Would you support an organization that pledges to, “educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people”? That is the stated mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee. This year is the 43rd celebration of what we now call “SF Pride,” that includes the world famous San Francisco “SF Pride Parade” down Market Street.
In 1971, the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco organized a meeting to discuss the lack of acceptance of what were then called “homosexuals,” and what we now refer to as LGBT communities. Here is a slideshow and audio track from that 1971 meeting uploaded by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society, www.glbthistory.org/:
The SF Pride parade and celebration has grown to more than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues. This is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the country. In the 1960s, few people could imagine that corporations would join in a show of support and diversity by joining something as visible as the SF Pride Parade. Here is an example of participation from employees of the tech company Facebook, including straight friends who identify themselves as allies:
This year’s theme is “Embrace, Encourage, Empower.” The two-day extravaganza is planned for June 29 and 30, with the central location set up in Civic Center Plaza. The parade is planned for Sunday, June 30.
For info on the plans, check out: http://sfpride.org/about/