November 5, 2008
Pride Committee: The Struggle for Full Equality Must Continue
The SF Pride Committee calls for hope in the face of Prop 8 passage

SAN FRANCISCO - 5 November 2008 ‑ The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee today called on community members not to despair over the results of the Proposition 8 election and to take action right away.  The Pride Committee asked community members to submit their ideas about what Pride organizations can do in light of the passage of Proposition 8.  Community members are being asked to go to sfpride.org/hope and share their thoughts about how to respond to Prop 8 and what the LGBT Pride movement can do.

San Francisco Pride's Executive Director Lindsey Jones stated,

"Today LGBT Californians woke up to find that though the age of Bush may be ending, the age of Bush politics – the politics of division and fear – have not yet been eclipsed. 

"Our enthusiasm as a community for Obama's win and for the important milestone that is the election of this country's first African-American President has been undercut by the forces of discrimination who for the first time in the history of this country used a constitution to strip rights away rather than protect rights.    Today we wake up to the reality that, as Barack Obama has said, 'Power cedes nothing.' The promise of democracy – of liberty, equality, and justice – is still a work in progress.  Today we must heed the call to action written in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, 'In order to form a more perfect union….'

"Thirty-nine years ago, here in San Francisco, the LGBT Pride movement began as a gathering of but a few hundred people.  Today this movement reaches millions upon millions of people all across the globe.  So today we are calling on community members to take hope in our victories over the past four decades and to begin to think about what we can do to turn the disaster of Prop 8 around.  We are asking all members of the community—where ever you may be—to share your thoughts about what we as a community can do together with Pride.  As LGBT people, we must continue to stand proud in the face of this temporary victory for discrimination.  Today is our day to fight for our constitution and for equality."

The Pride Celebration Committee is soliciting thoughts and ideas at sfpride.org/hope, by email at hope [at] sfpride.org, or by regular post at: San Francisco Pride, 1800 Market St., PMB #5, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-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 $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade:
Next year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. For more information visit SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Office (415) 864-0831
Email:
brendanb [at] sfpride.org

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  941022
Phone (415) 864-0831   Fax (415) 864-5889