As I start my first week as Chief Executive Officer, I want to take this moment to wish you the best during this holiday season on behalf of the Board of Directors, Contractors and Staff at San Francisco Pride.
Over the last 20 years of social and economic justice engagements, I have come to understand that the difficult struggles of building and nurturing community is an all-encompassing endeavor. We are buoyed by past successes and the pace of our progress has been unprecedented in the history of social justice movements: our sexual relations are legal nationally, we now have marriage equality in 9 states and in the District of Columbia, and we can serve openly in the military. We at San Francisco Pride have so much to be thankful for – the support of a community coming together to create one of the largest parades and celebrations of the LGBT Community and its allies in the nation, our membership, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, contingents and community partners.
The 43rd Annual Celebration and Parade Takes Place June 29 and 30, 2013.
They say a rising tide lifts all boats, and the hundreds of thousands of people who gather at the annual Celebration and Parade not only make us visible, they make us strong. The beneficiaries of our Community Partner Grants Program deliver life-saving and life-enriching services to the local community every day.
While San Francisco Pride takes place over a single weekend in June, its impact can be felt year-round.
From providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and homelessness, community sports teams building fellowship and healthy lifestyles, to organizations serving specific sectors of the LGBT Community, we want to take this moment to honor them and thank you for making San Francisco Pride a ground-breaking and inclusive community force for change.
In the coming year and beyond, I pledge to use whatever passion and influence that can be brought to bear in the role of CEO: Building on the proud legacies of Audre Lorde, Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, and Harry Hay, among other LGBT trailblazers, so that present and future generations can have joy and be truly free.
CEO, SF Pride