May 12, 2009
San Francisco, CA – 12 May 2009 – The San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee announced today that their membership selected Andrea Shorter as their choice for Individual Community Grand Marshal.
San Francisco Pride’s Board of Directors also selected Shannon Minter and Helen Zia as their second and third picks for Individual Community Grand Marshal. The Board each year may select up to three Individual Community Grand Marshals.
Along with their final choices for Individual Community Grand Marshals, the Board elected to bestow the annual honor of Organizational Community Grand Marshal on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in recognition of the stance the NAACP took in opposition to Prop 8.
San Francisco Pride’s Grand Marshals are the public emissaries of Pride. They represent a mix of individuals that have made significant contributions to the LGBT community.
With the help of community input, Pride selects these individuals as Grand Marshals in order to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT people.
Previously selected Individual Community Grand Marshals include Joe Hawkins, couple Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski, and Shannon Minter. Bill Beasley was selected by the Board of Directors at their May 5 meeting to receive the annual top honor of Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal.
About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
One hundred years ago in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Today the California State NAACP boasts 62 branches and 30 youth units mobilized across the state to help ensure justice and equality for all.
About Shannon Minter
About Andrea Shorter
About Helen Zia
Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. President Bill Clinton quoted from Asian American Dreams at two separate speeches in the Rose Garden.
Zia is former executive editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books, and anthologies. She was named one of the most influential Asian Americans of the decade by A. Magazine.
A second-generation Chinese American, Zia has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace, to women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. In 1997, she testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the racial impact of the news media.
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