New York City Pride announced today its four Grand Marshals that will lead the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 25. Leading this year’s critical demonstration of LGBT Pride and protest will be the American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone and Geng Le.
This shift towards a more politicized pride has been happening in cities all over the country during the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency. Similar to the Woman’s March, Capital Pride Alliance announced a National Pride March in Washington D.C. though the details are still sketchy.
L.A. Pride is nixing its popular parade and opting for something more political, too. In lieu of speedo-clad go-go dancers atop big-rig floats and celebrity grand marshals slowly cruising down Santa Monica Boulevard, a protest march will take place.
New York’s Pride March has always been called a march, however their choice of Grand Marshals is a sign of the changing times.
“In the social and political turmoil brought by the current Administration, the ACLU, Brooke, Krishna, and Geng represent the components of what will ultimately be a successful resistance movement,” said Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director in an official statement. “Our 2017 Grand Marshals are a snapshot of the numerous organizations, individuals, and philanthropists that will lead us through this unprecedented time in our nation.”
Find out more about the Grand Marshals below:
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union has been the United States’ uncompromising defender of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. The ACLU brought its first LGBT rights case in 1936, brought the first case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 1970, litigated the Supreme Court cases that took down the Defense of Marriage Act that won marriage equality nationwide, and represented transgender student Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court.
Brooke Guinan is a 29-year-old trans woman; an advocate, civil servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. Guinan has been honored by the New York City Comptroller’s office, the Public Advocate’s office, the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and the FDNY for her service to the LGBTQ community.
Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She originally connected with GMHC in 1986 as a walker in the first annual AIDS Walk New York and became a staff member in 1993. In 2014, Stone received an award from the NYC Health Department for outstanding dedication to combating the spread of HIV.
Geng Le is a leader in the burgeoning movement for LGBT equality in the People’s Republic of China. Geng set up one of the earliest gay social websites in China—Danlan.org in 2002. In 2012, he created Blued—a gay men social networking app after quitting his job working as a policeman for 16 years. On World AIDS Day 2016, Geng donated 1 million RMB to China AIDS Fund to support Chinese non-governmental organizations for HIV prevention.