This Sunday is the annual South End Rowing Club “Pride Swim,” a short ~1.2 mile flood-assisted swim from “Coghlan Beach” (fronting the Golden Gate Yacht Club) to the SERC beach. It is one of many LGBT Pride-related sporting events in San Francisco, the Proudest among cities, and one in which I will Proudly take part.
Recently long-time SERC member Daniel M. sent the following message to the club email list, detailing some interesting history, placing SERC in the context of gay rights, AIDS, and the progressive tradition of San Francisco.
This email is one of many reasons I am Proud to be a South Ender.
Full names have been abridged in the interest of privacy.
This “Pride Swim” Sunday is in and part of a great progressive tradition of the SERC. So everyone knows, in the early 1980s, Rich “Richy” P. was an out front gay member of our club and always stood up for gay rights. He was a swimmer and a rower. I met and befriended him in 1984 when I joined the club as I was immediately drawn to him as one of the most progressive members of our club at the time.