The membership of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee chose “Equality Without Exception” as the theme for the 2015 Celebration and Parade and voted in eight new and returning Board Members at their Annual General Meeting. The annual meeting took place at the historic Women’s Building in the Mission District from 2-6:30pm on Sunday, September 14.
Veronika Fimbres, SF Pride Board of Directors
Returning to the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 production cycle are Joey Cain, Larry Crickenberger, David Currie, Michelle Meow, Chandra Redack, Gary Virginia, and Don Wagda. Biographical information can be found on our Board of Directors page. New to the Board is Veronika Fimbres, the first transgender board member since 2011. Fimbres (2013 Community Grand Marshal) has been active in the Transgender and HIV/AIDS communities since 1997. She was the first transgender person to hold office in the City and County of San Francisco when she was appointed Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, a position she held for fourteen years. She has won numerous honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Fred Skau Outstanding Volunteer fo the Year Award from the AIDS Emergency fund, and the Bobby Campbell “AIDS Hero Award,” by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The winning theme, “Equality Without Exception,” crafted by board members Donald Wagda and Joey Cain, was developed as a protest and an opportunity to place a spotlight on the use of religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws and the Affordable Care Act that, in principle, should be applicable to all. A recent example is a lobbying campaign by conservative leaders to sway President Obama to allow religious organizations exemptions from an executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people. This took place close the date of the recent “Hobby Lobby Decision,” allowing “closely held family companies” exemption from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
Delicious Thai food for the event was generously donated by Simply Delish, LLC, which will soon be opening a cafe at 5668 3rd St in San Francisco. SF Pride would also like to thank Papa Johns Pizza and It’s It Ice Cream.
The 2015 SF LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade takes place June 27 and 28, 2015.