These Boots Were Made For Marching
Nancy Sinatra To Join San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade.


Nancy Sinatra, the legendary singer whose influence changed the course of rock and roll and an entire generation of Americans will be joining Celebrity Grand Marshals Sir Ian McKellen and Sharon Gless on this year’s Pride Parade. Nancy’s presence as a strong and certain woman made her a role model for young, independent females and an icon of pop-culture. Pride President, Joshua Smith said: “It’s great that Nancy will be showing her support of our community this weekend. We are set to have the strongest and most creative Parade for many years.”

Part of that creativity will be provided by the five community groups who were selected to receive a free trailer from the Pride Committee for their float: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Marriage Equality California (MECA), The Imperial Court of San Francisco, Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) and Pro Latino. “The floats span diverse cultures, politics, glamour and community. The essential ingredients of Pride.” Said Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington.

Joining Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. on the route is the cast of the critically acclaimed percussion sensation STOMP, under the theme “STOMP with Pride.” Mayor Brown has been a long-time advocate of LGBT rights, both during his tenure in the California State Assembly and as Mayor of San Francisco, most recently providing funding for the new LGBT Community Center.

Sharon Smith is marching with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and is sure to receive the support of the community shocked by the tragic death of her partner Diane Whipple and subsequent courtroom torment. Joining the SF Fog Rugby Club are over 200 gay rugby players from around the world who came to San Francisco to compete in the Bingham Cup. Among the many other visiting groups are Divers/cite Montreal and Maher Sabry from Egypt, who is marching with the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Sabry championed the rights of the Cairo 52 and will be speaking later from the Main Stage.

Showtime’s Queer As Folk float is sure to be a crowd-pleaser—it’s a recreation of the club ‘Babylon’ from the popular television series. The legendary Mink Stole and the rest of the cast of Sleeping with Straight Men will also ride in the Parade.

From the traditional to the wacky and new, such as the intriguingly named ‘Friends of Britney’ contingent, the Parade features something for everyone. Quite literally, we’ve got it all, and in a community as diverse as ours, we’ve got a right to be proud. On June 30, join us for the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and celebrate your power to be yourself and change the World.”

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. The theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World.”

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

For photography, archived media releases and press passes for the event go to: www.sfpride.org/media.htm