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Join the Atheist Contingent in Gay Pride Parade

[See Below for Updated Assembly Information]

Again this year the local Atheist groups will form an Atheist Contingent in the Pride Parade. Last year we had 60 people, and it was lots of fun. There is something special about many people cheering as you march in the parade. Let's make it larger this year.

Remember that the arguments against LGBT rights are rooted in religion, just like the attacks on women's rights. Let's support our natural allies.

We will supply some signs. You can bring your own if you prefer. Free atheist teeshirts will be given away to many participants, based on when they arrive.

We need two official Contingent Monitors for every 25 people in our group. Contingent Monitor Trainings are MANDATORY for certification as a contingent monitor. And last year's training is not good for this year. Training sessions at several locations in the Bay Area.

Check here for more info about meeting places for these training sessions, and please be sure to notify Larry if you intend to be a Contingent Monitor. Then please notify Larry again when you have completed your training.

The 1st hour of each training is contingent monitor training. Advance registration for Contingent Monitor Trainings is not required. Please arrive on-time to prevent being turned away from a full training class.

We are supposed to assemble on Beale, very close to Howard St., between Howard & Mission. Our contingent number is 180. If you don not see us, ask someone in charge where to find contingent 180. Assembly locations can be modified at the last moment, so knowing our contingent number is crucial.

The Parade says we should be ready to march by 11:00 AM.

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  • Joey P.

    I thought the atheist contingent was great, and I was proud to be a part of the historical presence that will one day be considered a part of the foundation of activity that led to equality for all.
    I would glady join the parade again. I enjoy being an activist for several causes, and the cause of equality, both for the atheist and the LGBT community rights, is very rewarding. Congratulations to all who support freedom of religion, and freedom for the rights of the LGBT communities.
    When the bell of freedom rings for one minority group, we all win. No one should suffer from prejudice, and the parade is a superlative example of the marriage of justice and free speech - in addition to the future goal of achieving marriage equality for all.
    Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the Atheist contingent.

    June 25, 2012

  • Corey L.

    Good turnout again, great t-shirts, and many in the crowd seemed to really respond enthusiastically to our presence in the parade. Good fun. Next time, better planning for the after party.

    June 25, 2012

  • Larry H.

    The rude, self-centered behavior of Facebook's contingent made if difficult for people to find us, not to mention talk. Their music was really loud, and it was difficult to get past them on the sidewalk. I complained to the Parade staff, and they refused to open a path on the sidewalk. I will submit a written complaint to the Parade management. Meanwhile I apologize for not making our presence more obvious early on by making sure signs were held up. Thanks to all of you who continued looking until you found us. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. And we made a positive impression. It was fun.

    June 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun, will do it again next year! But will arrive later, as we didn't start walking until 2pm. Finished around 3pm.

    June 25, 2012

  • Sherrie S.

    It was great to meet up and be part of the Pride Parade.

    June 25, 2012

  • David A.

    Waited around to long

    June 25, 2012

  • Sheldon W. H.

    Even better than last year! We had significantly more people marching in our contingent, and the crowd was just as welcoming and uplifting! If you couldn't make it this time, try to march with us next year. It's an exhilarating experience!

    June 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes. Even the trainers at monitor training made fun of the long wait. But we will be in good company so let's get there on time.

    June 23, 2012

  • David A.

    Really!!! Wow!!!

    June 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I doubt we will move at 10:30. Last year, we started to move at 1pm.

    June 23, 2012

  • David A.

    Are we ready to rock people??? We should all arrive a little early to find our contingent. I was under the impression that the parade itself was to start at 10:30am according to my volunteering today at the civic center for SF Pride, so showing up at 10:30 seems impractical as the parade will be moving at that time. I recommend everyone show up at least by 9:45am to save yourself alot of hassle. Hope to see you all there!!!

    June 23, 2012

  • David A.

    Your right David. I mis-spelled it. I mean the day after tomorrow.
    (touchy laptop touch pad) Ugh!!!

    June 22, 2012

  • David S.

    as far as i know its on Sunday not tomorrow, or at least the non-party one is on Sunday. If I'm incorrect feel free to inform me on the actual date :)

    June 22, 2012

  • David A.

    Calm Down!! We're all on the same team here. Atheists In support of Gay Rights. Need we forget what were in the march for. Plus it's just plain old fun. We march together as Atheists. Other issues other then Gay Rights are personal and irrelevant to the greater purpose of this Atheist group. A sign of your own will due to bring into the conscience awareness of Manning's fate, and will probably be discussed alot at PRIDE. So please relax, and I'll see at 10:30am tomrrow. Peace

    June 22, 2012

  • Larry H.

    Dave, I understand, and consider this reasonable. Surely we can agree to disagree regarding such issues without feeling that we can't participate in an event if some people express an opinion we disagree with.

    June 22, 2012

  • Dave

    Bickering? Looks to me like a pretty substantive "What are we here for" discussion given the limited format. Larry, to clarify, my suggestion that a few people address Brad's case is to individuals coming to the BAA/A/B/H/F-sponsored atheist contingent. Taking this on as an organizational campaign would be an entirely different question.

    June 22, 2012

  • Larry H.

    Thanks to Barbara for letting me know that the map created by Meetup was wrong. I corrected it. It is important.

    June 21, 2012

  • Larry H.

    The Manning issue is a typical example of why we generally avoid political issues that don't relate to the promotion of science and the critique of religion. Women's and LGBT issues are very relevant. Although most of us would probably agree in supporting Manning, our movement stays away from such issues. The reason is plainly visible here: It results in fights with atheists who don't share our politics. If you want a Manning sign, bring it. But don't split the group by asking for its support.

    June 21, 2012

  • David A.

    So are we all done with the bickering about Manning. If you want why don't you just make your own sign in support of Manning that way the message will still get out. I don't know about anyone else, but I personally wouldn't mind....

    June 21, 2012

  • Jeremy S.

    I doubt anyone here who is calling for openness to the idea of supporting Bradley Manning via our association is ignorant to what this group is about, nor is the tutorial really necessary.

    June 21, 2012

  • Sheldon W. H.

    Dave: This isn't about "keeping a narrow focus on ourselves." It's about the PURPOSE of this group. If you want to march in support of Manning, you should form a political group on MeetUp. Then, as the Bay Area Progressives, it would make perfect sense to march in the Pride Parade in support of a trans woman (Manning) who you believe is being politically oppressed. I'm astonished that you can't see that this topics is totally unrelated to the purpose of our group.

    June 21, 2012

  • Dave

    Daniel, yes, I know, but I'll go with how the Bradley Manning Support Network refers to Brad. (see article at www.bradleymanning.org)
    The attack on Brad for exposing crimes and info inconvenient to those in power partly plays on his being gay, and I don't see how defending truth-tellers can NOT be an atheist issue, so it's Pride and atheist appropriate. Some atheists keep a narrow focus themselves, but the atheist contingent should include the rest of us.

    June 21, 2012

  • David S.

    This conversation leaves me excited to meet everyone on Sunday, lets all walk for PRIDE!

    1 · June 21, 2012

  • Barbara K.

    I attended the contingent monitor training, so I can do that if more heads are needed.

    The link to the map of our meeting location is showing the wrong place - it should be showing the 100 block of Beale.

    June 21, 2012

  • Liz

    Can't we just march as atheists in support of the LGBT community and have our own, individual, additional reasons?

    1 · June 21, 2012

  • Jeremy S.

    Way to go, champ.

    June 21, 2012

  • Sheldon W. H.

    I disagree. I'm gay and an Atheist, and I do NOT support Manning's behavior in leaking the documents. I want nothing to do with marchjng in support of her actions. I am marching to represent Atheists and in protest of religion's negative influence in the lives of LGBT individuals. People's separate politics have no place in this contingent.

    June 20, 2012

  • Jeremy S.

    Actually, this is one of those universally important issues involving clear right/wrong which needs our attention. The Manning case needs all the support it can get, and using our association to organize additional support is not a bad thing at all, regardless if this is an atheist issue or not. This man is probably going to spend a life in prison for speaking truth and defending democracy, something which should earn him strong support from atheists, among others.

    June 20, 2012

  • Sheldon W. H.

    Kathy: Manning was arrested for leaking information, not for being an Atheist. Just because someone is a non-believer and trans doesn't make her arrest relevant to our cause. If we were a Wikileaks group, it would be appropriate. Otherwise, it's completely unrelated.

    June 20, 2012

  • David A.

    oh!! okay

    June 20, 2012

  • David A.

    Huh??? Lost in translation of whatever Daniel was talking about.
    Anyhow I hope to see you all on Beal and Howard on the 23rd @ 10:30 am. If I don't show up, It's because I'll be working backstage for the production at Gay Pride, and can't be 2 places at once. (unlike Romney) Ha! Ha! I'm simply waiting for notice from the volunteer department. So we'll see

    June 20, 2012

  • Sheldon W. H.

    More importantly, what the does this have to do with Atheism? The Manning case is purely one of politics and the military. The fact that she is transgender may make it part of Pride, but it doesn't seem to be related to OUR contingent, which is about the RELIGIOUS oppression of the LGBT community.

    June 20, 2012

  • Dave

    I propose a Brad Manning support component within the Atheist Contingent. Understanding what's really going on is important to most atheists, so it's appropriate and timely for us, as atheists, to support a gay whistleblower who is under attack.

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there with another group (just watching) but I will be looking for you!!

    June 19, 2012

  • Joey P.

    I am registered as a contingent monitoe and as a safety team member as well.
    Joey Piscitelli[masked]

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be walking with another contingent...I'll look for you! Walk with PRIDE!

    June 18, 2012

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