Armistead Maupin To Head SF Pride Parade

Celebrated author, Armistead Maupin, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2003 San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Parade, parade officials announced today.

SF Pride President, Joey Cain, said:

"The theme of this year’s parade is taken from a quote by Harvey Milk --"You've Gotta Give Them Hope” – and our aim is to celebrate the many ways the San Francisco/Bay Area LGBT Community has given hope to our people around the world over the past quarter of a century. 2003 is the 25th anniversary of a number of gay institutions –- from the Rainbow Flag to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, to the Freedom Band to the Theatre Rhinoceros. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the first Tales of the City novel, so it’s fitting that we honor Armistead -- the writer who created a global audience for San Francisco's unique brand of queer social and sexual liberation."

SF Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington added:

“Armistead’s journey, his passions, and the inspiration he has given so many make him a natural choice as Celebrity Grand Marshal. His panoramic view of humanity is at the very core of what we celebrate at the end of June each year.”

“I just try to write for everyone,” Maupin remarked. “Every letter of LGBT is represented by the residents of 28 Barbary Lane –- with a few good straight folks as well. That’s the only way to be free in end: to be yourself among others who aren’t at all like you. I’m always happy to celebrate that idea.”

Maupin’s novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, are multi-million bestsellers published in over a dozen languages worldwide. Originally a groundbreaking daily serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tales achieved a wider audience in the 1990’s as a trio of award-winning television miniseries on PBS and Showtime. A stage musical based on Tales of the City is currently being developed by the Goodman Theatre of Chicago. Maupin and his business partner, Terry Anderson, have adapted Maupin’s latest novel, The Night Listener, as a feature film for HartSharp Entertainment, producers of Boys Don’t Cry and You Can Count on Me. Michael Cuesta, the critically acclaimed director of L.I.E., will direct the psychological thriller. 

This year will mark the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event will be held over the June 28/29 weekend. For more information about San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at www.sfpride.org

For more on Armistead Maupin and his works visit www.ArmisteadMaupin.com

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