San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. Over 280 contingents participated in our 2019 parade, making it one of the largest in the history of our event.
On Sunday, June 30, an estimated 50,000 people marched in the 2019 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade; which kicked off with hundreds of riders in the Dykes on Bikes contingent, followed by thousands of marchers in the Board-led Resistance Contingent. Overall, there were over 280 contingents in the 49th Annual Parade. Every year a panel of judges award participants for their creativity and engagement in the San Francisco Pride Parade. Thanks to Sister Merry Peter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for organizing our judges this year! Scroll to the end of the page to learn more about our fabulous judges!
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2019 AWARD WINNERS
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS CONTINGENTS
Awarded to those contingents with great emotional content, message, or outstanding presentation.
• Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS)
• Ms. Billie Cooper – Community Grand Marshal
• Latinos De Ambiente
• Planned Parenthood Northern California
• Mrs. Vera with Verasphere – Community Grand Marshal
ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS CONTINGENTS
Awarded to contingents whose presentation is unexpected, over-the-top, brilliant, and/or unique.
• Australian Consulate
• Bay Area Furries
• Body Freedom Lovers
• Cosplay with Pride
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MUSICAL CONTINGENTS
Awarded to outstanding contingents with live music, a chorus, or feature music as an important element.
• Rhythm & Motion Dancers’ Group
• California Bluegrass Association
• Samba Sensation Brazilian Dance Entertainment
• San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
• World Carnavalescos
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS THEME CONTINGENTS
Awarded to those contingents that best incorporated our theme: “A Celebration of Diversity”.
• Legacies of the Pacific
• OLAS-LGBT Sanctuary Project
• Somos Familia
• San Francisco Pride Board Resistance Contingent
• UCSF Alliance Health Project
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MARCHING CONTINGENTS
Awarded to outstanding contingents with two or more people marching.
• Bay Area Young Survivors
• Cheer SF
• LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
• Mexican/Canadian Consulates
• San Francisco Public Library
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS FLOAT CONTINGENTS
Awarded to outstanding contingents with a mechanical float or large interactive display.
• Glide Pride Team
• San Francisco Community Health Center
• San Francisco Ducal Court
• Positive Resource Center / Bare Chest Calendar
2019 SF Pride Judge BiosSr. Merry Peter, SPI found her vocation through the Radical Faeries in 1987 and served as a missionary in Toronto before moving to San Francisco in 1999. Her life-long activism focuses on HIV-AIDS, queer youth, civil rights and social justice. Her efforts include partnerships to provide street-level health services to sex workers, legal aid for LGBTQ+ refugees, and resistance to police violence. As an ordained minister, she joined the fight for equal marriage in San Francisco in 2004 and regularly performs wedding ceremonies. She lives on the coast with her husband, Joe, of 20 years.
Sophia Andary is an activist, organizer and analyst. She is a founding member & Co-Chair of Women’s March San Francisco, Co-Chair Women’s Employee Resource Group at Levi Strauss & Co. where she works as a Senior Analyst, and the organizer of the San Francisco Lipstick Lesbian Meetup. Through her activism and organizing she is working toward ensuring equality and equity for women, the LGBTQIA+ community and all marginalized communities.
Penny Baldado moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1999. An undocumented immigrant, Penny worked through several restaurant jobs on the way to becoming a head chef and resolving their immigration status. Penny then opened Café Gabriela, at Broadway and 10th in downtown Oakland. Named after Maria Josefa Gabriela, a Pilipino hero who fought the Spanish in the 1800s, the Café reminds Penny, a self-described “dreamer, passionate, hardworking, queer leader,” they come from Generations of Revolutionaries. Café Gabriela is a cornerstone of the community, providing healthy American-style and Filipino from locally-sourced foods and jobs for local residents.
Tania Jimenez is a 36-year old Mexican Immigrant Transgender woman who, since April 2019, serves as Program Coordinator for El/La Para Translatinas. Tania came to El/La from North Carolina in search of help, freedom and a better life. Soon after becoming a participant at El/La, she began volunteering to give back to her community. Her first job in San Francisco was as the Mission Neighborhood Resource Centre. Tania represents a new generation of resistance leading our common struggle for access to healthcare, economic opportunity, equality and justice.
Joanie Juster felt compelled to help when the AIDS epidemic struck in the 1980s, and has been volunteering ever since with fundraising, event production, and grassroots community organizing. She is best known for her work with the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS Walk, Shanti, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, and Marriage Equality USA, but her work extends to many other organizations and causes, as well. In 2013 the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence proclaimed her “Saint Checking You Out, PFLAG Mom to Queerdos Everywhere,” and in 2016 was a Heritage of Pride Honoree in the SF Pride Parade.
Landa Lakes is a Chickasaw writer, musician, activist and artist. In 2005, she founded two drag performance groups: the Two-Spirit Native American drag troupe, the Brush Arbor Gurlz, and the creative and campy House of Glitter. Lakes served as co-chair of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAIT-S); is on the Boards of the International Court System, the GLBT Historical Society, SF Trans Advisory Council; and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
Diane Maruna Friday is retired from the Operations Team at Alaska Airlines and now splits her time between Mendocino and Santa Cruz, California. A proud mother to her grown sons, Diane is a passionate straight ally and advocate for equality and for the environment. She considers her work as a Pride Judge to be the highlights of her year and is proud to be of service to our communities.
Joe Terranova is a native Californian, raised in the Sierras by Lake Tahoe. A long-time volunteer and advocate for environmental causes and native rights, he is also a strong advocate for youth and their campaign to end gun violence. Joe is an expert at herding easily distracted nuns and is the lead judge organizing the seamless operations of the entire team.
Sister Bella Donna Summer (BDSM), SPI moved to San Francisco in 2013. She sings with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and was a member of SWAG Foundation, created in 2018 to build a global social justice movement. In 2016 Bella Donna joined the Sisters and uses her love of music and performing to spread joy. Growing up in the Bronx, she struggled with alcohol and recreational drugs. Currently sober, she shares her story with those living with drug and alcohol addiction, letting them know they are not alone, help is available, and there is a way out.
Sr. Mary Media, SPI, an original Sister from the Order’s founding in 1979, served as Mistress of Communications and editor of the intra-Order scandal sheet “The Epistle,” and designed early flyers and promotional items, foremost among them the iconic “Play Fair!” safer sex pamphlet – the first safe-sex guide- created for distribution along the route of the 1982 Gay Freedom Day Parade. After a brief retirement, she returned to active ministry and can be found engaged cheerfully in community service and activism. Mary Media is also working on her tell-all stage play/musical about the veiled origins of the Order.