Three PSR alums named grand marshals for SF Pride Parade

April 21, 2011

Roland Stringfellow, director of ministerial outreach for PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLGS), Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder and senior minister of City of Refuge UCC, and Victoria Kolakowski, the country’s first elected transgender judge, have been named Grand Marshals for the 2011 San Francisco Pride Parade on June 26. All three are PSR alums.

Rev. Stringfellow has been active in reaching out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities through the CLGS Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, creating opportunities for clergy and congregations to participate in social justice and public witness events for marriage equality, immigration rights, and health care reform. He has particularly worked to bridge gaps between faith communities of color and the wider movement for LGBT equality. Roland was chosen community Grand Marshal by popular election.

Bishop Yvette Flunder is founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ, and founder of Ark of Refuge, an HIV/AIDS service organization. She is presiding bishop of The Fellowship, a coalition of mostly African-American churches and ministries that work to spread a Gospel of radical inclusivity. Bishop Flunder is a PSR trustee and has taught many courses at PSR. She is being recognized as a Grand Marshal for lifetime achievement by SF Pride.   

Judge Victoria Kolakowski won a seat on the bench of the Alameda County Superior Court in last November’s elections. She is also an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Church. Judge Kolakowski was chosen a Grand Marshal by the membership of the San Francisco Pride organization.        

Speaking about his selection from the community, Roland stringfellow said, "I am honored to have the opportunity to represent progressive religious communities during the Pride Parade. I believe it will be yet another positive gesture of providing connection and reconciliation between communities of faith and LGBTQI individuals."

For more on the SF Pride parade, including starting times and parade route, see their Web site.