Dear Friends & Stakeholders:
I am pleased to welcome you to Pride Month as we approach the 43rd Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade! I am particularly honored to serve as SF Pride’s first CEO. Collectively, we have accomplished so much together this year: on an organizational level revenues are at historic high levels, expenses have been reduced, loans/debts have been repaid, three years of clean audits were completed; and in the national context, our community is on the brink of a historic, marriage equality victory via the Supreme Court!
Our 2013 theme is apt: Embrace, Empower, Encourage. SF Pride is invested in building a more progressive world, and seeks transformational change that is long-lasting, groundbreaking and that impacts lives and communities, more broadly.
Embrace: we embrace the truth: long-term change is not linear. Taking on the intractable problems of our time is not a simple, clear path. And the work of the LGBT movement can’t be done alone, but in concert with strategic allies on multiple levels.
Empower: we seek solutions built on deep understanding the power of diversity as an inherent value, and work closely with the most effective groups and individuals throughout the year to engage in strategies that make a real impact in our lives and communities.
Encourage: since 1997, with our community partners program, we have given millions to strengthen our community by providing mini-grants to local organizations on vital issues ranging from HIV/AIDS, homelessness and cancer; SF Pride is building a strong legacy investment for grassroots organizations, as well as providing seed dollars to support emerging leaders who can make a long term impactful positive change.
Thank you for your loyal and generous support over the years. We hope as you celebrate throughout Pride Month, that you are moved to join us in an even bigger way in the future, as we aspire to change the world for the better!
Yours In Pride,
Earl L. Plante
San Francisco Pride