Cheryl Dunye appointed to SF Pride Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee appointed Cheryl Dunye to a seat on the board at their April 4th meeting.

Biography

Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the 1990′s “queer new wave” of young film and video makers. Dunye’s work is defined by her distinctive narrative voice. Often set within a personal or domestic context, her stories foreground issues of race, sexuality and identity.  Continue reading

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2016 San Francisco Pride Grand Marshals and Honorees Announced

Mia "Tu Mutch" Satya

San Francisco, CA – The 46th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade will be held on June 25 and 26, 2016. The Pride Parade is Sunday, June 26 in the heart of downtown San Francisco beginning at 10:30AM. A two-day Celebration and Festival is scheduled from Noon to 6:00PM on Saturday, June 25, and from 11:00AM to 6:00PM on Sunday, June 26 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Park.

The annual theme for SF Pride, as chosen by the organization’s Membership, is “For Racial and Economic Justice.” The global Pride movement was born out of the fight for equality and justice, and our theme for 2016 is intended to illuminate the intersections of our movement with the broader population, acknowledge our connected struggles and ignite our obligation to address all forms of inequality. Continue reading

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SF Pride 2016 Community Partners Program Application Now Available

Photo: Thomas Hawk

Be a Gate Donation or Beverage Partner!
San Francisco Pride is now accepting applications for the 2016 Community Partner Program

Since 1997, the Community Partners Program has given out over $2.5 million to bay area nonprofits. The Community Partners Program is open to any non-profit organization based in the nine counties of the Bay Area whose mission involves service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities, seniors, youth, bullying, housing advocacy, animal welfare/rights, people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or homelessness.

Apply today and be a part of the 46th annual event.

Deadline: Applications must be received by April 22, 2016.

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SF Pride Hosts Community Forum on African American Contributions to the LGBTQI Community

From left to right: Dr. Ken Monteiro, Vixen Noir, Kippy Marks, Micah Lubensky, Sable Jones

On Wednesday, March 9th, San Francisco Pride hosted a community forum. The forum, “African American Contributions to LGBTQI Culture and the American Experience,” A part of a series of forums exploring the 2016 event theme “For Racial and Economic Justice,” the evening featured a panel of speakers, cultural performances and group discussion.

Speakers included Ken Monteiro, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, Continue reading

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal Vote

SF Pride is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Public and Member’s Choice Vote for Community and Organizational Grand Marshals of the 2016 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade!

Community Grand Marshal

A teacher of meditation and mindfulness, Larry Yang is committed to serving multicultural, queer and activist communities. Playing a key role in the development of both the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) and the Insight Community of the Desert, Yang helped start a variety of long-running LGBTQI meditation groups in the Bay Area and beyond. He is on the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a core teacher at EBMC. Continue reading

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Because Sometimes You Have To Fight Back

With your voice, a pun, sometimes a brick. Let’s call out those who are holding us back.

In the tradition of the civil rights pioneers who stood up for themselves and shouted “enough!” we are asking for your help in identifying an organization  or individual causing harm to the LGBT Community. In a year that’s been witness to the Supreme Court’s support for same-sex marriage throughout all fifty states, the momentum towards full participation in this nation can’t be stopped and won’t be tolerated.

We are asking for your nominations for the Pink Brick – a (dis)honour to a person or organization that’s been a significant roadblock to LGBT equality and acceptance. Send your suggestions to communityaffairs@sfpride.org.

Up to three of your suggestions will be selected by our Board of Directors, along with ten Community Grand Marshals and three Organization Grand Marshal suggestions for our annual public vote. Results will be announced the week of January 20th on our web site and through social media.

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Call for Talent for the 2016 Celebration

Views from the San Francisco Pride Main Stage

Views from the San Francisco Pride Main Stage. All photos by Jane Cleland

San Francisco Pride is now taking talent submissions for the Main Stage at the 2014 Celebration, which takes place on June 25 and 26, 2016. The Main Stage, Located in front of City Hall in San Francisco’s Civic Center, provides artists a unique opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest gatherings of the LGBT Community and its allies in the Nation. Applications will be accepted from now until March 18, 2016.

The SF Pride Main Stage has been host to DWV, Karmin, Kimberly Caldwell, Jessica Sutta, Sandra Bernhard, Kerli, The Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Meshell Ndegeocello, the B52s, and many well-known local artists.

For more information on our Main Stage, visit our Main Stage page on the SF Pride website.

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Which local nonprofits inspire you?

2014 Organizational Grand Marshal Trans March. Photo: Gwen Park

NAACP ~ Bay Area Youth Summit ~ The GLBT Historical Society ~ Cheer SF ~ ACLU of Northern California ~ Trans March ~ Gay Asian Pacific Alliance ~ Transgender Law Center ~  Rainbow World Fund ~ The Billy deFrank LGBT Center of San Jose

SF Pride Organizational Grand Marshals since 2006

Creating community takes work. Who’s doing the work that makes the San Francisco Bay Area a shining beacon of inclusion and diversity? Who’s actively involved in making our lives better?

Organizational Grand Marshals represent a proud legacy of service and advocacy benefiting the local LGBTQ community. We are accepting your suggestions for Organizational Grand Marshal until January 13, 2016. You are welcome to suggest any local nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area* – it can be a local organization who’s mission serves the LGBTQ communities, or it can be a key ally who’s made a difference in our daily lives.

Up to three of your suggestions will be selected by our Board of Directors, along with ten Community Grand Marshals and three Pink Brick suggestions for our annual public vote. Results will be announced the week of January 20th on our web site and through social media.

Send your suggestions by email to communityaffairs@sfpride.org by January 13th.

*Eligibility: Community and Organizational Grand Marshals are local heroes (individuals living in the nine counties of the SF Bay Area:

Alameda ~ Contra Costa ~ Marin ~ Napa ~ San Francisco ~ San Mateo ~ Santa Clara ~ Solano ~ Sonoma

who have made lasting contributions to the SF Bay Area LGBTQ community, or, as LGBTQ individuals, contributed to the welfare of the Ally community.

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The Countdown To SF Pride 2016 Begins…

2009 Community Grand Marshal Molly McKay

Alicia Garza ~ Harry Hay ~ Mark Leno ~ Juanita MORE! ~ Page Hodel ~ Heklina ~ Cecilia Chung ~ Kamala Harris ~ Crystal Jang ~ Molly McKay ~ Donna Sachet ~ Gavin Newsom ~ Carol Queen ~ Duane Cramer ~ Randy Burns ~ Belo Cipriani ~ Jewlyes Gutierrez ~ Judy Dlugacz ~ Gary Virginia ~ Victoria Kolakowski ~ Marlena ~ Rev. Roland Stringfellow ~ Shawna Virago ~ Sal Rosselli ~ Joan Benoît

A few of the many SF Pride Community Grand Marshals since 1999 

Who is your local hero? Does someone in our community motivate you to make the world a better place? Is there someone making the lives of those in the LGBT community better, and you want everyone to know about her or him? Is there someone in our community who’s taking a heroic stand?

We are now accepting suggestions for Community Grand Marshal of the 2016 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade. We will continue to collect suggestions through January 13, 2016, at the monthly SF Pride membership meeting.  We are also taking suggestions for Organizational Grand Marshal and recipient of the Pink Brick.

Up to ten of your suggestions will be selected by our Board of Directors, along with five Organizational and three Pink Brick suggestions for our annual public vote. Results will be announced the week of January 20th on our web site and through social media.

Send your suggestions by email to communityaffairs@sfpride.org by January 13th.

Eligibility: Community Grand Marshals are local heroes (individuals living in the nine counties of the SF Bay Area:

Alameda ~ Contra Costa ~ Marin ~ Napa ~ San Francisco ~ San Mateo ~ Santa Clara ~ Solano ~ Sonoma

who have made lasting contributions to the SF Bay Area LGBTQ community, or, as LGBTQ individuals, contributed to the welfare of the Ally community.

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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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