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SF Pride announces Grand Marshal candidates

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Efrain Sizemore, center, marches down Market Street during the 46th annual LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 26, 2016. (Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Preparations are already in progress for San Francisco’s Pride Parade in June, and the voting window has opened up for people to select this year’s Community Grand Marshal and Organization Grand Marshal.

“Every year San Francisco Pride recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to the LGBTQ community and movement,” states Pride on its website. “San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshals are local heroes who have contributed greatly to the SF Bay Area LGBTQ community or to society at large.”

This year’s nominees include psychotherapist Dr. Marcy Adelman,  family activist Judy Appel, musician Blackberri, philanthropist and activist Chris Carnes,  education activist Billy Curtis, dancer Sean Dorsey, author Jewell Gomez, educator and author Amy Sueyoshi, City College Board trustee Tom Temprano and activist Alex U. Inn.

Organizations up for nomination are 

Voting is open to the public here, and will close at noon on March 7.

The selection of Community Grand Marshals in years prior has not gone without its fair share of controversy. In 2013, Chelsea (then known as Bradley) Manning was selected to be Grand Marshall in absentia. However, the decision was later vetoed by Pride’s board president and called an error, based on the fact that candidates should be local.

In 2016, Black Lives Matter was chosen to be an organization grand marshall for the event but later backed out over concerns about police presence at the parade.

This year’s Pride Parade will take place on June 25.

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