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Crowds, Military Recruiters Descend On San Francisco Pride

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesEveryone head to the Castro this weekend! Word is that this weekend’s Pride Celebration in San Francisco is going to be bigger than in past years and it all has to do with the US Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.

The Pride Celebration comes the day after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling lifting their stay on same-sex marriages in California.

Peter Gomez of Joie de Vivre Hotels noted that bookings for the weekend were up throughout all of his properties. He told San Francisco CBS that “We’ve always sold out historically, but now, our phone demand has actually increased at our reservation centers for folks that are making last-minute trips to the San Francisco Bay Area.” Apparently, people are also planning to stay beyond Pride Weekend.

Joe D’Alessandro, the President and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, noted that this could be a huge windfall for the local economy. He stated “If people are coming longer for Pride this year, they’re going to spend more in the economy and it’s going to have benefits that really go beyond just a one day or 48-hour event. Merchants in San Francisco, restaurants in San Francisco and attractions in San Francisco will all benefit.”

One group will be making their debut at the Pride Weekend as well- military recruiters. Despite a dispute over honoring former Military Intelligence operative and military leaker Bradley Manning, the recruiters plan to have several booths. The California National Guard will have two booths at the events this weekend, and those booths will be manned by gay soldiers who volunteered to answer questions about live in the military.

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