SF Pride Now Accepting Nominations for Community & Organizational Grand Marshal, Pink Brick Award Beginning December 9

2014 Community Grand Marshal Judy Grahn

(San Francisco) – The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee (SF Pride) will begin accepting suggestions for Community and Organizational Grand Marshal as well as the recipient of the Pink Brick Award for the 45th Annual Celebration and Parade which takes place on June 27, 28 2015.

Nominations will open at the December General Membership meeting on Tuesday, December 9 and will close after the January General Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 13.

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) Continue reading

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SF Pride 2006 Special Guest Leslie Feinberg Dies at 65

Leslie Feinberg

“It’s time! It’s time! It’s time to put the “liberation” back into “gay liberation”—into lesbian and bisexual, transsexual and transgender, intersexual and queer liberation.”

From Leslie Feinberg’s speech from the SF Pride Main Stage, 2006

Transgender activist and author Leslie Feinberg passed away November 15 from complications due to Lyme Disease. Feinberg, a 2006 SF Pride Special Guest, was the author of the 1993 book, “Stone Butch Blues,” which won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  Continue reading

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SF City Hall To Be Lit In The Colors Of The Transgender Flag November 20

For the first time in history, on Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23, San Francisco’s City Hall will be lit in the colors of the Transgender flag, in solidarity with the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance offers a time to reflect on lives lost to violence in the Transgender Community. It has been estimated that in 2014, up to ten transgender women of color have been murdered in the United Stages.  Continue reading

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Request for Proposals for the 2015 Celebration and Parade

Cheer SF at SF Pride 2014. Photo credit: Bill Wilson

San Francisco Pride is accepting proposals for Event Content and Goods and Services.

San Francisco Pride is accepting proposals for event content as well as equipment and services for the 2015 Celebration and Parade. Event content can be submitted by community groups and businesses that wish to add new programming that broadens the appeal of the event. Proposals are due by December 5.

San Francisco Pride also requires equipment and services in order to produce the 2015 event. Local businesses are welcome to submit proposals. San Francisco Pride should be contacted first to verify that a product or service is needed. Proposals are due by December 5.

For more information see our Request for Proposals page on the SF Pride website. Information on what to include can be viewed online and can be downloaded in PDF format. Additional questions can be sent to the Event Director at eventdirector [at] sfpride dot org.

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SF Pride in Bizbash List of Top 100 Events in San Francisco

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Photo credit: Bill Weaver

Contact: George Ridgely

BIZBASH LAUNCHES THE FIRST TOP 100 EVENTS LIST IN SAN FRANCISCO

On the list, San Francisco Pride is recognized as an annual event making an impact

November 11, 2014 — BizBash, the leading trade media for event professionals has added a new market to its renowned franchise of Top 100 events­—San Francisco. Whether the attraction is a technology conference, a colorful parade, or a glitzy benefit, headline-grabbing events bring thousands to the Bay Area each year. San Francisco Pride has been named to the inaugural Top 100 annual events in San Francisco due to its outstanding work and influence in the industry.

San Francisco Pride has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” Continue reading

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SF Pride Hosts Second Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive.

2nd Annual Food and Toy Drive

SF Pride will be hosting its 2nd Holiday Food & Toy drive to benefit The Homeless Children’s Network & our local community!

New toys and can/dried goods donations will be accepted at the SF Pride Office at 30 Pearl St 4th Floor, San Francisco, beginning November 12th trough December 12th. To end the drive, we will have a booth on Friday December 19th at the corner of 17th & Castro St from 12pm to 4pm.

Please Help us to make this Holiday Season a special one for somebody in need by showing your holiday spirit and helping the less fortunate in our community!

Click here for a copy of our flyer to print and share.

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SF Pride a proud supporter of the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Tuesday, November 4, the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors unanimously voted to support the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event takes place at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center (1800 Market Street) on Thursday,  November 20 from 6-8pm. ASL and Spanish translation will be available.

From GLAAD:

“Transgender people, and particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by hate violence in our communities. Sadly, the tragedy of these incidents is often compounded by reporting that does not respect (or, sometimes, even exploits) the victim’s gender identity.”

The Transgender Day of Remembrance offers a time to reflect on lives lost to violence in the Transgender Community. Since 1999, the Day of Remembrance has grown to a world-wide event at over 200 locations.

For a list of victims of violence and events taking place world-wide, click here.

For the latest information on the San Francisco event, click here.

To donate and support this event, click here.

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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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