Gless Says “Yes”
Queer As Folk star to join Sir Ian McKellen as Celebrity Grand Marshal

Sharon Gless will be riding high in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade with Sir Ian McKellen. Both will head this year’s San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade as Celebrity Grand Marshals. Gless is currently starring in the Showtime original series, Queer As Folk, as Debbie, the mother of Michael and de facto mom of just about everyone on Liberty Street. Ms Gless is looking forward to her San Francisco appearance and said; "I'm delighted to be coming back to San Francisco for an event as wonderful as the Pride celebration. It's a special city to me and I'm really honored and touched to have been asked to participate. It's a first for me and I'm really looking forward to it!"

Gless, a native Californian, played a number of supporting roles on television during the 1970’s, including Marcus Welby M.D., before achieving stardom as Christine Cagney in the CBS detective series Cagney & Lacey (1982-88). The role brought her two Emmys and a Golden Globe. A second Golden Globe followed for The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. An icon in the community for many years, her new role in Queer as Folk has earned her a whole new generation of fans. Pride President Joshua Smith said: “It’s great that Sharon will be there with us on June 30. She has been supportive of our community. Her versatility as an actress makes her timeless, iconic and contemporary.”

Gless will also be supporting the community in another way while in San Francisco, hosting the twenty-fourth annual Pride Concert, You’re A Grand Old F(l)ag, presented by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. The concert takes place on Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., at the Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street (between 16th & 17th Streets), San Francisco. Tickets are $20 general admission. For more details call (415) 865-3650 or go to http://www.sfgmc.org.

The concert is an opportunity for the community to rejoice in this year’s Pride theme: “Be Yourself, Change the World.”  The fabulous Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the 200-voiced preeminent San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be joined at the event by special guests, the irrepressible Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band of San Francisco. "We're thrilled to make our official debut with Pride," said Scott Mandell, Executive Director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. "Joining forces with both the Lesbian/Gay Chorus and the Freedom Band is about coming together to celebrate pride in who we all are. It will be an incredible launching pad for our 25th anniversary season this Fall."

This year is the 32nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the June 29 - 30 weekend.

For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at:  (415) 864 0831