Early Friday evening, the board of the San Francisco Pride Committee issued a statement saying that no “consensus majority” could be reached on one of three options to recognize Army Private Bradley Manning at this year’s parade.
Manning, the WikiLeaks whistle-blower, had been selected as a grand marshal but was quickly nixed by the Pride board, which called him ineligible for a community grand marshal nod because he is not local. In recent weeks, Manning supporters and others have berated the Pride board, demanding that he be reinstated. Last Friday night a three-hour meeting was held where the board said it would consider one of three options: reinstate Manning as a grand marshal, let the Manning contingent lead the parade, or find some other way to honor Manning.
In Friday’s release, the board said that while it had “sought to respectfully listen” to various perspectives, “none of the three main options we received from the community forum on May 31 garnered a consensus majority.”
The statement went on to say that SF Pride would continue to produce this year’s event, set for June 29-30.
In a related matter, the discrimination compliant filed against Pride by attorney David Waggoner and others with the SF Human Rights Commission will not be investigated, Pride said, confirming earlier reports. The Pride statement did not indicate whether Pride would be open to mediation, which the HRC has offered if both parties agree.