San Francisco Pride Parade Encourages Grand Marshal Nominations From Anywhere In The World

For the first time ever, nominations for Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade will be accepted from anyone, anywhere in the world. Those chosen to be Grand Marshal shall lead the 30th anniversary San Francisco Pride Parade as it kicks off from the foot of Market Street at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2000.

This year, the San Francisco Pride Parade will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Since the first parade in 1970, it has grown to become among the most well known symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride anywhere. No other annual event attracts so many international and out of state visitors to San Francisco.

Now, because of the internet's global reach, everyone, regardless of where they live, can help select who will be honored to lead this year's parade. This is possible because anyone who can access the internet can also enter the www.sfpride.org website.

"San Francisco Pride, these past 30 years, has been a life transforming experience for millions now living in all parts of the world," said Calvin Gipson, President of the Pride Committee Board of Directors. "We want everyone who has experienced our parade to know they are part of a universal family. Helping us select who we honor as Grand Marshal is a very real way everyone can participate."

Those wishing to make a nomination should first go to the San Francisco Pride website: www.sfpride.org. They will learn nominations will be accepted in the San Francisco Pride office by e-mail, fax or mail until February 29, 2000.

Nominations will be accepted for individuals, organizations or groups of individuals. Each submission must include a statement summarizing why the name or names being submitted should be honored as San Francisco Pride Parade Grand Marshal.

When all nominations are received, the San Francisco Pride general membership will review every nomination received. From the total submitted, a final list of approximately 10 nominees will be selected.

Guidelines for making this selection include this year's theme, "It's About Freedom," the timeliness (or why this year?) of the nominee and how they reflect the diversity of the community. Also considered is their media impact and how they relate to Grand Marshal selections in previous years. Harry Hay, the pioneer gay activist was selected as Grand Marshal of last year's San Francisco Pride Parade.

The final list will then be made public and the Grand Marshal will be elected by public ballot. Nominees who make the ballot will be notified of this fact and the date of the event. Information relating to each stage of the process will be available on the San Francisco Pride website.

"It's About Freedom," is the theme for the 30th anniversary San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration. The Parade will be presented Sunday, June 25, 2000 with a weekend of Pride Celebration activities in San Francisco's Civic Center on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration is presented annually by the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Committee, Inc. Funding for the event is provided, in part, from a grant from Grants For the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Further information is available at www.sfpride.org or by calling the San Francisco Pride Hotline: 415.864.FREE.