ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGWomen’s Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Registration: 10:00 AM
Meeting: 10:30 AM
Business to include:
• Election to fill open seats on the Board of Directors
• Selection of the 2018 SF Pride Theme
• Approval of Member Meeting schedule for Oct 2017 through September 2018
• Other agency business that may be added to the agenda
CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSThere will be seven open seats for the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors at the September AGM. The deadline to submit nominations was Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Newly elected Board Members will be seated at the October 4, 2017 Board Meeting and will serve a three year term.
Nikki Calma (Tita Aida)
My name is Nikki Calma and it is a pleasure to accept the nomination to serve on the Board of Directors for San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee. Moving to the United States in 1989, the Pride event and LGBT movement has helped me tremendously shape the person I am today. I am no stranger to the organization. I have served on the BOD in 2000 and stayed on for ten years. The experience was rewarding and worthwhile.
During my tenure, I spent my time bridging the A&PI LGBTQ community and SF Pride, which resulted in many amazing fruits that contributed to SF Pride’s overall success. My biggest contribution to both SF Pride and the A&PI LGBT communities is creating a venue for A&PI LGBTs who come to SF Pride. I conceptualized the A&PI Pride Stage and Pavilion, which has showcased many A&PI speakers, artists, and performers. While the Pavilion has been an abundant resource for the A&PI LGBT community around cultural identity, sexual health, and especially around HIV/AIDS, it has placed SF Pride on the map as the first Pride celebration that offered mobile HIV testing at a Pride event in the Nation, and the World.
I also had the opportunity to connect many A&PI and other celebrities/personalities to participate as special guests and celebrity grand marshals at SF Pride, such as Alec Mapa, Honey Labrador, Esera Tualo, Lt. Dan Choi, Margaret Cho, Olympia Dukakis, and Chaz Bono.
In March 2011, I had to conclude my time at SF Pride due to a health problem. During that time, SF Pride was having major challenges of sustainability and viability, I made sure that SF Pride was able to begin its course to recovery. Taking the lead and with the support of the board, we put staff that were furloughed back to work, recruited and increased the number of Board members, signed back on all core contractors, and secured major sponsorships.
Presently, I am working at the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center as an Associate Director for the Behavioral Health and Community Programs Department. We are an LGBTQ and people of color health organization that transforms lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality grounded in social justice. Under my direction, I manage and oversee the first Drop-in Center for the transgender community in San Francisco, along with prevention programs for A&PI MSMs, and implementing PrEP programs for the transgender community — a city-wide collaboration HIV testing program with El/La Para TransLatinas and Instituto Familiar de la Raza.
During my spare time, it gives me great pleasure to serve my own community. I am on the Board of Directors of TransMarch SF, the largest Trans Pride celebration that occurs during Pride week, and have also co-produced the Transgender Day of Visibility and Transgender Day of Remembrance during the past three years. My participation with those actions has provided me the opportunity to exercise my strength around community mobilization and event production. I hope to continue bridging my communities I identify with to SF Pride, especially during these very critical times.
Elizabeth Lanyon is a development professional with a strong background in community, grassroots organizing. Elizabeth’s interests in justice and equality for LGBTQ people have been the driving force behind her work in the social sector. She currently works as the Individual Giving Manager with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Most recently, Elizabeth served as Co-Lead for the San Francisco Women’s March, bringing an estimated 100k+ people together on January 21st as part of the global women’s movement. For the last five years, Elizabeth served as the Co-Chair of the San Francisco Dyke March, organizing one of the largest Marches for lesbian visibility in the country with an estimated 25,000 attendees. Through grassroots organizing, strategic relationships and cultivating new leadership, Elizabeth’s commitment to fostering lesbian community has set the groundwork for the future of Dyke March as a vibrant feminist platform for our movement. Elizabeth’s experience in non-profit development is vast, having held fundraising roles in youth organizations, workforce and leadership development, and women’s economic empowerment through starting and building small businesses. She has been member of San Francisco Pride’s general membership since 2015 and also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club.
My desire to serve as a Pride Board Member is rooted in the following:
• A deep commitment to keeping queer women at the center of leadership within the LGBTQ movement and in San Francisco’s LGBTQ activist landscape in particular.
• Supporting the sustainability of Pride as a radical platform for social change for our LGBTQ community and recognizing the rich grassroots activism history of our community.
• Engaging with the community on a new level to promote the re-radicalization of Pride while encouraging strong relationships between Pride, donors, corporate supporters, organizers, city and elected officials and community safety ambassadors.
As an organizer by heart and fundraiser by trade, I see the promise of intersectional community engagement as a powerful lever for social change. San Francisco Pride has always been a central player in the fight for LGBTQ visibility and recognition. I hope to use my skills and resources to build community and continue that fight as we face an uncertain future.
I wish to state my intent to run for the Board of Directors of SF PRIDE. I know I will be a dedicated and devoted board member because advocating for LGBTQ equality and dignity has been a passion of mine from the day I came out.
When I came out of the closet, I lived in small town Arkansas — the first thing I did was start an underground organization reaching out to LGBT students at the local Christian campus where I attended undergraduate and graduate school. The school was notoriously discriminatory towards LGBTQ students, and I wanted to create a safe space where they could be themselves.
Shortly afterwards, I was elected as one of the Assistant Chairs of my company’s PRIDE Associate Resource group, where I took on bullying in public schools. I partnered with the documentary film makers of The Bully Project and provided bully prevention training for 4000 kids and 600 educators and school staff.
When I moved to San Francisco, I was elected as Chair of my company’s PRIDE associate resource group, and during my tenure fought for and succeeded in getting same-sex domestic partner benefits, Transgender healthcare coverage, and received 100 on HRC’s corporate equality index. I was also proud to sponsor SF PRIDE, the San Francisco LGBT Center, and the SF AIDS Foundation while I was Chair. I also served as the AIDS LifeCycle Team Captain for my company, where my team raised $300,000 dollars for the SF AIDS Foundation.
While I recently switched companies, my passion for LGBTQ activism is as strong as ever, and I’m ready to jump into a new opportunity to promote inclusion, respect, and dignity for all.
Some of my interests, if elected to the Board, will be the long-term strategy and planning of the organization, managing and finding ways to mitigate increased corporatization of the event, and unlocking the potential of local nonprofits and artists who exemplify the spirit and heart of the LGBT community in this great city.
I hope the members will see my potential and passion for this organization, and I look forward to serving the organization, and the community that has become so dear to me.
I love San Francisco Pride. That may sound Pollyanna to some, but I truly do love San Francisco Pride. I’ve volunteered for the organization in the last 11 years of my life, 7 of those years indirectly and 4 of those as a Board member. Little did I know when I was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014, and was elected in 2015, how deep a commitment I would make.
For the last two years, I have had the pleasure to serve as Board President. When I first joined, the budget was $1.8 million dollars — today, it is $2.7 million dollars. SF Pride is not excluded from feeling the increasing cost to live, work, and do business in this City we love. I hear from many who have great ideas of how to address the increasing costs, and changes will take careful planning and execution, to preserve and produce a sustainable model for this 47-year-old iconic, heritage nonprofit. I’ve done my fair share in this time, too, raising money to help offset rising production costs, broadcast production costs, and rising insurance fees.
A fellow board member asked me, upon completing my fourth year of service, to write down everything I have done for the organization. A lot of it happened in a whirlwind, as I came in at a time when the organization was repairing and needed leadership to maintain its structure and better define its purpose. What I can say, upon reflection, is that we’ve had an incredibly successful two years despite changes we needed to make, despite the emotional duress of Orlando, and despite the growing costs we currently face. One of the key ingredients of this success has been the Board’s teamwork, and that is why I’m not ready to leave SF Pride just yet.
During this time of political challenge, we can’t just walk away from our community when things get tough. Pride was born out of a protest and the heart of that protests exists in every Parade year after year. We’ve proven with the Board’s Resistance Contingent that SF Pride has and always will be a platform for freedom of expression and our struggle for complete equality.
We came together to ensure that the world knew we can and will organize to defend, protect, and fight for our rights. After experiencing the logistical necessities to create a momentum for SF Pride, now is the time to unite the community and produce those platforms of visibility. Now is definitely the time in which every single one of our contributions is needed.
Thank you for allowing me to serve in the last two years as your Board President. I do hope you will vote to allow me to continue to be of service to you and SF Pride, and that I have your vote of confidence.
From its radical roots as the first “gay-in,” to its current corporate-sponsored “party-of-the-year,” San Francisco Pride has evolved into a widely accepted event that few of the original organizers could have imagined more than forty years ago.
Even as LGBT issues have become mainstream, the event serves an invaluable weekend when queers can feel affirmed and celebrate their sexualities without shame. For me as well, Pride is the one time of the year when I refuse to schedule anything with my straight friends or my family, nearly all of whom have had difficulties with my queerness. In fact, Pride often falls on my mother’s birthday, an immigrant octogenarian from Japan. Notably, my mother as well as my disabled brother have come to accept June as my month of “vacation” from family for whom I regularly translate and troubleshoot medical care.
The road even to this modest level of acceptance ironically has been bumpy. My mother remains deeply ashamed of me, an academic at San Francisco State University specializing in queer and ethnic studies in U.S history. Yet, I remain committed to using history as a tool of empowerment that is accessible, participatory, and relevant.
My publications underscore homophobia with the Asian American community as well as racism in the queer community. Pride too in the 21st century faces a complex balancing act between providing a space for celebration while encouraging the queer community to better itself. While some are more readily able to celebrate, others struggle to simply stay alive. I would like to contribute to a Pride that grapples with the realities of economic and racial diversity — a weekend that both celebrates and elevates the queer community to fight for social justice and equity.
Currently, as the Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State, I am required to solve high level organizational problems. I oversee 90 faculty members, nearly all of color, who teach more than 8000 students a semester.
I am also the founding co-curator of the GLBT History Museum, the first museum in the nation dedicated to queer history, and have served as a Board member and Board Co-Chair for GLBT Historical Society.
In APIQWTC — an all-volunteer run, non-hierarchical, grassroots organization for API queer women and transfolks — I initiated a scholarship program and seeded an intergenerational oral history program.
I look forward to advancing Pride’s mission to educate, commemorate, celebrate, and liberate the queer community.
VOTER ELIGIBILITYOnly current members whose dues are up-to-date are eligible to vote. Additionally, new members must sign up on or before July 20, 2017 in order to be eligible to vote.
THEME SUGGESTIONS• We are currently accepting suggestions for our 2018 theme.
• The deadline to submit suggestions is September 5, 2017.
• Membership will select a theme from the list of suggestions at the upcoming AGM.
• To submit a suggestion, go to: https://sfpride.wufoo.com/forms/pvidvr0go2ni5/