Sister attacked on Pink Saturday. Police need your help.

Sister who was attacked (photo: Jim McClure/Stop The Violence Facebook Page)
Sister who was attacked (photo: Jim McClure/Stop The Violence Facebook Page)

Police need the community’s help in identifying the attacker(s) of one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and her husband during Pink Saturday festivities in the Castro near 18th and Castro Street.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are the main hosts of Pink Saturday festivities and widely push their “Stop The Violence” campaign year round to help curb violence against LGBTQ people and offer safe places for victims of violence to seek refuge and support. It is unfortunate that one of the do-good Sisters and her husband would be a victim of violence themselves.

According to a Castro Community on Patrol email alert, the Sister and her husband were physically and verbally assaulted by a group of up to seven people at the intersection of Castro Street & 18th Street. Both received some injuries and were very shaken by the incident, but fortunately neither required hospitalization.

The unnamed Sister allowed a photo of her from Saturday to be released on the Stop the Violence campaign Facebook Page (attached above) to help jog the memory of people who may have witnessed the incident. If you witnessed this incident, or if you have photographs or video of the incident, please contact Mission Police Station:

MISSION POLICE STATION:
630 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 558-5400
Email: [email protected]
Non-emergency, dial: (415) 553-0123
TIP LINE: (415) 552-4558

Roy McKenzie

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35 Responses

  1. Matthew says:

    PINK SATURDAY needs to END or change dramatically. Every year there is violence. I no longer go to Pink Saturday, nor do any of my friends in the gay community.

    The last time I went was tremendously scary.

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  2. Patrick says:

    This is why we can’t have anything. nice

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  3. It’s all those straight ghetto ppl coming into city too party and cause trouble they need too charge $25

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  4. I agree with Matthew, unfortunately, it seems it is time to end Pink Saturday. I’ve only gone once and left shortly after due to the tragedy that it was. It would be great if we could get it back to being such a “party” and more so a time to come and celebrate the Castro by keeping the businesses open later, allowing for picnic-like outside eating, etc.

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  5. mofoplz says:

    I fucking hate that this happened – hate even more that Pink Saturday – started by radical Queers to celebrate our freedoms has devolved into such a shit show – we need to reevaluate and decide if we really need the event or are we just providing space for assholes to abuse our neighbourhood, community and people.

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  6. Gnomey says:

    Just like Castro Halloween, we should quit because drunk, angry, close-minded people come over on BART? No, stand up for the wonderful, historic & positive gatherings. Maybe make it more exclusive – close off the street & charge a entry fee? People should not cower to the violence.

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    • Christo says:

      Gnomey, just so you know, they did close the street(s). I walked down there and saw a line with a metal detector wand and a $10 suggested donation.

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  7. Mitch Mansfield says:

    Instead of giving up on Pink Saturday, how about giving it a makeover? It has become simply an excuse for folks to drink and dance in the street. No real agenda or theme to it, other than the end of the Dyke March. By “rethinking” the event, maybe we can reclaim the street for Pride.

    If you experienced at the crowd that night, you would have seen they had blank looks of their faces, just wondering what to do. We need to give them something to do.

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  8. Peter says:

    The problem with Pink Saturday is that it (a) is an all-ages event (no alcohol served) and (b) extends past sunset. As recent history has repeatedly shown, public events held after dark in SF attract violence. We just have to accept that’s the way it is.

    So let’s keep the party, but shift everything earlier so that it can all end by 8pm. I realize this would set hordes of drunken straight kids loose upon the Castro at 8pm, but that’s better than midnight, as happens now.

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  10. Peter says:

    No, the gays should all be out at the bars by 8pm, and the straight kiddies from Hayward should be back at home in Hayward.

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  11. CastroRob says:

    I live in the Castro and all my friends seemed to avoid the street like the plague. Several of us hosted brunches and house parties so we all had a safe place to celebrate. But, I hate that our Pink Saturday party has devolved into such a shit show where an actual Sister who had worked a shift at the gate to host the event gets violently attacked. I believe that an earlier party (say 12-6) with a cover charge would help bring the celebration back to the community. I would gladly donate $10 to help keep the event safe. It’s my opinion that the undesirable element would be deterred by a cover charge and an earlier street party. Once it got dark last Saturday, it felt extremely unsafe. Also, I believe that one of the more successful changes to Halloween has been to close the Castro and Church Street Muni stations so that people really had to make an effort to get to the Castro.

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  12. Every year the pride celebration gets worse and worse. It is overrun by these tunnel and bridge surburban and ghetto straight kiddies who only come to get drunk and act so out of control. Its not about the celebration of diversity and love but instead its just another reason for them to come into the city to party hard.This the same crowd that attends the coachella, circus EDC bullshit events. They have no respect. The sad thing is that everywhere you went within the castro there were no older crowd of queer folk to be found only loads of kids getting trash by noon. And shame on the bars who keep serving these drunkards.

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  13. Peter says:

    “Once it got dark last Saturday, it felt extremely unsafe.” I went to 2 Frameline movies that evening, and the difference in the atmosphere on Castro between 5 pm and 10:30 pm was stark. At 5:00 people were dancing and having fun, and the crowd was diverse. At 10:30 no one was dancing, and the crowd seemed to consist entirely of straight gawkers under 20 with nothing to gawk at. The only gay men around were just trying to flee the area after the movie.

    I’m not exactly sure what Pink Saturday is anymore, but it sure isn’t a gay event.

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  15. Peter says:

    So Pride and Pink Saturday are just fine the way they are — with the shootings and the vast hordes of str8 teenagers and nary an actual gay person in sight. Got it.

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    • You are absolutely right. There weren’t ANY gay people in SF all weekend.

      1.7 million (some say) people in town celebrating throughout the weekend. Al of them straight and here to crush, kill & destroy the gays.

      Yet there are 5 incidents (rounding up) of violence that may or may not have to do with SF Pride.

      Is that really enough to cause everyone in this feed to shit their pants??

      It sure doesn’t take much.

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  16. Ahmad Aziz says:

    They got me too. Threw me on the ground and took my iPhone. Because I had pictures and evidence of this ordeal. Now I called SF police but they can’t do anything of course.

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  17. These kind of things happen every year and they’ll only get worse as the city population increases and residents lose their homes to rising rents. San Francisco is lost.

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  18. Courtney Kay says:

    I witnessed this happen with a group of friends. As someone who attended pink party this year I did not notice any extreme acts of violence. I do however believe that the hundreds of police officers out during pride should more closely monitor altercations like this one.

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  19. carlosinsf says:

    I stopped going to Halloween because I no longer felt safe, and now it looks like the same is true for Pink Saturday.

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  20. sjg says:

    I just go away for the weekend. It just makes me sad to see what Pink Saturday has become. I do think there needs to be some community push back on how this event is handled. As I understand it, the Sisters are in charge of planning this event, perhaps working more with community representatives could improve this event. Those of us who live in the neighborhood should have more input, especially since we are most impacted by Pink Saturday.

    I don’t really like Pink Saturday.As others have stated, it just feels unsafe and very non-gay. My street gets absolutely trashed (I live on a small side street). People piss and vomit on our stairs and doorways. I spend an hour picking up bottles and cans and sweeping up the next morning. When my neighborhood group has approached the Sisters about the problem, there has been nothing but indifference. It’s a frustrating experience.

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    • sjg says:

      Sorry, I contradicted myself in my above statement.. I went away this past weekend. In the past I have had to spend Sunday morning cleaning up. Sorry for the inconsistancy. I worded my comment above poorly.

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  21. These neighborhood parties are generally not well known outside of their neighborhood (or city) until TV and Radio promotion is done by the organizers. There should be an outright ban on TV and Radio promotion by organizations that put on these events as a condition of the permit.

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  22. Matthew says:

    Wow, I have 72 likes on my comment.

    Regarding Pink Saturday, Since I have lived in San Francisco, it has become the one street fair that went from “I have to go” to “I have to avoid”.

    I don’t think that canceling the festivities is the way to go, but I do feel they need to be changed and I hope the Sisters finally realize this as well.

    I think that Pink Saturday should be similiar to the Castro Street Fair in a couple of aspects:

    1. Change the times. 12noon – 5 or 6pm. This would make it feel more like a neighborhood party. After all, they mostly come out at night… mostly.
    2. Have various booths in the street. This will certainly break up the crowd. And give the crowd something to do.
    3. This one is the hard one; charge a mandatory cover. This is supposed to be a fund raiser is it not? If you want to play in the street, you need to pay.

    I worry that something tragic will stop this celebration of togetherness like Halloween in the Castro was stopped. I was 10 feet away from that shooting in 2006. Nothing is more terrifing that seeing that.

    This is supposed to be our neighborhood party. Perhaps it is time to take the neighborhood party back to the neighborhood…

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  23. I have a combined 71 dislikes on my comments.

    Vote for me!

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  24. Shane says:

    As many of you have stated here (and I’ve been saying for years), get rid of the suggested donation and charge a mandatory entrance fee. I believe L.A. charges for their street parties during pride and I’ve not heard of any incidents. I could be wrong though.

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