San Francisco Attempts to Recruit Even More Gays to the Castro

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Obviously, San Francisco is still reeling from the disturbing fact that not only are we not the gayest city in the nation, but apparently Salt Lake City, Utah does a better job catering to its homosexuals.

That alone is enough reason for San Francisco to up the ante when it comes to making this city a Disneyland for gays. Perhaps that's why the local business bureau crafted a new campaign slogan which it hopes will bring a whole new crop of gays out ... of Utah.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, the new ad slogan essentially claims San Francisco is synonymous with the Castro. "San Francisco's gay district is called 'San Francisco,'" claim the ads, which are already plastered around Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and Portland. The new $500,000, 12-month campaign will also be targeted at Phoenix residents, because that place is like a really boring sauna.

Here's how Lynn Bruni, director of consumer marketing with the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, explained the new ads to BAR: "With these campaigns we want to remind people to come to San Francisco outside of big event weekends," she said. "Something new and amazing can happen on any day or weekend."

We'll leave that last statement to the imagination of our readers.

The new tagline for the ad is "49 Hours of SF: Out and About," meaning you need an entire weekend, plus that one extra hour, to fully experience the gay scene in San Francisco.

In case you missed them, one of the ad shows a young man at an overlook photographing the Golden Gate Bridge, because you know gay people don't just like gay things, according to Joe D'Alessandro, president and CEO of SF Travel.

"The Mission is very high on people's interest list," he tells BAR.

Especially at Easter, when the park is full hot and hunky Jesuses.

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Baldpatty
Baldpatty

There are too many faggots here already!!!!!

energylife
energylife

This city sucks for lesbians. So damn boring. 

Lilly
Lilly

Sounds like a great marketing plan. Don't forget to advertsie that public nudity is legal in San Fran. That should help attract a lot of toursists and sight seers. It's a great situation, everyone wins.

Melvin Dean Baker
Melvin Dean Baker

I'm so very impressed by the junior high school grade comments and SF Weekly's inability to monitor or even flag some of the most vile hate speech comments I've read in ages. Either shutdown the comments section or monitor it and block inappropriate and off topic comments. 

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

 Village Voice Media is the 4Chan of altweekly papers.

UtahGary
UtahGary

Utah is more gay because you can have three husbands.

2 holed fucks
2 holed fucks

  Thats so you can fill up fill all 2 holes at once correct? + 1 spare guy stud for after the first 2 blow their wad. wait a minit thats 4. oh well.

Play with me again, Sam!
Play with me again, Sam!

Come to the Castro to see the new gay Marine Corps. Their motto is "Never leave your buddie's behind."

You can easily recognize gay men who wear their levis backwards with the zippers in the rear ready to be pulled down by anybody who wants a quick entry.

Also Walgreens sells 1 pound cans of crisco for those who need the grease.

Remember, the fistula is not a river in Poland.(its the Vistula)

ssdd
ssdd

Ugh.  Hot and hunky Jesuses?  Anyone who thought this year's contest had anyone cute needs new laser surgery!  What San Francisco needs to attract more gay men is a little more spicy night life--where are are the dens of inequity that folks think they're gonna find in sin city by the bay?

saganaki
saganaki

SF and the gay scene is like SF and rock music. Too much living on past glories. Gay scene: Invoke Harvey Milk for the next 40 years; The Castro becomes iconic but no one can figure out why. Rock scene: Invoke Carlos Santana for 40 years since Soul Sacrifice; The Haight is iconic but no one can figure out why.

In both cases, history becomes a 14 ton albatross around it's neck.

SF94114
SF94114

1/3 of the storefronts in the Castro are empty... You can thank the overzealous regulators at both the City and State level who don't give a S&^# about business development until their precious bloated pensions come under attack.  

Country Gays
Country Gays

  Go up to Gurneville/Forrestville North of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County in the north bay thats where the country gays are to be found. living the quite lazy country life in wine country on the Russian River. I been living here in the woods for 42 years and most of my neighbors are gay hippies or old straight hippies.

Old School Gay Male
Old School Gay Male

 The last time the gay scene was there in full force was back in the late 1980s. its been fading out ever since. its boring there so why live there? and it cost to much to live there.

"Arf!" Lemming
"Arf!" Lemming

Well , that's better  than the city's normal and usual habit of actively recruitingmore drug addicted felons and homeless degenerate crazies to  the Tenderloin.

HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO
HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO

  You can blame San Quentin prison for all the ex felons in the tenderloin. thats where they drop them off at when they get out of the joint at SQ.

larrybob
larrybob

Terry, thanks for pointing out that their website is lacking in gay listings. I think they perhaps only list places that pay them. Fortunately anyone who can use Google can find a better site for queer san francisco event listings :-)

Hawaiin Beach Boy Surfer
Hawaiin Beach Boy Surfer

There is plenty of gays to be seen here in Honolulu Oahu Hawaii down in front of Kuhio Beach park in Waikiki Beach.  they all sit on the beach getting tan and swimming and surfing etc 7 days a week 365 days a year and they also hang out at the starbucks coffee across the street from the beach there. Hawaii is where the real action is for anybody gay or straight. California is nowheresville anymore man. times move on to better things like sunny warm weather beach life.

Hawaiin Gays
Hawaiin Gays

  Those are the high class rich gays that made the big bucks $ in life and didnt die of aids yet. they are a breed apart from the bottom feeder gays of SF.

Benjamin
Benjamin

$500,000? Is that why they are going to charge us to park on Sunday? This is simply insane.

I wouldn't even mind if they provided mental health services for the homeless here. But to promote SF as a gay-friendly destination? Insane.

StupidSF
StupidSF

To portray SF as a city only for gays is nothing less than sexist and discriminatory. SF should be welcoming of all people.

Psychedelic City USA
Psychedelic City USA

  SF is still known world wide for LSD , THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND PSYCHEDELIC HIPPIES IN THE 1960S AND THE FRISCO HELLS ANGELS, not gays.  Key West Florida and Honolulu Hawaii is where alot of gay folks live now.

"Arf!" Lemming
"Arf!" Lemming

Atlanta , now  , is more 'Gay' than  San Francisco currently is.

Jim
Jim

 Its also more illegal Mexican there than the whole west coast USA.

Fuck Atlanta
Fuck Atlanta

  But Hotlanta is a southern hillbilly hot humid rainy shit hole city in the deep south Dixie states that is still running behind the rest of the USA by about 40 years. people in Atlanta Marietta Ga etc are all still living in the early 1970s still. its a redneck place to live so dont go there.

HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO
HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO

  FRISCO has been known for the FRISCO CHAPTER OF HELLS ANGELS for over 50 years. we the HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO were here in the 1950s way before the gays came here. we were here back in the 1950s beatnik days way before the 1960s Haight Ashbury hippie invasion. gays came later on so get your facts correct. HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Nothing says "straight" like a group of men who all hang out together and wear leather.

Vroom_Vroom
Vroom_Vroom

McFrisco like McDonald's ??

Jim
Jim

  Gays are more the IN AND OUT BURGER type. they get the in and out urge often.

nunya
nunya

Gays are like any crowd and get bored with the same old thing. How many video and clone bars are they expecting to be a draw like they were 20 years ago?

Melvin Dean Baker
Melvin Dean Baker

The snide comments about Gay Disneyland are uncalled for. This longtime gay resident of the Castro welcomes people of all kinds, but reminds the snarky writer of this story that the Castro is a vital part of America's Gay and Lesbian culture, history and character and there is every reason to try to keep it an inviting place for future generations of LGBT folks. 

Facepalm
Facepalm

Don't think you're special, dude. Snark and misleading headlines are pretty much the only way this blog gets comments and eyeballs. Fine by me, but if you want thoughtful analysis and/or balance, you are reading the wrong site.

Erin Sherbert
Erin Sherbert

 My apologies ... I honestly can't provide deep analysis for anything before 10 a.m.

Someone
Someone

A long time ago...when the gays weren't all up in your face about it.

HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO
HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO

  They never get up in my face, but then im a HELLS ANGEL.

Bayareadude
Bayareadude

Hells Angels are a bunch of pussy ass pedophiles. Nobody is scared of them.

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

  Why would the Hells Angels be pedophiles when hot sexy slutty horny young chicks throw themselves at them like they are rock stars and want to fuck them silly on crank all night long?

Dead in 5 HeartbeatsThe movie
Dead in 5 HeartbeatsThe movie

  Nobody is scared of them on the internet but when they see us in person then they are scared of us. they are afraid to say howdy to us. now that's scared. check out the new movie being made by Jeff Santo and the Hells Angels MC Arizona and Sonny Barger by going to www dead in 5 heartbeats dot com. it will be in theaters in the fall of 2012

Bamboobam
Bamboobam

 Mike Yevtuck of New Jersey is the worlds worst and most dangerous outlaw biker chomo = child molester or kiddy diddler on earth. he is really into Asian kids.

Tencentsadance
Tencentsadance

Travel all that way to look at 4 blocks of nothing called the Castro District?   

Terry
Terry

The idea behind this campaign is fine, but if you click on NIGHTLIFE at their site, then narrow by CASTRO and BARS...you get zero results.   In SOMA, you get mainstream only results, which are good to include, but you should include some lgbt bars if you want to have a comprehensive site

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