The Bay Area Reporter did a followup story on the story we broke about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's plans to rework or possibly recommend canceling Pink Saturday altogether. In their story they revealed that the Sisters are planning a community meeting to discuss Pink Saturday's future. The event is tentatively set for September 10th at 6PM at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center (100 Collingwood Street). The Sisters are looking for the community's feedback so mark your calendar.
Supervisor Scott Wiener and a representative from the SFPD will be at the meeting to offer input and take suggestions in an effort to decide the future of Pink Saturday celebrations.
Many people throughout the community want to see Pink Saturday continue, but only if things change in a major way. If the Sisters do not recommend canceling the event altogether, the biggest change they will implement (or suggest to the next event planners to implement if they decide to no longer host the event) is starting and ending the event earlier in addition to seeking more SFPD presence.
Not everyone is on board with changing the vent times, however. One BAR commenter, Patrick Batt, owner of AutoErotica (4077 18th Street) in the Castro, says an earlier start time is not fair and will hurt local merchants in the Castro, "I hope the Sisters and Supervisor Wiener understand that beginning the event earlier has an extremely negative impact on merchants in the Castro. Those merchants are impacted any time streets are closed and parking is restricted. Losing more business during the day on the Saturday before Pride is an unfair burden. If we can't control Pink Saturday; a fact becoming increasingly clear, we should put an end to it."