SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As the 43rd Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade events are set to commence June 29, SF Pride welcomes Yahoo, Hewlett Packard, and Salesforce among an impressive list of new business and corporate sponsors of this year’s annual LGBT Pride Month events.
“We are very pleased and honored to have such outstanding new partners for this year’s Pride Celebration and Parade at this historical moment,” states Earl Plante, CEO of San Francisco Pride. “We welcome each of them, and appreciate the daily work they do to elevate the status and equality of LGBT people in their workplaces, and in the community.”
“As we eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s imminent decisions on marriage equality and DOMA, we expect to welcome over one million visitors to San Francisco this year,” remarks Lisa Williams, SF Pride President. “With many thanks to our sponsors, community leaders, and partners, this year promises to be an especially historic Pride celebration.”
Among the list of returning sponsors such as Virgin Airlines, Clear Channel, SF Toyota, and KOFY TV, new sponsorships are provided by Bank of the West, Ceva Animal Health, Fusion Radio, Gilead, Golden State Warriors, Hilton, Hewlett Packard, Marriott, Nike, Orasure, Salesforce, Shades Magazine, Showtime, Sutter Health, Swirl, Yahoo, and Hotel Zetta.
“HP has more than 30 years of partnership with and participation in pride events, and works throughout the year to build and strengthen HP as an organization that values all employees, customers and communities,” said Michael Thacker, global communications chair, HP Pride Employee Resource Group. “Our sponsorship at San Francisco Pride this year is a great example of how HP is committed to diversity and to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company.”
“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring SF Pride 2013 and marching with The Trevor Project. The Pride parade is a fantastic celebration of the LGBT community, and we’re proud to be involved,” says Brett Wayn, VP Flickr & Executive Sponsor of Yahoo! Pride. “Yahoo! is committed to diversity, and sponsoring this event is just one of the many ways that we support our LGBT community of employees.”
“At Sutter Health, we are proud to sponsor the San Francisco Pride parade because we believe in and support healthcare equality,” says Dr. Warren Browner, Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center. “Our mission is to enhance the well-being of everyone in the communities we serve, regardless of race, color, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, national origin, disability, or age. We strive to be a model of inclusiveness for medical centers as well as employers across the country.”
“In a city defined throughout its rich history by diversity, freedom, and equality, Pride is the ultimate celebration of what makes San Francisco so unique and great,” said Gregg Bell, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Zetta San Francisco. “Hotel Zetta is extremely proud to be a sponsor of SF Pride.”
“The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is to ‘Embrace, Encourage, Empower.’ It is similar to ours, which promotes intellectual enhancement, spiritual enlightenment and cultural enrichment among women of color around the globe,” states Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women of Color. “It only makes sense for our publication to join forces with SF Pride in spreading the message of unconditional love, acceptance and equality. shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women of Color is honored to be a part of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration.”
“San Francisco has long been known by many as the unofficial ‘gay capital’ of The United States, with Gay Marriage support at an all time high and an expected Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 around the corner, ” remarks Manny Esparza, co-founder of Fusion Radio. “We felt it was very important for Fusion Radio to be here in California, specifically for San Francisco Pride to show our support for our community!”
With over 250 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 21 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. This year’s theme is ‘Embrace, Encourage, Empower’. It is estimated that it costs over $4,000,000 to produce the SF Pride events that take place annually on the final weekend of June during LGBT Pride Month. While cash contributions are requested at the Celebration in the City’s Civic Center as it provides vital proceeds to community based programs, the event remains a free event to the public.
About the 2013 San Francisco Celebration and Parade
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, held over the weekend of June 29 and 30. With more than 250 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and 21 community-run stages and venues, SF Pride Celebration and Parade is not only the largest annual gatherings of LGBT people and allies in the nation, second to Sydney, Australia as the largest in the world. SF Pride was recently placed on the top of the list by Bay Area Reporter readers as being on the 2013 “Best of the Gays”. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information, visit sfpride.org.