Lavender Talks: Celebrating 50 Years of San Francisco Pride

*Contains Explicit Language*

Join a panel of passionate former Pride board members who will share their experiences volunteering for the organization as it celebrates its 50 year anniversary this year.

Jacquelene Bishop owns and operates her own CPA firm in the East Bay, serving small businesses and their owners. She sat on the Pride board from 2016–2019, serving as the treasurer the first two years and as president the third.

Ken Jones joined the Parade in 1980; and served as its first co-chair of outreach, charged with bringing more “traditionally under/non/mis-represented segments of the lesbian and gay communities” into the movement. Early efforts including giving people of color an opportunity to gather and march together as their own contingent and utilizing the Hot Colors Event at the End-up to bring people of color together the night before Pride. He continued with the organization for more than a decade, serving as co-chair and president. Jones presently hosts small groups in an historical walk through the Castro during the 80s and 90s.

Michelle Meow is the former president of SF Pride. She is the producer and host of "The Michelle Meow Show," which airs on KBCW TV and KPIX TV, and online on the Progressive Voices Radio Network. She is a member of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Governors, and she produces about 50 programs a year at the Club, featuring LGBTQI thought leaders.

Teddy Witherington currently serves as the deputy director at the Impact Fund. The Impact Fund is dedicated to impact litigation for social justice. Prior to that he served CMO at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He was the executive director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (2007–2012), executive director of San Francisco LGBT Pride (1997–2006), and as the festival producer of the London LGBT Pride Festival (1992-1997).

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Jacquelene Bishop
CPA; Former President and Treasurer, San Francisco Pride Board
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Ken Jones
Former Co-Chair and President, San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee; Host, Castro Historical Walks
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Michelle Meow
Former President, SF Pride; Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW TV and KPIX TV and Progressive Voices Radio; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors
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Teddy Witherington
Deputy Director, Impact Fund; Former Executive Director San Francisco LGBT Pride; Former Festival Producer, London LGBT Pride Festival
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Carolyn Wysinger
Board President, San Francisco Pride; Host, "The C-Dubb Show" Podcast—Moderator