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SF Pride No Longer Represents Transgender Community?
by a TG person
Saturday Apr 27th, 2013 7:21 PM
It is common knowledge that SF Pride rejected Bradley Manning, as a Grand Marshal for this years' celebration. It is believed that Bradley Manning is transgender. Many people in the United States say he is a hero, while some view him as a traitor.
Even though veteran Grand Marshals voted him in, SF Pride President Lisa Williams went on the record and said "it was a mistake and never should have happened."

But what is more disconcerting is that the San Francisco Pride Committee does not appear to have any transgender people on their staff nor Board of Directors.
I was informed that a TG person, who is college educated and a military veteran was rejected for employment by SF Pride staff. This person has been living in homeless shelters, and the job would have put a roof over her head.
So many people in the local Trans community now state SF Pride does not represent nor care for the TG community.

One can conclude that their mission statement has been ignored "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."

Additionally this years theme is "Embrace, Encourage and Empower."
Pictures were posted from my phone using Indybay Publisher.

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by a TG person
Saturday Apr 27th, 2013 8:05 PM
The current SF Pride Board of Directors. http://sfpride.org/about/board.html
by Paul Baum
( paulbaum007 [at] gmail.com ) Sunday Apr 28th, 2013 9:41 AM
Bradley Manning is a national hero, and should be honored by gays for his courage.  This stance if anything reinforces negative stereotypes about gays being whimpering cowards.  

He didn't put anyone in harm's way, but did his duty as a soldier by reporting war crimes and abuses.  The reaction of the Arab world to "Collateral Murder,"  Abu Ghraib photos, etc. are not his responsibility, but that of his superiors, all the way to top - the Commander in Chief & cohorts - who got us into the illegal Iraq war in the first place, approved torture, and sanction these abuses by silent consent.

Bradley Manning deserves and needs the support of the gay community, at this time, NOW - not until such a time as the corrupt "military justice system" (after two years of incarceration, one year in solitary torture) further actively attempts to destroy his soul.

This cowardly retreat by the "SF Pride" movement to disavow Manning is a total disgrace.

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by Zachary RunningWolf
( runningwolf.zachary [at] ayhoo.com ) Sunday Apr 28th, 2013 11:11 AM
Bradley Manning is a Hero.
by miles
Sunday Apr 28th, 2013 7:44 PM
Did anyone really think that SF Pride has been anything other than a bureaucratic caucus for assimilationism? And do you really think that adding one trans person to their bourgeois board would alter its decades-long trajectory? It's all about corporate underwriters and consumerism, which means if you have money they'll pay attention. Trans people generally have little, which is part of the reason it took so long for the assimilationist gatekeepers to include the T on the acronym. Bradley Manning is a hero no matter if s_he is queer or trans, but will always be a threat to the middle and upper class, queer or straight.
by Retired Union Worker
Sunday Apr 28th, 2013 9:27 PM
Pride and Prejudice said it all. The Gay establishment is all about assimilation and protecting the status quo. Gaining same-sex marriage and equality under the economic laws of the bourgeoise is their only aim. Respectibility over honesty is their creed.
by PS
Monday Apr 29th, 2013 10:39 AM
He was rejected as he did not driectly contribute through his actions to the community. Period. He may have stood up for what he believed in but it had zero effect GLBT community. Pushing his name into the running was grandstanding/politics and taking away attention from people who made direct actual contributions and deserve to be recognized.
by observer
Tuesday Apr 30th, 2013 12:20 PM
The sponsors of this parade are the local corporate who's who. Here they are at
http://sfpride.org/sponsors/sponsors.html
by miles
Tuesday Apr 30th, 2013 10:15 PM
Yep, now that's a bunch of financial power we can't offend with unpopular or controversial political stances! Long live the SF Pride Board of Directors, who diligently protect the middle class sensibilities of the economic elite. What a relief not to have to think too much. Let's just drink a bunch of beer and vodka.