PRESS STATEMENT
September 22, 2009

San Francisco Pride’s Membership Re-elects Incumbent Board Members and Selects 2010 Event Theme
The Pride Committee Plans Move to New Office Location

San Francisco, CA – 22 September 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today that the general membership of the organization overwhelmingly voted at their Annual General Meeting (AGM), held September 20 at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, to re-elect standing board members for another term. Those re-elected are Vice President Nikki Calma, Secretary Lisa Williams, and member Joshua Hardwick.

The event theme for the 40th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade was also selected by the membership.  A majority of members voted for "Forty and Fabulous" from a slate of fifty-one potential themes, each submitted by community members and members of Pride.

Member Richard Kravitz, who submitted the winning theme, explained his submission after the meeting:

“I thought that we needed something fun.  Last year, I told Executive Director Lindsey Jones that the theme for next year should be ‘Forty and Fabulous.’ She said to submit it, and so I did."

At the conclusion of the meeting Joshua Smith, interim executive director, stated:

“The Board of Directors is crucial in shaping Pride, so it’s very exciting to see such a strong and enthusiastic team returning this year. Pride’s fortieth anniversary is going to be an important milestone for our community and for celebrating the emergence of the Pride movement.  Having a visionary board will ensure that Pride moves into 2010 with a solid foundation and with a team that is ready to capture the spirit of the community forty years after San Francisco’s first Pride event took place.”

Membership in the Pride Celebration Committee is free and open to any individual.  Membership applications can be submitted online at sfpride.org

The Pride Committee also announced today plans to relocate their offices from their current location at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to just across Market Street.  The new address for the Pride offices will be 1841 Market Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1112.

Mikayla Connell, board president, stated:

“After many wonderful years at the Center, Pride has made the decision to relocate offices to help us meet the needs of our expanded office team and to better prepare for the fortieth anniversary event.  We will miss being at the Center but we look forward to welcoming our community to our new office space just right across the street.”

Pride will be closing its present offices at the Center on Friday, September 25 and reopening at the new location at 1841 Market Street on October 5, 2009.  Pride’s regular office hours will continue to be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Pride’s main office phone number, (415) 864-0831, will remain the same.

Current Board of Directors for 2009-2010:
         Mikayla Connell, president
         Nikki Calma, vice president
         Belinda Ryan, treasurer
         Lisa Williams, secretary
         Joshua Hardwick, member
         Kelly Rivera Hart, member
         Todd Torr, member

The primary criteria in Pride Celebration Committee board member selection is a thorough understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of Pride and a strong record of excellence in community engagements and professional organizations. The Pride board’s nominating committee is currently accepting applications from the community.

The next board meeting, open to the public, is Tuesday, October 6 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 San Francisco Pride’s new offices at 1841 Market Street on the fourth floor.  Visitors to the office must enter at the side of the building at 30 Pearl Street prior to 7:00 p.m. to attend.

 

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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 annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.6 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 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th anniversary event will be, “Forty and Fabulous.” The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
media [at] sfpride.org

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