Billy CurtisCommunity Grand MarshalSelected by SF Pride Board of Directors
Community Grand MarshalBilly Curtis is a committed community activist and advocate. He has lived in San Francisco for over 25 years. In 1999, Billy was hired as UC Berkeley’s first full time Director for LGBT Resources and is currently the Director of the university’s Gender Equity Resource Center. During his tenure Billy has evolved campus resources for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff and mentored a host of LGBTQ leaders.
In 2010, the GLBT Historical Society honored Billy as one of the 25 people, “who made our history, who in effect created the community we live in today.” Among his accomplishments at Berkeley are: the implementation of the annual Lavender Graduation, advocacy for Trans inclusive health benefits, facilities, athletic policies, and creating a more trans inclusive workplace at Cal. In 2005, Billy co-authored the pioneering article, “Transgender Issues on College Campuses”, which provided universities a blueprint for creating Trans inclusive spaces. He provides training on gender identity inclusion in the workplace to campus departments and to various agencies and businesses across the nation. In 2012, he received the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Trailblazer Award for his accomplishments and dedication towards advocating for equality and justice.
He has volunteered his time on a number of boards of directors, including Vitality, a network of LGBT business professionals, and the SF LGBT Center, where he served as board secretary. He also served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the SF Human Rights Commission, volunteered with Project Open Hand and is a past AIDS Lifecycle Rider. In recent years, Billy has acted in an advisory role to the DMARCO Foundation which serves to advance LGBTIQSA rights in The Bahamas and across the Caribbean. He also appears as in the ground-breaking documentary, “The Underneath: Transgender in the Bahamas”.