SF Pride Board Elects New Officers for 2015-2016

(San Francisco) – On Tuesday, October 6, the Board of Directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee elected new officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The 2016 Celebration and Parade takes place on June 25 and 26, 2016, with the theme “For Racial and Economic Justice.”

President: Michelle Meow

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. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and has since been syndicated in 4 additional markets. Over the past 8 years, her success in radio has afforded Michelle the opportunity to expand her message of inclusion through her television show, Swirl TV. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast for the past 9 years. Recently, Michelle has expanded her media horizons by launching a video production and broadcast company, specializing in live streaming.  Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Howard Grayson Conference to Focus on Lifelong Learning

Photo: Bill Weaver

The fourth annual Howard Grayson LGBT Elder Life Conference takes place on Saturday, September 26, from 11am-4pm at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. This year’s theme, “Lifelong Learning Rocks,” will focus on opportunities for lifelong learning and how to take action to protect this important right.

Speakers include:

Entertainment will be provided by singer Blackberri and poet Diamond Dave Whitaker. Continue reading

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SF Pride Membership Elects Board Members, Chooses Theme for 2016 Event

The membership of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee met on Saturday, September 12th for the Annual General Meeting, returning two incumbents and electing three new members of the Board of Directors. “For Racial and Economic Justice” was selected as the theme for the 2016 Celebration and Parade.

The meeting began at 2pm with the membership deciding on a format for the candidates to introduce themselves and allowing time for questions from the membership. In all, 14 candidates spoke and the audience was allowed 30 minutes to ask questions.

After the polls closed, the business of the meeting continued with a vote to change the annual Member Meeting Calendar. The membership voted to change monthly meetings from the second Tuesday of each month to the second Wednesday of each month for the 2015-2016 production cycle.

Deputy Executive Director Kent Anderson and Member Jokie Wilson Accept Completed Ballots

This was followed by a vote on the theme for the 2016 Celebration and Parade. Continue reading

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SF Pride Issues $166,690 in Grants to the Community

Photo credit: Bill Wilson


DATE:  Monday, August 31, 2015

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Pride continued its tradition of sharing proceeds from the annual Pride Parade and Celebration and other revenue streams, and distributed $166,690.00 to more than 60 community groups in the Bay Area on August 29. For many of the recipients, the SF Pride grant is the largest source of income for their annual operating budgets.

Since 1997, SF Pride’s Community Partners Program has generated over $2.5 million to local beneficiaries thanks in large part to festival beverage purchases and donations made at event gates. For the second year in a row, longtime SF Pride sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, contributed $5,000 towards the SF Pride Community Partner Program.

Community organizations provide Pride with hundreds of event volunteers and, in return, SF Pride awards the organizations with a grant based on hours volunteered and revenues generated.  Accessibility Partners work with Pride to ensure the proper management of deaf and hard-of-hearing spaces, wheelchair-accessible grandstands, as well as other areas of the event with added accessibility features. Continue reading

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San Francisco Pride Condemns Attack on Jerusalem Pride March


DATE:                  Friday, July 31st, 2015 

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Pride joins InterPride and others in condemning the horrific attack that occurred yesterday during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride march, where a religious extremist repeatedly stabbed several participating as they moved peacefully through the streets of the holy city.

This tragedy demonstrates clearly why Pride events are still relevant and much needed, as they ensure the visibility of the LGBT community, and promote acceptance and equality everywhere, for everyone. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire LGBT community in Jerusalem and Israel. Continue reading

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Vote for the 2015 SF Pride Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent

San Francisco Pride is thrilled to present the 2015 Parade Awards in the following categories:

  • Absolutely Fabulous
  • Absolutely Outrageous
  • Absolutely Fabulous Individual
  • Absolutely Fabulous Street Act
  • Absolutely Fabulous Marching Contingent
  • Absolutely Fabulous Musical Contingent
  • Absolutely Fabulous Theme Contingent

The public vote has begun for Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent. The public can vote through the SF Pride web site until Wednesday, August 21st at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced at SF Pride’s Annual Check Granting Party on August 29th.

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Hydie Downard and Beate Siedler have deep roots in the local LGBT Community. In addition to serving on the SF Pride Board for fourteen years, Hydie was a member of the Imperial Council of San Francisco and was the first woman on the board of the Cable Car Awards. She was the first woman on the board of the Gay Softball League and was inducted into their Hall of Fame, as well as a founding board member serving as Vice President.

In 1997 they appeared on stage with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Carole Migden officiating, to be united as one of the first couples to be legally recognized as domestic partners.

This weekend, at 1:50pm, they will take the next step as they deepen their commitment in front of thousands. Join us as we celebrate the right to marry in California, and if all goes as we hope – the nation.

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San Francisco Pride Honors Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts as 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal

DATE:   June 15, 2015

San Francisco Pride Honors Golden State Warriors President
and COO Rick Welts as 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration Committee and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce Rick Welts, Golden State Warriors President and COO, as their 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal. With the ongoing excitement surrounding the team’s current participation in the NBA Finals, and the 45th Annual Pride Celebration & Parade coming up later this month, SF Pride is excited to bestow this honor on America’s first prominent, openly-gay sports executive.

One of the most respected business executives in the NBA, with over 39 years of experience in the league, Rick Welts is currently in his fourth season as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. Continue reading

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March with the American Cancer Society!

The American Cancer Society is leading the fight against every cancer for every person in every community by researching to find cures, advocating for better cancer legislation, and providing free information and services. That’s our promise in this fight, but we need your help. Join us in our efforts to save more lives and finish this fight once and for all!

This year, the American Cancer Society will bring its mission to the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. We understand that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people are at greater risk for cancer and less likely to access necessary and appropriate diagnostic and treatment resources.  Come help the American Cancer Society celebrate diversity and deliver critical, lifesaving information by marching with us in the parade or volunteering at the American Cancer Society’s festival booth.

Please click here to join the American Cancer Society’s parade contingent.

Click here to learn more about cancer and the LGBT community.

For more information about festival volunteer opportunities, please contact: Imani Brown, imani.brown@cancer.org

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SF Pride 2015 TV Commercial

We are thrilled to share our latest TV commercial for San Francisco Pride. Thanks to all those who shared their stories, and special thanks to SF Pride Board Member Michelle Meow for her work on this project. Share your stories and tag them with ‪#‎mypride‬

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