January 4, 2008
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Announces Parade Grand Marshal Nominations Open

Community Invited to Make Nominations for Parade Grand Marshals

San Francisco, CA – 4 January 2008The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) announced today that nominations are now officially open for Grand Marshals for this year’s San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. Members of the community are invited to nominate individuals and organizations for this prestigious honor as well as for the infamous Pink Brick Award, a faux 'award' presented each year to a person or organization that has done significant harm to LGBT communities. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the United States.

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee President, Mikayla Connell, said:

"The selection of Pride's Community Grand Marshals is one of the most exciting and important parts of putting together the Pride celebration. Through the Grand Marshal nominating and voting process, the community has a chance to meet and honor some of its most beloved, valuable, hard-working and important contributors. We invite everyone in our community to come forward and help us give recognition to these community leaders and local heroes."

The process for nominating an individual or organization is as follows:

  • Members of the public are encouraged to mail, fax and email their nominations to the Pride office. All nominations must be received at the Pride office by January 31, 2007 – the official closing date for nominations. Any nominations received after the 31st, including mailed nominations postmarked before the deadline, will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Grand Marshal Nominations should be:
    • Mailed to:
      • San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
        Grand Marshal Nominations
        1800 Market Street, PMB #5
        San Francisco, CA 94102, or,
    • Faxed to: (415) 864-5889, or,
    • E-mailed to: info@sfpride.org
  • In order for the nominations to be valid they must include a brief biography of the nominee, contact details for the nominee including phone number and email address, and a photo of the nominee where available.
  • Nominating instructions are on the home page of the San Francisco Pride website at www.sfpride.org.

The Pride Committee and its membership will review the nominations for Grand Marshal and refine the list to ensure diversity. The public will then be invited to vote in two Grand Marshal categories—individual and organization—and in the Pink Brick category. Depending upon the number of votes cast during Grand Marshal polling in March, there may be one or more Grand Marshals selected per category. If there is a clear and overwhelming vote for one person or organization then the Board will ratify the winner as the Grand Marshal; however, where there is a more even spread of votes, the Board of Directors may choose multiple Grand Marshals.

Voting will take place at special polling booths in the community, through mail-in ballots available on the San Francisco Pride website at sfpride.org, as well as by ballots printed in the LGBT press.

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Executive Director Lindsey Jones said:

"The Grand Marshal nomination and polling process gives our community the chance to recognize individuals for their commitment to a strong and vital LGBT community. And for those who are chosen to represent as grand Marshals, this is a once in a lifetime experience - riding down the parade route being cheered by a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people in the nation’s largest Pride event."


About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (www.sfpride.org) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.2 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local not-for-profit LGBT organizations and those not-for-profit organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is "United by Pride, Bound for Equality" and the event will be held over the weekend of June 28/29, 2008. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the nation. For more information please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Lindsey Jones
Office (415) 864-0831
Cell (415) 596-8780
Email: Lindseyj@sfpride.org

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 Fax (415) 864-5889