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Saturday, June 19th, 2010

(this is revised from last year's notice... new info on the 2010 Tijuana Pride is posted below - Page 2.)


As far as we know this will be the same parade route as before, but this year the parade starts on Second Street near Avenida de los Ninos at 5PM. I guess this will lead to more festive bar scene immediately following the parade, which will end in Plaza Santa Cecilia.

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Sábado, 19 de Junio, 2010

(this is revised from last year's notice... new info on the 2010 Tijuana Pride is posted below - Page 2..)

Por lo que sabemos que éste será el mismo desfile que antes, pero este año el desfile comienza en la segunda calle, cerca de la Avenida de los Niños en el 5PM. Creo que esto conducirá a más festiva escena inmediatamente después del desfile, que terminará en la Plaza Santa Cecilia.

Por favor, publicar la nueva información.


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I hope to make it to TJ Pride, but would also like to do Ensenada Pride. Has the question of date been answered? When was it last year, do they have the same date? I searched all over the web and found nothing for Ensenada. Let me know if you find out! :ugeek:

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Este 20 de junio a las 3:00 pm en la calle 1ra y Mutualismo.
Para la concentracion y salida

Trae tu velo de novia y marcha con nosotras,
en protesta a la iniciativa de Ley al Art. 7mo.
contra el Diputado JOSE ALFREDO FERREIRO VELAZCO
y el Congreo del Estado de Baja California.

Escribe tu pancarta de apoyo a la Comunidad GLBT
o en su caso protesta a el nulo apoyo de nuestro gobierno.
Desde cosas chuzcas, bromas hasta consignas legitimas en busca de
RESPETO, VISIBILIDAD E IGUALDAD.

Trae tu mascota, bicicleta, patines, moto o scooter,
como quieras pero acompañanos y se parte de un dia de Orgullo Gay

NO FALTES E INVITA A TUS AMIGAS.

NO OLVIDES QUE AL FINALIZAR HABRA UN EVENTO
SOLO PARA MUJERES
Lugar DRAGON ROJO BAR and Cantina
calle primera entre Revolucion y Constitucion
zona Norte. http://www.dragonrojobar.com/


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Tijuana Pride

:D :shock: :roll: :D


Tijuana Pride went off without a hitch... over 400 marchers clogged Avenida Revolucion and Constitucion between Second and Ninth Streets... ending at Plaza Santa Cecilia.

LOOK! :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

Here FYI is som scenes from the Mexico City Pride, held on the same day: http://www.webcastr.com/videos/news/mexico-holds-31st-gay-pride-march.html


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At least 1,000 people marched or rode in the Tijuana Pride parade June 20. More than 10,000 people watched the spectacle pass, as the event stretched along seven blocks of Avenida RevoluciÛn, the main drag of the city of two million people. CREDIT: Rex Wockner

san diego
Tijuana Pride celebrates its 14th year south of the border
Parade triples in size, doubles in length
by Rex Wockner
Published Thursday, 25-Jun-2009 in issue 1122
Tijuana’s June 20 gay Pride parade, the city’s 14th march, was nearly three times bigger – and twice as long – as in any other year.
The turnout was all the more amazing because the city has been hit in the past year by a serious crime wave, as drug cartels and dealers battle for dominance.
In contrast with previous years, almost no gays and lesbians from Southern California crossed the border to join the festivities – this was a purely local and home-grown affair. Many people from San Diego, which is just 15 miles away, have stopped going to Tijuana because of the violence.
Yet the Pride parade was bigger, better, longer, more colorful and more spirited than ever. At least 1,000 people marched or rode in the parade itself – which stretched along seven blocks of Avenida Revolución, the main drag of the city of two million people. More than 10,000 people watched the spectacle pass.
Then, when the parade got to its endpoint, it took an unscheduled right turn, then another right turn, and headed all the way back to the north end of downtown, this time traversing Avenida Constitución. Police, who up to that point had made an effort to keep vehicles moving through the heavily congested downtown, gave up at that juncture and resigned themselves to a traffic jam.
“It’s been the best march that’s taken place in the city of Tijuana ... the biggest and the most participants,” said organizer Lorenzo Herrera. “People have decided to come out, people no longer want to hide their sexual preference. We all have equality. And this year are the federal elections, and we all have decided that our pink vote will be blank. The gay community is not going to vote because the congressional candidates do not have any legislation on ... human rights, eradication of homophobia, or women’s use of the female condom. We don’t know about female condoms here in Mexico because they are expensive.”
One large official banner carried in the parade read: “Tijuana-Ensenada GLBT Pride. 500,000 pink votes also count. We all have the same rights.”
Another large official banner said: “Homophobia must end. Live your pride with dignity. Homosexuality is not a problem, homophobia is.”
A third one read: “Homophobia is intolerance of homosexuality. Equality begins when we recognize that we all have the right to be different.”
Spectators cheered the parade and smiled broadly. A single protester with a hand-held PA system, stationed at the parade lineup location, asserted, repeatedly, “The price of sin is death, according to the Bible.”
Everyone ignored him.


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Ondearon banderas de la diversidad en Tijuana

Por Oscar Soto Marbán

Llegó el día de la marcha y cientos de gays, lesbianas, bisexuales, trangéneros y transexuales salieron a las calles de Tijuana a exigir respeto por sus libertades y derechos como ciudadanos.

Esta 14va. marcha logró llamar más la atención de los medios locales que los años pasados, El Sol de Tijuana señalaba “Rompe marcha gay con paradigmas”, El Mexicano decía “Marchan por respeto a la diversidad sexual”, y el periódico Frontera no mencionaba la marcha, mas sin embargo hablaba de lo que representarían los votos de este sector en la las próximas elecciones de diputados federales, principalmente por el grave abandono y el evidente desinterés de los partidos en la región por lograr un acercamiento con este sector de la sociedad. Tocando este punto, solo mencionaré la presencia de un representante de la Comisión Nacional de la Diversidad por parte del PRD en la marcha de Tijuana, que anduvo repartiendo folletos que invitan a votar por este partido, fuera de este representante llegado de la Ciudad de México, ningún otro partido político tomo postura en reconocido evento social.

La marcha como todos los años arrancó de la calle 1ra. y la avenida Mutualismo a las 5:15 de la tarde, continuando por la calle Segunda, hasta llegar a la avenida Revolución; los carros alegóricos de los bares de la ciudad se fueron sumando, los coloridos disfraces para la ocasión cada vez llamaba la atención de las cientas de personas que desde las banquetas presenciaban los diversos y festivos grupos que desfilaban. Este año se corono como Celebridad Orgullo 2009 a la activista social Gabriela Navarro, por el apoyo brindado a Fondo de Asistencia para el Sida, organismo que por cuarta vez convoca y organiza a tan esperado evento social en la ciudad. Entre lo que resaltaba en la marcha, era el contingente colorido de botargas de conocidos muñecos que ondeaban coloridas banderas y al mismo tiempo escoltaban la limusina blanca que paseaba a una niña vestida de princesa, y que alegremente saludaba a las personas.

Este año como en los anteriores la Secretaría de Salud repartió miles de condones en el transcurso de la marcha y al final de ella en la Plaza Santa Cecilia, lugar donde culminó, y dando comienzo un festival de la salud en la ya conocida plaza. Esa misma noche en el Bar El Ranchero se presento desde Los Angeles Sebastián Río, reconocido actor porno, provocando un furor entre los asistentes a su show.

Ese mismo sábado 20 de junio la Ciudad de México celebraba su 31 marcha; mega marcha que reunió este año, según sus organizadores a cerca de 400 mil personas.

Lorenzo Herrera, organizador de la marcha, señala lo importante del evento en la sociedad , además espera que para el próximo año los bares y cantinas, apoyen, y sean parte de la gran celebración de lo que será la 15va Marcha GLBT 2010.

Flags wave for diversity in Tijuana!

Soto Oscar Marbán

The day came for the march and hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender trangéneros hit the streets of Tijuana to demand respect for their freedoms and rights as citizens.

This 14th annual march was able to call up more local media attention to past years, El Sol de Tijuana drew "Break up with gay paradigms," said El Mexicano "Walk out of respect for sexual diversity, and the newspaper did not mention the border up, yet talked about what would represent the votes of this sector in the next federal elections of deputies, mainly due to the severe neglect and apparent disinterest of the parties in the region to achieve a rapprochement with this sector of society. Touching this point, only mention the presence of a representative of the National Commission on Diversity in the PRD in the march from Tijuana, went distributing leaflets inviting people to vote for this party, come out of this representative of the Mexico City No other political party in the position I recognized social event.

The march started out like every year the 1st of the street. Mutualismo Avenue and at 5:15 in the afternoon, continuing on Second Street, to Revolution Avenue, the floats of the bars of the city joined the colorful costumes for the occasion whenever called attention of the hundreds who witnessed the sidewalks from the various groups that marched and holidays. This year is crowned as the 2009 Pride Celebrity social activist Gabriela Navarro, for their support to the Assistance Fund for AIDS, an organization for the fourth time to convene and organize long-awaited event in the city. Between what stands out in the march, was the number of known botargas colorful puppets flying colorful flags and escorted to the limo while walking to a white girl dressed as a princess, and happily greeted the people.

This year as in the past the Health Department distributed thousands of condoms during the march and at the end of it in Plaza Santa Cecilia, where he led, and by beginning a festival of health in the well-known square. That same night at the Bar El Ranchero was presented from Los Angeles Sebastian River, porn actor, causing a furor among those attending the show.
That same Saturday June 20 in Mexico City was celebrating its 31st march, which gathered mega march this year, according to organizers about 400 thousand people.

Lorenzo Herrera, organizer of the march, said the major event in the society also hopes that by next year the bars and cantinas, support, and are part of the great celebration of what would be the GLBT 15th March in 2010.

Baja Gay will be there!


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DogDazeTravel wrote:
http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=14934
At least 1,000 people marched or rode in the Tijuana Pride parade June 20. More than 10,000 people watched the spectacle pass, as the event stretched along seven blocks of Avenida RevoluciÛn, the main drag of the city of two million people. CREDIT: Rex Wockner

san diego
Tijuana Pride celebrates its 14th year south of the border
Parade triples in size, doubles in length
by Rex Wockner
Published Thursday, 25-Jun-2009 in issue 1122
Tijuana’s June 20 gay Pride parade, the city’s 14th march, was nearly three times bigger – and twice as long – as in any other year.
The turnout was all the more amazing because the city has been hit in the past year by a serious crime wave, as drug cartels and dealers battle for dominance.
In contrast with previous years, almost no gays and lesbians from Southern California crossed the border to join the festivities – this was a purely local and home-grown affair. Many people from San Diego, which is just 15 miles away, have stopped going to Tijuana because of the violence.
Yet the Pride parade was bigger, better, longer, more colorful and more spirited than ever. At least 1,000 people marched or rode in the parade itself – which stretched along seven blocks of Avenida Revolución, the main drag of the city of two million people. More than 10,000 people watched the spectacle pass.
Then, when the parade got to its endpoint, it took an unscheduled right turn, then another right turn, and headed all the way back to the north end of downtown, this time traversing Avenida Constitución. Police, who up to that point had made an effort to keep vehicles moving through the heavily congested downtown, gave up at that juncture and resigned themselves to a traffic jam.
“It’s been the best march that’s taken place in the city of Tijuana ... the biggest and the most participants,” said organizer Lorenzo Herrera. “People have decided to come out, people no longer want to hide their sexual preference. We all have equality. And this year are the federal elections, and we all have decided that our pink vote will be blank. The gay community is not going to vote because the congressional candidates do not have any legislation on ... human rights, eradication of homophobia, or women’s use of the female condom. We don’t know about female condoms here in Mexico because they are expensive.”
One large official banner carried in the parade read: “Tijuana-Ensenada GLBT Pride. 500,000 pink votes also count. We all have the same rights.”
Another large official banner said: “Homophobia must end. Live your pride with dignity. Homosexuality is not a problem, homophobia is.”
A third one read: “Homophobia is intolerance of homosexuality. Equality begins when we recognize that we all have the right to be different.”
Spectators cheered the parade and smiled broadly. A single protester with a hand-held PA system, stationed at the parade lineup location, asserted, repeatedly, “The price of sin is death, according to the Bible.”
Everyone ignored him.


Tijuana Pride celebrates its 14th year south of the border:
http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=14934

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I was standing on the sidewalk cheering you on... you all looked great! Next year I hope there will be more activities besides just the parade... but it was nice seeing a Rosarito group represented!


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Gay Pride Festival on Avenida Revolucion
Saturday, July 19th, 2010
Event aimed at reviving famed Tijuana tourist stop


“I believe the timing is good,” said Sean Zullo, organizer of Tijuana’s first Gay Pride Festival, to be held June 19 and 20 at the northern end of once-bustling Avenida Revolucion. Zullo hopes to help revive the city’s deteriorated tourist district.


The Parade will begin on Second Street east of Ave de los Ninos.
Form after 3 PM, Kick-off at 5 PM


FESTIVAL DETAILS

What: Inclusion en Revolucion, Tijuana’s first Gay Pride Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 19 and 20

Admission: Free

Entertainment: Three main stages at Plaza Santa Cecilia, Avenida Revolucion and First Street, in front of the Tijuana Wax Museum

Strolling past the deserted storefronts of Tijuana’s Avenida Revolucion, Sean Zullo remembers different times, when bars were full and the area bustled with U.S. visitors. Now the Southern California native is on a quest to revive the city’s decaying tourist strip by catering to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities on both sides of the border.

“I believe the timing is good,” said Zullo, 43, a Long Beach entrepreneur who moved to Tijuana eight months ago. “There is no tourism. The market is completely untapped, unorganized; there’s no one filling that niche.”

Driven by this vision, Zullo is organizing Tijuana’s first Gay Pride Festival, to be held June 19 and 20 at the northern end of Avenida Revolucion, center of a small, informal gay district. It will feature music, food, cultural events and presentations by social-service organizations from Baja California and California. And, Zullo hopes, it will bring as many as 10,000 people to the area, not only uniting the city’s fractured gay community but changing attitudes among the population at large.

Zullo, the founder and executive director of Choices Baja, said he has been promoting the event as an economic opportunity, not as “an activist statement.” But when he first approached city tourism authorities, “they basically laughed at me and said, ‘You want us to start promoting gay and lesbian tourism?’ ”

His proposal comes as Tijuana’s iconic tourist strip has been struggling for survival after years of declining U.S. tourism. Few sectors of the Baja California tourism industry have suffered as much since 2001, the result of more stringent U.S. border security measures, the economic downturn and drug-related violence. Ceturmex, a local merchants group, estimates that 80 percent of the storefronts are empty.

Baja California’s tourism secretariat reports a 23 percent overall drop in Baja border crossings between 2006 and 2009. But in the first four months of the year, the number of U.S. citizens crossing has risen by 25 percent over the same period last year, according to figures provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Still, areas such as Avenida Revolucion and downtown Rosarito Beach that have catered to the traditional U.S. tourist market have been devastated. Also struggling is the coastal real estate market, where sales plunged as U.S. buyers lost equity in their properties north of the border and no longer could invest in second homes.

Other areas have prevailed, said Jose Avelar, head of Tijuana’s Tourism and Conventions Committee.

“Our national market never declined,” Avelar said.

Also, the city’s lower prices have continued to draw a steady stream of U.S. Latinos who drive down for medical services, weddings and quinceañeras. Now the state government, with an eye toward America’s baby boomers, has launched a major effort to promote medical tourism.

Zullo’s timing is good in many respects, said Max Mejía, a longtime Tijuana gay-rights activist and cultural promoter who has been a key supporter of the festival. Members of Mexico’s gay community are feeling empowered as never before, with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City late last year.

After years of decline, Avenida Revolucion has seen signs of revival. Local artists have begun setting up studios in empty storefronts, and a bar scene popular with young people is beginning to flourish on Sixth Street. A well-known businessman plans to reopen a shuttered restaurant known for the Caesar salad, first served in Tijuana. At Plaza Santa Cecilia, three gay bars are a beachhead for a growing clientele in the area.

“We recognize the economic productivity of this community,” said Martín Muñoz Aviles, a restaurant owner and head of the plaza’s merchant association, which is backing the festival.

“What the festival does is fill a vacuum,” said the tourism committee’s Avelar.

The committee is among the event’s sponsors, along with the municipal government, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Baja California Human Rights office and Grupo Modelo, a Mexican brewery.

Even the Avenida Revolucion merchants association, Ceturmex, has come around after some initial reluctance. Members have been displeased with the annual gay-pride march, finding the participants’ behavior out of line and their attitude defiant, said Andrés Méndez, the group’s coordinator. But “the festival is something very separate,” Méndez said.

“It’s led by professionals and they’ve created the conditions that make it family-oriented,” he said.

Zullo speaks little Spanish and has hired two assistants to help him run the festival. Choices Baja’s headquarters is the third floor of a building across from Tijuana’s Wax Museum. Zullo sleeps and works in the converted office space, with large picture windows that look out on gritty urban scenes and the international border.

Though he’s a foreigner, it feels like a sort of homecoming to Zullo. Growing up, he had frequently visited Avenida Revolucion. Three years ago, he reconnected with the city, when he came for gastric bypass surgery and a tummy tuck, and began looking for opportunities.

Zullo, the founder and chief executive of a chain of drug, alcohol and mental health treatment facilities in Long Beach, Santa Ana and Los Angeles , said he was bored with meetings and looking for a challenge. As a UCLA graduate and former Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, he has traveled extensively, and saw Tijuana as an interesting possibility.

Where some would see ravaged, abandoned buildings, Zullo now sees possibilities.

“This could be a great property, to remake it into a gay- and lesbian-interest business, a restaurant, an Internet cafe for travelers,” he said recently, appraising a white structure with hints of art deco.

“I remember going to these bars as a college student, and this whole Revolucion area was 24 hours, lots of people coming down here all the time,” he said.

Back then, the city wouldn’t have wanted a gay bar, but times have changed.

“They’re now willing to try different things,” Zullo said. “I see a great business opportunity.”


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The border city of Tijuana, Mexico, saw its fifteenth gay Pride parade on 19 June and - for the first time - was accompanied by a festival, which ran for two days on three intersecting streets in the center of downtown.
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The border city of Tijuana, Mexico, saw its fifteenth gay Pride parade on 19 June and - for the first time - was accompanied by a festival, which ran for two days on three intersecting streets in the center of downtown.

Several hundred people joined the parade down Avenida Revolución, the main drag of the city center that once was a raucous, pulsing tourist and nightlife district.

The avenue has fallen on hard times from a triple whammy that all but ended tourist crossings from the US. First, increased US border security after 9/11 created hours-long checkpoint lines to get back into the US. Then the US started requiring that Americans returning from Mexican border zones have a passport, which most Americans don't have.

Additionally, Tijuana was hit with an unusually violent crime wave starting in 2008.

Although the security situation has improved substantially since last year, the impression persists in Southern California that it's not safe to cross the border.

As a result, LGBT residents of Baja California celebrated Pride on their own for the second year in a row, with minimal camaraderie from the other side of the fence. And celebrate they did.

The parade was around ten times bigger than the first one fifteen years ago, and this year's first-ever festival saw LGBT Tijuanans claim the streets of the downtown core for 24 hours.

The free party, which ran from 10 am to 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday, spanned three large blocks, stretching south, east and southwest from the giant Tijuana arch.

Three stages offered live music and artistic performances. Booths sold art, food and tchotchke, and provided organizational and HIV information.

It was a giant leap for gaykind from 1995, when 85 people marched in the first parade and the gay bars boycotted the march for fear that the authorities would exact revenge with raids or licensing hassles.

This year the city government co-sponsored Pride, along with the state government, the tourism committee, a merchants' association and a brewery.

"Many people in the Tijuana gay community asked, 'Is it possible to have a gay parade in Tijuana?'" the late Alejandro García of Grupo ¿Y Qué? (And So What? Group) said at the endpoint of that first parade in 1995. "(Previously) we have gone to San Diego to taste freedom. Now we have tasted the freedom here. ... Next year there will be more people."


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