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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

PRESS STATEMENT
March 1, 2012

San Francisco Pride Announces Nominee Slate for Grand Marshal, Pink Brick Public Vote

Voting Begins March 1 with Diverse Slate of Community Notables and a Few Infamous Detractors

San Francisco, CA – 01 March 2012 - The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration Committee and its board of directors announced today the 2012 slate of nominees for the public’s choice for Individual Community Grand Marshal, Organizational Community Grand Marshal, and the Pink Brick, a faux award given to a detractor of the LGBT community.

The public vote opens today March 1 and concludes on March 31, 2012. Voting is live online at sfpride.org/vote as of March 1. Pride’s board of directors will also soon announcing polling stations in the Bay Area where community members can also submit their ballots in person. The Pride Committee usually submits a slate of nominees for public vote each March. The winners in each of the two Grand Marshal categories will be named a 2012 Community Grand Marshal and will be honored at this year’s SF Pride Celebration and Parade.

"Our grand marshal nominees are a diverse group of community leaders and activists who collectively have spent decades working to better the lives of LGBT people and to advance our movement for full equality,” stated Board Chair Lisa Williams. “Honoring the people who fight for our community is a critical part of what Pride is all about."

The public will be making their selection from among these nominees for the Individual and Organizational Community Grand Marshal categories:

Individual Community Grand Marshal Nominees

  • Masen Davis: Masen Davis serves as Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities and has been an activist in the movement for LGBT equality since 1990.
  • Julie Dorf: Currently a Senior Advisor at the Council for Global Equality and a leader in the LGBT rights movement for twenty years, Julie founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and has written, spoken, and advocated extensively on social justice issues.
  • Mariah Hanson: Mariah Hanson had produced lesbian events under both The Girl Spot and Club Skirts marquees in SF for seventeen years, and is currently the founder and producer of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, CA.
  • David Harness: DJ/producer in San Francisco described as a man who lives, breathes and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage.
  • Kate Kendell: Kate Kendell, Esq. is the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
  • Sister Roma: 25-year member of The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, Fundraiser/Activist, Writer, Talk Show Host, and Most Photographed Nun In the World.
  • Olga Talamante: Olga Talamante, long-time community activist, Executive Director of the Chicana Latina Foundation, former co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and board member of Horizons Foundation.
  • Morningstar Vancil: Morningstar Vancil is a butch activist dyke of mixed race who is a former SF Pride Board member and long-time activist for the LGBT community including individuals living with disabilities.

Organizational Community Grand Marshal Nominees 2012

  • ACLU of Northern California: The ACLU of Northern California is the nation’s largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, protecting and advancing civil liberties, including LGBT Rights, throughout the region.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center is a health services, education, research, and policy organization whose mission is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities, particularly those living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.
  • Castro Country Club: The Castro Country Club is a volunteer-based clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community that has been an icon of San Francisco's LGBT community for 29 years.
  • Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN): Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality within the military and providing free and direct legal assistance to service members affected by discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Pink Brick is an annual award given by the Pride Committee to the nominee receiving the most votes in the Pink Brick category during public polling in March. The faux award represents the first brick thrown at the Stonewall Riots and is given to someone who has caused significant harm to the LGBT community. Former president George W. Bush, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and evangelical leader Lou Engle who has supported the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda are all past recipients of the Pink Brick.

This year’s slate of Pink Brick nominees are:

Pink Brick Nominees 2012

  • The Committee to Change AUSD School District: The Committee to Change AUSD School District is an anti-LGBT Alameda group that opposes the inclusion of LGBT Americans in California schools’ instructional materials. 
  • Maggie Gallagher: Maggie Gallagher is former president and former chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage and other legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.
  • Peter LaBarbera: Peter LaBarbera is the president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, an anti-LGBT organization in the United States that is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Results from public polling will be reviewed and certified by Pride’s board of directors at their April meeting and winners in each of the three categories will be announced that night. In addition to the Individual and Organizational Community Grand Marshals selected by the public, the Pride Committee’s electoral college, which includes all past Community Grand Marshals, as well as Pride’s membership and board of directors will also make their own selections for Individual Community Grand Marshals for a total of up to five additional individual honorees.

The 42nd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade takes place on June 23-24, 2012. The theme for the event, selected by Pride’s membership at their annual meeting, is “Global Equality.”

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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 nearly $2 million dollars in proceeds to LGBT, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and animal welfare nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area.

About the 2012 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
2012 marks the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2012. 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. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan, Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831
Fax (415) 864-5889
media@sfpride.org