SF Pride Community Grand Marshal & Pink Brick Vote

Online Ballot 2014

Vote for up to THREE nominees in the Individual Grand Marshal category.
Vote for up to ONE nominee in the Organizational and Pink Brick categories.

Thank you for participating. Voting ended on March 17, 2014. Results will be announced soon.

Individual Community Grand Marshal

(A local leader, vote for up to three)

Brian Basinger
Brian Basinger, Director, AIDS Housing Alliance/SF Brian Basinger has been serving the LGBTQ community for 30 years: co-founding the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Youth Alliance at 17, co-founding the Freedom to Marry Task Force of Northern CA in 1995, to founding and running the AIDS Housing Alliance/SF for the past 10 years. An unstoppable housing advocate, he led the charge to open our LGBT adult shelter, instigated the battle to ensure OpenHouse would be 100% affordable for senior LGBTs, and passed legislation to stop evictions. He is currently spearheading the effort to pass an Anti-Speculator Tax, originally introduced by Harvey Milk, who was murdered 2 days before the legislation was to be heard at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Lenny Broberg
Lenny Broberg, Lenny Broberg is an openly Gay San Francisco Police Officer, recognized leather personality, competitive softball player and a past commissioner of the GSL, and a highly sought after emcee and auctioneer. In 1992, he won International Mr. Leather and remains a positive role model in the Leather Community. Lenny has been tireless in fundraising for AEF, BCEF, Shanti, PRC, PAWS, GGMC, HRC, GLAAD, Muttville, and a supporter to many segments of the LGBT and larger non-profit community. He is currently an Inspector assigned to the SFPD Gang Task Force.
Judy Grahn
Judy Grahn, Judy Grahn’s new memoir, A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet chronicles the first forty years of her life, from her first love to arrest and shaming in the military, to picketing the White House for Gay Rights with 12 other people in 1965, and then going on to found Gay Women’s Liberation, and the Women’s Press Collective in Oakland. Her pro-lesbian, pro-woman, pro-LGBTQ, pro-people’s liberation writing helped fuel several movements, along with her mythological history, Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds. She is currently working in the field of Transpersonal Spirituality, and continues to teach, read, perform with musicians and speak her truths, internationally.
Miss Major Griffin-Gacy
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, For over 40 years, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been a pioneering transgender activist, instigator, and community organizer. From the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion to her current work as Executive Director of the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, Miss Major has worked tirelessly for social justice and the human rights of transgender women of color. She’s formerly incarcerated, a former sex worker, and an icon in the world of Bay Area queer politics. She identifies as a father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather to her own children, and to many in the transgender community.
Jewlyes Gutierrez
Jewlyes Gutierrez, Jewlyes Gutierrez is the 16-year-old Hercules transgender teen charged with battery after fighting back in a school yard fight, after allegedly suffering long-term peer bullying. Although reported to the school Vice Principal, it has continued for two years. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office pressed assault and battery charges against Gutierrez, even though it was apparent from cell phone captures that she was merely defending herself. Her attackers were suspended from school and not similarly charged. The case is still on-going.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a longtime queer housing rights/affordable housing activist who works for the Housing Rights Committee of SF; an author or editor of four books, the most recent being Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation; and a performer whose latest work includes “this boy is just so strange,” a musical that debuted at the Eric Quezada Center in the Mission.
Melanie Nathan
Melanie Nathan, Melanie Nathan; South African attorney; former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner; founded Private Courts, a global human rights advocacy firm based in the Bay Area. Known for her popular advocacy blog (oblogdeeoblogda.me) and her LGBT activism. Nathan’s pro bono work includes assisting persecuted LGBT Africans to escape from countries where they are criminalized. She advocated for bi-national same-sex couples and has secured the release of LGBT asylum detainees. She brought the issue of “corrective rape” in South Africa to the international arena, drafting reforms for the SADOJ, while participating in the establishment of a Government led task team. Nathan has established a rescue fund for LGBT Africans seeking refuge.
Leah Neaderthal & Leanne Pittsford
Leah Neaderthal & Leanne Pittsford, Leah Neaderthal, Chief Marketing Officer at Start Somewhere, is a marketing guru who’s obsessed with helping social good organizations succeed through great design and smart technology. Prior to founding Start Somewhere, Leah spent ten years in marketing for some of the worlds’ biggest advertising agencies, a startup PR firm, and a tech startup. Leah is the Co-Founder of Lean Impact, an organization applying Lean Startup principles to nonprofits and social enterprises. She also participates in the national organization Lesbians Who Tech.

Leanne Pittsford is the founder of Lesbians Who Tech, who, together with her fiancée Leah Neaderthal, launched and expanded the group to 12 cities internationally with over 3,000 members. In February 2014, the Lesbians Who Tech Summit at the Castro Theater brought together over 700 lesbians and allies. For uniting lesbians and queer women across technology, they are proud to have been nominated.
John Weber
John Weber, John Weber currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Imperial Council of San Francisco Inc., Board of Directors. Honored by the Black Coalition on AIDS (BCOA) for his high level of community fundraising, John’s history of philanthropy and activism has enriched and inspired San Francisco’s LGBT community, and the Bay Area. His professional career has paralleled his mission to inspire compassion, inclusion and diversity — raising up challenged individuals and helping them to achieve their goals. Recently, John has lent his voice to a rally honoring slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato. His inspiring oratory touched all who were present, and those who have viewed the video of the rally on line.
Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an Oakland-based award-winning artist, writer, and the first person to hold a Ph.D. of African American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the director of the multiple award-winning documentary STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen, and runs the GLAAD Media Award-nominated blog, blac (k) ademic. Ziegler was recently named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 LGBT Activists” by The Advocate magazine and ranked at 29 of the most influential African Americans of 2013 by TheRoot100. Dr. Ziegler is also the founder of Trans*H4CK — the only tech event of its kind that spotlights trans* created tech and trans* led startups.
Randall Schiller
Randall Schiller, A native San Franciscan and an original member of Beach Blanket Babylon, Schiller has been serving the needs of the LGBT Community for the past 40 years as owner of Randall Schiller Productions – an esoteric sound, lighting and video production company. He is an avid supporter and activist who got involved with benefits to raise money to help fight Anita Bryant, The Briggs Initiative and “No on 6” Campaign, to name a few.
William Walker
William Walker, A native San Franciscan, youth organizer African-American queer man, Walker helped to spearhead numerous organizations and initiatives to support the livelihoods of youth and their civic engagement. He also co-produced the first annual Pacifica Radio Pride broadcast: A celebration of the LGBT Community heard nationally that is now in its fifth year.

Local Organizational Grand Marshal

(Nine counties of the Bay Area, vote for one)

Bob Basker Post 315 of the American Legion
Bob Basker Post 315 of the American Legion, This is the ONLY Congressionally recognized, chaptered American Legion Post in the United States named after an openly gay WWII combat Army veteran. Post 315 is also an SF Pride Community Partner and has helped host the SF Pride grandstands for the past seven years. Post 315 is the only Post within San Francisco with a female African-American Commander.
GLBT National Help Center
GLBT National Help Center, The oldest and most comprehensive national organization of its type and scope in the U.S. Based in San Francisco for the past 15 years, and utilizing a dedicated and diverse group of local volunteers, they provide peer-support, community connections and resource information to people from all across the country with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Operating two national hotlines, as well as a private, volunteer, one-to-one online chat to help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems, and more.
Grand Ducal Court of San Francisco
Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco, The Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco, Inc. was originally founded 40 years ago to provide diverse areas of the San Francisco community with charitable and personal support. Through the years we have expanded our grants to other worthy groups of the community-at-large which may be overlooked by other fundraising organizations in the City. Thousands of people's lives have been materially and positively affected by the kindness and charity of the people who support us. Through fundraisers in the Castro, Polk, SOMA and Tenderloin districts we have raised over $1.6 million dollars to help AIDS, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and homelessness.
San Francisco Night Ministry
San Francisco Night Ministry, The San Francisco Night Ministry provides middle-of-the-night compassionate non-judgmental pastoral care, counseling, referral and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress. When requested, a Night Minister will meet anyone, in person, anywhere in San Francisco. Occasionally other agencies will ask the Night Minister to provide transportation for a battered person to a hospital or shelter. Calls to our Crisis Line come from the entire Bay Area and beyond. In the fall of 1962, two clergy observed the city of San Francisco at night. They asked of each other a simple question: “What happens to people in crisis during the hours of the night when all of the churches are closed and the only social services available are police, fire, and ambulance?” The Night Ministry was born In 1964. Seven denominations responded and financed the ministry during its crucial early years. All persons are eligible for assistance regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, life style, social or economic status, religion or no religion.
Trans March
Trans March, The mission of the San Francisco Trans March is to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve the social justice and equality that each of us deserves. Several activists answered the call and organized the first Trans March on June 25, 2004 with a gathering in Dolores Park followed by a march to Civic Center. A few hundred people attended the first march, twice as many the next year and it's been growing ever since. The San Francisco Trans March is San Francisco's largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. It's always the Friday of Pride weekend and thousands of people attend.

Pink Brick Award

(Someone who has caused harm to the LGBT community, vote for one. )

Goodluck Johnathan
Goodluck Jonathan, (President of Nigeria) In January 2014, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan passed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. The law prohibits gay relationships, membership and other involvement in gay societies and organizations, and gay marriages. Penalties can be up to 14 years in prison for gay marriages and up to 10 years for other violations of the law. Within a short period, the federal police department compiled a list of 168 gay people who would subsequently be jailed, including 38 lesbian and gay people arrested during Christmas.
Scott Lively
Scott Lively, Extremist anti-gay U.S. pastor is accused of engineering the Ugandan 'Kill The Gays' bill, saying LGBT people are the 'new Nazis', and recommending Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws. He is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization located in Temecula, California.
Vlatimir Putin
Vladimir Putin, (Russian President) Enforcement of anti-gay propaganda law, saying it aims to protect children and does not discriminate against anyone, has given a green light to harassment and intimidation. Putin pledged to defend traditional family values, which he said were the foundation of Russia's greatness and a bulwark against "so-called tolerance — genderless and infertile." Believes that conservatism does not stop society from progressing but "prevents it from falling backward into chaotic darkness and the state of primitive man."

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