Think past June and Atlanta Pride’s as-yet-unannounced slate of Stonewall events and focus instead on the big, gay Pride parade on Oct. 14: It needs some grand marshals, y’all.
The Atlanta Pride Committee is asking for your help in picking them, announcing on Thursday that nominations for the honors are once again open to all who are interested in having a say. In other words, don’t bitch after the fact about the choices and be proactive to ensure that your favorite person – LGBT or not – has a shot at riding in a convertible they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
Pride always seems to find itself in a pickle with their grand marshals. Either it’s a cop just days after the police raid a gay bar, or it’s for a shotgun approach that includes 120 parade leaders, or they just can’t whittle down from six (including LGBT homeless youth advocate and Atlanta Sister Rick Westbrook, photo). Or they are too white. Or too transgender. Or not gay enough. Or too leathery.
Get to it – though we’ll cover it if you whine after Pride announces its grand marshals selected from the nominees, consider for a moment just how rewarding it would be to see your favorite person right up there at the front of this year’s parade.