Pink Saturday Pride celebration may be cancelled next year due to violence 

click to enlarge Christopher Porter-Bailey
  • SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Christopher Porter-Bailey, was sentenced to six years in prison after his attack on a Pink Saturday attendee was captured on surveillance video.
The largest LGBT Pride celebration in the nation may lose its integral Pink Saturday party after continued violence at the event.

Pink Saturday, an annual street celebration in the Castro, has been plagued by violence for several years. In 2010, a 19-year-old local basketball star named Stephen Powell was shot and killed (two others were injured in the shooting). In 2013, a 28-year-old woman was kicked in the face and robbed (her attacker, Christopher Porter-Bailey, was recently sentenced to six years in prison). At this year's celebration, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- the organization that hosts the Pink Saturday event -- and her husband were attacked by a crowd that reportedly shouted homophobic remarks during the assault.

An attack on one of their own was enough to make the Sisters reconsider hosting the event, according to Castro Biscuit. The Sisters, who have organized Pink Saturday since 1995, hired 80 private security guards and worked with SFPD to ensure security this year -- but it still wasn't enough.

“There are Sisters strongly interested in doing the event again next year, but we all agree that will only happen with significant changes to the event such as ending it earlier in the evening,” Sister Selma Soul told Castro Biscuit. “The Sisters will be deciding whether we want to produce the event again, transition it to a third party, or recommend that the city cancel the event altogether.”

Sister Selma said the Sisters will consider starting and ending the event at an earlier time and limiting the party to a smaller area before they decide whether or not to ax the event.

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Saturday, Jul 30, 2016

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