One of the most visible components of LA PRIDE is that of the Parade Grand Marshal, a bright light in an already colorful event. As in years past, this year's Grand Marshal embodies the celebratory spirit, bringing fun and excitement to the Parade route. Christopher Street West is proud to announce Extra Host Maria Menounos as the Grand Marshal for her dedication to the LGBT community and her continuing efforts using her platform for equality. The LA PRIDE Parade takes place Sunday, June 9th at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.
Maria Menounos is passionate about various issues affecting the LGBT community including anti-bullying, HIV/AIDS and marriage equality. Through her public outreach, Menounos has lent her voice bringing more attention to these issues and has encouraged countless others to do the same. In continuation of her LGBT support, Miss Menounos will be the focal point in this year's LA PRIDE Parade encouraging attendees to celebrate diversity and stand up for equality.
"The LGBT Pride Parade represents something truly American. It's the celebration of community, a celebration of uniqueness, diversity and progress, and it's the celebration of a new United States where we do more than "tolerate" or "accept" our gay brothers and sisters, but embrace and celebrate them" says Menounos.
Christopher Street West is pleased to announce the 2013 Community Grand Marshal, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Each year CSW acknowledges the work of one particular organization and aims to help increase the organization’s visibility amongst the LGBT and allied communities at large. With a mission aimed at building the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force trains activists, aids state and local organizations in building campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. This organization not only creates movements, it builds successful ones through research and policy analysis. 2013 celebrates the organizations 40th year of creating change and swaying public opinion for the good of all people.
For more information, visit them at: www.thetaskforce.org
Check back soon for the Grand Marshal! We'll post here: http://lapride.org/pride/grand_marshal.html.