Posted by Staff, May 18, 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee and Board of Directors announced BeBe Sweetbriar as an Individual Community Grand Marshal for the 2013 Pride Parade.
A San Francisco resident for nearly 20 years, Ms. Sweetbriar has dedicated her talents to raising funds for local LGBT community based organizations. Dubbed the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse, BeBe immediately became a force to reckon with upon arriving on the entertainment scene 5 years ago. Winning two of the three most prominent drag pageants by becoming Miss Gay San Francisco 2008 and Miss Desperate DIVA 2008, she has worked as a fundraiser for the AIDS Housing Alliance, Under One Roof, Larkin Street Youth, Lyric, GLAAD, Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation and other LGBT community based organizations.
Ms. Sweetbriar’s charitable work has earned her recognition by the California State Senate with a Proclamation from Senator Mark Leno, winning the prestigious Sylvester Award of Inspiration, and becoming a household name in the San Francisco LGBT community.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers for my efforts to uplift our community and movement,” says Ms. Sweetbriar. “I’ve put my heart and soul into raising awareness and resources for organizations that benefit us all in one way or another. As Grand Marshal I hope to serve as an example to young people what is possible, and that you can make a difference.”
“SF Pride is proud to salute Ms. Sweetbriar as its 2013 Community Grand Marshal for her tireless work to raise funds, awareness, and volunteer participation for a variety of worthy community causes,” remarks SF Pride CEO Earl Plante. “Ms. Sweetbriar is a shining exemplar of how the power of local community talent can so positively impact the lives of so many near and far.”
Ms. Sweetbriar was selected as Community Grand Marshal by an electoral college of former Community Grand Marshals. Under that longstanding policy, the community grand marshal upon whom the Electoral College votes is defined as “a local hero (individual) not being a celebrity.” Grand Marshal/Pink Brick Policy, Section 5.2.3