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    Soul of Pride Announces Lineup for the 47th Annual Pride Parade

    The San Francisco Bay Times is honored to be a sponsor of the Soul of Pride Stage and Village at San Francisco Pride. The Soul of Pride events collectively have been an epic production for the last 17 years, and the energy behind it all is still going strong! This year’s offerings promise to be the biggest and best ever.

    Sir the BaptistThe events and programs for Soul of Pride will unite and celebrate the experience of people of color in our LGBTQ community. The fun starts with the Bayard Rustin Awards on Friday, June 23, and will feature this year’s Pride Grand Marshals.

    The next night, Soul of Pride kicks the energy up a notch with the annual Pink Ball. The year’s ball will include a Mario B. Fashion Show, Miss Lawrence and dance and R&B diva Ce Ce Peniston! (In the Bay Times’ offices, we are now singing:

    “Finally, it has happened to me right in front of my face
    My feelings can’t describe it
    Finally it has happened to me right in front of my face
    And I just cannot hide it!”

    So good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y

    We’re big fans of Mario, Miss Lawrence and Ce Ce, and bet you are too. This Pink Ball is one not to miss.)

    In this volatile political climate, the Soul of Pride is also Co-Producing a Saturday conference called “Pride Safezone,” which will focus on how the new administration’s policies affect LGBTQ communities of color. The conference will highlight speakers and resources to further Transgender Rights and Black Live’s Matter goals, while also combatting the new federal immigration policies. The keynote speakers will be longtime talented and dedicated LGBTQ activists Cecilia Chung and Ken Jones, whose incredible lives were recently portrayed in the ABC miniseries “When We Rise,” based on Cleve Jones’ book of the same name.

    The super finale will be on Sunday, June 25, as the Soul of Pride float makes its way through the San Francisco Pride Parade! Afterward, the organizers will be hosting the Soul of Pride Stage and Village that always prove to be memorable celebrations for LGBTQ communities of color and their friends.

    Below is the full schedule of events. See you soon!

    Friday, June 23

    6 pm: Soul of Pride and Bayard Rustin Grand Marshal Reception at The Village Venue, 969 Market Street

    Saturday, June 24

    10 am: Safe Zone Conference at The Historic Mint, 88 Fifth Street

    12 pm–6 pm: Global Village Stage at Grove and Van Ness Streets

    8 pm: Pink Ball at The Village, 969 Market Street

    Sunday, June 25

    10:30 am: Pride Parade at Market and Spear

    11 am–6 pm: Soul of Pride Stage at Grove and Van Ness Streets