentation. All media, including photography but excluding video are welcome. For more information or a Call For Entries form, visit www.GaySantaBarbara.org or contact Paul Mills Art@GaySB.org.
<<< CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 4TH >>>
Friday, October 10th from 5 to 11 pm - de la Guerra @ State in downtown Santa Barbara.
This year we are presenting a new addition to Pride Week with an old fashioned Block Party and it's...FREE! The Block Party, as all GSB Events, is open to the public so be sure to bring your friends and neighbors to join us in celebrating. There will be dozens of vendors with a variety of food and beverages to choose from. GSB's Block Party will feature a beer garden with a margarita booth and DJs Gavin Roy and Millennium will be pumping OUT the music to dancers and revelers into the night.
Saturday, October 11th from 2 - 4 pm - Council Chambers at Santa Barbara City Hall in Plaza de la Guerra.
Gay Santa Barbara will hold its second les-bi-gay-trans Literary Salon as part of its Gay Pride Celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 2pm in City Hall Council Chambers. This year's FEATURED AUTHORS will be:
FELICE PICANO, widely acknowledged as one of the founders of modern gay literature; winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award; five-time nominee for a Lambda book Award; nominee for the PEN/Ernest Hemingway award and author of 20 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays including Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, Men Who Loved Me, and Onyx.
ELANA DYKEWOMON, winner of a Lambda Book Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award for her novel, Beyond the Pale; author of other books of poetry and prose including the new collection, Moon Creek Road; and former editor of the international lesbian-feminist journal, Sinister Wisdom.
LEO CABRANES-GRANT, winner of Santa Barbara's 2003 "Independent Award" for playwriting; and a professor at UCSB. Leo will present a staged-reading of a new one-act play written especially for Read OUT Loud!
LEILA J. RUPP, Chair of Women's Studies at UCSB; author of several books, including A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Sexuality in America.
VERTA TAYLOR, professor of Sociology at UCSB; author of Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression. Together they co-authored the recent book Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret.
The event will be hosted by Santa Barbara author, DANIEL M. JAFFE, whose novel, The Limits of Pleasure, was a Finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Authors will autograph their books and meet with members of the audience.
Read OUT Loud is a project of the GSB Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public benefit organization and funded in part by the COMMUNITY EVENTS & FESTIVALS Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
Saturday, October 11th from 10 - 6 pm - de la Guerra Street.
For the third year in a row, car and motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to display their pride and joy at Santa Barbara Pride. If you have a classic car or an interesting motorcycle, we encourage you to bring them up and join your fellow Queer Gearheads (and those who wish they were!) There will be a MOTOTCYCLE PARKING ONLY area on the State Street end of de la Guerra Street with CLASSIC CAR PARKING ONLY on the other end of the block entering from Anacapa Street. Due to extremely limited space (especially with cars), parking will be on a first come first serve basis only.
NOTE: This is not by any means a judged show with registrations or fees, only a courtesy offering to our friends as a place to exhibit their toys. All individuals are responsible for their own equipment, as they would be parking on any public street.
Saturday, October 11th from 10 - 6 pm - Plaza "gay" la Guerra!
The GSB Main Stage will open at 11 am with live music till 9 pm. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Donald Currie and there will be surprise guests throughOUT the day. We've tried to find something for everyone including: The Debra Farris Band, Tuaca Kelly, Mika, el Son del Pueblo, Raven, Santa Barbara's favorite drag king troupe, The Disposable Boy Toys, Shitting Glitter (!) and, headlining the event, The Great American Swing Band featuring lead singer and Gay Santa Barbara's very own Glenn Novack! Be sure to visit www.GaySantaBarbara.org for more information on the performers and all the latest updates on the whole celebration.
Santa Barbara Pride and National Coming OUT Day - like a Blue Moon - fall on the same day this year and we are making the most of the crowd (more than 5,000 last year) to help others come OUT! Our theme for 2003 is... Come OUT Come OUT Wherever You Are! There will be special quests, inspirational speakers and open mike opportunities so be sure to show your support to all those folks in our community who still need a little help with a sticky closet door. We expect attendance to exceed 5,000 people this year making this the largest celebration of NCOD (that we know of) in Southern California.
National Coming Out Day is celebrated every Oct. 11 to mark the anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality. Each year since, thousands of GLBT people and allies have celebrated National Coming Out Day in schools, churches and businesses nationwide through workshops, speak-outs, rallies and other events aimed at showing the public that GLBT people are everywhere. Visit www.hrc.org/ncop to learn more about this Human Rights Campaign project and be sure to visit their booth at Santa Barbara Pride.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REPORTS
Our nation and the LGBT community are at a very critical point in our development. Forces wishing to take away the very rights so many of us have fought and died for are rallying against us at this moment and the best hope we have is to use the power of our votes to stop them.
Gay Santa Barbara will once again have an Official U. S. Government Gay Post Office (really!) at Santa Barbara Pride for all of you not registered to vote. Of course you can send your "I got OUT in SB" souvenir postcards to your friends and family with official SB Pride Station cancellation stamps as well! Vote with your head.
Vote with your heart. Vote with your wallet. But by all means, be sure to get OUT there, flex YOUR power and use YOUR vote.
Saturday, October 11th from 10 am to 9 pm - Plaza "gay" la Guerra.
GSB has seen such success bringing our OUTreach venture, the Gay Café, to local festivals that we decided to share our good fortune with our friends at the Queer Student Union from UCSB. ThroughOUT the day, all proceeds from the Gay Café will benefit the students at the QSU so be sure to buy lots of icy blended mochas and coffee drinks all day. Last year GSB contributed $500 to our friends at the QSU for their leadership and support of GSB and events like this festival. This year we hope to double that amount - so drink up!
BTW, we still have a couple of other OUTings with the Gay Café on this year's calendar so perhaps you can join us at one of the final events for 2003.
Be sure to visit the Gay Café in 2003 at many of these events and show your support for our year-round fundraising efforts. To see photos of the crew serving up mochas and smiles SB Pride and more click here.
Needless to say, this would not be possible withOUT a steady supply of volunteers. For those of you who slaved over a cold can of whipped cream to help make this possible all year - THANK YOU AGAIN! For those of you who might like to join the fun and, in the process, maybe even make some new friends, send an email to Cafe@GaySB.org to schedule some time behind the bar.
"Would you like that with whipped cream?"
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 17th, 18th and 19th at Borders Books Music & Café.
Our friends at Borders are once again holding Gay Days to benefit GSB and our premier event, the Santa Barbara Pride Celebration. Be sure to visit the following stores:
All you need to do is mention Pride or present the Gay Days coupon - click here for coupon - to the cashier and a percentage of YOUR purchase will help to produce FREE events like Santa Barbara Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration each year.
Thanks in advance for your support and be sure to tell all your friends!
As you might imagine, there are countless opportunities to volunteer next weekend. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator Mark Quinn at Volunteer@SBPride.org to schedule your shift. If you don't get a chance before the event, just show up at the Volunteer Sign-up and ask what you can do to help.
How is this all possible?
GSB is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public benefit organization. Were it not for the generosity of our community members, both individuals and businesses, with volunteer hours and financial contributions, Santa Barbara Pride would not be taking place at all, nor would GSB be able to continue with our ongoing cultural programs.
Please be sure to let our sponsors know how much you appreciate their support with YOUR support - throughout the year. Visit our website for our list of sponsors, frequent their websites and their establishments and let them know how important their support is to our community.
If you are able to make a contribution to GSB of any amount (tax-deductible within current IRS guidelines) or volunteer your time, your support will go a long way towards sustaining our community building efforts. Send an e-mail to: Donate@GaySB.org or Volunteer@GaySB.org .
But least we forget, without the scores of selfless volunteers at Team GSB who put in countless hours throughout the year to help make this all possible, it couldn't have happened at all. Thank you ALL again!
Ok, so that was quite a bit to read but we've got a bit to share with everyone next week so please do your best to join us and be sure to spread the word.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead