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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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!!!!

For more information go to www.sfpride.org , www.hcnkids.org , www.cityofrefugeucc.org

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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. www.michellemeow.com

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Fourth Annual Howard Grayson Conference to Focus on Lifelong Learning

Photo: Bill Weaver

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

Photo credit: Bill Wilson

MEDIA ALERT — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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