SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2009 KICKS-OFF

<em>Mayor Newsom and others raise the Rainbow flag fromt the Mayor’s Balcony at City Hall</em>

Mayor Newsom and others raise the Rainbow flag fromt the Mayor’s Balcony at City Hall

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BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

The official start of San Francisco’s GLBT Pride celebration occurred this afternoon as Mayor Newsom raised the rainbow flag over City Hall with the help of the Pride Parade Grand Marshals, other elected, and appointed City officials, GLBT community members and allies. As people on the Goodlett Place side of City Hall watched the rainbow flag was raised with special help from Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s daughter Sidney.

<em>Mayor Newsom gives Lindsey Jones a proclamation to honor her work as Executive Director of the SF GLBT Pride Celebration Committee</em>

Mayor Newsom gives Lindsey Jones a proclamation to honor her work as Executive Director of the SF GLBT Pride Celebration Committee

The ceremonies were then moved to the Mayor’s balcony within City Hall where the Mayor acknowledged the official city family in attendance. He also gave a special proclamation to Lindsey Jones who is stepping down as Executive Director of San Francisco Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration.

<em>Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal William Beasley, and Community Grand Marshals Joe Hawkins and Andrea Shorter pose ion front of the door to the Mayor’s office</em>

Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal William Beasley, and Community Grand Marshals Joe Hawkins and Andrea Shorter pose ion front of the door to the Mayor’s office

This is SF’s 39th annual celebration. The parade on Sunday June 28 falls on the exact date of the start of Stonewall rebellion 40 years ago in New York City

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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