LGBT news blast: Marilyn look-a-likes, TRIO’s fundraising streak, and Pride scare

July 2nd, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments

Gunfire injures Pride vendors
Two vendors at San Francisco Pride festivities were injured June 30 by nearby gunfire as they were completing sales and closing up their booths near the Civic Center.
Both men were shot in the leg and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where they were treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. One vendor was released from care on July 1, while the other underwent surgery July 2, the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee says in a news release. He remains in the hospital.
The source of gunfire and motivation are unknown. The San Francisco Police Department is investigating and asks Pride attendees and anyone with information to call 1 (415) 553-0123.
The committee declines to name the victims out of respect for their privacy.

Forever Marilyn sculpture in downtown Palm Springs. File photo

Forever Marilyn sculpture in downtown Palm Springs. File photo


Have you got the look?
Fans of the Forever Marilyn sculpture in downtown Palm Springs can celebrate its larger-than-life presence by dressing like and emulating the popular attraction. A Forever Marilyn Look-A-Like Contest is planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at VillageFest on Palm Canyon Drive, between Baristo and Amado roads in downtown Palm Springs.
A panel of four judges will select the winners based on attire, presentation, personality, audience response and overall Marilyn look and feel. Contestants may enter only one category, and only the first 10 entries in each will be allowed to compete. Register by July 30 at


TRIO tops Dining Out fundraisers
TRIO restaurant in uptown Palm Springs raised the most funds during Dining Out for Life for the fourth consecutive year.
The annual event took place on April 25, with several Coachella Valley restaurants contributing a portion of their sales proceeds from the day to benefit Desert AIDS Project (
Owned by Mark Van Laanen and Tony Marchese, TRIO ( brought in more than $18,000 from its contribution of 60 percent of sales and additional patron donations. Spencer’s restaurant (, owned by Harold Matzner, came in a close second with nearly $16,000.
Acqua Pazza, Lulu California Bistro, Zin, Alicante, Tropicale, Wang’s, Jake’s, and El Mirasol were included in the top 10 contributors.
To date, Desert AIDS Project has surpassed its fundraising goal of $122,500 for local HIV/AIDS care services.

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