Some one million gay men and women are expected to attend the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride events. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year's theme is "United by Pride, Bound for Equality" With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the United States. More than 16 blocks surrounding the downtown Civic Center will be reserved for the festivities. The event is free of charge and caters to a wide array of individuals hosting areas such as an Elder Space, Family Garden, Dance Stage, Leather Alley, HomoHipHop Stage, Transgender Stage and the Lipstick Conspiracy, Country and Western Stage, Tantra Underground Dance Music Stage, the Writers Village and Latin Stage.
In view of California Supreme Court's decision regarding same-sex marriage, this year features a Get Engaged! Pavillion for all things 'Marriage'.
The parade promptly begins at 10:30 am on 28 June 2008, kicking off with the Women's Motorcycle Contingent roaring down Market Street with more than 600 "dykes on bikes." Following close behind are over 200 Parade contingents and floats.
Cyndi Lauper, Charo, Stuart Milk and Theresa Sparks will be 2008 Celebrity Grand Marshals.
Mikayla Connell, board president of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee presented newscaster and political pundit Bill O’Reilly with this year’s Pink Brick, an annual 'award' given each year to a person or institution deemed to have caused significant harm to the LGBT community.
Connell delivered the brick to O’Reilly in person on his popular show, The O’Reilly Factor, on June 4.
The public makes nominations for the Pink Brick each January and then selects the winner by public vote in March. Past recipients have included Arnold Schwarzenegger for his veto of a same-sex marriage bill and President George W. Bush for his support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage.
San Francisco Pride 2008 Web Site