PRESS STATEMENT
April 13, 2011

SF Pride Announces Interim Executive Director Brendan Behan

Former Deputy Director Returns to the Organization as Sponsorship Commitments Roll In

San Francisco, CA – 13 April 2011 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today the hiring of Brendan Behan as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.  With Behan’s hiring comes the return of a familiar face to the organization’s top position.  Behan last worked with SF Pride through four events, from January 2006 through February 2009, working his way up through the organization, starting as the Administrative Assistance and Volunteer Coordinator and ending up as the Deputy Executive Director position, where he directed the organization’s outreach and communications, oversaw elements of the annual event’s logistics, and founded Pride’s membership outreach fund to support the organization’s year-round educational and outreach initiatives, like Pride’s speaker series Threat Level: Lavender and a non-partisan voter registration project.

Board Chair Lisa Williams stated, “We are thrilled to be bringing Brendan back to SF Pride.  His experience and leadership will provide the kind of continuity for this organization and our community that will help keep us on track toward a strong future for Pride.”

Behan stated, “Pride has been a pillar in our community for over 40 years, so I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve this organization in a new capacity and humbled by the legacy of all those who have helped build it.  We have a lot of important work ahead of us for the sake of Pride and the LGBT community, and I am aware of the challenges that we face; however, what matters most today is that this organization and its board of directors remain committed to keeping Pride on the path toward a more solid footing so that we can continue to fight on behalf of our community.”

“Brendan is a talented leader and someone that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for many years.  Pride means so much to our community, so I’m excited to see the organization taking this new positive step,” stated former City Supervisor for District 8 Bevan Dufty.

SF Pride also announced the addition of two new board members, Lord Martine and Bill Hemenger.  Hemenger will be taking on the position of Board Treasurer.

Lindsey Jones, a former executive director of SF Pride for over six years, has returned to work on sponsorship this year with SF Pride.  To date, Pride has confirmed $400,000 in sponsorship commitments and is currently in negotiation with fifteen additional sponsors.  Several of Pride’s confirmed sponsors are also considering adding additional initiatives to their sponsorship commitments.  Behan stated, “In my years with Pride, I have seen first-hand the commitment that our sponsors have shown to Pride and the LGBT community.  This year is no different.  Our sponsors are stepping up to the plate and working closely with Pride to make sure our community has yet another memorable and vibrant Pride Parade and Celebration this year.”

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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 $1.7 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 2011 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 25 and 26, 2011. 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
Interim Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102
Fax (415) 864-5889
media@sfpride.org