House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and South Bay Congressman Mike Honda are attending Pride events in San Francisco this weekend.
Neither will be in the actual parade, though, as only local and state officeholders are expected to march up Market Street this year, according to a parade contingent list San Francisco Pride officials posted online.
The highest-ranking politicians scheduled to appear in the parade, based on the list, are state Senators Leland Yee (contingent #13) and Mark Leno (contingent #15), who is gay. The two Democrats are from San Francisco.
The Democratic House leaders have long been champions of LGBT rights. Honda (D-Campbell) has taken a leadership role on Capitol Hill in pushing for pro-LGBT immigration laws.
Celebrating 25 years in office, Pelosi (D-San Francisco), seen at right, has promised to pass federal workplace protections for LGBT employees should Democrats retake the House this fall and re-elect her as House Speaker. She also has pledged not to defend the federal ban against same-sex marriage, which Republican House leader John Boehner has been doing in a number of lawsuits before federal courts.
In a rare Pride weekend appearance, Pelosi will join a number of local elected officials Saturday, June 23 for the commemoration ceremony of the pink triangle installation atop Twin Peaks. Pride celebrity grand marshal Dot Jones, who grew up in the Central Valley town of Hilmar near Turlock and plays Coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, will read a brief history about the gay pride symbol. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.
Usually out of town during the annual LGBT celebration, Pelosi last rode in the Pride parade in 2001. In 2010, during her historic term as House speaker, she taped a video message that was shown via large jumbotron screens flanking the main stage during the festivities in the Civic Center.
Honda, seen at left, is the featured speaker at this year’s Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Pride Breakfast Sunday, June 24 before the start of the parade. Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, he is one of the leaders of the Asian American Pacific Islanders for Obama 2012 re-election campaign committee.
Also expected to attend the breakfast are Mary Jane Stevenson, the Obama For America California state director, and Peggy Moore, an out lesbian who is the Obama for America California political director.
This year’s breakfast fundraiser is being billed as the biggest ever and has raised more than $16,500. Only a few tickets, which cost $95 for the general public, $65 for Alice club members, are left. They can be purchased online here.
The early morning political hobnobbing begins at 7:45 a.m. at Yank Sing at the Rincon Center, 101 Spear at Mission Streets. The program begins at 8:15 a.m.