Bay Area Reporter: SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend


SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend

Thursday, June 23, 2011

San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department is showing its Pride this week in honor of the annual LGBT celebration. It has changed the background of its logo – which depicts a girl on a swing hung from a tree drawn in silhouette – so that the sky is now rainbow colored.

The altered logo, seen at right, was unveiled last Friday, June 17 during a Pride party the parks department’s Eureka Valley Recreation Center in the Castro hosted for LGBT youth.

The city agency also changed the logo on its website’s main page so visitors who click on will see it displayed in the upper left hand corner.

Mitcho Thompson, a former employee who launched the agency’s programming for LGBT youth and attended the Pride party last week, said of the agency’s LGBT logo, “for rec and park, that is huge.”

Rec and park staffers from EVRC will be staffing a booth at the Pride celebration in Civic Center Plaza this weekend to promote the agency and its programmatic offerings throughout the city.

“We will be at Pride representing the Recreation and Parks Department,” said Karla Rosales, a Latina lesbian who is the agency’s recreation supervisor for adult and alternative recreation.

It is the latest step the rec and park staff have taken to reach out to the LGBT community since its director, Phil Ginsburg, was heckled during a town hall in April with Mayor Ed Lee. LGBT youth and their allies voiced complaints during the meeting about the closure last summer of a dedicated space for LGBT youth at the Castro rec facility.

Since then the program was relaunched after Memorial Day and several fee-based classes aimed at LGBT youth are being offered this summer. The teen rec space is open most weekdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., with later hours Wednesdays and Thursdays (9 p.m.). It is also open for supervised recreation Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

The agency is partnering with Friends of the Pink Triangle to display the Pink Triangle during Pride weekend on Twin Peaks. And its Friends of the Harvey Milk Recreation Center group will be marching in the Pride Parade Sunday, June 26.

“The Pride Celebration is a reflection of the great diversity that our City embraces everyday,” stated Ginsburg. “We are proud to be part of this tradition.”

Filed by Matthew S. Bajko