PRESS STATEMENT
November 30, 2011

San Francisco Pride Names Brendan Behan Executive Director

Experienced Community Leader to Begin Role January 1, 2012

San Francisco, CA – 30 November 2011 - The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration Committee and its board of directors announced today that Brendan Behan, a long-time staff member and former Deputy Executive Director at Pride, will serve as the organization’s new Executive Director.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community," stated Behan. "For forty-two years, San Francisco Pride has been at the forefront of the movement for LGBT rights, demanding dignity for our community and creating a space for us to come together in celebration of our diversity. I am committed to work with this community to ensure that San Francisco Pride is both a financially sustainable organization and a vital institution for our ongoing struggle for justice and equality."

Behan began working with San Francisco Pride in 2006 as the organization’s Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. He quickly worked his way up, becoming the Deputy Executive Director in 2008. Behan left the organization in 2010 to work in Silicon Valley only to return in April of 2011 to serve as Interim Executive Director.  Together with the board of directors, Behan helped lead the organization to one of its most financially successful years in its history.

"On behalf of the board of directors, we are thrilled that Brendan will be stepping into this important role," stated Board Chair Lisa Williams. "During his time as the Interim Executive Director, Brendan proved his ability to lead and grow our organization by providing inspiring leadership, institutional knowledge, and the ability to fundraise. We’re excited to officially have him on board as the Executive Director, and look forward to working with him as we continue to adapt with our ever-evolving movement for rights, dignity, and equality for the LGBT community."

"Brendan has been instrumental in stabilizing Pride and moving it forward," stated San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener. "Keeping Brendan is a very smart move by the Pride board."

Behan will officially assume the Executive Director’s position on January 1, 2012. Pride is deep into its planning for the 42nd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade that will take place on June 23-24, 2012. The theme for the event, selected annually by Pride’s membership, is "Global Equality."

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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 nearly $2 million dollars in proceeds to LGBT, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and animal welfare nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area.

About the 2011 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2012 will mark the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2012.  With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 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 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