Guess what, everyone! I’ve been invited to be Grand Marshall in the San Francisco Pride parade!!! More details to come, but I’ll be in the parade, on the main stage and I’ll even get to spend some time with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome! What a dream!
Of course, since our short comedy film “Transproofed” got into the Frameline Film Festival, Andrea and I will be screening the film in San Francisco, too!
Click “More” for full details, links, dates and times for the “Transproofed” screening and my Pride appearances!
USA, 2009, 14 Minute Running Time
West Coast Premiere
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Coming Out, Drama, Gender, Male-to-Female, Transgender
DIRECTOR: Andrea James
Friends Ava and Joyce race to hide hints that Ava is transsexual before her unaware date arrives at her over-the-top apartment.
Some of my fellow Grand Marshalls will be Lieutenant Dan Choi, an Army officer with a sterling record who was recently discharged for being honest about his sexual orientation, and William Beasley, a civil rights activist since 1957. Click the parade link below to see the full list!
General San Francisco Pride info: http://www.sfpride.org/
Pride Parade/Grand Marshall info: http://www.sfpride.org/parade/grandmarshals.html
About Grand Marshals
San Francisco Pride’s Grand Marshals are the public emissaries of Pride. They represent a mix of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the LGBT community.
With the help of community input, Pride selects these groups and individuals as Grand Marshals in order to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT peoples.
San Francisco Pride recognizes community leaders and one infamous detractor in the following categories: Individual Community Grand Marshals, Organizational Grand Marshal, the Pink Brick Recipient, and Celebrity Grand Marshals.
Gay Pride in San Francisco centers around a full weekend of parties, celebrations, and parades. The main events are a celebration at the Civic Center on Saturday, June 27, from noon until 6 pm, and a Parade on Market Street on Sunday at 10:30 am followed by another celebration at the Civic Center from noon until 7 pm that same day.
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration takes place over Saturday (noon to 6 pm) and Sunday (noon to 7 pm) at the San Francisco Civic Center, just east of San Francisco City Hall. Festivities include more than 300 vendors, artists, and other exhibitors; a slew of music and comedy acts playing on the Main Stage, and similar performances at Pride’s other stages, such as the Trans, Homo Hip Hop, Asian and Pacific Islander, Women’s, Soul of Pride African American, and Latin stages. Entertainment in 2009 includes BoA, Solange Knowles, The Cliks, and many others. There’s also going to be a Marriage Equality Commitment Ceremony, with a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, on Saturday at 1 pm.
The final event is San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, which begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, June 28, and proceeds along Market Street, beginning at Market and Beale streets (near California Street) and continues for about 10 blocks, ending at 8th Street. Here’s a map of the Parade Route.