gay_money.jpgAppeal pal Michael Petrelis tipped us off to a strongly worded editorial in today’s Bay Area Reporter, “San Francisco’s oldest and largest local newspaper of record serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.”

In the unbylined editorial, the publication calls for the resignation of Amy Andre, the executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee — that is, the folks who run San Francisco’s Pride celebration (parade, parties, etc).

Citing a budget defect of 9 $99,000, the BAR also reports that a recent fundraising party actually lost $6,000 and says that months of attempts made to speak with Pride organizers Andre, board president Mikayla Connell, and treasurer Belinda Ryan have been met with silence.

The whole editorial is pretty damning, you can read it here. Perhaps unsurprisingly, attempts by the Appeal to get Andre’s response to the editorial went unanswered. Know anything? The tipline’s always open.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Lower Tinder Mob

    The BAR maybe old, large, and pink, but its journalistic standards are yellow. I don’t know anything of about SF Pride, but on a number of other topics the BAR lets its opinions run without concern for the facts.

    In addition to the editorial, this week’s issue also includes a news story about SF Pride. It shifts from coherent reporting to kitchen sink accusations and hand waving.

    If there was any question as to slant in the news article, that question is answered in the final line:

    “Somewhat ironically, the theme that members chose Sunday for the 2011 Pride Parade and celebration is ‘In Pride We Trust.’ ”

    There’s no place for the “Somewhat ironically” quip in a news story. It’s a shame that San Francisco’s old, large, gay newspaper is so quick to create enemies out of members of the community.

  • Lower Tinder Mob

    The BAR maybe old, large, and pink, but its journalistic standards are yellow. I don’t know anything of about SF Pride, but on a number of other topics the BAR lets its opinions run without concern for the facts.

    In addition to the editorial, this week’s issue also includes a news story about SF Pride. It shifts from coherent reporting to kitchen sink accusations and hand waving.

    If there was any question as to slant in the news article, that question is answered in the final line:

    “Somewhat ironically, the theme that members chose Sunday for the 2011 Pride Parade and celebration is ‘In Pride We Trust.’ ”

    There’s no place for the “Somewhat ironically” quip in a news story. It’s a shame that San Francisco’s old, large, gay newspaper is so quick to create enemies out of members of the community.