After Monday’s announcement that the Oct. 10 Atlanta Pride parade will feature 120 grand marshals—40 in each of three categories—for its 40th annual celebration, the full list of Community Builder honorees is now official.
Individuals who have made “exemplary” contributions to the movement for LGBT civil rights were chosen in Legislative, Education and Community Builder categories. The list includes leaders and influential members of non profit groups; religious and political organizations (Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, top photo); fundraising groups; media outlets (Laura Douglas-Brown, editor of GA Voice, second photo, and radio personality Melissa Carter, bottom photo); HIV/AIDS agencies (Craig Washington of AID Atlanta and others, third photo); the arts; and grassroots organizers. Many of the Community Builder grand marshals will march with their own groups, and some will not be in attendance for various personal reasons, but Pride organizers deemed them worthy to honor, says JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride. “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,” Sheffield said Monday. “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.” With the Community Builder list complete, here is the full bunch of 120 parade grand marshals: LEGISLATIVE 40 Alex Wan Alisha Thomas Morgan Brian Bates Cathy Woolard Ed Stansell Gil Robison Jamie Ensley Jamie Roberts Jeff Cleghorn Jerry Gonzalez Joan Garner Julianna Illari Karla Drenner Kathleen Womack Kathy Ashe Ken Britt Kyle Williams Lance Rhodes Larry Pellegrini Lawrie Demorest Linda Lowe Mary Margaret Oliver Mike Jacobs Monica Helms Nan Orrock Pat Gardner Pedro Marin Simone Bell Tim Cairl Vincent Fort Elizabeth Johnston Harry Knox Judy Colbs Kathie deNobriga Tyrone Brooks Michelle Bruce Paul Horning Stephanie Benfield Susan Saleska Hamilton Kay Young (Posthumous) EDUCATION 40 Maru Gonzalez Anneliese A. Singh Mr. Jesse McNulty Dr. Corey W. Johnson Jeannie Senter Dale Merkle Dr. Shannon J. Miller Jillian Ford Austin Laufersweiler Irma Starr Jonah Berkowitz Lenore Katz Bob Hill Emily Graybill Holiday Simmons Jessica "Jetta" Allen Susana Edith Soto Matt LeBrun Alex Oxford Emily Reed Derrick Martin Billiee Pendleton-Parker JD Woodward Michael Brian Law Joel Kadish Ellen Manuel Tim DeLoach Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz Abby Drue Ken Jackson Hollande Levinson Krista Hilton Cat Morillas Terence McPhaul Shelley Rose Gabriel Haggray Jennifer Miracle Yancey Gulley COMMUNITY BUILDER 40 Danny Ingram (AVER) Jeff Graham (Georgia Equality) Linda Ellis (ALHI) Craig Washington (AID Atlanta) Laura Douglas-Brown (editor, the GA Voice) Al Pellenberg (Atlanta Pride Committee) Kiki Carr (MondoHomo) Rabbi Joshua Lesser (Congregation Bet Haverim) Pat Hussain (Activist/Olympics Out of Cobb) Jon Weaver (Activist/Olympics Out of Cobb) Bubba D. Licious (Former Armorette, NAMES Project, PALS) Linda Bryant (Charis Books) Mary Ann Adams (ZAMI) Pamm Burdett (Lloyd Russell Foundation) Tracee McDaniel (Juxtaposed Center for Transformation) Freddie Styles (The Jolly 12) Paul Plate (Positive Impact) Melissa Carter (Gay radio host) Darlene Hudson (Former ITLA Board/State of Black Gay America Summit) Michael Brewer (Georgia Equality, Deeper Love, Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition) Pastor Bradley Schmeling (St. John’s Lutheran Church) Kathy Kelly (MEGA Family Project) The East Point Possums (Rick Westbrook, Chesley Thurman, John Jeffrey) Aida Rentas (Activist, Grassroots Institute) Rev. Dr. Renee Dubose (Our Hope MCC, first openly gay clergy to serve on board of the UGA Campus Ministry Association) Isaac Kelly (Augusta Pride Board president) Ebonee Bradford (In the Life Atlanta) Raymond Duke (In the Life Atlanta, Our Common Welfare) Betty Couvertier (host of "Alternative Perspectives" radio host) Deepali Gokhale (community activist) Lynn Cothren (Activist/Special Assistant to Coretta Scott King) Philip Rafshoon (Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse) Wesley Chenault (Atlanta Historian, author) Community Builder Posthumous Robert Eads (Southern Comfort, transgender activist who died after being refused medical treatment) Greg Barrett (Atlanta Pride Committee) Billy Jones (1960’s Atlanta drag queen) Charlie St. John (Journalist, organized first Pride March) Lloyd E. Russell (Activist, founder of community foundation) Thelma Natalie Troia (Founder, Armorettes) Michael Hardwick (Bowers V. Hardwick)