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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2022

SAN FRANCISCOGlide Memorial Church and the Glide Pride Team are thrilled to participate in the return to in-person Pride Month in San Francisco. We are announcing a return to in-person Pride-themed events throughout the month of June, while also offering virtual opportunities to celebrate. The month-long happenings include participation in San Francisco’s first in-person Pride parade since 2019; celebration of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt’s 35th Anniversary; the lighting of the Church belfry in pink lights; a virtual, talk-show style conversationon Drag & Spirituality with trans genderqueer spiritual drag artist and digital chaplain, Bonnie Violet; and special LGBTQ+-focused Sunday Celebrations online.

Love Has Kept Us Together, the theme for GLIDE Memorial Church’s 2022 Pride month, will celebrate the power of love and community as guiding lights in the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 1-30 the GLIDE Memorial Church will display the Pride Beacon of Light in the church’s bell tower, radiating pink every evening and serving as a symbol of radical inclusion for all of San Francisco.  Glide Memorial Church has helped drive progress for the LGBTQ+ community for decades and its participation in San Francisco’s Pride Parade dates back to the parade’s beginning in 1970.

“Glide Memorial Church is dedicated to unconditional love, radically inclusive faith and social justice, and Pride is going to be an exciting month,” said Minister of Celebration Marvin K White. “This is the first time in three years that there’s going to be a parade again – Our Pride team is taking the glitter off the shelf. This year, we will return to our in-person marching without our beloved co-founder, Janice Mirikitani, but we carry her spirit and fierce advocacy with us! Her legacy lives on in the paths she helped pave – alongside Rev. Cecil Williams – for LGBTQ+ social and sexual  justice. As we return to in-person Pride for 2022, let us remember that LGBTQ+ can lead a liberation movement, and can bring us out of these years of despair into light and joy and love. Let’s remember that celebration is a tool of resistance.”

Schedule of GLIDE Memorial Church’s Pride Events:

Pride Beacon of Light: Lighting the Glide Memorial Church Bell Tower, June 1-30, 2022 
Every night, in celebration of Pride Month, Glide Memorial Church will transform its bell tower into a beacon of pink light for the Tenderloin and beyond.

Pride-themed Sunday Celebrations: June 5, 12, 19 & 26, at 9:00 and 11:00 am:

June 5: Minister Marvin K. White

June 12: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan – Ally, comedian, performance artist, TV host, storyteller

June 19: Brian Freeman – Satirist, playwright, actor, director, founder of Pomo Afro Homos

June 26: Minister Marvin K. White

Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12: National AIDS Memorial Quilt 35th Anniversary

The GLIDE Ensemble, under the direction of Vernon Bush, will put on a special performance at this outdoor quilt display in Robin Williams Meadow at Golden Gate Park. The event marks the 35th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt with the largest ever display of the quilt in San Francisco history.

Saturday, June 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Virtual Event: Drag & Spirituality – Gender-Diverse the Spirit, the Body, the Artist
Bonnie Violet, a trans genderqueer spiritual drag artist and digital chaplain, and special guests, Ashlé Blow, The Dragon King, and Bobby Friday, discuss spirituality, drag, and being trans.
Watch LIVE on Facebook or YouTube

Sunday, June 26: San Francisco Pride Parade:

Glide Memorial Church will march in the 2022 Pride Parade. Led by GLIDE Foundation President and CEO Karen Hanrahan and Glide Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White, and complete with tour bus of church congregants, musical entertainment from DJ Parker.  All are welcome to march alongside the GLIDE Memorial Church.

GLIDE Memorial Church Pride events are created and produced by the Glide Pride Team, a dynamic group of creative and supportive LGBTQIA+ and Hetero-fabulously straight “cheerleaders” who take great pride in leading Glide’s efforts to promote equality for the LGBTQ community. The Pride Team hosts monthly meetings and community events to have a bold presence, raise awareness and educate the world on social justice, celebrate unconditional love and acceptance and support GLIDE’s mission and give back to marginalized communities in need.

About Glide Memorial Church:

Glide Memorial Church is an independent church dedicated to unconditional love, radically inclusive faith and social justice.  Founders, Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani have been leaders in the struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights in San Francisco since the 1960s, when Reverend Williams began performing same-sex unions and Mirikitani advised and defended LGBT street youth.  Glide’s participation in the San Francisco Pride Parade goes all the way back to the parade’s beginning in 1970. Glide continues to be one of the few churches that consistently march in the SF Pride Parade year-after-year. Glide Memorial Church is one of several programs operated by the GLIDE Foundation, collectively they are known as GLIDE.

About GLIDE:

GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. GLIDE’s integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community empower individuals, families, and children to achieve stability and thrive. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of the most pressing issues including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice.

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