Have I mentioned recently that LGBT activists are fabulous?
The Westin St. Francis Hotel in downtown San Francisco won't give their unionized workers a contract. The Brass Liberation Orchestra, One Struggle, One Fight and Pride at Work put in an appearance in their lobby the other day -- just to make sure any queers planning to visit for Pride festivities next month know where not to stay. The result is hilarious and well worth watching. [4:59]
There's a long tradition of LGBT activists putting on some of the most creative demonstrations in this city. Back in 1991 when George Bush I was mounting his war on Iraq, antiwar actions lasted for days. We did lots of memorable stuff -- blocking the Bay Bridge, for example. The peace movement was organized enough to parcel out the nightly actions to different segments of the community. On Gay night, I remember prancing through the lobby of the Parc 55 Hotel which was then resisting its workers' demands.
Workers eventually won at the Parc 55 -- and in this city, we can help them win again. Check out Sleep With the Right People for more on at the hotel worker-LGBT alliance.