SF Pride 2003
Information
Parade Info

Parade Line-up

Grand Marshals

Celebration at Civic Center

Main Stage

Event Theme

Harvey Milk

Flags and Triangles

Grand Stand Seating

Domestic Partner Commitment Ceremony

Parade

photo: dykes on bikes   The SF Women's Motorcycle Contingent kicks off the parade followed by nearly two hundred contingents of marchers and floats.




Viewing the Parade
    The general public watches the parade from the sidewalks lining both sides of Market Street, from Beale to Eighth.   Mind you, this is a first-come, first served affair. 
photo: space age parade contingentIf you want a good viewing place, arrive early, and expect there to be a crowd of people 10, 15 deep separating the public from the parade as the countdown to parade start time approaches. Many people in front of you will be taller than you, if you're of the height-challenged variety. Some veterans arrive early in the morning and cordon off areas, and set up lounge chairs and ice chests full of drink and food.  Other lucky few manage to have friends with a balcony view, or work at a building along Market St that affords them an above the parade view.

Place & Time
    The parade starts at Market and Beale on Sunday June 27th, 2004 at 10:00AM (note that the parade starts half an hour earlier this year!) and proceeds west on Market Street to Market and Eighth Street.


SF Women's Motorcycle Contingent website

The Line Up
    Here is the latest lineup for who will be marching in the parade. Changes will still be made, final list will be available Pride Week. Questions? Please contact Marsha Levine, via .

Contact info is provided for those who might wish to march with a particular group. Please contact that group directly to see if that could be a possibility.

# Organization Description
001 Women's Motorcyle Contingent 500+ women on motorcyles, begun 25 or so years ago, and originally called "Dykes on Bikes".
002a Mikes on Bikes Informal, lively, diverse group of queer boys on bicycles.
002b San Francisco Bike Messengers Association SF LGBT and supportive bike messengers.
002c AIDS Lifecycle 2 50-70 members of the AIDS LifeCycle 2 Tour.
003 Cheer San Francisco Adult cheerleading team that performs nationally and internationally, raising funds for direct care agencies throught the Cheer
004a Alexander Hamilton Post 448 American Legion Support group for LGBT war veterans.
004b American Veterans for Equal Rights A non-profit chapter-based association of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and e
005a No On 6 Reunion - Briggs Initiative Members from the No On 6/Briggs Initiative fight, 25 years ago, carrying the front banner.
005b Monterey Pride Monterey LGBT Pride organization.
005b Interfaith Pagan Pride InterPride partners and pagan pride.
005b SF Pride Theme Float San Francisco's annual LGBT Pride celebration and parade committee.
006a San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is the first openly GLBTIQQ music organization in the world, celebrating its 25th an
006b San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus
006c Theatre Rhinoceros Longest running Queer theatre in the world.
006d Rainbow25 2-block rainbow flag, part of the Ocean-to-Ocean flag across Florida.
006e Congregation Sha'ar Zahav A progressive reform synagogue Congregation Sha'ar Zahav is a progressive Reform synagogue, established in 1977. We are a vibra
006f Project Open Hand Project Open Hand is an agency that provides food to people living with HIV/AIDS, the Homebound/Critically Ill and congregate l
006g San Francisco LGBT Community Center The social, cultural, and political focal point of the SF LGBT community.  Board, staff, volunteers, and members marching.
006h San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Chorus Oldest Lesbian and gay chorus in the world, now celebrating our 25th season
of bringing music to the community.
007 Maupin, Armistead - Celebrity Grand Marshal Noted author, famous for his "Tales of the City" series of novels, about gay life and San Francisco.
008 Gomez, Marga - Celebrity Grand Marshal Famous local lesbian comedian and actress.
009 Marlene, Vicki - Grand Marshal 1 Fundraiser extraordinare for charities such as PAWS, the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Openly trans
010 Gatto, Marina - Grand Marshal 2 14 year old gay rights activist.  Starred in the Nickelodeon special "My Family is Different" with Rosie O'Donnell, and appeare
011 Person-Harris, Terry - Grand Marshal 3 A seasoned community leader with over twenty years experience in anti-violence movements. She was an early leader in the domest
012 Wilson, Hank - Grand Marshal 4 3 decades of activism and community building. He teamed to found Gay Teachers Coalition, Community United Against Violence, San
013 Williams, Cecil, Rev. - Grand Marshal 5 Has challenged and raised the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as the Pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist
014 Marriage Equality California - Grand Marshal 6 MECA is committed to legalizing same sex marriage & securing equal rights for LGBT.
015 BAAITS-Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits Cultural and social outreach group of LBGT and/or Two Spirit native Americans.
016 GAPA - Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Furthering interests of gay and bisexual Asian/Pacific Islanders by creating awareness.
017 Kiehls At Kiehl's, our products are made utilizing the finest ingredients known to us in our unique formulations to assure the high quality skin, hair and body care that our customers have come to expect from us for more than 150 years.
018 Brown Jr., Willie L. - Mayor Mayor of San Francisco.  Riding in a convertible or his town car.
019 Norcal Waste System Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. the parent company to Sunset Scavenger and Golden Gate Disposal and Recycling Companies collect and
020 New Leaf Services Counseling center for the LGBT community: Senior services, youth services, mental health counseling, substance abuse couseling,
021 Wells Fargo Local Bay Area employees in support of LGBT Pride.
022a UCSF AIDS Health Project Mental health agency serving over 10,000 people a year.
022b Shelley, Kevin California Secretary of State.
023 Triangle TaeKwon Do Club We are a not-for-profit community based martial arts and self-defense training organization that primarily targets the LGBTQ co
024a Migden, Carole - Chairwoman BOE Chairwoman Carole Migden and 100 supporters.
024b Speier, Jackie - Senator Senator, with her staff and volunteers, representing the Western half of SF, including a portion of the Castro.
025 AIDS Emergency Fund Float idea is: Queen Of Hearts. We plan to have a "Queen" singing from our float which will be followed by our contingent of vo
026 FTM International Support, networking, and education for and about female-to-male transsexuals, transgendered people, and their friends, families
027 TGSF-Transgender San Francisco Over 20 years as a non-sexual member based organization serving Bay Area with educational, social and recreational needs.
028 Leno, Mark - Assemblyman  
029a Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club  
029b Laird, John - Assemblyman Assemblyman John Laird.
030 API Wellness Center Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center's mission is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian & Pacific Islander (A
031 Imperial Council of San Francisco, Inc., The Reigning Emperor Michael Parsons and Empress Snatch.
032 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The  
033a Out Against The War Anit-war group coalition of queer groups and individuals opposed to war.
033b International Answer Anti-war organization, calling for money to be used to support healthcare, jobs, housing, and AIDs prevention/education.
034 Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club  
035 Ammiano, Tom - Supervisor  
036 Pride At Work/AFL-CIO LGBT labor advocacy group.
037 Birds of Paradise Spreading word of the tradition of Carnaval as a joyous celebration of life.
038 Most Holy Redeemer Church Catholic Church and AIDS support group.
039 Log Cabin Club of San Francisco Predominantly gay Republican volunteer organization.
040 Straights for Gay Rights Founded 27 yrs ago to politically support LGBT community.
041 KRON4 Bay Area television station, televisors of the Parade.
042 Balloon Girls The Balloon Girls were a crime crazy girl gang of the 70's and 80's Know for their slumber partys, Folsum fair, and floats in t
043 Smirnoff Twist - Diageo Smirnoff Twist Vodka float.
044 San Francisco Leather Contingent Leather clubs, organizations, businesses, motorcyclists, and independent marchers.
045 SOMA Bare Chest Calendar Produces the SOMA barechest calendar which benefits Positive Resource Center and the AIDS Emergency Fund.
046 Positive Resource Center Provides benefits counseling and employment services for people with HIV/AIDS.
047 Bears of San Francisco Charitable organization promoting friendship and fraternity.
048 Ark of Refuge The Ark of Refuge Mentorship Program is a program that provides positive and healthy mentoring support for gay men and Transgen
049 Showtime Showtime is a national premium cable network, their float celebrates their gay programming.
050a Bethany United Methodist Church We are a progressive church in Noe Valley with a membership that is half g/l/b/t and half straight.
050b Barely Legal Productions Volunteer performing cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
051 Chronicle, The San Francisco Local, daily newspaper.  Float with 14 newspaper boys and a marching contingent of employees.
052 Newsom, Gavin - Supervisor  
053 Starbucks Starbucks Frappucino in Bloom - Partners/Employees on float, enjoying the parade.
054 PFLAG Providing support, education and advocacy through chapter activities.
055a Freedom In Christ Evangelical Church of San Francisco Non-denominational Christian church comprised of Christians who are gay.
055b Dignity SF The local chapter of Dignity -- an independent community of LGBT Catholics.
056a Peskin, Aaron & Maxwell, Sophie - Supervisors President and members of the Board of Supervisors.
056b Hall, Tony - Supervisor Supervisor Tony Hall.
057 Altoids National candy company, introducing new product.
058 Gold's Gym San Francisco Local health club serving SF since 1980.
059 Falcon Studios Falcon Studios is the most prolific gay adult erotic film company.  Falcon studios has been around for over 31 years.  Models w
060 Dufty, Bevan - Supervisor  
061 Ma, Fiona - Supervisor Supervisor for District 4 (Sunset/Parkside) in San Francisco.
062 Presidio Hill School K-8 independent progressive education school.
063 Our Family Coalition Members of Our Family Coalition and COLAGE - LGBT families - some with children in strollers.
064 Jewish Family & Children's Services Non-sectarian social services.
065 KKSF - Clear Channel Carnival-themed float with dancers for KKSF 103.7, smooth jazz radio station.
066 Pro-Latino De San Jose  
067 Loco Bloco Loco Bloco is an Afro Brazilian Drum an d Dance Ensemble based in the mission. We serve ages 11-23 and basically play great liv
068 Good Vibrations Worker owned and operated coop helping women and men realize and celebrate their sexual health and potential.
069 Peron, Dennis Medical marijuana advocate.
069 Hallinan, Terrence - District Attorney District Attorney Terence Hallinan and SFDA Staff
070 Herrera, Dennis - City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera - elected Dec 2001 to the office of City Attorney.
071 CAVM - Collaboration fo AIDS Volunteer Managers  
072 PAWS-Pets are Wonderful Support Helps low income people living with AIDS and other disabilities keep their pets.
073 San Francisco SPCA Non-profit animal welfare organization.
074 Bernal Beast Bernal Beast is a gay-owned and operated neighborhood pet store, in its 6th year of business and actively involved with animal
075 NCLR - IRTF LGBT Immigrant Rights.
076 Cherry Bar Lesbian nightclub.
077 Leal, Susan - City Treasurer Susan Leal, Treasurer - City & County of San Francisco
078 BACW - Bay Area Community of Women Lesbian organization serving the Bay Area for over 20 years.
079 Food for Thought Food bank for people with AIDS in Sonoma County.
081 Gloss Magazine LGBT Magazine.
082a Team San Francisco Various organizations marching together under "Team SF" banner, supporting LGBT athletes and sports organizations.
082b San Francisco Fog RFC First rugby club in Western U.S. established to invite members from traditionally under-represented groups
083 Team Bank of America Decorated small flatbed truck with marchers.
084 SWANABAQ LGBTI Afghans, Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Cypriots, Berbers, Kurds, Persians and Turks.
085 Trikone LGBT South Asians.
086 Gay Vietnamese Alliance GVA is a social support org formed in 1995.
087a UTOPIA United Territories of Polynesian Islanders Alliance - benefiting Polynesian LGBT communities.
087b Kaiser Permanente Staff-Employee Association of local medical center and health care services.
087c STAR 101.3 Disco Diva float sponsored by Washington Mutual.
088 Mabuhay Philippines Filipino gay men and their supporters.
089 Teng, Mabel - Assessor City Assessor.
090 Adachi, Jeff S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Chief Attorney Teresa Cafrese, and supporters.
091 Blue, Joseph Organization works as a connection between business and and neighborhood confirms.
092 Western Round Up/Living Sober 2003 Conference of AA hosted by GLBT members.
093 Queer Resource Center UC Berkeley LGBTIQQ students and their allies affiliated with the Queer Resource Center on the UC Berkeley campus.
094 Q-HYE Armenian LGBT Social/support group of Armenian LGBT aiming to provide a safe space to express their cultural affiliation and orientation.
095 Worthington, Kriss - Berkeley City Council Member First openly-gay elected council member.
096a AIDS Project East Bay 20th-years of providing a wide array of HIV/AIDS services, as well as primary health care prevention.
096b La Clinica de la Raza Gay Men's Group and support for Latin Gay community.
097 Reid, Jim Volunteers in support of Jim Reid, builder of the smallest house and proponent for alternative power supplies.
098 Jobe, Robert - Law Office Public service law firm defining modern asylum law, with regards to persons fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation
099 AIDS Healthcare Foundation The contingent will consist of 20-50 marchers holding banners and a 15 foot balloon. Out of the Closet donation trucks will be
100 Trojan Condoms - GMR Marketing  
101 Stop AIDS Project Works to prevent the transmission of HIV among all gay bisexual men in SF.
102a Human Rights Campaign Bay Area steering committee commited to making a core, visible, and relevant organization.
102b San Francisco Police Department Lesbian and gay officers.
103 Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco  
104 Congregation B'Nai Emunah Synagogue of 200 families affiliated with the united synagogue of conservative Judaism.
105 First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland, Temple Sinai Religious non-profit reform Jewish temple
106a Congregation Beth Shalom Conservative Jewish synagogue.
106b Instituto Familiar De La Raza, Inc. Contingent featuring Miss and Mister Gay Safe Latino 2003
107 Mr. And Miss Gay Latino 2003 Representatives of the Latino/a LGBT community and members of Esta Noche.
108 Walden House Substance abuse treatment and behavior modification.
109 MCC SF - Metropolitan Community Church Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco is a 32-year old progressive queer Christian community located in the heart of t
110 Alioto, Angela Angela Alioto.
111 ACLU - Northern California Working to protect civil liberties-from the rights of immigrants, reproductive, lesbian and gay men.
112 Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center Accredited distance education for adult learners.
113 San Francisco Bay Guardian Bay Area alternative weekly newspaper.
114 GLSEN SF-East Bay Nationwide network work with education institutions to promote safe environments for all students regardless of sexual orientat
115 More Light Presbyterians Working for the full inclusion and participation of LGBT people in the church.
116 Outer Mission Residents Association Neighborhood association.
117 Lutherans Concerned/SF - Bay Area Providing education, support and affirmation for people of all seuxal orientations and gender identities in Lutheran Church.
118 Compass Community Services Serves families confronting poverty and homelessness by supporting their efforts to achieve stability.
119 Old First Presbyterian Church Oldest Protestant church in SF, supported by LGBT members.
120 Santa Clara County HIV/AIDS Office Santa Clara Public Health service, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and control.
121 CALCASA Organization providing leadership, vision, and resources to rape crisis centers, individuals, and other entities committed to e
122 LYRIC/GSA Network LYRIC is a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth 23 and younger.
123 Cal Aggie Marching Band Gives support to Aggie athletics, marches in parades and rallies community events.
124a Q-Force We will be marching to celebrate the many hours of volunteering for various non-profits in the Bay Area.
124b San Francisco Friends School Parents Association Organization of parents of San Francisco Friends School students.
125 Rainbow Womyn Lesbian social group for Sacramento and surrounding areas.
126 BABN Bisexuals, their friends and supporters promoting visibility and acceptance.
127 North Bay Unity League Marchers dressed in leather or grape clusters carrying these banners. Up to two cars in parade.  NoBUL is a group whose mission
128 Anti-Defamation League Non-profit, civil rights organization.  Group of citizens marching to raise awareness.
129 Bay Area Furs & Friends Furs and friends is a gathering of people ("furries") who share the same interests in anthropormophic art, literature and costu
131 Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County Contra Costa County's only organization solely devoted to providing a safe, supportive and respectful environment for LGBT pers
132 Foggy City Dancers Celebrating 20 years of GLBT square dancing in the San Francisco community.
133 Studio NAGA children/adults who practice poekoelan (pu-ku-lan) an Indonesian martial art
135 Golden State Peace Officer's Association Fraternal organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law enforcement in the State of California. We assist in hirin
136 San Francisco Fire Department Fire chief in convertible.
137 San Francisco DPH Staff from STD Prevention, featuring "Healthy Penis" and "Phil" characters, along with staff from the AIDS Office of the SFDPH
138 BART Bay Area Rapid Transit employees.
139 San Francisco Pool Association 8 ball bar pool league
140 First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF A 150-year-old religious community in SF, affirming GLBTs, joined by 5 other congregrations from the Bay Area.
141 Outright Libertarians Mostly walking contingent with parade banner and handheld signs, with one convertible carrying Michael Denny, the Secretary of
142 GGBA - Golden Gate Business Association GGBA Board and Members.  The Golden Gate Business Association began as the nation's first business organization founded by gay
144 Green Party San Francisco Green Party, including elected officials.
145 Bluewater Network Campaigning for policy changes in governmental and industry dependence on fossil fuels and other causes of pollution.
146 West Hollywood Cheerleaders Founded in 1986, the West Hollywood Cheerleaders came together to raise PRIDE & AIDS awareness for the LGBT community. They are
148 Grand Ducal Council, Royal, - Alameda Grand Duke and Duchess of Alameda.
149 Academy of Art College LGBT art students and their friends.
150 City College of San Francisco Educating over 100,000 students annually.
151 BAVC - Bay Area Video Coalition Nation's largest non-commercial media arts center dedicated to providing access to media, education and technology.
152 San Francisco LGBT Voter's Project Registering and Educating LGBT voters.
153 United in Spirit Umbrella contigent for people from Christian churches all over Northern CA.
154 M2 Records Music company with recording artist Jay Manaway singing his San Francisco hit, "Some Like It Hot!"
155 Urban Solutions Sixth Street community float of merchants and supporters.
156 Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corp. Color guard spinning flags, rifles, and sabres.  A self-supporting, non-profit group that gathers for Pride events.
157a BAD RAP BAD RAP is a SF based non-profit dedicated to making life better for the pit bulls of the bay area.  We provide breed education
157b Wag and Go Employees, friends, and family of Wag And Go.  Our mission is to train, pamper, and care for pets insuring they remain in lovin
158 SHARE Project - Dance Safe Volunteer-based harm reduction group advocating risk prevention in the dance community.
159 San Francisco Medical Cannabis Community Service organization for the medical cannabis community, daily activities, holistic environment.
161 Powerhouse Favorite cruise bar South of Market, home to the Bare Chest Calendar Contest, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2003.
Grand Stands Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band Members of Stanford Pride, Stanford's LGBT alumni organization, will be marching with the one, the only, the truly incomparable


Parade Grand Marshals

Marga Gomez
Comedian and actress Marga Gomez returns to the city where she made her stand-up debut and joins author Armistead Maupin as Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 2003 San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. ...
 
photo: marga gomez
Armistead Maupin
Armistead’s journey, his passions, and the inspiration he has given so many make him a natural choice as Celebrity Grand Marshal. His panoramic view of humanity is at the very core of what we celebrate at the end of June each year.”
 
photo: armistead maupin
Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal
Cecil Williams

For over 40 years, Reverend Cecil Williams has challenged and raised the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as the Pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized. Reverend Williams is respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change for the LGBT Community.

photo: cecil williams
SF Chronicle Photo / Scott Sommerdorf
Community Grand Marshals
Marina Gatto

14 year-old gay rights activist Marina Gatto, who's appeared this year on shows such as the Today Show, the Nickelodeon special "My Family is Different" with Rosie O'Donnell, and the Montel Williams Show, is a member of COLAGE. She educates nationwide about her pride in having two moms and being raised as a part of the San Francisco lgbt community. *elected by SF Pride members

photo: marina gatto
Vicki Marlene

Vicki started performing over 50 years ago and she hasn’t stopped since. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities such as PAWS, the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Openly transgender and a senior, Vicki works as a real female, not an impersonator, and still performs regularly at Aunt Charlie's Lounge on Turk Street. Her cast of six puts together the numbers and when there’s time she likes to nurture the younger, aspiring performers.
*elected by public ballot

 

photo: vicki marlene

Terry Person-Harris

Terry Person-Harris is a seasoned community leader with over twenty years experience in anti-violence movements. She was an early leader in the domestic violence community to question its heterosexist framework. This June marks her ten years anniversary of leadership with Community United Against Violence. She is a strong believer in coalitions with a personal commitment to mentoring other women of color leadership in progressive movements. *elected by former Marshals

photo of terry person-harris
Hank Wilson
A thriving long-term survivor, Hank Wilson continues 3 decades of activism and community building. He teamed to found Gay Teachers Coalition, Community United Against Violence, San Francisco Gay Democratic Club (now Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club), Committee to Monitor Poppers, AIDS Candlelight March, Mobilization Against AIDS, Gay & Lesbian Youth Advocacy Council, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, and ACT UP/Golden Gate (now SURVIVE AIDS). He currently coordinates volunteers at Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center.

photo: hank wilson

Organizational Grand Marshal

marriage equality california

Mission: To secure the freedom and the right of same-sex couples to enter into legally-recognized civil marriage, having all the federal and state benefits and responsibilities which that entails.


 

logo: marriage equality california

Honorary Grand Marshals

Georgina Beyer
    Born 1957, part Maori. Worked as a stripper and prostitute in Wellington and Sydney before undergoing a full sex change. Has worked as an actor, publicist and broadcaster. Elected Carterton District Councilor in 1993 and Mayor in 1995. Became world's first transgender Member of Parliament in 1999 and was re-elected 2002. An internationally known advocate for Gay and Lesbian rights, she believes all genuine and honest people should have equal opportunity to strive and achieve.
photo: georgina beyer
Lynn Breedlove

    Lynn Breedlove, singer for Tribe 8, all dyke punk band since 1990. writer and performer of Godspeed, a novel on St Martin's Press about a trannyboy speed freak bike messenger in lover with a stripper. performer, activist, tour bunny, shit stirrer. teacher of baby butches at Harvey Milk Insitute, Unka Lynnee's Skool for Boys. participant in sf pride since 1976.

photo of lynn breedlove
Larry Brinkin
    Larry Brinkin has been an activist in San Francisco for over 35 years, co-founding Bay Area Gay Liberation, the Lesbian/Gay Labor Alliance, and the Gay & Lesbian Alternative Dispute Resolution Service. He was a pioneer in the struggle for domestic partner benefits and currently is the manager of the LGBT&HIV Division of the SF Human Rights Commission.  He played a major role in recent years in the struggle for transgender rights.

photo: larry brinkin

Felicia Elizondo
    Hivstopswithme spokesmodel 3 years. Has made 60 AIDS Memorial panels for friends. Member of the LGBT Community Center Transgender Steering Committee. Recipient of Testimony Of Spirit Award 2002 by Shanti.
Recipient of the Mariam Faroog AIDS Hero Award 2001. Has raised money entertaining at Aunt Charlie's for Mama's  Christmas Toy Drive, Night Ministry, Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners and Pets Are Wonderful Support. Felicia has dedicated her life to give and receive nothing in return. 
photo of felicia elizondo
Rahn Fudge
    Rahn d. Fudge has over 20 years experience in the television business. He is a graduate of one of the country's historically black colleges (Morris Brown College), in Atlanta, Georgia. Fudge is currently Executive Producer of San Francisco-based QTV Newsmagazine, which is one of only a handful of commercially, focused gay television programs in the United States. His ability to do so stems from an award-winning 10-year professional career as a TV news reporter and Assignment/Associate News Director at various TV network affiliates.
photo: rahn fudge
Heklina
    Heklina has been working her pumps into the ground every Tuesday night for over seven years as the hostess,promoter, and producer of Trannyshack. When not busy running Trannyshack, Heklina has kept busy recently hostessing benefits for the Positive Resource Center, Pets are Wonderful Support, the Tenderloin Aids Resource Center, and the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.
photo: heklina
Sal Hopkins
    Sal Hopkins has been and activist in the leather lifestyle for something like 15 years. She was an officer in The Outcasts, one of San Francisco’s early women’s leather groups. She was a founder and coordinator of The Exiles, the current women’s educational and social BDSM group. She has produced the SF Dyke Daddy/Dyke Diva Contest for two years and coordinated a volunteer staff of 70 for this event.
photo: sal hopkins
Robert Jobe
    Robert B. Jobe, widely recognized as one of the nation's finest immigration litigators, has successfully represented hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender and HIV positive people from countries all over the world -- such as Mexico, Egypt and Malaysia -- fleeing persecution on account of their sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity.
photo: robert jobe
Carolyn Laub
    Carolyn Laub is the Founder and Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network, California's largest youth-led organization empowering youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. Her activism has mobilized a vibrant LGBTQQI and straight ally youth movement, with over 340 Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. Carolyn led the effort to pass California's school nondiscrimination law and co-founded the California Safe Schools Coalition. She currently serves on the Transgender Law Center's advisory board.
photo: carolyn laub
Raven Light
    Raven Light was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, at age 38. She decided to boldly put her body on the line and make the epidemic visible. Raven Light has had her "de-breast" and mastectomy scar frequently photographed and the pictures have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, and in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade since 1992.
photo: raven light
Aleem Raja
    Aleem Raja moved to the US as little boy from Pakistan.  Raised in a loving vibrant Muslim family, Aleem learned the value of compassion and community early on.  He currently works as a non-profit public interest attorney and serves on the Board of Directors of both the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and Trikone (a South Asian LGBT organization) and was recently appointed to serve on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
photo: aleem raja
Margo Rila
    Margo was one of the original volunteers with San Francisco Sex Information Switchboard, a founding member of the Bisexual Center, one of the first women to promote safer sex education for women, bisexuals and heterosexuals. and was on the Coordinating Committee for First International Conference on Bisexuality. She continues her work on the Board of Directors of the GLBT Historical Society to preserve our history.
photo: margo rila
John Manzon-Santos
    A long-time activist, John finds hope in doing work that links LGBT community organizing with social/economic justice issues – including healthcare access, immigrant/refugee rights, youth empowerment, bilingual education, reproductive rights, and affirmative action. Since 1997 John has headed Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the nation’s largest nonprofit committed to sexual health and HIV care/prevention in A&PI communities. He represented Team SF at Sydney’s Gay Games and won two gold medals in figure skating for all the proud hometown queers in DC (Daly City).
photo: john manzon-santos
Daddy Alan Selby
    Alan Selby came to San Francisco in 1979 from his native England to open Mr. S. Leather Co. on 7th Street, San Francisco. He has been involved with the AIDS Epidemic since 1982, and has lost 3 partners to AIDS, though still HIV negative himself. He joined the Board of Directors of The AIDS Emergency Fund in Sept. 1982, served for 6 1/2 years and still helps to do benefits for them. He has also served on the Boards of The Stop AIDS Project, and Community Thrift. He worked as a volunteer on the AIDS Ward at SF General from l983 until 2002 and is the producer of many AIDS benefits. 
photo of daddy alan selby
Snatch
    Snatch is the current reigning Empress of San Francisco under the Imperial Court system. She is a Performer and has represented many organizations. She gives her Heart & Soul to everything that she holds dear and when you look at her or see her perform, you will always remember that "PRIDE" shows & flows through every vein in her body. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities such as PAWS, Stop AIDS, Project Open Hand, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and the AEF.
photo: snatch
Lawrence Wong

    First openly Gay Asian-American elected to public office in the U.S. (1994) to the Community College Board where he is currently serving his 3rd term. Co-chair of GAPA (1990 – 1991) and recipient of Activist of the Year awarded by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club (1992). Served as a board member of AEF and Shanti. Became the first openly gay national executive director of the 107 year-old Chinese American Citizens Alliance (1996). He has worked on domestic partnership campaigns and, as a SF Human Rights Commissioner, on transgender rights.


 

photo of lawrence wong


The Celebration
  photo: celebration participants
   
    After the parade, head on over to Civic Center, where you will find blocks upon blocks near City Hall cordoned off, hundreds and thousands of people, men, woman, in between, every flavor you could possibly imagine. A day you will not forget!

What else will you find there?

  • rows upon rows upon rows of booths selling all kinds of things: sex toys, t-shirts, arts and crafts, non-profit booths, public information, and other things ad infinitum
  • food and drink
  • Leather Alley
  • a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing gathering space
  • information booth
  • much more
  • and 13 fabulous stages

The Celebration area will be open Saturday, June 28, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
and Sunday, June 29, 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Stages Descriptions

Bud Light / San Francisco Chronicle Main Stage

 

photo: crowd in front of main stage    The Main Stage on Saturday is a blend on smooth Jazz and Blues, romance and political theatre. We kick off with the world famous San Francisco Mime Troupe who will be presenting their savage comedy and political satire, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan. The 3rd Annual Domestic Partners Commitment Ceremony will follow this. Last year over 200 couples recited their commitment to each other on our Main Stage in a moving display of love and Pride. Performances on Saturday feature jazz songbirds Jacqui Naylor and Paula West. Jacqui started out as a soloist with the Sacred Heart Gospel Choir and launched her full time career as a jazz singer in 1997. Described as having “Billie Holiday’s inflections and a touch of June Christy” she can make you sway gently with a blues-flavored melody and then heat you up with a strong R&B rhythm. Her new album “Shelter” includes original works as well as jazz standards. She has also enjoyed several week-long engagements at San Francisco’s renowned Plush Room, a distinction she shares with our other Saturday headliner, Paula West. In the words of columnist Liz Smith, “She’s smoky, she’s swingin’, she’s sophisticated.” Paula West has learned her craft and honed her talent, finding audiences far beyond her San Francisco home. She has played in New York and Philadelphia, has appeared on both European and American broadcasts as well as appearing in Switzerland and Italy several times. In 1997 she had a sold-out debut at the Maison de la Musique in Paris.
    The Main Stage on Sunday features a diverse program of top quality entertainment featuring international performers and the cream of local talent.
    The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian & Gay Freedom Band, both celebrating their 25th anniversary will take pride of place. Queer Cheerleading squads from across North America will be presenting some rousing routines. Our Sunday headliner is award-winning, show-stopping singer and actress Jennifer Holliday. A singer's singer, Jennifer is a diva with a gift for vocal interpretation who leaves audiences breathless. She has the innate ability to get inside a lyric, to give new meaning to songs she's performed time and again.
    Jennifer Holliday achieved legendary Broadway status at the age of 21, garnering the 1982 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her spine-tingling performance as Effie "Melody" White in Dreamgirls, and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance for her signature "torch-song" and Top 40 hit "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." When Jennifer performs the earth-shakes and the heart explodes.
    Enhancing the entertainment, as always, will be Community Leaders speaking on issues of topicality.
 

Saturday Dance Arena

    Dance mavens take note! Get ready to shake your grove thang! Expect two days of pulsating music to keep you on your dancing feet courtesy of San Francisco top disc jockeys who will serve-up a tantalizing cocktail of Hip-Hop, House, Trance and more.
 

Fag Fridays Community Dance Stage & Arena

photo: celebration participants    Anyone who has gone clubbing in San Francisco knows Fag Fridays. Making their home at the legendary End Up for the last seven years, Fag Fridays has become an institution amongst the San Francisco party scene working with some of dance music’s most prominent artists such as Barbara Tucker, Kathy Brown, Michelle Weeks and Celeda along with djs' Tedd Patterson, Lil’ Louie Vega, and Lenny Fontana, to name just a few.
 

Nectar – The Women’s Stage

nectar logo    (Sunday only) Inspired by requests from women, The Nectar Women’s Stage celebrated its successful debut in 2001, creating a unique venue to highlight women’s talent as one panel in the textured quilt of the glbt community. photo: women dancingNectar will be a stage overflowing with creativity and festivity. It will be a place that will be geared toward the women’s community. The stage and setting will celebrate the diversity and talent within our community. Nectar will be a venue where hot girl bands can jam, spoken word performers and poets can connect, dancers and hip-hop dj's can make the crowd move, comedy will make you laugh out loud and the combination which reach out to all. Nectar is a venue of first-rate entertainment that folks flock to.
 

Shadowplay Stage

    The Shadowplay dance stage features old and new music outside the mainstream. From '60s garage bands like the MC5 and the Stooges, to '70s glam of Bowie, T.Rex, and the New York Dolls; '77 punk, like the Sex Pistols and X-Ray Spex, to post-punk like Joy Division and Gang of Four; '80s new wave and goth, like Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, and Siouxsie, to '90s shoegazing, like Ride and Curve, indie rock, and riot grrrl; and today's electroclash and New York scenes, the Shadowplay Stage promises a wild time.
 

Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Stage

    (Sunday only) This year’s Asian & Pacific Islander Stage will be put on once again by Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center. The stage promises to bring out the best of Asian & Pacific Islander artists & talents from all over the Bay Area and the whole nation. Aside from all the entertainment, HIV Testing will be conducted throughout the day in various Asian & Pacific Islander languages. Although still in its finalization process, here’s what to expect for the 7 hour-jam packed of entertainment, culture and education.
 

Sundance Stage

sundance saloon logo    Whether it's two-step, line-dance, waltz, or swing, country-western dancing is popular in the queer community all around the U.S. (and Canada, Europe and Australia too). Today's country dancing is fun, romantic, wild, sexy, and free-spirited. And, best of all, it's easy to learn. The Sundance Saloon Country-Western Dance Corral will be open from noon until 6 p.m., with a beginning line dance lesson and a beginning two-step lesson during the day. Boots and hats are not required – all you need is the desire to have fun. After 6: 00 p.m. – join us for a special Sundance Saloon at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1231 Market St. Beginning two-step and line dance lessons from 6:00 to 7:30, open dancing until 11 p.m.
 

SwingOUT! Stage

    We’re hoping to see you at the SwingOUT! stage. We’ll be swingin’ all day - playing music from the 30’s and 40’s, jump blues and modern swing - and dancing our pants off! We’ll be doing the shim-sham-shimmy (swing line dancing) every hour on the hour and teaching beginning dance lessons throughout the day. Come to dance or come to watch - either way we’ll get your toes a-tappin’ - and you’re sure to have a jumpin’ good time!
 

Faerie Freedom Village

    The Faerie Freedom Village, a commercialism-free space open to all regardless of gender, perceived gender, absence of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, species, or religious beliefs can be found northwest of the fountain in United Nations Plaza.
 

Soul Of Pride African-American Stage

photo: parade participants    (Sunday only) Feel the funk at the Soul of Pride African-American Stage on McAllister near Hyde. An all day showcase of Soul, Hip-Hop, Dance, R&B and Soul Rock with live Bands, great DJs, and Black Bay Area inspirational speakers and MCs.
Producers: Blue Buddha and Former Miss Gay San Francisco Jelousy.  Resident DJ: Sean G, The Underground at The Stud.
 

Latin Stage

    (Sunday only) The Latin Pride dance stage at SF Pride celebrates its 6-year anniversary this summer, with what we hope will be one of our best entertainment line-ups we've ever had. Club Papi Productions, the largest gay Latino entertainment company in the U.S., will once again be producing the Latin stage. Joining them will be one of the Bay Area's hottest Friday night clubs, The Bench and Bar of Oakland, and local radio station WILD 94.9 FM.
 

Tantra Stage

photo: celebration participants    (Sunday only) The TANTRA Trance stage at Pride 2003 is the latest incarnation of a collective of queer promoters and DJs dedicated to bringing trance and alternative electronica to the LGBT community. So, expect TANTRA to bring out the best queer underground DJs to keep you entranced at Pride all day long.
 

Outword Writers’ Village

    Dedicated this year to Audre Lorde. Showcasing the best in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer fiction, non-fiction and poetry. UN Plaza at Fulton and Hyde Streets. Featuring over 20 authors. Book sales and author signings. Lawn and chair seating available. Produced by Bound Together Bookstore. Thanks to Bolerium Books for their support.
 

Main Stage

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Your host for the first hour:
K
aren Ripley
    Now in her 25th year as a comic & improviser Ripley has performed all over the nation. Her comic view of life has left people laughing so hard they were gasping for air.

Opening Ceremony:
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits

   A community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered individuals of Native American ancestry and their friends. Two-Spirit is a term derived from American Indian traditions. Many Native American peoples believe that Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered individuals possess and manifest both masculine and a feminine spiritual qualities, making them inherently sacred people. BAAITS' Mission is to recover, restore and promote the role of Two-Spirited people within the American Indian community by creating forums for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.

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Transcendence Gospel Choir

    Is the world's first entirely transgender choir! Recognizing that religion is one of the main weapons used to justify and perpetuate misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and intolerance of diversity, the choir's mission is to challenge those ideas from within a place of faith. In just two years time, this San Francisco group has generated broad interest, performed at a number of high profile events and is now bringing their spirit filled, funkified, and affirming music to venues across the United States.

Garrin Benfield

    Garrin Benfield was born to make the kind of music that people can turn to in moments of transition and find acceptance in times of uncertainty. Offering up wisdom in a sound that is as mercurial as an ocean, his technique is rooted in the American musical traditions of folk, blues, and rock n' roll. These nuances gently peek through a modern texture of dark and complex pop.

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Speakers:
Suzanne Giard & Anna Leah Sarabia

Powder

    Exploded onto the LA music scene in early 2001. Since then it has been a nonstop super charged runaway train full of awestruck audiences and loyal fans throughout the world. Known as the best band in Los Angeles for the amazing adventure in sight and sound, POWDER keeps the fans on their toes, anticipating anything from femme-bots to fire-eaters to 10 feet tall aliens. The audience is mesmerized by the array of unforgettable, melodic hooks and Ninette’s over-the-top costume changes and uncanny stage presence.  

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Pepperspray

    This San Francisco-based "girl group" takes the age-old institution of female impersonation and tranny-sends it into the new millenium. pepperspray is: Tinkle, Princess Kennedy, Precious Moments, Peggy L-Eggs, Jordan L'Moore, Tim Perdue, Jennifer Hope.

Your hosts for the second hour:
Cockatelia
    Cockatielia took San Francisco by storm after having laid down her drag roots in Los Angeles in 1985. She has been a drag performance artist and television actor throughout the almost 20 year span of her career as an entertainmer. For years Cockatielia has graced the stage of numerous yearly S F PRIDE Celebrations, S F Street Fairs(from Castro to Folsom), almost every S F Bar and Club(including the defunct but legendary Finnochio's and La Cage), numerous S F Imperial Court, Leather Community, Transgendered Community functions, appeared in episodes of the televison series Nash Bridges and is the creator and hostess of the 3 years running, ever popular drag revue TilFriday, Every Friday at Club Rendez-Vous.

Heklina
    Heklina is the creator, producer, and promoter of Trannyshack, SF's longest running weekly drag performance venue. Incorporating fiendishly clever themes along with high-level performance art and lowbrow trash, Trannyshack has to be experienced; words don't do it justice. Heklina serves as a hostess for hire at gigs around town‹the Folsom Street Fair, the Castro Street Fair, the Gay Pride Main Stage, and countless other events. She has appeared on the E! Entertainment Network, The Ricki Lake Show, Jerry Springer, and BBC television's Around the World in 80 Raves.

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Cheer SF
    All the jumping, stunting, flying through the air and fundraising can't keep the men and women of Cheer SF busy enough.

Grand Marshals & the Mayor  

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LZ Phoenix
    "Vocalist LZ Love Has One of the Great Soul Voices of our time, mesmerizing in its depth, harrowing in its power. Along with her partner vocalist, percussionist Phoenix, their unique approach to Modern R&B mixes the best of soul's golden era with '03's sophistication. With superb backing musicians and twelve original compelling songs, this Cd is a stone joy, Hotter than a match head, sure'nuff indy classic."
- Joseph Jordan, Southland blues

Speaker: Roosevelt Mosby  
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Your hosts for the third hour:
Empress Snatch
    This 7-foot Diva has been featured on NBC's "Dog Eat Dog", has been in Pride Parades throughout California, performing throughout the Bay Area for numerous non-profit organizations and performed for the first time last year on this very stage. She is now your reigning thigh-high leather empress of all of San Francisco.

Emperor Michael Parsons

Paula Maya
    "Paula b.n.Maya's blend of Brazilian roots, electronica, ska and Eastern melodies conjures up images of Bjork, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. Her skills on the keyboard and her effortless ability to sing in three languages has garnered this Brazilian transplant much critical praise." -The Seattle Weekly's Bumbershoot 2001 pull out. The Mountain 103.7fm, Seattle Magazine.

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KLYMAXX
    KLYMAXX has had several top 20 hits to their credit including “Meeting In The Ladies’ Room”, “The Men All Pause” and the Billboard #3 song of 1986, “I Miss You”. KLYMAXX was a trend setter making statements for independent women. The group disbanded in 1994 but the desire to continue the music and purpose of KLYMAXX inspired this new union to form. Fans have been anxiously awaiting KLYMAXX’ return to the music scene and now the wait is over!

Marianne Kooken, Winner of the Pride Idol contest

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Your hosts for the fourth hour:
Marga Gomez
    Comedian and actress Marga Gomez returns to the city where she made her stand-up debut.

Murray Hill
    Murray Hill --entertainer, producer, writer, and "the hardest working middle-aged man in show business" keeps his schtick sharp by gigging at comedy clubs and hosting and producing a variety of events. He can be seen on TLC's new cable show "Faking It" and was just
awarded Out Magazine's OUT 100 for performance, and "Best drag king" by the Village Voice. He writes a pop-culture, nightlife, and humor column for the NY Blade and runs his company Cheeseburger Rare Entertainment.

Funky Green Dogs
    It's a new year for Miami's Funky Green Dogs. Vocalist Tamara and revered DJ/producers Oscar Gaetan and Ralph Falcon continue to blur the line between underground dance music and the pop world.

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BETTY
    Betty is the legendary band, known for their "gorgeous harmonies, sensational voices, electric stage presence" and "fast-paced funny show" (New York Times). For 17 years, Alyson Palmer, Amy Ziff, her sister Elizabeth Ziff and their band have performed around the world, rocking fans and freaks of all ages and every persuasion. Their latest project is the smash Off-Broadway hit BETTY RULES, soon to tour North America.

Bonnie & June Pointer
(formerly of the Pointer Sisters)

    June and Bonnie show few signs of slowing down: they still maintain a busy touring schedule and perform all over the world. Best of all, they enjoy a career that has been filled with endless applause, countless awards and legendary performances."We all like showing off too much to stop," June told a reporter in 1997. "Honestly, all I've ever done in my life is entertain . . . I feel like God has given us a gift, and it's our job to share it with the world."

bonnie & june pointer

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Your hosts for the fifth hour:
J Kimball
    SF leather dyke daddy J Kimball grew up in Northern California. She has been an activist in community, queer, labor and political organizations for over 20 years. She is the current titleholder for San Francisco Leather Dyke Daddy 2003.
J is an active member of the Exiles, a women's educational and social BSDM group. She is honored to serve her title year with the other Leather Dyke titleholders, Boy Shayne Madison, Girl Lori Gold, and Diva Sh'Diva Black.

& Tiger Lily

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Big Lou's Polka Casserole
    Big Lou came early to polka and stayed late. She has played with Polkacide, Thee Hellhounds and Those Darn Accordions. Her latest project, Polka Casserole, includes Bay Area virtuosos David Phillips, Greg Stephens, Annelise Zamula, David Golia and Gene Refkin. Between the lot of them, they've played C&W, tangos, blues, jazz, rock, and they bring a little bit of all of it to Big Lou's musical table. Lawrence Welk fans beware - this ain't your grandma's polka.

Celeste Carballo
    Celeste's music ranges from Blues, Tango, and Rock and Roll. She irradiates a love for life and a passion for her work that is hard to ignore regardless of the style of music she is playing. Her voice is powerful and she uses it with little reluctance.

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Jennifer Holliday
    Award-winning, show-stopping singer and actress Jennifer Holliday is a singer's singer, a diva with a god-given gift for vocal interpretation who leaves audiences breathless.

Your host for the sixth hour:
Tina D'Elia
    Tina Cristina Maria D’Elia, is a Power Femme mixed-race Latina lesbian feminist social justice activist / emcee / Performance-Poet/ Actor/ Playwright/ Rita Hayworth singing/ Groucho Marx Drag King/Hostess/ and is the Hate Violence Survivor Program Director of Community United Against Violence (CUAV) in San Francisco. She is honored to be an MC for San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration again this year! Tina has co-mceed the San Francisco Dyke March for 4 years (00-04).

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Empress Snatch
    Snatch Is The Reigning Thigh High Leather Empress Of The Imperial Court Of San Francisco. She has been in Pride Parades throughout California and was The Smirnoff Vodka Twist Girl. She Performed on this very stage last year and now she spends her time raising money for nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area. She is a large part of the Leather Community and will also be Emceeing on Sunday from 2 to 3:00 p.m.

Deadlee
    In a musical realm renowned for its self-satisfied brand of homophobia, gay rap artist DEADLEE stands shoulder to shoulder with the enemy.
-BLUE MAGAZINE ISSUE 36 DECEMBER 2001
 
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Bitesize
    Reckless gender-queer pop anthems for the masses. 
"When you're singing about transsexual understudies, flaming ice cream trucks, and kissing old guys, you can pretty much expect to be saddled with the modifier "quirky". It is certain that Bitesize knows this. They've certainly heard it all before. But underneath all the eccentricities..., Bitesize demonstrates that their eclectic brand of noise pop transcends its own wackiness.... quirky fun."
-West Coast Performer
Tuaca Kelly
    Is well known for her dancehall hits Try a Little Two-Step, Shadow Dance (Approach Me From Behind) and Mare’s Nest , setting the pulse for country-western two-steppers and line dancers alike. Trust that her medium and avenue of expression only begins with music, as she also performs as a founding member with the acclaimed comedy improv troupe The Los Hombres. Tuaca contributes her multitude of talents to benefit charitable associations. Truly a champion of the heart she believes, “Everyone has purpose in life; everyone can contribute,” encouraging all to “love fully and live their dreams!”
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The Woodyz
    Hot rockin', twisted 50's tunes like you never experienced them before! San Francisco's premiere all-drag hi-camp rock and swing band delivers a flamboyantly fun performance to keep you shakin your thang all night.

Theme

you've gotta give them hope

    The 2003 Pride Celebration and Parade theme honors the memory and legacy of Harvey Milk.
    Twenty six years ago this past November, the first openly Gay political candidate in California was elected as a grass roots progressive to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Twenty five years ago this coming November, he and his ally, the Mayor, were assassinated by a homophobic conservative former member of the Board. This year’s Pride Celebration theme honors the memory and legacy of that LGBT person, Harvey Milk.
    “Harvey Milk was the gay Martin Luther King, an inspirational organizer who was assassinated for who he was. Milk was part of the emergence of the gay community in San Francisco and America in the 1970s, a tireless organizer, small businessman, and politician. He ran for office 3 times before finally being elected in 1977 to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he was instrumental in passing that city's gay rights ordinance. He was also a great coalition-builder, forming alliances with other minority groups and achieving widespread acclaim.” 1

photo: harvey milkHarvey always stressed visibility and hope as key elements in the LGBT community’s struggle for freedom. These same two elements are at the root of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration.
    At a time when other Gay leaders believed it was politically more effective to work behind the scenes for straight allies rather than to run LGBT candidates, Harvey upset the political establishment by choosing to run as an openly gay man. He did so because he believed in the importance of visibility for people and communities that were oppressed, hidden and kept from full social participation.  A shared experience of the many communities that make up Pride is the struggle to be "seen". Whether Lesbians and Gay men in the 70's, People of Color, Bisexuals, and Leather folks in the 80's, Transgenders, First Peoples, and S/M practitioners in the 90's, and now Intersex people in the new millennium, we have all moved from the hidden to the seen. By becoming visible a people becomes powerful.
    Harvey insisted, "You’ve gotta give them hope." Give hope to all those little girls and boys out there in America, who need to believe that they do matter and are capable of changing the world for the better. Harvey said, "Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us'es -- the us'es will give up." 2
    Harvey Milk saw San Francisco’s LGBT community as having a special responsibility to provide that hope. And provide it we do, from cutting edge domestic partners legislation and transgender health benefits to this year’s 25th anniversary honorees: the Rainbow Flag, Gay Men's Chorus, LGBT Marching Band, and Theater Rhinoceros.  We give hope by the very diversity of our community and the example of our Pride Parade and Celebration. San Francisco’s LGBT people provide the visions and images of community that empower the hopes and dreams of so many people around the world. The essence of Harvey’s legacy is the sense of responsibility that his life and death inspires in us to push the envelope and seek out new frontiers of freedom and justice for all people in order to continue to be that beacon of hope.
    On behalf of the Pride Committee, I want to welcome you to this year’s San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration.  
Together, we will make Harvey Milk’s refrain “You’ve gotta give them hope” live.  -Joey Cain, SF Pride Board President

References:
1
www.turnleft.com/out/milk.html
2 The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
For more information on Harvey Milk’s life and time check out the following:
www.hicom.net/~oedipus/milk.html
www.backdoor.com/castro/milkpage.html
The documentary film “The Times of Harvey Milk”

Harvey Milk
Photography by kind permission of Daniel Nicoletta    Often destiny seems to have a hand in the selection of great leaders, matching them with the times and circumstances necessary to realize greatness.  Though assassinated before he could achieve the greatness to which he aspired, Harvey Milk nonetheless built upon the foundations laid by those who preceded him in the struggle for equal rights for gays and lesbians, leaving a legacy which impacts us all.  Though he is thought of primarily in terms of his fight for gay rights, his struggle extended to other oppressed peoples, seeking to give a voice to those without one and to be a voice for those who could not speak for themselves.  Throughout his political career, he never lost sight of the fact that gays and lesbians around the world looked to San Francisco as a beacon of hope and inspiration, believing that this one city could somehow lead the way to a better life for them.
    Harvey Milk, a native of Long Island, born there on the 22nd of May, 1930 [i], came to San Francisco in 1972, opening a camera shop at 575 Castro, which was to become an ad-hoc political action center and later his political headquarters for an unsuccessful run for state assembly, two unsuccessful runs for City Supervisor, and his victorious 1977 City Supervisor campaign [ii].  Milk was a tireless campaigner using grass-roots and populist tactics to increase name recognition and to raise awareness of his campaign and the issues he was fighting for.


Photography by kind permission of Daniel Nicoletta    During his time on the Board of Supervisors, Milk proposed and saw pass a Gay Rights Ordinance, and spotlighted his interest in quality-of-life issues by proposing a pooper-scooper law for The City.   Comically, at a press conference Milk held in Duboce Park on the subject of the proposed pooper-scooper ordinance, he accidentally made his own point, stepping in a “special package” left for him by a local pooch.  Milk’s idea of quality-of-life included much larger issues:  he spoke out on behalf of the rights of senior citizens, lobbied for worker’s rights, and even urged the closing of the South African consulate because of the South African government’s policy of Apartheid [iii].  Milk also took the lead and campaigned state-wide against the Briggs Initiative, which would have disallowed gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools; the measure was defeated.  In spite of his positive work for many segments of the society, the volume of hate mail received by his office was considerable.  Milk lived with and was aware of the possibility of assassination; in fact, on 18 November 1978, Milk recorded a tape which was to be played in the event of his assassination [iv].
Photography by kind permission of Daniel Nicoletta    On 27 November 1978, former-supervisor Dan White entered City Hall through an unlocked window, gunned down Mayor George Moscone, then headed to the office of Harvey Milk, reloading along the way, and assassinated Milk.  Dan White, also formerly on the San Francisco police force, was tried for murder.  To the disgust of many, White’s lawyers, using what was later to become known as “Twinkie Defense”, insisted that White had eaten too much junk food which caused an imbalance in his brain.  White was found guilty of the lesser-crime of manslaughter and sentenced to only 7 years.  After the verdict was announced (21 May 1979), thousands gathered at Market and 18th in The Castro and began to head toward City Hall.  Several in the crowd broke windows and then turned on police cars which were parked nearby, burning them.  In retaliation, the police headed for The Castro, beating pedestrians and dragging patrons out of bars.  The incident came to be known as The White Night Riots.
    Harvey’s message is summed up in one line:  “You’ve gotta give them hope.”  The notion of what he was doing being a beacon for repressed peoples was never lost on him.  He used this idea to rally campaign workers and those around him and it can be used today as a rallying cry.  In Harvey Milk’s own words:
you've gotta give them hope    And the young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out…the only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come if the pressures at home are too great…. So if there is a message I have to give, it is that if I’ve found one overriding thing about my personal election, it’s the fact that if a gay person can be elected, it’s a green light. And you and you and you, you have to give people hope. [v]
Photography by kind permission of Daniel Nicoletta    In the year of the 25th anniversary of Harvey Milk’s assassination, much has changed, but much remains to be done.  Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons have achieved much, but there is still far to go.  Life is better “in the Altoona, Pannsylvanias, and the Richmond, Minnesotas,” but there is still much to be done to achieve freedom.  One thing certainly remains the same:  gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide still look to San Francisco as proof of what can be and for hope and inspiration.  “You’ve gotta give them hope.”     Photography by kind permission of Dan Nicoletta

References:

[i]   backdoor.com www.backdoor.com/castro/milk/milk.html
[ii] Out In The Castro, Winston Leyland, pg. 33
[iii] progressive.org, www.progressive.org/mpvdmi00.htm
[iv] KQED, www.kqed.org
[v] harvard.edu, www.ksg.harvard.edu/citizen/Nov15/sol21115.htm

Flags and Triangles
The Pink Triangle of Twin Peaks
    Like Raising Colors, The Friends of The Pink Triangle are a small group of volunteers who, on a shoestring, construct a gigantic pink triangle on twin peaks overlooking the Castro. The Pink Triangle is installed on Twin Peaks for the weekend of Pride only as a visible but mute reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. In the iconography of the movement the pink triangle is an inspirational symbol which reminds us all that there is work to be done and a debt to all those who have brought us this far.  The Friends of the Pink Triangle are Patrick Carney, Tom Tremblay and Michael Brown.

The Historic Flags of Market Street
    Around June 10th a small band of committed volunteers led by Clyde Wildes and called Raising Colors decorate every lamppost along Market Street, from the Bay to the Castro, with 500 rainbow flags. The rainbow flag first saw the light of day on the 1978 Pride Parade in San Francisco and has become a symbol of joy, diversity and hope for our people, worldwide.

Donors:
    The Estate of Richard A. Polak Jr., Keith Henderson and Clark Husemann, Nordstrom

   
The R. Gwin Follis Foundation, William & Molly Person, Bears of San Francisco, The Castro Lions Club Charities, Inc., Body Positive, Michael Ackerman, Hole In The Wall Saloon, Inc., The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,  Steve Fletcher, Edward J. Petrillo & Eric R. Johnson, Supervisor Gavin Newsom, Robert F. Eaton & James McPherson, Officer Milanda Moore, and Anonymous

2001 Volunteers:
    Michael Ackerman, Rod Brown, Mike Byrne, David Delay, Bart Dority, Earl Everett, Gina Gatta, Carl Hack, Stacia Hack, Garry Hanna, Dan Healy, Marilyn Heiss, Keith Henderson, Clark Husemann, Robert Kirsch, Brian Lee, Jeff Mauk, Erika O'Connor, Jack Porter, Stefan Reilly, Jon Seizenger, Gary Taniguchi, Mark Tully, Danny Walters, Pater Washburn, Ken Weimar, John Winter

In Memoriam: Robert Kirsch

Grand Stand Seating
    There is seating available on the Parade Route this year on the North side of Market Street on UN Plaza. All admission to the viewing area is by ticket only.

Tickets
    Grand Stand Seating (Regular, Accessibility and Accessibility Partner) tickets will be available at the Grandstand seating area on June 29th at 9:00 a.m.  It is done on a first come, first serve basis only.

Accessible Viewing

    Tickets for those with accessibility needs are complimentary and each ticket comes with a “partner” ticket. Although free, donations are welcome and help to reward the community partner organization who will be staffing the viewing area on Parade day. In addition to the seating, a special ground level area has been created for wheelchair users and their partners. The first two rows of seating are for those with disabilities, and an ASL interpreter will be stationed there to provide services for members of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing-impaired.

General Seating
   
Paid seating for the general public is also available at a cost of $30 per ticket (advance) and $35 on the day (if there are any left). In previous years all paid seating has been pre-sold.

Domestic Partner Commitment Ceremony

logo: 2003 domestic partner commitment ceremonyBoard of Equalization Chairwoman Carole Migden and Marriage Equality California present the 4th Annual Domestic Partners Ceremony and Reception.

Come get hitched with 100 other couples in this mass wedding ceremony.  You'll be registering as domestic partners in the State of California -
which is different than registering with your city or county.

The ceremony begins at 1:00 on Saturday, June 28, 2003 on the Main Stage in front of SF City Hall.  Couples are asked to arrive at 12:00 to register with the notaries.
    Each member of the couples needs to bring a photo ID, and we'll provide forms and volunteer notaries. This event is free and open to the public.

photo: group at commitment ceremonyphoto: 2 men, commitment ceremonyphoto: commitment ceremony, 2 women clasping hands

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