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2020 PERSON OF THE YEAR
Past Person of the Year
2021 - Fernando Lopez (San Diego Pride)
2020 - Gardenia Partridge (San Diego Pride)
2019 - Ron de Harte (Palm Springs Pride)
2018 - Bob Crow (Long Beach Pride)
2017 - Jorge Solorio (Las Vegas PRIDE)
2016 - Dave Castillo (El Paso Pride)
2015 - Ernie Yuen (Las Vegas PRIDE)
2014 - Doug Nava (Santa Fe Pride)
2013 - Paul Roark (awarded in Palm Springs)
2012 - Karen Bohlender (awarded in Las Vegas)
2011 - Dona Hatch (awarded in Albuquerque)
2007 - Mike Karim (awarded in Las Vegas)
Person of the Year
The Person of the Year award recognizes an individual who has positively contributed to the advancement of the LGBT movement and has gone above and beyond not only for their own pride, but for other prides and for the greater pride movement.
A candidate serves as a positive role model and encourages others by example.
Candidate’s conduct reflects CAPI’s mission (CAPI is dedicated to networking and serving as a role model in advancing the Pride of our communities.)
Candidate is an individual who stands out from others as an advocate and leader within the Pride community
Candidate goes above and beyond the normal call of duty
The individual nominated must be affiliated with an active CAPI member organization.
The Board reviews all nominations and announces the winner prior to adjourning the final day of the AGM.
JULY 23, 2020 - MAYOR LONDON BREED PROCLAIMS MARSHA H. LEVINE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco - Many Pride organizations were planning larger celebrations this year but as the COVID-19 pandemic set in, plans were canceled or re-imagined.
San Francisco Pride’s 50th anniversary events took an abrupt pivot from the usual parade and two-day celebration attracting a million revelers, to a mostly virtual experience. More than 50,000 people tuned in to 26 hours of programming streamed through Twitch and YouTube on June 27 and 28 featuring the grand marshals and honorees, headliners.
Global Pride executive producer and past president of SF Pride Michelle Meow reported, “More than 57 million people tuned in to coverage from 113 countries submitted by 500 Pride organizations, with the support of hundreds of volunteers. In spite of limited planning time, the event was a huge success.”
Among those volunteers and the success of SF Pride’s 50th anniversary was Marsha Levine.
A name perhaps not known to many, Levine has been a Pride-organizing veteran since 1980, first serving on the Boston Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee for five years, the last three of which she served as their president. After moving to San Francisco at the end of 1985, she joined the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration Committee, Inc., (SF Pride), where she has since been involved continuously.
For 18 years, she was SF Pride’s parade manager, and at the same time was a volunteer for the organization in a variety of roles including board president and vice president. In January 2018, Levine accepted the full-time role of Community Relations.
40 consecutive years of Pride service was honored by San Francisco Mayor London Breed with the declaration, “Therefore be it resolved that I, London N. Breed, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2020, as Marsha H. Levine Day in San Francisco.” Within the proclamation was a concise history of Levine’s dedicated service to the ideals of the LGBTQ+ Pride movement.
Levine has the distinction of being recognized as the founder of InterPride and a co-founder of CAPI, Inc. (Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc.) In September 2019, she was elected to serve as the newly founded United States Association of Prides (USAP) Co-President.
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Here are some of the key findings:
73% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have been personally attacked or harassed online.
50% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have suffered sexual harassment online.
When it comes to sexual orientation, asexual people feel the least safe online, and gay men the safest.
When it comes to gender identity, transgender women feel the least safe online, and cisgender men the safest.
Transgender women are the most likely to be outed against their will online, while cisgender men are least likely.
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Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or are an ally, we hope you find this guide helpful.
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