George Ridgely Perfectly Pride

As excitement mounts in San Francisco this week heading into the 49th San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Parade and Festival, George Ridgely, Executive Director of the organization, will be saying goodbye. George’s last Pride celebration at the helm of the largest Pride festival in the world will hail five years of robust fiscal health and overall success.

George has made his mark by navigating the all too oft potential crisis, typical of any Pride, only to bring the organization out of an abyss of uncertainty into financial viability, doubling Pride’s annual budget during his tenure to $3.2 million in 2019. His masterful leadership spanned major milestones and critical events in our movement, all represented so appropriately in Pride, from marriage equality, to the Orlando Massacre, to the Trump resistance!

I had the great pleasure to serve as Vice President on the Board of Pride for 2 of those years, with Michelle Meow as President, and can attest to George’s skill and composure, as a quiet yet resolute leader worthy of the respect that he so clearly earned in this great City. George’s capacity to rise above all fray, to focus on the end result, to assert his role with an unassuming yet emphatic leadership, always placed the organization at the fore:

George remarks that emotions are high as he plans his departure. “I have been blessed to work with some very dedicated individuals during my time with Pride. I feel fortunate to have been given the privilege to join this group of individuals and lead the organization. Thank you to all of our supporters who are and have been an important part of Pride, the future is brighter because of your participation.”

George will take his new position in July to join the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, where he will manage permits and reservations.

I am as proud to call George a friend as I am to have served with him.  This is going to be a sad and happy Pride.

I love you George, my friend. Thank you for your support of African and global LGBTQI community, your leadership, all the lessons and the love!

See you at PRIDE 2019!

Gallery and 2019 Pride Information (below pics) and Links:

Pictures: Melanie Nathan, George Ridgely Michelle Meow, President Pride to 2015-2019.

EVENT INFORMATION 2019

GENERAL INFORMATION
This is the 49th Annual LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration. The theme for 2019 is Generations of Resistance.

This theme is not only a nod to the 50th commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, but also to those at Compton’s Cafeteria who stood up against police brutality in 1966, and the decades of LGBTQ+ activism, creativity, and advocacy born right here in San Francisco.

Over the course of the week leading up to Pride Sunday, San Francisco Pride welcomes hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy the diversity of events and experiences for Pride week.

SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE PARADE and MARCH

Sunday, June 30, starting at 10:30 AM
Along Market Street, from Embarcadero to Civic Center (Beale to Eighth Streets)

Over 280 contingents, including community groups, affinity organizations, city agencies, local businesses, and corporate groups will comprise the annual procession down Market Street. A list of Parade contingents, listed alphabetically, will be available by June 20 at sfpride.org/parade.

Crowds estimated at 100,000 will be on hand to cheer on 50,000+ marchers as well as dozens of floats.

The parade will be livestreamed online at kpix.com/live, beginning at 10:30am Sunday June 29. A highlights show will air on Saturday July 6 on KPIX and KBCW. More information at sfpride.org/broadcast.

GRANDSTAND TICKETS & ACCESSIBILITY SEATING

The grandstands, located at United Nations Plaza, are the perfect place to enjoy the parade. The Civic Center Muni/ BART station is right next to the entrance to the grandstands. Tickets are $42.50 in advance at sfpride.org or $45 at the entrance on the morning of the parade. Tickets are available on a sliding scale to those with financial hardship. Accessibility seating is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and the differently-abled at the grandstands. Seating is on a first-come, first- served basis and begins at 9:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE CELEBRATION and RALLY

Saturday, June 29, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM Sunday, June 30, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza and surrounding neighborhood

The Main Stagesits at the steps of majestic City Hall in Civic Center Plaza. Over two exciting days, June 29 and 30, San Francisco Pride will feature local, national and international touring acts, community organizations, and engaging thought leaders.

Main Stage Performers include: Afrocuban sensation Amara La Negra, Brazilian drag superstar Pabllo Vittar, gay rapper Big Dipper, new wave rockers Book of Love,Pansy Division, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and more!
The full and updated lineup can be found at http://www.sfpride.org/main-stage.

Main Stage Speakers include:Kristin Beck, retired US Navy Seal and transgender activist, Sophia Andary of Women’s March San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Services,Kelley Cutler of Coalition on Homelessness, elected officials including Mayor London N. Breed, and more.
The full and updated lineup can be found at http://www.sfpride.org/main-stage.

In addition, the Celebration and Rally features over twenty community-programmed stages and gathering venues, such as the Women’s Stage, the SF Soul of Pride African Diaspora Stage, Urban Global Village, the OFC LGBTQ Family Garden, Indie Oasis, the Don Julio Latin Stage, Leather Alley, and Faerie Freedom Village.
A full listing can be found at http://www.sfpride.org/stages.

$1 -5 DONATION AT THE GATE

San Francisco Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We ask everyone to make a $1 to $5 donation at the entry gate. These generous donations from the general public and the investment of our Membership assist SF Pride in partially funding over 20 community-produced stages and venues at the Celebration.

ENTRY SCREENING

Everyone entering the Celebration will be subject to screening. The list of items which are prohibited can be found at http://www.sfpride.org/celebration.

EXHIBITORS & FOOD

Over 200 exhibitors feature a wide variety of artists, local and national businesses, nonprofits, artisans, and food and beverage vendors.

BEVERAGES
Throughout the site, you’ll find a variety of Official Beverage Booths featuring water and soda for all attendees, and for those over 21 years of age, beer, wine and cocktails. Alcohol not purchased from one of our Official Beverage Booths is not permitted on the Celebration site. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly and remember to stay hydrated. The Castro Country Club Sober Stage, located on United Nations Plaza, offers a drug and alcohol-free zone on Sunday June 30.

ACCESSIBILITY

Accessibility seating and ASL interpretation are provided at the Main Stage and other stages throughout the event. More information can be found online at http://www.sfpride.org/stages and at the SF Pride Information Booth, in Civic Center Plaza.

SMOKE-FREE EVENT

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is a smoke-free event per San Francisco Health Code, Article 19L.

TRANSPORTATION

We strongly recommend that attendees take advantage of the Bay Area’s robust public transit system when coming to our event.

PARADE

The Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center Muni/BART stations all serve the parade route.

Use Civic Center Station for closest access to the Grandstands.

CELEBRATION

Use the Civic Center Muni/BART stop to access the Celebration. Bicycle valet is also available at McAllister and Hyde.

VISIT SF PRIDE WEBSITE  FOR ALL EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND: HERE

OFFICIAL SWAG: HERE

OFFICIAL PRIDE MAGAZINE 2019: HERE

 

BY MELANIE NATHAN
Commissionermnathan@gmail.com


Advocacy: African Human Rights Coalition

Speaker: Melnathan
Mediation: Private Courts


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