Ms. Billie CooperCommunity Grand MarshalSelected by the SF Pride Board of Directors
Community Grand MarshalMs. Billie Cooper, a 60-year-old transsexual woman, has lived and thrived with HIV for 33 years, and has been invested in her transgender community for over 30 years. She is proud to be a transgender elder and one of the many faces of Black transgender excellence. A client of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for many years, Ms. Billie is the founder of the TransLife program at the AIDS Foundation, a weekly group for transgender men and women, gender-non-conforming, and gender-fluid people. Living in sobriety for 15 years, she is a motivational speaker and mentor for recovery. Life is truly what you make it. She educates about transphobia in our community and how to end it, and speaks out about trans-excellence, trans-equality, and trans-equity. She is so very grateful and honored to be selected as a 2019 Community Grand Marshal and thanks the community. She will continue to be invested as one of the many voices for the transgender community, her community.
Original illustration by George McCalman.