March is Women’s History Month

As we approached the end of Women’s History Month, SF Pride took stock of the enormous contributions women have made to the global movement for LGBT rights and visibility. Here at San Francisco Pride, a trendsetter in the global Pride movement, we made strides of our own, electing Lisa Williams, the agency’s first African American female board president in 2011. Indeed, from volunteer leadership roles in our safety committee, to the skilled contractors managing our Parade and Main Stage, women have played key roles in making SF Pride one of the largest and most successful gatherings of the LGBT Community and its allies in the nation.

Each year, the SF Pride Board of Directors assembles a diverse group of community leaders as Grand Marshals. Looking back over the last five years, we see an amazing group of inspirational leaders:

Lifetime Achievement:

  • Bishop Yvette Flunder

Community Grand Marshal:

  • Edaj
  • Rebecca Prozan
  • Olga Talamante
  • Morningstar Vancil
  • Christiana Remington
  • Molly McKay
  • Davina Kotulski
  • Andrea Shorter
  • Shannon Minter
  • Helen Zia
  • Joan Benoit

Special Awards:

  • Susie Bright (Honorary Grand Marshal)
  • Carol Queen (Honorary Grand Marshal) 
Celebrity Grand Marshals: 
  • Alice Walker
  • Zoe Dunning

And the best is yet to come!

Taking it even further, women have played significant leadership roles amongst San Francisco’s amazing array of Community Partners, from the City of Refuge’s very own Bishop Flunder, to Carol Queen, of the Center for Sex and Culture. Both women have also been honored as Community Grand Marshals. Other women leaders playing key roles in benefitting the larger community include Pali Boucher of Rocket Dog Rescue, April Silas of the Homeless Children’s Network, and Wendy Phillips of Dolores Street Community Services.

Please share our enthusiasm as we salute these amazing women! We hope Women’s History Month gave you the opportunity to reflect on the many women who continue to inspire us in our quest for justice and equality.

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