Pride Gives Back: Community Partner Grants Program Awards More Than $164,000 To Local Community Nonprofits

SF Pride Check Granting Party at Beatbox SF`

On Saturday, August 23, San Francisco Pride held it’s annual Check Granting Party. The event, where Pride awarded its 2014 Community Partners grants, took place at Beatbox SF.

The Community Partners Program is a beneficiary program open to non-profit organizations in the Bay Area whose mission involves service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities, seniors, youth, bullying, housing advocacy, animal welfare/rights, people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or homelessness.  Community organizations provide Pride with volunteers the weekend of the event, and, in return, Pride awards the organizations with a grant based on agreements appropriate for the areas in which volunteers are provided, be it donations or beverage booths.

The total amount of the grants distributed to community nonprofits totaled $164,608.33. Since 1997, San Francisco Pride has awarded over 2.4 million dollars to San Francisco/Bay Area nonprofits, benefiting the LGBT Community.

More information on the Community Partners Program. 

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SF Pride Membership Chooses Theme “Equality Without Exception” for the 2015 Celebration and Parade

The membership of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee chose “Equality Without Exception” as the theme for the 2015 Celebration and Parade and voted in eight new and returning Board Members at their Annual General Meeting. The annual meeting took place at the historic Women’s Building in the Mission District from 2-6:30pm on Sunday, September 14.

Veronika Fimbres, SF Pride Board of Directors

Returning to the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 production cycle are Joey Cain, Larry Crickenberger, David Currie, Michelle Meow, Chandra Redack, Gary Virginia, and Don Wagda. Biographical information can be found on our Board of Directors page. New to the Board is Veronika Fimbres, the first transgender board member since 2011. Fimbres (2013 Community Grand Marshal) has been active in the Transgender and HIV/AIDS communities since 1997. She was the first transgender person to hold office in the City and County of San Francisco when she was appointed Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, a position she held for fourteen years. She has won numerous honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Fred Skau Outstanding Volunteer fo the Year Award from the AIDS Emergency fund, and the Bobby Campbell “AIDS Hero Award,” by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The winning theme, “Equality Without Exception,” crafted by board members Donald Wagda and Joey Cain, was developed as a protest and an opportunity to place a spotlight on the use of religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws and the Affordable Care Act that, in principle, should be applicable to all. A recent example is a lobbying campaign by conservative leaders to sway President Obama to allow religious organizations exemptions from an executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people. This took place close the date of the recent “Hobby Lobby Decision,” allowing “closely held family companies” exemption from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

Simply DelishDelicious Thai food for the event was generously donated by Simply Delish, LLC, which will soon be opening a cafe at 5668 3rd St in San Francisco. SF Pride would also like to thank Papa Johns Pizza and It’s It Ice Cream.

The 2015 SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade takes place June 27 and 28, 2015.

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Reina Williams Winner of the Raising Voices Talent Competition

San Francisco Pride is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 Raising Voices Talent Competition. Reina Williams, a native of Baltimore and currently living in Brooklyn, New York was the winner of the afternoon competition on the Main Stage at Civic Center Plaza. Williams launched a successful GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds to cover her travel expenses during the weekend.

For more information on Reina Willams, visit her website. Below is video of her winning performance, a cover of the Lorde song, “Royals”:

The competition was judged by Tita Aida, Brian Kent, and Caroline Lund, with comedienne Shann Carr hosting. Continue reading

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All Families Pride Celebration at San Francisco Zoo to benefit Pride

Photo: SF Zoo

Our Family Coalition and Swirl Radio present All Families Pride Celebration, benefiting San Francisco Pride.Bring the family for a picnic in the meadow!Enjoy the newly remodeled playground at the SF Zoo with three age-specific bio regions for the whole family to experience.

Hosted by Swirl Radio and TV personality Michelle Meow.

Visit ourfamily.org for a discount admission coupon: http://bit.ly/1zHzvBm

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San Francisco Pride 2014 Parade Awards, Absolutely Fabulous Vote

San Francisco Pride is thrilled to present the 2014 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 Sunday, August 17 at 11:59pm.

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2014 SF Pride Celebrity Grand Marshals

BARNEY FRANK
GUEST OF HONOR
Frank served as a member of the House of Representatives from the state of Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, serving as chairman of the Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011. Coming out while in office in 1987, Frank is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.

EJ JOHNSON III
CELEBRITY GUEST
Son of legendary basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, 22 year-old EJ Johnson is taking the fashion world by storm. Continue reading

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Five Questions: Lauren McNamara

IN FEBRUARY, THE SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTED CHELSEA MANNING AN HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 2014 PARADE. EAST COAST WRITER AND VLOGGER LAUREN MCNAMARA WAS DESIGNATED MANNING’S REPRESENTATIVE FOR THIS YEAR’S PARADE.

You told me this is your first time visiting San Francisco. What are you most looking forward to while you’re here?

I’ve always been fascinated by the architecture and historical sites of San Francisco – the Golden Gate Bridge, the Castro, and Pier 39. We’re even staying in Hotel Vertigo, which was featured in a Hitchcock film. But most of all, I’m excited to see so much of our community gathered together in celebration, and I’m hoping to connect with plenty of people I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to meet. And, of course, I’m incredibly proud to be representing Chelsea.

Chelsea Manning reached out to you online, a total stranger, and you chose to befriend her and played an important role in helping her find herself. What motivated you to play this role? Continue reading

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March with the American Cancer Society!

The American Cancer Society is looking for LGBT cancer survivors, their friends, and allies to march with us this June 29th. 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.

Engagement of the LGBT community in the fight against cancer speaks to our mission, activities and volunteerism. If you’re looking for information about being gay with cancer, we have useful resources such as Cancer Facts just for you. We’re a presence in the community, and we’ve attended Pride events in Atlanta, Long Island, Newark, NYC, San Diego and San Francisco.

Please come and join the American Cancer Society as we walk in the 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade. We invite everyone (LGBT cancer survivors, family, friends, as well as anyone who is dedicated to finishing the fight against cancer) to join us in this wonderful community event.

Sign up to march in our contingent by visiting EventBrite and get your free ticket to be a part of the fun!

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SF Pride VIP Pride Pass Now On Sale

VIP Pride Passes are now on sale through the San Francisco Pride web site and Eventbrite. The Pride Pass is being offered at $150 for one and $250 for two passes.

The Pass allows SF Pride attendees to experience the best of San Francisco Pride with access to Grandstand seating along the Parade route as well as access to the exclusive VIP Party in the City Hall Rotunda on Sunday June 29. The Official VIP Party in the historic City Hall Rotunda, will feature live entertainment, a hosted bar and snacks. Entertainers include Connie Champagne, Velocity Circus with Gregangelo, the Prancing Elites, Kid Alien, Jason Brock and Daftnee Gesuntheit! Pass holders will also be given one dollar discounts on drinks purchased at the Celebration site during the weekend event.

Juanita More! 10th Anniversary Pride PartySF Pride is also thrilled to share that once again, Pride Pass will allow front of the line access and free admission to Juanita More’s 10th Anniversary Pride Party, benefiting. the AIDS Housing Alliance/San Francisco. Continue reading

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Tickets Now On Sale for VIP Party, Grandstands

Scene from 2013 SF Pride VIP Party

2013 SF Pride VIP Party

Tickets are now on sale for San Francisco Pride’s annual VIP Party in the historic City Hall Rotunda. The annual event provides ticket holders the opportunity to mingle with SF Pride’s Grand Marshals, Main Stage performers while enjoying a hosted bar and catering by Whole Foods Market.

Entertainment includes appearances by: Continue reading

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