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Of pride and protests

Submitted by on 1, November 17, 2008 – 9:00 amNo Comment

Gay pride was alive and well this weekend in Alameda, with two events that drew hundreds of people each on Friday and Saturday.

First up was the Fred Phelps Picket That Wasn’t, out at Alameda High School on Friday night. Phelps and/or members of his Westboro Baptist Church had scheduled an appearance here to picket the school production of “The Laramie Project,” but they decided to go protest President-elect Barack Obama’s grandmother’s funeral in Hawaii instead.

Still, about 300 people came out to support the kids anyway (no doubt drawn by the wild series of e-mails pinging all over town), including a few of San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who I think you may be able to spot in the lineup of photos we shot. Since Phelps didn’t show, the whole thing turned into a typically pleasant Alameda social hour out on the Alameda Little Theatre lawn. And some clearly excited high school kids got to take part in a Real Live Protest (not that our kids are veterans of that sort of thing or anything).

And P.S.: I heard the play was packed.

Then on Saturday, about 200 or so Alamedans joined a national day of protest against the passage of Proposition 8, which eliminated the right of gays to marry in California. They congregated on what must have been the most perfect fall day ever at City Hall. Andrew Raskopf and his partner, David Gunderman, organized this one, and if you want more on them, we chatted with Andrew last week.

Did we mention there were pictures? We shot a whole pile of ’em, and for what it’s worth, they are here.

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