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 Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan Hon. Brian Bates Hon. Cathy Woolard Ed Stansell Gil Robinson Jamie Ensley Jamie Roberts Jeff Cleghorn Jerry Gonzalez Commissioner Joan Garner Julianna Illari Rep. Karla Drenner Kathleen Womack Rep. Kathy Ashe Ken Britt Kyle Williams Hon. Lance Rhodes Larry Pellegrini Lawrie Demorest Linda Lowe Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver Rep. Mike Jacobs Monica Helms Sen. Nan Orrock Rep. Pat Gardner Rep. Pedro Marin Rep. Simone Bell Tim Cairl Sen. Vincent Fort Elizabeth Johnston Harry Knox Judy Colbs Hon. Kathie deNobriga Rep. Tyrone Brooks Hon. Michelle Bruce Paul Horning Rep. Stephanie Benfield Susan Saleska Hamilton
Maru Gonzalez, M.Ed Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC Mr. Jesse McNulty, M.Ed Dr. Corey W. Johnson Jeannie Senter (MS, PT) Dale Merkle (PhD) Dr. Shannon J. Miller Jillian Ford Austin Laufersweiler Irma Starr Ph.D Jonah Berkowitz, Ed.S. Lenore Katz Bob Hill Emily Graybill, Ed.S. 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, M.Ed., NCC Tim DeLoach, M.Ed Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. Abby Drue Ken Jackson Hollande Levinson Krista Hilton, M.Ed Cat Morillas Terence McPhaul, M.A., N.S.A.C. Shelley Rose Gabriel Haggray Jennifer Miracle Yancey Gulley
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) Greg Barrett (APC) Billy Jones (1960’s Atlanta Drag Queen) Charlie St. John (Journalist, Organized first Pride March) Lloyd E. Russell (Activist/Community Endowment) Thelma Natalie Troia (Founder, Armorettes) Michael Hardwick (Bowers V. Hardwick)