Organizers of San Francisco’s LGBT Pride parade and celebration have announced a community meeting to address the controversy around Army private first class Bradley Manning.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 31 at Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco, 150 Eureka Street.The facilitator will be Scott Shafer, host of KQED’s California Report.
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced late last month that Manning, the whistle-blower who leaked 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks, was to be recognized as a grand marshal this year, but Pride’s board soon rescinded the honor. Community protest quickly erupted. Pride officials limited public comment at a meeting at their Market Street offices, then abruptly ended the meeting.
“The SF Pride Board recognizes and regrets the recent error in the announcement of Mr. Bradley Manning as the Electoral College’s Community Grand Marshal,” Pride officials stated Friday (May 24). ”As promised, in the spirit of fairness and transparency, we are calling for an open forum where we can hear the full range of the community’s concerns.”
Security will be on hand at the gathering, which Pride officials said can’t go past 9:30.