June 25, 2008
Marriage Decision to Figure Prominently into This Year's San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
SF Pride, in collaboration with various organizations, will feature leaders of marriage movement on Main Stage and host a Get Engaged! Pavilion

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today a series of initiatives for this year's Celebration and Parade on June 28 and 29 that will highlight the progress of the marriage movement.  Included among the plans for this year's Pride are marriage equality movement leaders speaking on the Main Stage and a marriage-themed venue offering resources and information.

Immediately following the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee called together activists in the marriage movement to collaborate and strategize around how to incorporate the community's excitement of this year's Pride.  San Francisco Pride Executive Director Lindsey Jones met with Marriage Equality USA, Equality California, the Transgender Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Jones stated, “Meeting with these marriage activists who have fought for this victory was incredibly powerful.  We know this year's Pride is going to have the largest attendance yet as people from all over the world come to celebrate with us.  Through collaboration, our hope is to provide the community with a place to celebrate our victory together and to educate ourselves about what this really means in terms of our civil rights.”

The issue of marriage will figure prominently in the line-up of speakers for the Main Stage.  Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Geoff Kors of Equality California, and Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA will all make appearances and speaking to the many issues facing the movement for LGBT civil rights.

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee is also organizing a venue at the two-day event devoted to the theme of marriage. The Get Engaged! Pavilion will be at the heart of the Pride Celebration in Civic Center Plaza near the intersection of Fulton and Larkin.  Event-goers will be able to meet and greet civil rights leaders and to get answers to all their marriage questions including where they can obtain licenses in all 58 counties of California.  The Pavilion, which is being organized by Molly McKay and Marriage Equality USA, will also feature a host of informational resources, activities, music, and cake.

"This year's event theme, 'United by Pride, Bound for Equality,' could not be a better phrase to describe the momentous events of the past month for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people," stated Mikayla Connell, Board President of the Pride Celebration Committee. "We are 'United by Pride' in our commitment to celebrate at the very site where the marriage battle began in 2004, and we as a community are 'Bound for Equality' in this movement for LGBT rights."

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 For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Office (415) 864-0831
brendanb [at] sfpride.org

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831   Fax (415) 864-5889