The One They Want

Organizers of the 30th Anniversary of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride celebrations announce that Margaret Cho will be a Celebrity Grand Marshal at this year's event.

In a previous theatre engagement in San Francisco, Margaret Cho recalled that her parents owned a book store on Polk Street and how her mother would question her about a gay friend with the question "Is he da Gay". Margaret would quip, "Yes, he does that Parade all by himself". On June 25, Margaret Cho will be joined by upwards of half a million adoring spectators lining Market Street all eager for a glimpse of this local gal made good.

Commenting, Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:

"We are thrilled to have Margaret join us to help celebrate our 30th anniversary. She is a positive role model for many in our community and her appearance on the Parade route will be eagerly awaited. Her own outspokenness fits well with the event theme, It's About Freedom."

Margaret Cho's duties as Celebrity Grand Marshal will consist of attending the pre-event press party, riding in the Parade immediately in front of Bisexual group, Anything That Moves, and then speaking from both the Main Stage and the first ever Asian & Pacific Islander Stage at the Celebration. Margaret's new movie I'm The One That I Want (check out www.margaretcho.net for more details) previews on June 23 as part of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, opens on June 30 at the Lumiere Theatre and screens July 7 - 9 at the UC Berkeley Theatre. Cho will also be in the Bay Area on June 2 at the Flint Center in Cupertino for a special live performance and then, on June 3, she is due to accept an award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Margaret personally chose San Francisco for the world premiere of the movie rather than New York or Los Angeles, where the movie opens in August.

Margaret is looking forward to her San Francisco Pride debut and said:

"This is better than being Homecoming Queen"

Cho, who began her career as a comedian in San Francisco, was invited by the Pride Committee to be a Celebrity Grand Marshal following a community wide vote in which she and fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, emerged as clear favorites. At the time of going to press the Pride Committee are waiting to hear from the management of Ellen DeGeneres as to whether she will be joining Margaret on Parade Day.

This year's San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration takes place over the weekend of June 24/25. For more information call (415) 864 3733.