June 15, 2009

SF Pride Tosses Second Pink Brick
at ‘Runner-Up’ Archbishop Niederauer

Pride Board and Membership Cite of Proposition 8

San Francisco, CA – 15 June 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today that a second Pink Brick has been given to Archbishop George Niederauer. 

The Pink Brick is an annual 'award' given each year to a person or institution whose actions are deemed to have caused significant harm to the LGBT community.  Pride’s membership voted at their June meeting to throw a second Brick at Niederauer by awarding him the title of “Pink Brick Runner-Up.”

San Francisco Pride’s Board President Mikayla Connell stated, “After the first Pink Brick, the Pride Committee received thoughtful feedback from the community that Archbishop Niederauer’s actions in support of Proposition 8 caused significant harm to the LGBT community.  We hope that with this Pink Brick, we can educate the community about Archbishop Niederauer’s work to deny LGBT couples equal protection under the law.  Archbishop Niederauer’s support of Proposition 8, which is not representative of all faith communities or even of all Catholics, has only served to harm LGBT families, many of whom are Catholic themselves.  We find it extremely disturbing that a Church leader in a country founded on the principles of freedom, including religious freedom, would use his position in the church to fight against the secular right of LGBT people to form legally recognized marriages.  No person’s religious faith should define the secular legal rights of other people in the community.  All faiths have the right to define what sacramental marriage is for their faithful – no church has the right to decide what secular marriage is for all other people.  LGBT Americans deserve the promise of America – the promise of equality.  And so today, we throw a metaphorical Pink Brick at Archbishop Niederauer for his attempts to deny us that secular equality.  However, we wouldn’t want the award to go to his head, so Pride’s membership has decided he is only the Runner-Up.  We sincerely hope that the Archbishop comes to embrace the LGBT community instead of work against it, and that we will never have to toss another metaphorical brick at him again – Pride would be happy to engage the Archbishop about how the Church and LGBT communities can support each other on behalf of all the faithful, be they straight or LGBT.”

Each year, the Pride Celebration Committee organizes a Pink Brick Booth on Civic Center Plaza to gather signed statements from Pride attendees to be sent to the annual Pink Brick recipients along with their honor.

In 2008, news pundit Bill O’Reilly received the award for his inflammatory coverage of the LGBT community.  Board President Mikayla Connell delivered the Pink Brick to O’Reilly on air during his news program.

Pride’s Board of Directors elected in May to give a Pink Brick to Carrie Prejean for her comments about same-sex marriage.

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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:
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year's theme is "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union…," and the event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
media [at] sfpride.org

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