Who Gives YOU Hope?
Community Invited to Make Nominations for Parade Grand Marshals
Clarifications to Policy Ensure Fairness and Significance

Nominations are now officially open for the Grand Marshals of this year's San Francisco Pride Parade. With new changes, instituted for the future, the Grand Marshal selection process promises to be fairer and remain true to its purpose of honoring those who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community.

SF Pride President, Joey Cain, said:

"This is the time for us to acknowledge and honor those that carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, those that challenge us and give us hope."

This year, the public will make three nominations: for the organization Grand Marshal, an individual Grand Marshal and the Pink Brick, an anti-award symbolizing the first brick thrown at the Stonewall Riots in New York. The General Members of SF Pride and an electoral college of former Grand and Honorary Marshals will each choose an individual Grand Marshal. The Pride Committee may elect up to three more individual Grand Marshals, depending upon the selections made by the public, to ensure that the Grand Marshals are a diverse and representative body, chosen for their activity and involvement within the queer community.

Of the changes, Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:

"Pride reviews all of its policies periodically and, with this revision, looked at the experiences over the past three years. The revisions provide a fairer way of ensuring that the honor of being Grand Marshal is reflected in the choices made."

You can read the new policy on our website at: www.sfpride.org/membership/articles/marshal.htm

Members of the public are encouraged to mail, fax and email their nominations to the Pride office (details below) by January 31, 2003 -- the closing date for nominations. Nominations must include a brief biography of the nominee and contact details for the nominee in order to be valid. Nomination forms can be made on-line at: www.sfpride.org/yourvoice/gmvote.htm or downloaded and mailed to Grand Marshal Nominations, PMB 421, 1230 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or faxed to: (415) 864-5889.

Next year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event theme is You’ve Gotta Give Them Hope. The event is to be held over the weekend of June 28/29. For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at: http://www.sfpride.org/heritage/

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