The first pride I got to go to after coming out was the pride my parents had disowned me. That single experience set me on a path that has brought me here to this day. For me, the meaning of Pride is resilience against hardship and obstacles. Today I'm a part of efforts to carry the legacy of LGBTQ people in San Francisco and our communities forward. Today I'm organized to support our homeless people at Pride and beyond.

I was in awe that I was selected to be an honoree in last year's Pride. I remember my first Pride. I was 19. I went with my best friend. Even though I'm an SF native that came out at 15. My first Pride was at age 19 and I experienced it while homeless.

My parents had kicked me out, essentially for being gay and because of the cost associated in 95' with finding my community - it certainly wasn't as easy as it is for most of us today. I struggled to survive and to beat the odds.

As a Gay Black man, now aged 41. I am an anomaly. Considering my life's experiences I managed to overcome the obstacles that have destroyed many lives and that's shaped the core of the work I do today.

Our fight to end racism, for equality for social justice is integral to my experiences because I've been displaced repeatedly by the lack of these values in our culture for POC's.

Being responsible for my own life, my own education and sustainability have provided me with strength.

I've never been in jail, I managed to escape the typical impacts of poverty to the point I never developed substance dependencies, I've never allowed the hate-filled world to corrupt my spirit and desire to give back to share with others all the gifts that made my life even possible.

Deeply honored to participate in the Food and Nutrition Service national Pride observance of the USDA. Engaging a full house here in San Francisco and live-streaming to offices in Boston, MA; Robbinsville, NJ; Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL; and Denver, CO. Such a pleasure to be among these amazing woman leaders.

A great honor to serve as a 2018 Honorree and Community Awardee. Please, Join me at Pride 2019!

We are working to show City Hall that we have the support of the businesses, organizations, associations, and individuals that live, work, and play in the Castro. Read the text of our Community Support Letter below, and add your name by using the form at the bottom of the page.

Take Action Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Priorities Survey

Read Advocates: Castro cultural district should have diversity

Next Meeting: July 10th at 6PM at GLBT Museum 

Join Us at Pride

Thank you to the San Francisco Historic Preservation and Youth Commission and Board of Supervisors Rules Committee for your unanimous votes in favor of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman's ordinance establishing the Castro Queer Cultural District, and to everyone who came out to show their support!  Sign up at for news and updates. 

The faces of victims of the Pulse tragedy.

Stanley Almodovar III, age 23
Amanda Alvear, 25
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Antonio D. Brown, 30
Darryl R. Burt II, 29
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Luis D. Conde, 39
Cory J. Connell, 21
Tevin E. Crosby, 25
Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Deonka D. Drayton, 32
Mercedez M. Flores, 26
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Juan R. Guerrero, 22
Paul T. Henry, 41
Frank Hernandez, 27
Miguel A. Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Jason B. Josaphat, 19
Eddie J. Justice, 30
Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Kimberly Morris, 37
Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Jerald A. Wright, 31

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I am an Associate Member of our San Francisco Democratic Party (DCCC – Democratic Central Countee Committee), a former Delegate of our California State Democratic Committee, Founder and President San Francisco Black Community Matters – A Chartered San Francisco Democratic Club, founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Impact Partners – an organization focused on issues concerning poverty and homelessness.   

Because I have been dedicated to positively affecting our community in various positions of civic engagement and leadership. I have learned the importance of working collaboratively with diverse groups on many key issues affecting San Franciscans.

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