September 20, 2005
“Commemorate, Educate, Liberate -- Celebrate !”
2006 Theme Chosen

"Commemorate, Educate, Liberate — Celebrate!" will be the theme for next year's 36th anniversary San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. Chosen at the Annual General Membership Meeting held on Sunday, September 18th at the Hotel Vitale (a Pride sponsoring hotel) from a record number of theme proposals, 120 were submitted from members and the community, “Commemorate, Educate, Liberate -- Celebrate “will bring the mission of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee to the forefront of our attention throughout the year.

Pride President Joey Cain said:

"Our members enthusiastically chose this year’s theme because it reflects the mission and purpose of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration. In 2006 we will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria riot here in San Francisco, which predated the Stonewall riot by 3 years as the first time queers militantly fought back against societal oppression. The Parade and Celebration is it’s self a vehicle of education about who we are as queer people. Our liberation continues apace with advances on the legal front. And finally, SF Pride gives us a chance to celebrate what we have achieved as a community as we build strength and unity to further the cause of freedom and justice for all people. ”

Next year's parade and celebration will highlight the pillars of the committee’s core mission and incorporate education, outreach and action on the issues facing our community.

Pride Acting Executive Director Lindsey Jones said:

“San Francisco LGBT Pride is a year long planning process which culminates over Pride weekend in a celebration of almost a million people. This is our opportunity to celebrate the human and civil rights we have won and to remind each other of the fights still to be fought. It is a celebration of our dignity and humanity as we walk together in the streets in the majority.”

Next year is the 36th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. The event is to be held over the June 24/25, 2006 weekend.