Grand marshal drops out
by Cynthia Laird
Gay former San Francisco supervisor Bevan Dufty won't be a community grand marshal in this year's LGBT Pride parade after all.
Dufty, who was announced as a grand marshal with the original slate in late April, told the Bay Area Reporter that he has declined the honor.
"I very much wanted to be a Pride grand marshal but I don't feel this is the right time," Dufty wrote in an email to the B.A.R.
Dufty had been selected by Pride's membership. He is currently director of the city's Housing, Opportunity, Partnership, and Empowerment program in Mayor Ed Lee's administration.
Asked whether his decision to step down had anything to do with the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee's handling of the Bradley Manning grand marshal brouhaha, Dufty declined to answer directly.
"I'm going to let my actions speak for me in this situation," he wrote in an email.
Dufty said he alerted Pride staff May 9 that he would turn down the invitation.
The B.A.R. learned of his decision late Friday, when checking on the various grand marshals with Pride officials and saw that Dufty's name wasn't on a recent list.