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

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)

who have made lasting contributions to the SF Bay Area LGBTQ community, or, as LGBTQ individuals, contributed to the welfare of the Ally community.

An Organizational Grand Marshal shall be a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization that has made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community or the LGBTQ movement for equality.

The Pink Brick Award Recipient shall either be an individual, organization, business, or other entity that has caused serious harm to the LGBTQ community or the LGBTQ movement for equality.

When submitting nominations for Community Grand Marshals, please include a contact for the nominee, as well as a brief description of their important contributions.

Send suggestions by February 11 to gmnominations@sfpride.org; and please indicate the category (Community, Organizational, Pink Brick) for which the individual or organization has been nominated.

There is no limit to the number of nominations you can send in, they just need to follow the criteria above. The Board of Directors may select a maximum slate of 10 Community Grand Marshals for the public ballot.


About the SF Pride Celebration Committee
SF Pride is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to produce the SF Pride Celebration and Parade. The mission of the organization is to educate the world, commemorate its heritage, celebrate its culture, and liberate its people. A world leader in the Pride movement, SF Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted nearly $2.3 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local nonprofit LGBT organizations and those organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, homelessness, and animal welfare.
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10 Responses to SF Pride Now Accepting Nominations for Community & Organizational Grand Marshal, Pink Brick Award

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  2. I nominate Nenna Joiner of Feelmore 510. She exemplifies positive and active community involvement, strength and professionalism for not only the LGBTQI populaion, but for women everywhere. I can’t think of a better person for Grand Marshall, as well as a prime example of LGBTQI leadership.

  3. Robert James says:

    I would like to nominate Dr. Rev. Ted McIlvenna. My name is Robert James and I’ve been working with this 81 yr old Methodist Minister that has been pivotal in LGBT affairs in SF dating back to 1965.
    He helped change laws regarding queer rights (along with then young lawyer Willie Brown) nearly 4 years before the Stonewall riots in NYC.
    He is the person (among a board of Glide elders) responsible for hiring Cecil Williams, and he created the committee called Council on Religion and the Homosexual back in 1964.
    This was the first committee in U.S. history that used the word homosexual in it’s title.
    He also was the person who first hired and worked for over 20 years with Maggi Rubenstein (a past Grand Marshall).
    He was also instrumental for pushing thru the British Homosexual Law Reform back in 1966.
    He is president of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality right here in SF. They opened their doors for PhD studies in Sexology in 1976 and remain on Franklin Street offering classes today. The likes of Allen Ginsberg, Bill Masters, Shere Hite and scores of others have lectured here over the years.
    He has been instrumental in so many changes that have occurred in San Francisco over the years due to his tireless activism. Gay rights was his first mission when the Methodist Church asked him to go to SF and change the ‘gays’ to str8. He and his wife of 57 years went into the gay community, befriended active members and leaders at the time, (ie. Del Martin and Hal Call), and decided to help them instead. He reported back to the church that people can’t be changed in this way.

    I REALLY believe he would be a memorable candidate for one of the Grand Marshalls’ in the upcoming Pride Parade. His health is up and down and I fear
    he might not be ‘present’ to celebrate his achievements in the following years.

  4. Linda S de Masi says:

    I would like to nominate Mia Marie Macy who succeeded in her law suit, Macy vs. Holder for non-discrimination in the work- place for all Transgender employees. She is heard on Swirl Radio, in the SF area, “It’ all about Mia” and has done many speaking engagements, around the country, since the law suit was won. She is a positive role model for anyone and has been a Police detective and in the Army. And she has maintained a long term marriage. I hope that you can take the time and honor her with recognition for what she is accomplishing for herself and others in the LGBT community. Thank you!

  5. Coy Meza says:

    I would like to nominate Dian Rev. Diana Wheeler, You’re alone at 1 a.m. on the dark streets of a big city. Does anyone care?

    Who do you talk to when you feel very alone and scared? Who do you reach out to when your loved ones, friends, and even support systems like your faith community are nowhere to be found? Who do you talk to when you’re sick, depressed, on hard times, having relationship troubles? Who can offer an objective, non-judgemental listening ear? Who can you turn to when your dear friend is dying? Who can you turn to when you have big questions about your life and relationship with God and why you even exist?
    An angel in the night is ready to listen.

    That ‘angel’ is the Rev. Diana Wheeler, an ordained Episcopal Deacon who has changed her life in order to serve the community outside the church walls. She has been called as the first “Sacred Space SF” minister. In 2010, she gave up her home and most of her possessions, put the rest in storage and moved into a room to be closer to the neighborhood where she ministers late at night to the lonely souls on the darkened streets nearby. She is out there when the clubs are open and even afterwords offering help and a non judgmental ear. Any one who has the guts to give up everything to be of service to our comunity in my book deserves to be a grand Marshal with Pride. thank you

    Deacon Diana meets all kinds of people in that darkness and is available to them in times of trouble. She shares her time and love with the homeless or marginally housed; folks with substance abuse problems; non-traditional families in the neighborhood who need to talk about their kids; many folks with mental health issues; people who need to talk about their families of origin or their experiences with religion and their relationship with God. She is asked to marry, bury and pray with people who don’t feel a connection with a church. And she connects folks with resources in the community that can help. She really is an angel in the night.

    50 years of service and an important ministry that needs you

    Sacred Space SF is a partnership ministry between St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and the San Francisco Night Ministry.

    San Francisco Night Ministry is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of important pastoral care between the hours of 10:00pm and 4:00am every night of the year, with crisis line counselors answering the phones and night ministers like Diana walking the streets. Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church has a long history of ministry to people outside the church doors with after school programs; food pantries; meal programs; parish nursing; and neighborhood disaster preparedness programs among their many ministries. Other supporters include community stakeholders and our Lutheran partners.

    $ 595
    Pledged of $ 7,500 Project Goal

    Days left
    Please help us reach our total funding goal of $ 7,500 by Friday February 28, 12:00PM PST

    Community Project by

    Father Tommy Dillon

    San Francisco, CA

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  6. Sam Xie says:

    Should have nominated QUIT for the Pink brick- can’t believe these folk protest our beloved Frameline film festival every year- they are less concerned with LGBTQI rights than with promoting their narrow political agenda.

    There is always next year.

  7. Eddie Wood says:

    I nominated Kathy Griffin for her always supporting gays

  8. Jack Ferry says:

    State Senator Mark Leno!

  9. As a former Grand Marshal (1986), I’d like to submit a name for nomination –
    Chris Carnes.
    I moved to San Francisco in 1966 so I may refer to organizations, places and people who don’t exist in 2015.

    I first met Chris when I was performing at the country-western bar Rawhide (owned by Ray Chaulker, publisher of the gay newspaper, The Sentinel). She won the title of Miss Rawhide that night and I handed her the award. A few months later, I ran into her at either an AIDS fund raiser or at the Cable Car Awards (she was on the B of D of both). She was producing a fund raiser for a gay candidate for supervisor or judge, and asked me to perform. I never say no unless I don’t understand the question. We became friends and every time she asked to help out for the cause,
    be it HRC, REAF, AEF, whatever she was raising funds for, I said yes. And when the community wanted to build a center, Chris was on the ground floor of its creation and remained a board member well after it was built. She’s a very persuasive women; I did two fund raisers for it and I’m not gay! Like I say she’s very persuasive. I knew and worked for Chuck Holmes at Trinity Place, a financial district gay bar/restaurant. When I know you better, I’ll tell you a funny story. Now she has the Carnes List which is a network that markets non-profit LGBT events in the Bay Area.

    Chris Carnes is a deserving candidate for Grand Marshal for her countless years of activism and service to the LGBT community on so many different levels and for so many different organizations.

    Chris can be reached 425-999-2490 or chris@chriscarnesonline.com.

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