Trans Day of Remembrance 2015

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2015
SF LGBT Center – 1800 Market Street, SF, CA
6pm to 8:30pm

Please join us at the SF LGBT Community Center for the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Friday, November 20th, 2015. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a genuine tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This day serves a purpose to raise awareness of the threat of abuse and violence faced by the transgender community, as well as their families and friends.

What is TDoR?
The number of reported cases of trans-phobic based hate crimes has more than doubled since 1999 when the first TDoR was held in San Francisco on a cold and rainy night. TDoR occurs globally on the 20th of November. This day also acts to bring visibility and momentum to a call to action to end the hatred and ignorance that the transgender community faces daily.  Continue reading

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SF Pride Hosts Third Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive

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SF Pride will be hosting its 3rd Annual Holiday Toy & Food drive to benefit our local community through 2 of our community partners, The Homeless Children’s Network and The City of Refuge

New Toys and dry/canned food donations will be accepted at the SF Pride Office at 30 Pearl St 4th Floor, SF, beginning November 11th through December 9th. To end the drive, we will be delivering the donations to our community partners on Friday December 11th

Please help us to make this Holiday Season a special one for somebody in need by showing your support and helping the less fortunate in our community!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!!!!

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SF Pride Board Elects New Officers for 2015-2016

(San Francisco) – On Tuesday, October 6, the Board of Directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee elected new officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The 2016 Celebration and Parade takes place on June 25 and 26, 2016, with the theme “For Racial and Economic Justice.”

President: Michelle Meow

Michelle Meow, host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show,” on both radio and TV, is a leading voice in the San Francisco Bay Area for the LGBTQ community. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after, started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KOFY TV 20-Cable 13. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She is a self-described LGBT history geek, information sponge, and a lover not a fighter. On the weekends, she can be found laying around with her cat and partner humming a song she’s never heard of.

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Fourth Annual Howard Grayson Conference to Focus on Lifelong Learning

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The fourth annual Howard Grayson LGBT Elder Life Conference takes place on Saturday, September 26, from 11am-4pm at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. This year’s theme, “Lifelong Learning Rocks,” will focus on opportunities for lifelong learning and how to take action to protect this important right.

Speakers include:

Entertainment will be provided by singer Blackberri and poet Diamond Dave Whitaker. Continue reading

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SF Pride Membership Elects Board Members, Chooses Theme for 2016 Event

The membership of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee met on Saturday, September 12th for the Annual General Meeting, returning two incumbents and electing three new members of the Board of Directors. “For Racial and Economic Justice” was selected as the theme for the 2016 Celebration and Parade.

The meeting began at 2pm with the membership deciding on a format for the candidates to introduce themselves and allowing time for questions from the membership. In all, 14 candidates spoke and the audience was allowed 30 minutes to ask questions.

After the polls closed, the business of the meeting continued with a vote to change the annual Member Meeting Calendar. The membership voted to change monthly meetings from the second Tuesday of each month to the second Wednesday of each month for the 2015-2016 production cycle.

Deputy Executive Director Kent Anderson and Member Jokie Wilson Accept Completed Ballots

This was followed by a vote on the theme for the 2016 Celebration and Parade. Continue reading

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SF Pride Issues $166,690 in Grants to the Community

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DATE:  Monday, August 31, 2015

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Pride continued its tradition of sharing proceeds from the annual Pride Parade and Celebration and other revenue streams, and distributed $166,690.00 to more than 60 community groups in the Bay Area on August 29. For many of the recipients, the SF Pride grant is the largest source of income for their annual operating budgets.

Since 1997, SF Pride’s Community Partners Program has generated over $2.5 million to local beneficiaries thanks in large part to festival beverage purchases and donations made at event gates. For the second year in a row, longtime SF Pride sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, contributed $5,000 towards the SF Pride Community Partner Program.

Community organizations provide Pride with hundreds of event volunteers and, in return, SF Pride awards the organizations with a grant based on hours volunteered and revenues generated.  Accessibility Partners work with Pride to ensure the proper management of deaf and hard-of-hearing spaces, wheelchair-accessible grandstands, as well as other areas of the event with added accessibility features. Continue reading

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San Francisco Pride Condemns Attack on Jerusalem Pride March


DATE:                  Friday, July 31st, 2015 

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Pride joins InterPride and others in condemning the horrific attack that occurred yesterday during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride march, where a religious extremist repeatedly stabbed several participating as they moved peacefully through the streets of the holy city.

This tragedy demonstrates clearly why Pride events are still relevant and much needed, as they ensure the visibility of the LGBT community, and promote acceptance and equality everywhere, for everyone. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire LGBT community in Jerusalem and Israel. Continue reading

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Vote for the 2015 SF Pride Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent

San Francisco Pride is thrilled to present the 2015 Parade Awards in the following categories:

  • Absolutely Fabulous
  • Absolutely Outrageous
  • Absolutely Fabulous Individual
  • Absolutely Fabulous Street Act
  • Absolutely Fabulous Marching Contingent
  • Absolutely Fabulous Musical Contingent
  • Absolutely Fabulous Theme Contingent

The public vote has begun for Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent. The public can vote through the SF Pride web site until Wednesday, August 21st at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced at SF Pride’s Annual Check Granting Party on August 29th.

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Hydie Downard and Beate Siedler have deep roots in the local LGBT Community. In addition to serving on the SF Pride Board for fourteen years, Hydie was a member of the Imperial Council of San Francisco and was the first woman on the board of the Cable Car Awards. She was the first woman on the board of the Gay Softball League and was inducted into their Hall of Fame, as well as a founding board member serving as Vice President.

In 1997 they appeared on stage with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Carole Migden officiating, to be united as one of the first couples to be legally recognized as domestic partners.

This weekend, at 1:50pm, they will take the next step as they deepen their commitment in front of thousands. Join us as we celebrate the right to marry in California, and if all goes as we hope – the nation.

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San Francisco Pride Honors Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts as 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal

DATE:   June 15, 2015

San Francisco Pride Honors Golden State Warriors President
and COO Rick Welts as 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration Committee and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce Rick Welts, Golden State Warriors President and COO, as their 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal. With the ongoing excitement surrounding the team’s current participation in the NBA Finals, and the 45th Annual Pride Celebration & Parade coming up later this month, SF Pride is excited to bestow this honor on America’s first prominent, openly-gay sports executive.

One of the most respected business executives in the NBA, with over 39 years of experience in the league, Rick Welts is currently in his fourth season as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. Continue reading

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