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    SF Pride 2022 to Feature Music Legend Martha Wash, Actor Sherry Cola, and Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider

    Two-time Grammy Award nominee Martha Wash will headline the Main Stage at the 52nd annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade (Pride 52) taking place on Sunday, June 26 at Civic Center Plaza. Pride 52 returns to an in-person Celebration and Rally with the theme of “Love Will Keep Us Together” Saturday and Sunday, June 25–26, 2022.

    Celebrity Grand Marshals for Pride 52 include actor Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) and Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider. The weekend-long festivities will be hosted by some of San Francisco’s most iconic drag queens and activists, Per Sia and Yves Saint Croissant on Saturday, June 25, and Honey Mahogany and Sister Roma on Sunday, June 26. Additional entertainment will be provided by Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales, HYM the Rapper, and DJ LadyRyan, while CHEER SF, AURAS: A RAVE DANCE EXPERIENCE, and Roryography will keep the crowds moving throughout the weekend.

    The SF Bay Area’s LGBTQ+ community will be celebrated throughout the day with appearances by AryA, Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS), The Filipinx, Oasis Nightclub, and Parivar Bay Area. Pride 52 will also feature Openhouse, offering resources for LGBTQ+ seniors; Equality California; and remarks from Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition; and Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

    The two-day Celebration and Rally is scheduled from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, June 25, and from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, June 26, at Civic Center Plaza and the surrounding neighborhood. The legendary Parade will take place Sunday, June 26, beginning at 10:30 am in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Additional SF Pride events will take place throughout the month of June and the remainder of 2022.

    “After two years, the return to an in-person celebration for San Francisco Pride will be an uplifting showcase of some of the best LGBTQ+ luminaries, leaders, and community groups the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer,” said Suzanne Ford, San Francisco Pride Interim Executive Director. “This will be a historic moment in our fight for inclusion, acceptance and equality for all LGBTQ+ people, as we come together in solidarity to celebrate the progress that has been made, while responding with love, activism, and radical inclusion against discriminatory laws that are being enacted across the country at an alarming rate.”

    Featuring hundreds of parade contingents and exhibitors, and community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade remains the largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the nation. The 2022 Community stages will include the Urban Global Village Stage, produced by Christiana Remmington; the API LGBT Stage, produced by Nikki Calma and SF Community Health Center; Homo Hip-Hip, produced by Ronnie and Erika Jones; the Latin Stage, produced by Jamie Awad; the Sober Drag Show, produced by the Castro Country Club; Soul of Pride, produced by Lisa Williams; a Trans Stage; and the Women’s Stage, produced by Christie James and Jolene Linsangan.

    “As we welcome back thousands of LGBTQ+ family members from across our diverse communities, we can’t wait to shine a light on the leaders that inspire us and keep us moving forward,” said Carolyn Wysinger, President of San Francisco Pride’s Board of Directors and a San Francisco Bay Times columnist. “This will be an unforgettable celebration and we can’t wait to welcome everyone this June!”

    San Francisco Pride is a citywide effort, featuring events from supporting organizations and promoters. The organization is glad to help bring awareness to events that support Pride 52, such as the Trans March 2022 (Friday, June 24), the 30th Annual Dyke March (Saturday, June 25), Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet’s PRC Pride Brunch (Saturday, June 25) and the 2022 Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks (June 1–July 1).

    COVID-19 safety and well-being remain a primary concern for #SFPride52, and to ensure the two-day celebration is welcoming for all our communities, SF Pride will be operating in line with city, and state, and federal guidelines.

    https://sfpride.org/

    Published on June 9, 2022