Read about some of this year's marshals as well as interviews with honorary grand marshals Daniel Hernandez and Sheriff Lupe Valdez
Daniel Hernandez, the intern credited with saving U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) after she was shot in 2011 while visiting with her Arizona constituents, is now the target of an anti-gay campaign to remove him from a local school board.
Months after the shooting, Hernandez, 23, was elected to the Sunnyside Unified District School Board, which covers southern Tuscan and areas in Pima County in Arizona.
A week after announcing the 2013 Atlanta Pride parade grand marshals, the Atlanta Pride Committee today released the names of the 2013 parade's honorary grand marshals.
The parade grand marshals are traditionally local LGBT rights activists, who are recognized for their work in Atlanta. The honorary grand marshals, however, are usually individuals not from Atlanta who have made a contribution to LGBT causes.
Daniel Hernandez, Jr., an Arizona native and former intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who is credited with saving her life after she was shot at a local meet-and-greet with constituents; noted gay filmmaker and playwright Del Shores; and Lupe Valdez, the lesbian sheriff of Dallas County, Texas, are this year's honorees.
A pretty important person stopped by — well, kind of — the Creating Change conference in downtown Atlanta on Friday to give more than 3,000 LGBT activists and allies words of encouragement as well as a thank them for their work to ensure equality for all.
That man was President Barack Obama, who sent a videotaped message to conference attendees — the first time a sitting president has addressed Creating Change, the largest LGBT conference in the country. He also congratulated The Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which hosts the conference, on its 40th anniversary.