You've Gotta Give Them Hope
Community Chooses Harvey Milk's Famous Quote To Be 2003 Event Theme

The community has chosen "you've gotta give them hope," a quote from the late Harvey Milk, as the theme for next year's San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration.

Pride President, Joey Cain, said: "When someone gives their life for a movement, they need to be remembered and honored. Harvey was about many things--two important ones were LGBT visibility and hope. These also happen to be two of the core reasons for the Pride Celebration."

Cain will be speaking at the annual candle light March in memory of George Moscone and Harvey Milk to be held on Monday November 25. The March starts at 7pm and the route is along Castro Street from the site of what was once Harvey's camera shop between 18th and 19th Streets to the Harvey Milk Plaza at Market Street.

There are many 25-year anniversaries that our community will celebrate next year. The Dykes on Bikes, the Gay Men's Chorus, the Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band and Theatre Rhinoceros are some of those who will be celebrating. The Rainbow Flag, born on the San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978 will also be 25 years old next June.

Commenting, Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, said: "Harvey's words challenge us even now. He reminded us in 1978 that while we live in the relative freedom of San Francisco we owe it to our brothers and sisters around the world to keep fighting for equality and justice. The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of freedom that starts with visibility. Raising the flag is an action that proclaims power. I like to think that the flag is not about the cloth, but of the hope Harvey and our ancestors inspire."

Honoring Milk's life and death allow us to celebrate the other
anniversaries as part of his legacy. The theme is also a call to action,
for queer San Francisco to push the envelope and seek out new frontiers of freedom and justice.

San Francisco has always been a focal point of hope for LGBT people around the world. It's the visibility created by our Pride Parade and Celebration that foster a sense of community and presence. LGBT people in San Francisco have demanded full participation in society and continue to fight for new rights such as domestic partner legislation and the City's landmark transgender health benefits.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said: "I was 16 when I first heard Harvey Milk say those words, and it was in the context of hearing that 250,000 people were celebrating Gay Pride in San Francisco. As a young man coming out in, what was then, homophobic London, to know that there was a strong and proud community striving to make the world a better place was a huge support to me. It is in that role as a beacon of hope that San Francisco continues to comfort and inspire our people around the globe."

The theme was chosen following a series of ballots at the most recent General Meeting hosted by the Pride Committee at the LGBT Community Center.

Next year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event is to be held over the June 28/29 weekend. For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at:


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

Teddy Witherington
Executive Director San Francisco LGBT Pride
Co-President InterPride
1390 Market Street, #903, San Francisco, CA 94102
t. (415) 864 0831
f. (415) 864 5889

SF Pride 2003 - June 28/29, 2003