May 20, 2008
CYNDI LAUPER TO BE A CELEBRITY GRAND MARSHAL AT 2008 SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE
Lauper's True Colors Tour Highlights Her Devotion to the LGBT Community

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has announced that Cyndi Lauper will be a 2008 Celebrity Grand Marshal.

After winning a Grammy in 1985 for best new artist and becoming the first artist in history to have five top ten singles from a debut album, Cyndi Lauper continues to win critical acclaim as a singer, musician, actor and writer. Cyndi has released 11 albums, over 40 singles and has sold more than 25 million records worldwide.  She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards, and 18 MTV awards.  

Cyndi Lauper is not only a popular music icon but has been a devoted advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community for over 25 years. She launched the annual True Colors Tour in 2007 in partnership with organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The North American tour brings people together to raise awareness of the continued discrimination the LGBT community faces. Lauper and her sister Elen, who has been out for many years, also take part in a highly successful national public awareness campaign for PFLAG and participate in countless events to raise funds and awareness for LGBT equality. Lauper has been honored by many organizations including HRC, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  

Cyndi Lauper is also a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She is involved with organizations like AMFAR, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Cyndi continues to speak out about the need for education and resources to fight this disease.

The True Colors Tour will be in the Bay Area during San Francisco’s LGBT Celebration. Lauper will be performing with the B-52’s and other special guests at the Greek Theater at U.C. Berkley on June 29th. This year, the True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation has been created to enable increased and efficient fundraising for the tour's national non-profit partners through various revenue sources. A portion of every ticket purchase will go toward their cause. For more information please visit www.truecolorstour.com.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade.  The event will be held over the weekend of June 28th and 29th. This year’s theme, United by Pride, Bound for Equality, highlights the continual solidarity of the LGBT community. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 entertainment stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest community-run LGBT event in the nation. The event is one of the only remaining LGBT parades in the country that does not charge an entry fee. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee remains devoted to their purpose. They have given over one million dollars back to the community and continue to promote the ideals of community, heritage and liberation.  For more information please visit: www.sfpride.org.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is 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 organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

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 and 29, 2008. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org.

Press Contact:
Kim McCollister
media [at] sfpride.org
415-864-0831