SAN FRANCISCO DYKES ON BIKES Saturday Pre-Pride Party

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PARTY MODE DYKES

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Biker chicks stud their stuff today at 1:00 p.m. for a few brews with family gathered in the 2007 Dykes on Bikes Pink Saturday Pre-Pride Party.

The San Francisco Eagle Tavern hosts today’s dyke kick-off event with the Biker Chicks Movie playing in the background and outside patio greened for crowd. Dykes on Bikes T-Shirts and 2007 pins await participants.

“Bust is optional,” note organizers, who each year plan for Dykes on Bikes leading the annual San Francisco Pride Parade.

Twightlight Vixen Revue showgirls are slated for live performance.

“Although times have changed with more and more people taking up riding—including women—one thing that has remained implicit in motorcycling is the association it has with masculinity. Consequently, the main thing that makes ‘Dykes on Bikes’ vulgar to the PTO is the same thing that makes it “vulgar” to mainstream society, and to some within the riding community: the women’s explicit association with motorcycling and their unflinching and unashamed display of their masculinity,” reported K. Alex Ilyasova of the 2006 parade.

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PAT MURPHY
QUEER AS PINK INK
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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