Calling All Heroes


San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride 2001, the state’s largest public event, is officially underway with the opening of nominations for Grand Marshals.

Commenting, Pride President Cecilia Chung said : "This is the time for us to acknowledge the heroes and heroines from our community. It is our way to thank these people for their vital support and contribution to the LGBTQ community."

Members of the public are encouraged to mail, fax and email their nominations to the Pride office (details below) by January 31, 2001 -- the closing date for nominations. Nominations must include a brief biography of the nominee and contact details for the nominee in order to be valid. The Board and General Members will review the nominations and refine the list to ensure diversity. The public will then be invited to vote in three categories, individual, organization and celebrity. Depending upon the number of votes cast there may be one or more grand marshal per category.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington explained: "If there is a clear and overwhelming vote for one person or organization then, of course, the Board will ratify the winner as the Grand Marshal but, where there is a more even spread of votes, the Board may choose multiple Grand Marshals." Voting will take place at special polling booths in the community as well as by ballots printed in the LGBT media.

The Pride Committee also announces that there will be no increase in Exhibitor and Parade Contingent fees next year. The cost for a non-profit organization to have an information booth at the Celebration on Sunday remains at $60, one of the lowest rates for events in the City. Non-Profits who had a Parade entry in 2000 and who have budgets of under $100,000 (up from $75k last year) receive a 100% waiver of Parade fees if their application is received by April 2, 2001.

Next year will be the 31st anniversary of San Francisco Pride Celebrations and the Parade and Celebration will be held over the June 23/24 weekend. The 2001 event theme is "Queerific".

ENDS

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

Grand Marshal Nominations should be MAILED to: Grand Marshal Nominations, PMB 421, 1230 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or FAXED to: (415) 864-5889 or EMAILED to: info@sfpride.org