As the BAR reported last week, the Castro event previously known as "Pink Saturday" will need to find a new name, as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have decided that the name, which they own the rights to, cannot be used following their departure from the event this year.
The Sisters' departure stemmed from a series of events that had grown increasingly difficult over the years, ranging from an assault in 2013 to a Sister and her husband being attacked last year. The Sisters had also been paying for the event themselves, costing them close to $80,000, and had unsuccessfully requested financial help from the city for years.
After the Sisters chose to no longer put on the event, Pink Saturday was thought to be cancelled. District Supervisor Scott Wiener and other organizers worked to continue the event, with modifications to the event hours, security, and overall planning. City Hall then agreed to pay for the event, with the San Francisco LGBT Center becoming the new organizer.
The Center will be bringing in the event production company, E. Cee Productions, and has named E. Cee owner Eliote Durham as executive producer of the event. Durham's previous work includes involvement with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bay to Breakers, and the Now and Zen music festival.
As for a potential new name for the event, nothing has yet been revealed from the LGBT Center or E. Cee Productions. (If you've got bright ideas, let us know in the comments.) No budget or additional details have been announced.
The party formerly known as Pink Saturday will take place on Saturday, June 27th, and coincides with the annual Dyke March.