SF Pride Presents

The Inaugural Ken Jones Awards
Fundraiser & Reception

Acknowledging the work of
five contemporary LGBTQ+ activists
while honoring the legacy
of a major figure in the fight for equality,
SF Pride continues to fulfill its 2021 theme:
"All in This Together."

Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel
Peter-Astrid Kane (they/them) | San Francisco Pride
peter.kane@sfpride.org | 512-698-0377

San Francisco Pride honors a major figure in the fight for LGBTQ+ liberation and a former President of the organization's Board of Directors, with the inaugural Ken Jones Awards Reception & Fundraiser. The Pride Board has chosen to bestow the following awards in 2021:

Pride Creativity Award
Marke Bieschke, publisher of 48 Hills, former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and co-owner of The Stud.

Audrey Joseph LGBTQ Entertainment Award
Sean Dorsey, pioneering trans choreographer and creator of the Fresh Meat Festival.

José Julio Sarria History Maker Award
Honey Mahogany, performer, co-owner of The Stud, political activist, and RuPaul's Drag Race competitor.

Gilbert Baker Pride Founder’s Award
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, lead plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which successfully overturned California’s Proposition 8.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m.

6 p.m. Start of program. 

6:30 p.m. Remarks by Fred Lopez (SF Pride Executive Director) and Carolyn Wysinger (SF Pride Board President), with awards to follow.

7 p.m. Refreshments and light entertainment.

8 p.m. Event concludes.

Cityscape Lounge
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel
333 O'Farrell St.
46th floor

Interviews are available with

  • Carolyn Wysinger, SF Pride Board President
  • Fred Lopez, SF Pride Executive Director

Awardees may also be available for media


Ken Jones (1950-2021) was a leader in the fights for LGBTQ+ equality and against police violence, as well as a veteran and an ordained deacon. A peer of Harvey Milk and Cleve Jones, Ken's work with San Francisco Pride began in the mid-1970s, and he became the first Black president of the Board of Directors. His most recent involvement with SF Pride was in 2020, as part of the video series "Lavender Talks."

Peter-Astrid Kane peter.kane@sfpride.org