Give Them Hope, Don't Grope
Pride Committee Seeks Input On Women's Safety

The Pride Committee is seeking input from women regarding their experiences at previous pride events. Members of the public are invited to give testimony at the next General Meeting of the Pride Committee, May 13, 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center.

Pride Vice-President, Jenni Mork, said:

"We here at pride want to ensure the safety for all people and the best way to do that is to get some community feedback so we know which way to focus and direct our attention."

The Pride Committee has heard informally from some women who have complained about the boisterous and high-spirited environment which can lead to men, not just heterosexual men, feeling that it is OK to touch women in ways they may have to think twice about on other days of the year.

Pride President, Joey Cain, added:

"No one wants to stop anyone from having fun or enjoying the physically charged atmosphere of the event but we need to assess the situation and, perhaps, remind folks to ask, before getting tactile and friendly with folks they don't know, particularly those of different genders. It's all part of making the event safe and welcoming for everyone."

The LGBT Community Center is located at 1800 Market Street, San Francisco. To reserve speaking time at the meeting, please call the pride office at: (415) 864-0831 or email

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 quote comes from Harvey Milk, the City's first openly gay elected official who was gunned down in City Hall 25 years ago, and is the answer he gave when frequently asked why he was an activist. 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