SF Pride accepting nominations for 2014 Grand Marshal

(photo: SF Pride / Jane Cleland)
(photo: SF Pride / Jane Cleland)

We followed closely the fiasco that was the SF Pride Board backpedaling on naming Chelsea (Bradley) Manning Grand Marshal for the 2013 Pride Parade last year.

Since then, a whole new board has been installed, meetings opened to the general public, financials and meeting minutes posted to the Pride website, and Grand Marshal selection criteria simplified. Even Michael Petrelis seems pleased. Gary Virginia, SF Pride Board President, wrote an excellent Guest Opinion in the BAR detailing the improvements the board has made to the organization and what to expect going into Pride 2014.

SF Pride announced recently in a blog post on their site that they were now accepting nominations for 2014 Grand Marshals,

The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee (SF Pride) is now accepting nominations for Community and Organizational Grand Marshal for the 44th Annual Celebration and Parade which takes place on June 28, 29 2014.Grand Marshal nominations opened at the January General Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 14 and will close after the February General Membership meeting on Tuesday, February 11.Nominations are being accepted for:

  • Community Grand Marshals
  • Organizational Grand Marshal
  • Recipient of the Pink Brick Award

Community Grand Marshals are local heroes (individuals living in the nine-counties of the SF Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties) who have made lasting contributions to the SF Bay Area LGBTQI community, or, as LGBTQI individuals, contributed to the welfare of the Ally community.

An Organizational Grand Marshal shall be a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization that has made significant contributions to the LGBTQI community or the LGBTQI movement for equality.

The Pink Brick Award Recipient shall either be an individual, organization, business, or other entity that has caused serious harm to the LGBTQI community or the LGBTQI movement for equality.

Who do you think should be Community Grand Marshals, Organizational Grand Marshal, and Pink Brick Award Recipient? Let us know in the comments section and more importantly let the Pride Board know by emailing [email protected]. Nominations close February 11th. When emailing the pride board, please indicate the category (Community, Organizational, Pink Brick) for which the individual or organization has been nominated and include a contact for the nominee, as well as a brief description of their important contributions.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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12 Responses

  1. I’d probably nominate Putin for Pink Brick Award recipient. Or maybe Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

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  2. Sasha says:

    So it looks like Chelsea Manning wouldn’t even be eligible as a Community Marshall this year because she isn’t a local. Is this a new rule, or was this the case last year as well?

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  3. sfotter says:

    I’d nominate Michael Weinstein for the Pink Brick for his opposition to PrEP

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  4. wylen says:

    If you’d like to nominate a local organization that works tirelessly every day to help the GLBTQ community nation wide, think about nominating the GLBT National Help Center, who have been running both the National Hotline and the National Youth Talkline since 1996.

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  5. Matthew says:

    How about the group “Real Bad”? They have been around for 25 years and have donated $2,000,000 to HIV/Aids charities in it’s 25 year history…

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  6. Peter says:

    Is there a list somewhere of previous grand marshals (both organizations and individuals) so we can avoid nominating people/groups who have already been honored? I haven’t been able to find one yet.

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