San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom BandCommunity Grand Marshal (Organization)Selected by Public Vote
Community Grand Marshal (Organization)The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is the first openly gay musical organization in the world, inspiring the formation of all other LGBTQ bands, choruses, and other groups around the globe. Locally, SFLGFB is the Official Band of San Francisco, having been given that honor by two different mayors.
Founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade, the Band first appeared when it marched up Market Street behind Harvey Milk’s car in that year’s San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, later recreated in the Oscar-winning film “Milk.” The Band continues to be active in the community, performing regularly at community concerts and in parades throughout the Bay Area. The Band’s annual Dance-Along Nutcracker®, first performed in 1985, remains a holiday favorite.
For 40 years, the Band has been committed to community service. Their mission statement is to provide “for the education and musical development of its members, promote visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and with its allies, foster understanding among diverse communities through public performance.”
The Band meets their mission through 40+ performances every year, ranging from LGBT Pride events at elementary schools, to civic events around the Bay Area and beyond.