New San Francisco Pride Board & 2018 Pride Theme

Next month my term as Vice President on the Board of San Francisco Pride will be ending. I decided not to run for re-election and am delighted at the newly elected Board members, all of whom, I believe, will serve as excellent and critical additions to the Board of San Francisco Pride.

IMG_3747I was proud to serve San Francisco Pride, especially during what turned out to be two super successful San Francisco Pride years. I thank Executive Director George Ridgely, President Michelle Meow, the executive committee, fellow board members, staff and contractors – all for their service and hard work.

Also much gratitude to the membership who placed their trust in me by electing me to the Board. This has been an enlightening and most rewarding experience. It is my hope that the community will rally again this year to support San Francisco  Pride in its mission to:

“The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.”

Congratulating the newly elected Board and wishing them all the very best of luck for a successful year ahead:

Here is the Announcement from San Francisco Pride of the New Board:

Meet Our New Board of Directors:

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 9.44.43 AMOn Sunday September 17th, SF Pride’s Membership elected four new Board of Directors to join the seven incumbents — each new member will serve a three-year term starting October 4th.

New members Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma, Elizabeth Lanyon, Jacob Little, and Amy Sueyoshi, with re-elected incumbent and current Board President Michelle Meow.

Existing Board members: Jacquelene Bishop (Treasurer), Anietie Ekanem, DJ Gray, Nguyen “Win” Pham (Secretary), Justin Taylor, and William Walker.

Departing Board members Melanie Nathan (Vice President) and Joey “Cupcake” Stevenson are thanked for their years of service, and for being integral to a wonderfully stabilizing period for SF Pride.

2018 THEME:

Also selected by the SF Pride’s members, after a spirited couple of rounds of voting, was the theme for 2018: “Generations of Strength

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 9.57.14 AM.pngTheme author Larry Lare Nelson was thrilled with the overwhelming choice for his submission. He comments:

“Our LGBTQI communities are at a historical juncture like never before. We must ensure the stories of our generations of elders are not lost and that our youth know how to harness the strength built by generations. Most importantly, our youth need to know how to use their own strength both individually and collectively to face the future.”

SF Pride encourages its contingents, exhibitors, venues, sponsors, and the community to support and utilize the theme in their messaging over the coming year.

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