April 2, 2008
Public Polling Results Are In - A&PI Community and Bill O’Reilly Take Top Honors
Six More Grand Marshals to Be Selected by May 5

San Francisco, CA – April 2, 2008 – At last night’s board of directors meeting of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee results of the public vote for Grand Marshal were verified and released.

The top number of votes were received by:

Evan Low for Individual Community Grand Marshal

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) for Organizational Community Grand Marshal

Bill O’Reilly to receive the Pink Brick (the infamous Pink Brick Award is a faux 'award' presented each year to a person or organization that has done significant harm to LGBT communities)

Runners up (in this order and by category):

Individual Community Grand Marshal :

Shannon Minter

Trauma Flintstone

 Organizational Community Grand Marshal

AIDS Project East Bay

GroundSpark

Pink Brick:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Voting took place at special polling booths in the community, through mail-in ballots available on the San Francisco Pride website and through ballots printed in the LGBT press.

This year’s Grand Marshals will join a highly diverse and esteemed group of past Grand Marshals and as is tradition, they will serve as ambassadors of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade.

Six more Grand Marshals will be selected by May 5th and they are: Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal, Membership and Electoral College selected Individual Grand Marshals and Grand Marshals will also be named by the board of directors at the May 6th meeting.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (www.sfpride.org) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade and dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.  A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.2 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local not-for-profit LGBT organizations and those not-for-profit organizations working on issues related to HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.

About the 2008 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade.  This year’s theme is “United by Pride, Bound for Equality” and the event will be held over the weekend of June 28/29, 2008. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 community-run entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the nation. For more information please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org.