Public Vote Community Grand Marshal Selected

With the public vote now counted and verified, SF Pride is delighted to announce that the LGBTQ and ally communities have chosen, overwhelmingly, Jewlyes Gutierrez for their 2014 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal. Garnering 54% of the votes cast, the Hercules teen edged out in front of a close field of worthy competitors, in the final polling days.

Jewlyes Gutierrez. Photo credit: Jose Carlos Fajardo

At age four Jewlyes identified as female, and came out to her family when she was 14-years old. The now 16-year-old transgender teen allegedly suffered peer bullying at school, which was reported to the Vice Principal, but still continued for two years. Finally, she fought back. Even though it was apparent from cell phone captures that she was merely defending herself, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office pressed assault and battery charges against Gutierrez. Her attackers were suspended from school, but not similarly charged. Her case is still pending.

Trans March, with 22% of the total public vote, is the 2014 SF Pride Organizational Grand Marshal. The San Francisco Trans March is the City’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It is always the Friday of Pride weekend and thousands of people attend. For more information on Trans March contact Tracy Garza via press@transmarch.org. Continue reading

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SF Pride to March in San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 15

Historic San Francisco Pride Contingent Marches in the local St. Patrick's Day Parade.

(San Francisco, CA) This year’s San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 15th, will include a first-time contingent from the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee.

While similar parades for this holiday in New York City and Boston have been boycotted by their respective mayors, citing LGBT discrimination, local organizer United Irish Societies of San Francisco has welcomed SF Pride and LGBTs with open arms.

SF Pride Board President Gary Virginia was elated with the invitation stating, “Identifying as LGBT crosses all races, cultures, and beliefs so what is the harm of inclusion? There are Irish LGBT people the world over, and non-Irish lovers of the holiday and parade, even in New York City and Boston where gays are still excluded.” Continue reading

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Vote Now for 2014 Community, Organizational Grand Marshals, Pink Brick

Lt. Dan Choi, 2009. Photo Credit: Richard Bui

You can now vote for your choice of the 2014 Community and Organizational Grand Marshals, as well as the Recipient of the Pink Brick Award.

Polling in the community will also take place at selected locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area as well as the SF Pride Office. For a list of current locations click here. Voting ends March 17.

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Community Partner Grants Program Accepting Applications for 2014

Beverage Booth Staffed by the San Francisco SPCA

San Francisco Pride is accepting applications for the 2014 Community Partner Program. In 2013, $178,000 was granted to our partners as a result of beverage purchases and gate donations.

The program is open to any non-profit organization based in the nine counties of the Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) whose mission involves:

  • service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities,
  • seniors,
  • youth,
  • anti-bullying,
  • housing advocacy,
  • animal welfare/rights,
  • people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer,
  • or homelessness.

Since 1997, the Community Partners Program has given nearly 2.3 million dollars to local non-profits. For more information, view the eligibility and application requirements at http://sfpride.org/community.

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San Francisco Pride Appoints Two New Board Members

Michelle Meow

(San Francisco) – The board of directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee appointed Michelle Meow and Don Wagda to board seats at their meeting on February 4, 2014.  Both appointees bring needed skills and experience to the board.

Michelle Meow, host of Swirl Radio and Swirl TV, is a leading voice in the San Francisco Bay Area for the LGBTQ community.  She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in broadcast journalism and shortly after, started her career in radio and television. Michelle has been a co-host of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade for the past seven years and brings expert media and business skills to SF Pride.  She shares a cat with her partner and is excited to be expanding the board’s diversity.

Don Wagda is an attorney in private practice specializing in corporate law, including nonprofit governance, with recent experience in First Amendment litigation.   Continue reading

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SF Pride Launches New Membership Website

SF Pride is pleased to share that we have launched a new website for our members:

http://members.sfpride.org

Members, as well as the general public can view minutes of membership meetings, governing documents and events relevant to our membership.

The SF Pride website will still be your destination for information on the annual SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade, including visitor information, deals on hotels, talent on our Main Stage and registration information for contingents and exhibitors.

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San Francisco Pride voted “Utopian Pride,” “American Marriage Mecca,” in Best of GayCities 2013 Vote

Love Won Best of 2013 - Juan Carlos Pometta/eyeofpassion.com

Juan Carlos Pometta/eyeofpassion.com

(San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Pride was voted “Utopian Pride” in the Best of GayCities 2013 Vote. With over 80,000 votes cast, San Francisco Pride won with nearly double the number of votes of the other five cities competing in the same category.

Previously, San Francisco Pride won the title “Best Pride City” in the Best of GayCities 2011 vote. The June 30, 2013 event, fueled by the excitement around the demise of Proposition 8 earlier that week, saw record numbers of attendees along the Market Street Parade route and San Francisco’s Civic Center, with estimates as high as 1.8 million. Continue reading

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SF Pride Now Accepting Nominations for Community & Organizational Grand Marshal, Pink Brick Award

Veronika Fimbres, 2013 Community Grand Marshal

(San Francisco) – The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee (SF Pride) is now accepting nominations for Community and Organizational Grand Marshal for the 44th Annual Celebration and Parade which takes place on June 28, 29 2014. Grand Marshal nominations opened at the January General Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 14 and will close after the February General Membership meeting on Tuesday, February 11. Nominations are being accepted for:

  • Community Grand Marshals
  • Organizational Grand Marshal
  • Recipient of the Pink Brick Award

Community Grand Marshals are local heroes (individuals living in the nine-counties of the SF Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties)

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SF Pride Appoints George Ridgely Executive Director

George Ridgely (photo credit Bill Sywak)

(San Francisco) – The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee (SF Pride) is pleased to announce George Ridgely as its new Executive Director. Ridgely brings 11 years of event director and executive director experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to the job which he began on January 7, 2014.

Ridgely served as Executive Director of the Castro Street Fair from 2005 to 2013 and oversaw its 40th anniversary celebration last year. He also was Director of Operations from 2010-2013, and Marketing and Communications Director from 2002-2010, of San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers 12k; one of the largest, and one of the oldest, annualfootraces in the world. From 2007 to present he served as cofounder/producer of Pink Collar Events, a full-service event production firm specializing in street fairs, trade shows, fundraisers, and corporate and private events.  Continue reading

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SF Pride Nominated for Utopian Pride by GayCities

Photo Credit: Bill Gerharter

San Francisco Pride has been nominated for “Utopian Pride” in the Best of GayCities 2013 Poll. San Francisco Pride is competing against Toronto, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, Madrid and Tel Aviv.

Other categories include “Nonstop Nightlife,” “Foodie Paradise,” in which San Francisco has also been nominated, “Culture Hub,” “Singles Scene,” “Marriage Mecca,” and many more categories.

Voters are allowed to vote once per day through January 19. San Francisco Pride is thrilled to be the sole American City nominated in this category.

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