PRESS STATEMENT
February 19, 2010

Saying Good Bye as We Say Hello

Pride Announces Staff Changes and a Going Away Reception

San Francisco, CA – 19 February 2010 – The San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee announced today two additions to their staff team.  Pride has brought on Joy O’Donnell as their new Director of External Relations and Troy Coalman as the new Associate Director of Development. 

In her former professional roles as Director of Outreach for the National Sexuality Resource Center and Outreach Coordinator for the GLBT Historical Society, Joy has served both locally and nation-wide as a sexual rights and health educator and non-profit community outreach specialist for over a decade.  An LGBT activist for over fifteen years, Joy has a special interest in advocacy work related to the needs of LGBT people with disabilities and previously served as Marriage Equality USA’s first People with Disabilities Outreach Director.

Troy also joins Joy as a new member of the staff.  Troy has assumed the new Associate Director of Development role on staff and brings with him over twenty years of non-profit development experience, having previously worked with WOMAN, Inc., and Metropolitan Community Church.  In addition to his professional experience, Troy is passionate about social justice and has worked for twenty-five years as an LGBT and disability rights activist.

Pride has been growing the staff to strengthen the organization’s development initiatives and to prepare for the fortieth anniversary San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on June 26-27, 2010.

Pride also announced the departure of Deputy Executive Director Brendan Behan.  Brendan started with San Francisco Pride in January of 2006 and has served the organization for over four years, managing the organization’s communications, outreach, educational initiatives, and special event logistics.

Brendan said, “Working with Pride over these past four years has given me an immense humility for the power of this community to be a symbol of hope for LGBT people world-wide.  The passion and dedication of members, volunteers, staff and contractors has given me the opportunity to experience first-hand the extent to which a local group of dedicated activists and concerned community members can make a global impact for the LGBT rights movement.”  Brendan will be going on to work with InfoDome, an online database solutions company based in Oakland.

Pride is inviting the community to celebrate and honor Brendan’s four years of service to SF Pride and the LGBT community at a special going away party.

Friday, February 26, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Lime Restaurant and Lounge
2246 Market Street  
San Francisco, CA 94114

“Brendan has provided many years of dedicated service to Pride for which we are both grateful and ready to celebrate,” stated Executive Director Amy AndrĂ©.  “We know the community is anxious to thank Brendan for his dedication, so we hope to see everyone at Lime as we commemorate his contributions to the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights and to congratulate him on his future endeavors.”

San Francisco Pride has expanded its staffing model to include seven year-round staff members  in addition to a robust team of contractors, members, and volunteers who help plan for and put on the annual Celebration and Parade as well as Pride’s year-round educational initiatives and programming.  For more information about the San Francisco Pride team, the two-day Celebration and Parade, and Pride’s educational programming, visit SFPride.org.

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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 annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.6 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 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th anniversary event is, “Forty and Fabulous.” The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. Exhibitor and parade applications are now being accepted at registration.sfpride.org.  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:

Joy O'Donnell
Director of External Relations
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103-1112
Cell (415) 794-6258
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889