Pride Board Makes History

The San Francisco Pride Committee made history this week by electing the first ever Asian to serve as Board President of the Organization, Cecilia Chung. Cecilia Chung is also a male to female transsexual and is the first Transgender Board President of the organization too.

“For years, San Francisco has been a world leader in empowering transgendered people, bisexuals, people of color and others who have been disenfranchised. This is a historical moment as the Pride Committee is walking it's talk when it comes to inclusion. Cecilia is the perfect choice to lead our march into the millennium.” Said outgoing Board President, Calvin Gipson.

Chung heads up one of the most diverse non-profit Boards in the City, consisting of thirteen directors from a huge spectrum of backgrounds, genders, classes, ages and ethnicities. The Board was recently re-elected by the community in a landslide vote, following the most successful SF Pride event in history.

The current board members are Bill Beasley, Joey Cain (Secretary), Nikki Calma, Cecilia Chung (President), Anna Damiani, Steven Davies, Eddie Dobbins, Calvin Gipson (Vice-President), Jennifer Mork, George Smith III, Joshua Smith, Soni Wolf and Ronald Wong (Treasurer).

Cecilia wasted no time in getting down to business and said: “I feel privileged to lead one of the world’s biggest Pride celebrations and am proud that SF Pride is taking another step forward in making transgender history. I am looking forward to working with the community in setting ever higher standards for inclusion at next year’s event“

Chung is an activist in both Asian and Transgender communities and currently works at the Tom Waddell Health Center where she provides case management and referrals for multiple-diagnosed clients who were previously homeless. She is also currently serving on the Ryan White Care Planning Council and Gay.com’s HIVlife Channel board of advisors.

The Annual General Meeting, at which the Board was re-elected, also heard from Treasurer, Ronald Wong, that the finances were in excellent shape. Pride’s fiscal year ended on September 30 and audited financial statements should be available by the end of the year.

San Francisco Pride 2001 takes place over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2001. Anyone interested in producing a stage or other venue at the 2001 event has until October 30 to submit their proposal to the Pride office. Details of what proposals must contain are available on line at www.sfpride.org or by calling the Pride office at (415) 864 3733.

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For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 0831