June 23 and 24, 2012

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

PRESS STATEMENT
April 3, 2012

San Francisco Pride Announces Community Grand Marshal, Pink Brick Public Vote Results

San Francisco, CA – 03 April 2012 - The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee and its board of directors announced today the results of the 2012 public vote for Individual Community Grand Marshal, Organizational Community Grand Marshal, and the Pink Brick, a faux award given to a detractor of the LGBT community.

The SF Pride Committee conducted public polling during the month of March allowing the community to vote for their choice of nominees in three categories: Individual Community Grand Marshal, Organizational Community Grand Marshal, and the Pink Brick. Having secured the highest number of votes in their category, the winners are Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Individual Community Grand Marshal category; the ACLU of Northern California in the Organizational Community Grand Marshal category; and Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality in the Pink Brick category.

The Pride Committee also announced that this year’s vote set a record for public participation with 3,751 votes from community members, which exceeds last year’s record by 1,015 votes. The winners in each of the two Grand Marshal categories have been named 2012 Community Grand Marshals and will be honored at this year’s SF Pride Celebration and Parade on June 23 and 24, 2012.

Sister Roma: 2012 marks Sister Roma’s 25th year as one of the most continuously active, outspoken and highly visible members of the San Francisco's Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. She has dedicated half of her life to serving the San Francisco LGBTQI community as an activist, fundraiser, public speaker, hostess/Master of Ceremonies, columnist, talk show host, and an arguable San Francisco gay icon. Since taking her vows, Roma has been on the front lines in the war against HIV and AIDS, homophobia, and hate crimes as the creator of the Stop The Violence Campaign. One of San Francisco’s most colorful and outspoken civil rights advocates, Roma has graced the main stages of SF Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Castro Street Fair, Halloween in the Castro and Easter in Dolores Park just to name a few. While it's impossible to know exactly how much money Roma has raised for the global LGBTQI community it's estimated that she has contributed her time and talents to events contributing over $1 million in 25 years of service.

The ACLU of Northern California: The ACLU of Northern California is the nation’s largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, protecting and advancing civil liberties, including LGBT Rights, throughout the region.

The Pink Brick is an annual award given by the Pride Committee to the nominee receiving the most votes in the Pink Brick category during public polling in March. The faux award represents the first brick thrown at the Stonewall Riots and is given to someone who has caused significant harm to the LGBT community. Former president George W. Bush, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and evangelical leader Lou Engle who has supported the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda are all past recipients of the Pink Brick.

Peter LaBarbera: Peter LaBarbera is the president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), an anti-LGBT organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group. AFTAH’s mission is to oppose “the radical homosexual agenda” while supporting what it calls a “God-ordained sexuality” and the “natural family”. LaBarbera describes himself as a conservative critic of the homosexual activist movement.

In addition to the Individual and Organizational Community Grand Marshals selected by the public, the Pride Committee’s Electoral College, which includes all past Community Grand Marshals, as well as Pride’s membership and board of directors will also make their own selections for Individual Community Grand Marshals for a total of up to five additional individual honorees.

The 42nd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade takes place on June 23-24, 2012. The theme for the event, selected by Pride’s membership at their annual meeting in September, 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 2012 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade
2012 marks 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 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 SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan, Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831
Fax (415) 864-5889
media@sfpride.org