Over the past several weeks, SF Pride has sought to respectfully listen to and consider the various opinions and perspectives on the matter of Pfc. Bradley Manning and related interests in extending representative support for Pfc. Manning. The SF Pride Board of Directors recognizes the divergent opinions regarding the matter of Pfc. Manning, but none of the three main options we received from the community forum on May 31 garnered a consensus majority.
Relatedly, a formal complaint to the City and County of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) was recently filed. The HRC has recently determined that it will not investigate the discrimination claims filed against SF Pride. In its decision, the HRC cited a declaration in a 2007 court case regarding the Chinese New Year Parade that the City’s anti-discrimination laws do not:
“restrict the ability of a grantee that is engaged in a constitutionally protected artistic or cultural expression to select the message that it will express. In the context of inherently expressive artistic and cultural events, such as the Parade and Street Fair,… [T]he selection of the message that those events will express cannot be separated from the selection of the persons who will participate in those events.”
Therefore, SF Pride will continue to produce this year’s Pride Celebration to ensure a safe and joyful time for all attendees as safety and security is our number #1 priority. San Francisco is, and will remain, a beacon of hope for the LGBT liberation movement. We truly appreciate the vibrant diversity of our community, and look forward to advancing efforts to effectively “educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.”
About the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration & 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 gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation, but it is also the second largest in the world behind only Sydney. SF Pride was also recently placed on the top of the list by Bay Area Reporter readers as being one of the 2013 “Best of the Gays.” The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information, visit sfpride.org.