PRESS STATEMENT
February 23, 2010

Pride to Honor All Past Grand Marshals at 40th Anniversary Celebration and Parade

Public to Vote for Organizational Grand Marshal and Pink Brick Recipient

San Francisco, CA – 23 February 2010 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today plans to honor Community Grand Marshals from all prior years of the Pride Celebration and Parade as this year’s Grand Marshals.  The Pride Board voted to recognize previous Community Grand Marshals as a way to commemorate this year’s fortieth anniversary event.

“By recognizing all of our Grand Marshals, Pride is honoring the community leaders and activists who have been in the trenches fighting for LGBT rights,” stated Executive Director Amy André.  “Because their work is ongoing and in light of our fortieth anniversary, we thought it would be a powerful form of recognition to bring back our honorees who have been such an instrumental part of Pride throughout the years.”

San Francisco Pride’s Grand Marshals are the public emissaries of Pride.  They represent a mix of individuals and one organization that have made significant contributions to the LGBT community.  With the help of community input, Pride selects these groups and individuals as Grand Marshals in order to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT people.

San Francisco Pride recognizes community leaders and one infamous detractor in the following categories: Individual Community Grand Marshals, Organizational Community Grand Marshal, Celebrity Grand Marshals, and the Pink Brick recipient.

The Pink Brick is an annual 'award' given each year to a person or institution whose actions are deemed to have caused significant harm to the LGBT community.  Each year, the Pride Celebration Committee organizes a Pink Brick Booth at the Celebration on Civic Center Plaza to gather signed statements to be sent to the annual Pink Brick recipient.

The Pride Committee also announced plans to allow community members to nominate and vote for this year’s Organizational Grand Marshal and Pink Brick recipient. 

Nominations for both categories will be made at Pride’s March membership meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, March 9 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Pride office, located at 1841 Market Street.  The entrance to the office building is located around the corner from the Market Street address at 30 Pearl Street.  Those attending the meeting must arrive prior to 7:15 p.m. to be given access into the building.

The vote on nominees will be made at the April membership meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. also at the Pride office.  Membership in the organization is not required to vote for the Organizational Grand Marshal and Pink Brick categories.

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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, SF Pride 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 is, “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. Exhibitor and parade applications are now being accepted at registration.sfpride.org.  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:

Joy O'Donnell
Director of External Relations
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103-1112
Cell (415) 794-6258
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889