Pride at the Fairmont

Robert Michael Joseph, Anita Cocktail, Lance Holman

The 2009 Pride Week festivities in San Francisco seemed more exciting this year than at any other, with everything from sweaty street parties on Market to chic cocktail parties on Nob Hill to bring the LGBT community together.

We tend to skip sweaty street parties of any kind, but a charming affair at the Fairmont Hotel? Now you’re speaking our language. That’s what PG&E and LGBT leader Mark Rhoades provided for supporters of Project Open Hand, as a thank you to the men and women who have given their time and resources to make the community a better place.

Kelsey Rigg, Ellisa Worley, Mimi Yapor, Lindsay Strozza, Shae Rocco

Jay Edwards, Craig Lipton

Dan Jolly, Juan Barajas

The red carpet extravaganza honored 400 of the movers and shakers of the San Francisco community. Some notables at the festivities included Bishop Gene Robinson, Tim Wu, Kate Kendell, Joy Bianchi, Joel Goodrich, Beth Townsend, Kate Kendell, PG&E’s Brandon Hernandez, Claudia Ross and City Treasurer Jose Cisneros.

Sponsors included Belvedere Vodka, Chandon sparkling wine and Amstel Light Beer. Leftwich Design lent their designer expertise.

Brandon Hernandez, Claudia Ross

Leah Wade

Maria Ehmer, Mark Calvano, Karen Tamblyn

Joy Bianchi, Mark Rhoades, Linda Gordon

Danielle Shingleton, David Reynolds

Kendrick Rustad, Maggie Starck King

Mike Westman, Kirk Pestlin

Photographer: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]