June Remains Pride Month In SF
Community unenthusiastic about proposed date change but looks forward to sharper political edge for event

After consulting with Pride’s stakeholders and the San Francisco community, the Pride Committee decided at its meeting last night that the dates for the 2004 event will remain during the last weekend of June.  During the past four months, a variety of concerns and reservations were voiced about both the desirability and feasibility of moving the date of the event to the July 4th weekend.

Pride President Joey Cain said:

“In order for a change of date to work, the Pride Committee would have to go to battle on a variety of fronts and could only do that with overwhelming support from the community.  After extensive outreach and discussion, it is clear that the support this proposal would require is not there—and so the date for next year’s Pride event will remain June 26 and 27.”

The Pride Committee were originally approached in July 2002 by an ad-hoc group of community members to consider the idea and consulted with the community and other stakeholders to determine their views. The Pride Committee has facilitated the process with diligence and respect. The Pride Committee applauds the Pride on the 4th group for their vision and looks forward to assisting them in whatever other ways it can in their efforts to organize events and activities in support of their vision.

The Pride Committee encourages the Pride on the 4th group to continue to be involved in the planning process for next year’s event but needs to make a decision about next year’s dates now.  The deadlines for next year’s Pride publications (which announce the date of the succeeding year’s event) are approaching, and the City’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, along with a host of other agencies need to plan other events around the Pride Celebration.

Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:

“The debate started by the Pride on the 4th group brought a lot of energy, ideas and passion to the discussion of what Pride is all about.  I see this as the beginning of a dialogue—one that I hope will engage our entire community and move Pride in exciting new directions.”

This 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 June 28/29 weekend.  For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org/heritage

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