September 23, 2008
San Francisco Pride’s Membership Re-elects Incumbent Board Members & Selects 2009 Event Theme
The Preamble to the Constitution Makes its Debut as a Pride Event Theme

SAN FRANCISCO - 23 September 2008 The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) announced today that the general membership of the organization overwhelmingly voted at their Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting, held at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, to re-elect standing board members for another term. Those re-elected are president Mikayla Connell, secretary Kelly Rivera Hart, and treasurer Belinda Ryan.

The membership also voted in new board member Todd Torr, who had joined the board as an appointee in February of this year. When asked why he wants to be on the board of directors he stated, “I'm excited to join the board of directors this year.  My goals while on the board include expanding Pride's international initiatives and categorizing and presenting Pride's historical materials.”

The event theme for the 39th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade was also selected by the membership. Drawing from the Preamble to the Constitution, the membership selected "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union…" from a slate of 30 potential themes, each submitted by community members and members of Pride.

Mikayla Connell, Board President stated:

“After an impassioned debate, the membership chose part of the Preamble to our Constitution for the 2009 Pride event theme, which I think is a truly inspired choice.  The theme makes a powerful statement that LGBT people are an active political force working to make this country more inclusive of all its citizens and that we—like all people who call the US home—are an important part of the diverse fabric that makes up this nation.”

Member Jokie Wilson, who submitted the winning theme, explained after the meeting why he submitted the winning theme:

“We LGBTQQIs are no longer an outsider people asking for tolerance. We are Americans. And we are not merely denizens of this earth, but citizens of the universe in a perpetual effort to form a more perfect union with all of its members. The theme was originally inspired by my reading of the 2008 California Supreme Court decision on marriage and the preamble to the US Constitution."

At the conclusion of the meeting Lindsey Jones, Executive Director stated:

The Board of Directors plays a critical role in shaping Pride, so it's very exciting to see such a strong, enthusiastic, and united team returning this year. 2009 is going to be a critical year for LGBT communities and having a visionary board will ensure that Pride is able to respond quickly and decisively to the needs of the community. This board along with the 2009 event theme will help us to send the message to the world that LGBT civil rights continue to be a pressing social need.

Membership in the Pride Celebration Committee is free and open to any individual.  Membership applications can be submitted online at sfpride.org.  Members meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting will take place October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. All membership meetings are open to the public. 

Current Board of Directors for 2008-2009:

Mikayla Connell, president
Nikki Calma, vice president
Belinda Ryan, treasurer
Kelly Rivera Hart, secretary
Lisa Williams, member
Todd Torr, member
Joshua Smith, member
Soni Wolf, member
Johnson Livingston, member
Joshua Hardwick, member

The primary criteria in SFLGBTPCC board member selection is a thorough understanding and commitment to the mission and core values of SFLGBTPCC and a strong record of excellence in involvement with community and professional organizations. The SFLGBTPCC board nominating committee is currently taking applications from the community.

The next board meeting, open to the public, is Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. The board will vote for executive committee positions (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) at this meeting being held at the LGBT Community Center in San Francisco.

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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 $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade:
Next year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. 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 visit SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

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

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  941022
Phone (415) 864-0831   Fax (415) 864-5889