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Uber Marries 8 Couples To Celebrate Marriage Equality And San Francisco Pride: VIDEO

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This past weekend popular transportation service Uber provided 8 lucky couples spontaneous weddings in San Francisco in celebration of the city's Pride event and marriage equality. The couples used the company's app to request an UberWEDDING and chose where they would like to have the ceremony with the drop of a pin. 

Watch a video of the couples as they say "I do", AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Gay Shame' Protesters Arrested At Prison-Themed Pride Party In San Francisco

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No matter what, everything is offensive to someone, somewhere, and this past Pride the San Francisco activist group 'Gay Shame' took umbrage with Kink.com's prison-themed "Prison of Love" party. Some 150 members of the group collected outside The Armory to protest, and according to Kink.com owner Peter Acworth the protesters were largely peaceful, if unruly, and offended that the organizers of the party would try "to [turn] these genocidal practices [of prison rape] into a cash-making joke."

However, as is often the case, a few people ruined it for everyone. They began harassing people on the sidewalk, punching security guards, smashing phones, and even breaking the collar bone of one bystander. When one Kink.com security guard followed a few of the protesters for the purpose of identifying them for the police, the protesters then threw objects at the guard and made violent threats, both felonies. Once the police arrived to arrest the assailant, two other protesters intervened in the arrest, which just so happens to fall under California's definition of lynching.

Mary Lou Ratchet, a Gay Shame representative, tried to draw a parallel between protesting a Pride party and Stonewall, saying,

Like the Stonewall rebellion 45 years ago, last night's attack reminds us how trans and queer people of color are criminalized and arrested for simply gathering in public space, like the 16th St. BART plaza [where the arrests took place].

The three protesters - Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, and Sarai Robles-Mendez - remain in custody, allegedly on "trumped up charges." Ruiz-Lichter and Robles-Mendez's bail is set at $50,000 each; Carpenter's bail is $78,000.


In Addition to Rides, Uber Offering Gay Weddings This Weekend in SF

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For one day only (June 28th), from noon to 6PM, engaged couples can request a wedding on demand from Uber. In honor of San Francisco’s Pride this weekend, Uber wants to help LGBT couples get hitched using its popular car service application. Rather than requesting a traditional driver, San Franciscans can embark on “the adventure of a lifetime” by selecting “UberWEDDING” and dropping the pin wherever they would like the “ceremony” to occur.

According to Uber’s website, an on-site notary will begin the process of issuing your marriage license while en route to the ceremony. Upon arrival, Uber will throw you a wedding reception complete with music, cake, champagne, and gift bags. Finally, Uber will also provide couples with honeymoons courtesy of HotelTonight and Alaska Airlines. Perhaps the most compelling part of Uber’s offer is the price: absolutely nothing. The oddest part? You’re getting married in a glorified cab.

Uber expects demand for the limited-time offer to be high, and encourages interested couples to bring all of the necessary paperwork for a marriage license. Should an UberWEDDING request not make it through on its first try, couples are encouraged to try again. If you’re ready and willing to make the jump and don’t mind leaping through a few hoops, an Uber wedding might just be in your future.


Activist Questions Denial of U.S. Visas to African LGBT SF Pride Invitees

MelanieNathanMelanie Nathan (right), director of the San Francisco African Leadership Institute, wrote a scathing piece about the state department's denial of visas for several LGBTI persons from African countries whom she had invited to march in the San Francisco Pride Parade. The 2014 celebration, called "Color Our World with Pride," should have been the perfect venue for the expression of oppressed communities from around the globe, particularly LGBTI Africans and particularly given the United States' response to anti-gay actions on the part of the Ugandan government, among others. Nathan found herself distressed at the notion of Secretary of State John Kerry touting the state department's commitment to global equality initiatives (as the speaker at the department's GLIFAA Pride event, no less) while denying visas to the people who need them most.

Writes Nathan at HuffPost:

The State Department denied seven people a platform to speak about the persecution in their countries, presumably for fear that they might not return home to the countries that persecute them. And after they were denied, a clear pattern emerged, and I pulled 11 of the remaining 14 applicants.

While the Obama administration and this secretary of state have supported the LGBT movement like none before, there is no excuse for this flagrant snub and the homophobic attitude expressed by some of the consular officials who did the interviewing.

JohnKerryNathan argues that by denying visas the U.S. government is abetting the oppression faced by many of the people she had invited for participation in the Pride event. "[By] denying these Pride visas, we may as well have added the victims of the persecution to the blacklist too," Nathan writes.

She believes that Kerry (left) and his department have done a disservice to the global community, and it is hard to deny the cruel irony of the situation:

"No matter where you are, no matter who you love, we stand with you," noted Kerry in that Pride-affirming speech. "And that's what pride means, and that's what drives us today."

And he further assured, "The journey isn't complete. The march isn't over. The promise isn't perfected. But we will march on together."

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No, Mr. Secretary, it seems that in fact we are not marching together. You have denied us all that privilege.


Motorcycle-Riding Homophobe Has a Very Bad Day: VIDEO

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KRON-4 news' segment "People Behaving Badly," hosted by Stanley Roberts, found a perfect specimen in a motorcycle-riding jerk who blatantly disobeyed traffic laws.

Driving the wrong way down a one-way street near the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge, the guy notices he is being filmed and proceeds to yell a string of insults and curse words at Roberts, eventually telling him, "Go f*** yourself!" Roberts replies that that might be difficult and the man screams back, "Get your boyfriend to do it for you."

In the end, police caught it all on tape and the perpetrator gets a ticket.

Check out the satisfying clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Flight Attendant Replaces Safety Announcement With Hilarious Sassy Speech: VIDEO

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On a San Francisco to Chicago flight June 17th, a male flight attendant replaced the usual safety announcement with a sassy speech.

The unidentified attendant said that seat belts should be “low and tight across your hips just like the hot pink Speedo I’m going to be wearing when I get the [other flight attendants] to a hotel hot tub tonight.”

According to YouTube uploader David London, the attendant also threw a cocktail party half way through the flight.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

You may recall another sassy Southwest attendant from this clip that went viral back in April. Seems as though they're trying to take some of the drudgery out of air travel.

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