1 dead, 3 shot at San Francisco gay pride event

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(06-27) 17:30 PDT San Francisco, CA (AP) —

Thousands of revelers gathered in downtown San Francisco for the 40th annual gay pride parade on Sunday, one day after a related celebration turned deadly with a shooting at a street party.

Stephen Powell, 19, was among three people shot late Saturday night during the city’s “Pink Saturday” event that precedes the parade. Powell died early Sunday from gunshot wounds to the chest, authorities said.

A 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man also were injured, each shot in the leg, but are expected to survive, said Officer Samson Chan, a police spokesman.

The shooting took place at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Castro district. Chan said huge crowds had gathered in the street for the normally peaceful party.

When shots were fired, police descended on the scene as partygoers ran in all directions. Police arrested a 19-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, and recovered a handgun believed to be used in the shooting.

Police were investigating what led to the shooting but Officer Phil Gordon told the San Francisco Chronicle authorities did not believe it was a hate crime.

“We think they (the shooter and at least one victim) knew each other,” he said.

City leaders said based on the initial investigation they did not believe the violence would cause officials to cancel future gay pride events in the Castro.

A 2006 shooting at Halloween party in the Castro resulted in the halting of all subsequent city-sanctioned Halloween festivities there.

The 40th annual gay pride weekend started Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, where thousands converged as vendors sold barbecue and burritos and DJs spun tunes on a large stage.

On Sunday, people crowded the streets to watch the gay pride parade and a concert by The Backstreet Boys. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is from San Francisco, also delivered a videotaped address.

San Francisco Pride Executive Director Amy Andre said the fight for equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people has come a long way since the first pride celebration in 1970.

Andre said this year’s theme, “40 and Fabulous,” is partly intended to celebrate the movement’s progress.

“But we’re also reflecting on the fact that we still have a long way to come for equal rights,” Andre added.

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J-FLAG Remembers Fallen Brother and Calls for an End to Hate Crimes

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Montego Bay, Jamaica—June 18:

June is International Gay Pride month and June 18, 2010  marks the sixth (6th) anniversary of the mob slaying in Montego Bay of 26 year old Victor Jarrett on the mere suspicion of being gay. Victor was sitting with some friends on Dump-up beach when two police officers approached, accused him of being gay and watching men on the beach, started hurling insults at him and ordering him to leave the public beach.  A mob soon formed and Victor was chased from the beach into his community in Canterbery St. James where he was bludgeoned to death.

To commemorate this tragic event, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) organized a memorial on Dump-up beach under the theme ‘Never Again’ to draw attention to hate crimes which continue to be perpetuated against Jamaican gays.  While police instigated attacks against Jamaica’s gay community have declined in recent times, there is insufficient prosecution of crimes committed by private citizens.

Jason McFarlane, Programme Manager at J-FLAG stated ‘We are here to honour Victor’s memory, calling to the mind the many brothers and sisters who have suffered at the hands of Jamaica’s intolerance towards gays.  It is sad that in 2010 this is still happening. Maurice Tomlinson of AIDS Free World stated “We are   proud to stand with this group to call for an end to the intolerance and abuse of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community which is driving them underground and severely undermining the national fight against HIV.”

Despite Jamaica signing onto three Organization of American States (OAS) Resolutions condemning violence against citizens because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, the country continues to record numerous human rights abuses of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender citizens. Between 2009 and 2010, J-FLAG received reports of some 16 cases of persons who suffered some form of discrimination and abuse including but not limited to being ejected from their homes, Lesbians being raped to ‘make them straight.’ and men being stabbed.

A wreath of 26 red roses representing Victor’s age and 6 yellow representing the years since his death lay on a rainbow flag symbolizing the reason for his murder.  Participants shared memories of Victor being a mild-mannered, warm, caring, fun-loving friend.  At the end of the 20 minute memorial participants ripped the petals off the roses and scattered them in the sea representing the waste of a beautiful life.

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CARIBBEAN VANITY FAIR GRAMMY AWARDS 2010

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Over the weekend of June 11- 12 the team of the Spencer Just Fine and Posh Milano, hosted the 5th Annual Grammy Awards. The awards this year was a bi-costal event spanning two days with the Pre-event Lyme being held at The YARD on Hopefield Avenue in Kingston (the South Coast) and the actual show being hosted at Heaven’s Night Club in St. Ann (the North Coast). Unfortunately, none of the members of the PINK Possie attended the actual awards ceremony. However, we salute the organizers of this important affair as we here at PINK agree that there is a need to recognize as a community those persons and individuals who have done much work to make our lives even that much more colourful!

Below are the list of Nominees in the Respective categories and the sectional winners. Please note that the sectional winners are highlighted in Bold Print and that the award recognizes individuals and groups for work done over 2009 to May 2010:

NOMINEES & CATEGORIES

BEST DRAG QUEEN

  1. Kandi Exquisite Doll
  2. Ashley Fly Certify Diva
  3. Macka Bimma
  4. Tiana Trensetter
  5. Emani Ebanks
  6. Lena Good
  7. Kerry First lady
  8. Barbie

MOST IMPROVED DRAG QUEEN

  1. Ashley Fly Certify Diva
  2. Tiana Trensetter
  3. Angel
  4. Rosheka Lovena
  5. Emani Ebanks
  6. Matilda Low

GLAMOUR BOY

  1. Ainsley
  2. Dean
  3. Kemar
  4. Romie

GLAMOUR GIRL

  1. Kandi Exquisite Doll
  2. Ashley Fly Certify Diva
  3. Macka Bimma
  4. Angel
  5. Ninja
  6. Lena Good
  7. Emani Ebanks

HOT GAL AWARD

Macey Gray

MOST SUPPORTIVE PATRON

  1. Maxine (Michelle Obama)
  2. Ashley Fly Certify Diva
  3. Tiana Trensetter
  4. Kandi Exquisite Doll

PARTY OF THE YEAR

  1. Pride
  2. Dance-off
  3. Dancehall Queen
  4. Brandon on the roof
  5. The Red Door

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  1. Brandon
  2. Macey
  3. The Red Door
  4. Futeristics

BEST PARTY PROMOTER AWARD

Ashley Fly Certify Diva

BEST RED CARPET OUTFIT

Male    Kemar

Female Kerry (First Lady) Glama Sweet life

BEST GRAMMY HAIR DO

Grace Jones

LIFE TIME ACHIEVER AWARD

Omar (babe) Stephens

CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE AWARD

Rayon

LEGENDARY AWARD

  1. Rohan so happy (bandilaro) Able
  2. Paul (brook foot paul) Wright
  3. Ms Chin (sally pochus)
  4. Garfield (biggy) Mighty
  5. Macey Gray

BEST DRAG PERFORMER

  1. Macey
  2. Diva Worpe
  3. Tiana Trensetter
  4. Kerry (First Lady) Glama Sweet life

SELECTOR AWARDS

  1. Buck   – dancehall
  2. David  – contemporary
  3. Howie – techno

BEST GROUP AWARD

  1. Upsetta
  2. Silence Treatment

BEST CREW AWARD

  1. Arocobessa Hoosick Girls
  2. Untouchables

BEST COUPLE AWARD

  1. Lush & Tifa
  2. Barbara & Rudy
  3. Ms. Whom & Ramishe

COUPLE OF THE YEAR

  1. Toni-ann & Angel
  2. Jasper & Wheezy

LONGEST COUPLE

Damion & Stephen

CERTIFIED DIVA AWARD

  1. Kandi Exquisite Doll
  2. Ashley Fly Certify Diva
  3. Emani Ebanks
  4. Angel
  5. Barbie
  6. You Girl

LEGENDARY DIVA’S  AWARD

  1. Diva
  2. Bianca
  3. Sally
  4. Brett

SURVIVOR AWARD

Wendy

DANCE HALL QUEEN AWARD 2009-2010

Boney Stacy

BEST DRESS 2009

Martino Rich

MISS WORLD 2009 – 2010

Tiana Trensetter

FLUFFY DIVA AWARD

  1. Mique
  2. Asso
  3. Alex Fluffy
  4. Biggy

FLUFFIEST DIVA

  1. Mique
  2. Biggiesha
  3. Asso
  4. Romie fluffy

INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES

  1. Rock star Award – Gucci Gudlype (Ms. Chin)
  2. Flam Boy Away – Dane Usetter
  3. Fashionista Award – Romeo British
  4. Fashion Guru – Tobias Scarlett
  5. Best Designer (CFW 2009- 2010) Gavin Douglas

Top 10 Things To Look For In A Modern Man (Part II)

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And so the time has come for us to complete what we have started. A week ago we started listing the top ten things to look for in a modern man, today we complete this list:

5. Passion and Drive.

Passion can be described as a strong sexual desire; a powerful emotion such as joy, anger, hatred; boundless enthusiasm. For this entry we’re going to focus on the latter. A guy must be passionate about something, but it is not just about so-so passion! Accompanying this passion must be the twin brothers hard work and motivation. (Now here is a safe way to have a 3-some!) Men like this are pillars of our society, objects to be desired and hunted down like prey. I don’t know about anyone else but having a successful man, no matter the profession, as a partner is a “mussity.” That’s my new word.

4. Independence

A man who makes his own decisions, is a leader and not a follower is sexier than that guy in the Flow advertisement any day. In our community the greatest example of independence is, owning one’s own place……. well at least renting! Lets face facts with the police being as friendly as they are, and people being as nosy as they can be it just makes sense. Moreover, the hide and seek business is for kids!

3. Hotness factor.

On a scale of 1 – 10 he is an 11! Again everyone has a type of guy that they go for, so for this one we will focus on your attraction to the guy. Research shows that tall men are the most attractive. Guys 6 feet and over, where you at? Also, apparently humans are attracted to symmetry, but as the Good doctor Molly says: the man must look so good to you that when you “lock you eye”, you see his face and it makes you feel good.

2.  Single

The Hide and Seek game mentioned under independence raises another issue. If the man is hiding you, it could be he is either not single or he is living with his MAMA. Now Mama living is understandable if you under 25, after that the man needs a shrink or a decent job but definitely not a relationship. However, if he is with someone else STOP IT RIGHT THERE! HAVE SOME SELFRESPECT, MOVE ON AND FIND YOUR OWN. REMEMBER HOT BOY DONT WEAR PEOPLE SWEAT INNA.

1.Old-fashioned values.

Can’t stress how important this one is. My parents have been married for 47 years. Why? Old fashioned values. Values such as loyalty, commitment and consideration age gracefully like a bottle of wine. Take a look not so much at his friends but the quality of his friendships, for these display the true man that he is. If he takes the time out to Cook even an awful dinner, for you it shows he is willing to spend time on you and there lies the making of a good relationship. I’m not the best at cooking, but I am going to damn well try. Doing other things such as the laundry, pulling the chair out for you to sit, asking how your day was all helps to frame a relationship.

BTW, anyone has a nice Italian recipe I can borrow? I am serious. Email me at kewldude221@yahoo.com.

Regards

The Pink Wizard