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.
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,
- 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.
(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
SF Pride is pleased to share that we have launched a new website for our members:
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.
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
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)
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
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.
Views from the San Francisco Pride Main Stage. All photos by Jane Cleland
San Francisco Pride is now taking talent submissions for the Main Stage at the 2014 Celebration, which takes place on June 28 and 29, 2014. The Main Stage, Located in front of City Hall in San Francisco’s Civic Center, provides artists a unique opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest gatherings of the LGBT Community and its allies in the Nation.
For the second year in a row, SF Pride is accepting talent submissions through ReverbNation. Artists with electronic press kits on ReverbNation can submit their press kits here. Applications will be accepted from now until March 14, 2014.
The SF Pride Main Stage has been host to DWV, Karmin, Kimberly Caldwell, Jessica Sutta, Sandra Bernhard, Kerli, The Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Meshell Ndegeocello, the B52s, and many well-known local artists.
For more information on our Main Stage, including the roster of talent from the 2013 and past Celebrations, visit our Main Stage page on the SF Pride website. Continue reading
This Holiday Season SF Pride is joining the relief efforts for the Philippines Typhoon disaster and also partnering with the Homeless Children Network and Dolores St. Community Services to benefit the less fortunate in our community and the world.
Donations for Can/Dried goods and new Toys will be accepted at the SF Pride office at 30 Pearl St 4th floor during business hours and also in our drop off location at Tan Bella Salon, 2193 Market St San Francisco, beginning November 12th through December 13th. SF Pride will end the Drive with a donations booth on December 14th at the corner of 17th & Castro St from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
If you don’t have the time to deliver food or toys, you are welcome to make a donation to this program – simply click on our donation page and select the program designation “Holiday Food and Toy Drive.”
Help us to make this Holiday Season a special one for somebody in need in our community and in the Philippines.
If you have any question please call us at 415-864-0831