January 6, 2006
“And The Nominations Are ….”
Community Invited to Make Nominations For Parade Grand Marshals

Nominations are now officially open for the Grand Marshals of this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade. In unique San Franciscan style, anyone may make a nomination and nominations are encouraged from the community by the Pride Committee.

SF Pride President, Joey Cain, said:

“The Community Grand Marshall process gives the LGBT community a chance to honor and celebrate the individuals and organizations that have made San Francisco and the Bay Area the queer mecca that it is”.

Members of the public are encouraged to mail, fax and email their nominations to the Pride office (details below) by January 31, 2006 -- the closing date for nominations. In order for the nominations to be valid they must include a brief biography of the nominee and contact details for the nominee. The Pride Committee and its membership will review the nominations and refine the list to ensure diversity. The public will then be invited to vote in two categories, individual, and organization. Depending upon the number of votes cast there may be one or more grand marshal per category. If there is a clear and overwhelming vote for one person or organization then the Board will ratify the winner as the Grand Marshal but, where there is a more even spread of votes, the Board of Directors 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. A Nomination Form can be filled out online or downloaded by going to the homepage of www.sfpride.org.

SF Pride Executive Director Lindsey Jones said:

“The Grand Marshal nomination and polling process is important because it gives our community a chance to recognize individuals for their commitment to building a strong and vital LGBT community. And for those who are chosen, this is a once in a lifetime experience to ride in a convertible down the parade route being honored by almost a million spectators in the United State’s largest Pride event”.

This year will mark the 36th anniversary of San Francisco Pride two-day Celebration and Parade. The 2006 event theme is “Commemorate, Educate, Liberate- Celebrate!” and will be held over the June 24/25 weekend.