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|Atlanta Pride announces 2010 grand marshals|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Monday, 27 September 2010 16:34|
The Atlanta Pride Committee announced the grand marshals for the 2010 Pride Parade today via a press release. Some 120 honorees will represent three categories (40 in each category) symbolizing Atlanta Pride’s 40 years.
The three categories are Legislative, Education and Community.
“As much as this is an opportunity to honor selected individuals, it is also an opportunity to provide our patrons a visual of how expansive our movement really is, and to see that there are a vast number of people working on their behalf,” said JP Sheffield, Atlanta Pride Executive Director, in the press release.
“Compiling a list of 120 grand marshals was no small task, but we feel like the people selected are a great representation of our city and state. Even though it meant releasing these names later than usual, the end product is worth the wait. What we’ve done is effectively create a march within the parade.”
2010 also marks the first year that straight allies will carry the title “grand marshal” which has traditionally gone to members of the LGBTQ community. Straight allies were previously “honorary marshals.”
Hon. Alex Wan
Maru Gonzalez, M.Ed
Atlanta Pride is still in the process of compiling its list of grand marshals representing the “Community” category. Once Atlanta Pride releases the finalized list, we’ll post those on our website. In the meantime, Atlanta Pride has announced the posthumous honorees.
Robert Eads (Southern Comfort/Died after being refused medical treatment because he was trans)
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