Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization that produces LA Pride Festival and Parade, has announced that activist and Black AIDS Institute founder Phill Wilson will serve as community grand marshal of LA Pride on June 9.
“I am honored to be a part of this year’s Pride celebration,” Wilson said in a statement. “The LGBTQI community has come a long way in the last 50 years. It has not been without heartache, pain, sacrifice and growth. I am humbled to be among such a powerful and diverse group of grand marshals. Together we represent how much stronger we are when we celebrate all of what we are.”
The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been named the organizational grand marshal.
“It is truly an honor to be one of this year’s LA Pride Grand Marshals, and we cannot wait to celebrate with our community,” Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said. “This is the Center’s 50th anniversary year and what better way to celebrate all of our community’s strength and resilience, power and pride!”
“We are humbled and honored to have Phill Wilson and the Los Angeles LGBT Center serve as the Grand Marshals for LA Pride 2019. Together, these people and the organizations they represent have made an indelible and important mark on the LGBTQ+ community that has improved and enriched the lives of many individuals who have faced so much adversity. Our grand marshals inspire us, empower us and are examples of how to unite our community. We are so excited that KABC is here to increase the awareness of our grand marshals and LA Pride,” Estevan Montemayor, CSW board president, said in a statement.
Actress Raven-Symoné will join KABC’s Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt at Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard to co-host the live broadcast from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Eyewitness News reporter Veronica Miracle and OTRC entertainment host Karl Schmid will give updates along the parade route.
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