San Francisco Pride 1999 Theme Announced

The general members of San Francisco Pride have chosen "Proud Heritage, Powerful Future" as the theme for next year's San Francisco Pride celebrations.

At the general meeting held last Tuesday night, the members overwhelmingly voted in favor for a theme which acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots but which also looks forward with confidence to obtaining our rights, achieving our social acceptance and empowering ourselves as proud LGBT people in the new Millennium.

'Proud Heritage' while acknowledging the 30th anniversary of Stonewall is broader than that and respects the many achievements of the queer community since Stonewall and even before. The heritage aspect is also there as a reminder to all of the reasons why Pride is celebrated and when it is celebrated. As such it taps into a renewed sense of identity within our communities and a rising passion for rediscovering who we are as a people and the struggles we have endured, and continue to endure, on the road to equality. The heritage aspect is also designed to help people remember the struggle and to remember all the victims of homophobia.

'Powerful Future' takes the sum of our heritage and casts it into a renewed rallying call to everyone to combine our strength as a community and overcome the obstacles of institutionalized ignorance and oppression. It is a positive message and one which looks to the youth in our communities as the next generation of leaders into the new millennium.

The theme chosen is a variation of the theme chosen by InterPride (The International Association of LGBT Pride Coordinators), Prideful Past, Powerful Future, as the International Pride Theme for 1999. Proud Heritage, Powerful Future will therefore be a local theme with an international resonance.

Commenting, Pride President Calvin Gipson said : "We have come so far in achieving social acceptance and political power here in San Francisco. The Pride event is a time to look back and honor ourselves and those who have paved the way for our freedom and the comforts that we enjoy. Yet, we must look forward to the future and the future of queer children with confidence as we demand our civil rights, command social acceptance and overcome violence and homophobia. Proud Heritage, Powerful Future should speak to all of us as proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." The next phase in the development of the theme will be the logo. A public competition is to be held with a $500 prize for the winner. Anyone interested in entering the logo contest should contact the Pride Office at the address above for details.


For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 3733