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San Francisco Pride sets schedule for Pride 50 celebration


San Francisco Pride organizers announced the official program for the online Pride 50 celebration on Wednesday.

The two-day event runs June 27-28 and “will include live performances, speeches from LGBTQ+ elected officials and thought leaders, highlights of the accomplishments of Pride’s 2020 Community Grand Marshals and Honorees, conversations, reflections on 50 years of the Pride movement, and more, in a weekend-long tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity,” according to a news release.

The Bay Area organization will also take part in Global Pride, which is 24-hour, live-streamed celebration that unites Pride groups from many different countries.

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“While this year’s landmark anniversary is very different from what we originally envisioned, we are grateful that we can share Pride 50 with our friends and allies around the world — and we know the world is turning to San Francisco,” said SF Pride Executive Director Fred Lopez. “Our online celebrations not only highlight the spirit of Pride but help us broaden our visibility as we continue to build solidarity in our LGBTQ+ communities during a time when we must be apart.”

The festivities begin with Mayor London Breed’s Pride Kickoff on June 5.

“Pride is one of my favorite times of the year in San Francisco, and no one wants to celebrate with the entire community more than I do,” Mayor London N. Breed said. “However, we are in an unprecedented public-health emergency with an uncertain future, and we must do everything we can to protect our entire community and put public health first. The city will continue to work with SF Pride to celebrate everything Pride stands for in the weeks and months to come, and San Francisco will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.”

Other events include the Frameline44 Pride Showcase.

“Frameline wishes San Francisco Pride a happy 50th birthday,” said the LGBTQ film festival’s Executive Director James Woolley. “Frameline will be celebrating Pride with a major virtual event, the Frameline44 Pride Showcase. We’ll be hosting four days of brand new feature films, documentaries, and even some of our signature shorts programs — all available for screening at home, June 25–28.”

Here is the calendar of events for Pride 50. For more information, visit sfpride.org.

San Francisco Pride 2020 Kickoff with Mayor London Breed
Friday, June 5 (time TBD)

San Francisco Pride’s 2020 Online Celebration
Saturday, June 27, 1-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28, 2-7 p.m.

Lavender Talks: A Celebration of SF Pride’s 2020 Awardees, presented by The Commonwealth Club
Thursday, June 25, noon-1 p.m.

Frameline44 Pride Showcase
(*A production of a partner organization of SF Pride, Frameline)
Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28. frameline.org.

Openhouse LGBTQ Senior Prom
(*A production of a partner organization of SF Pride, Openhouse SF)
Thursday, June 25, 4-6 p.m.

Trans March 2020
(*A production of a partner organization of SF Pride)
Friday, June 26, time TBA
Online-only for 2020, full information TBA, at

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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