New York City’s annual Pride March organisers have today announced this year’s grand marshals… *drum roll*
Actress and trans activist Laverne Cox will join actor Jonathon Groff and longtime LGBT activist Rea Carey in sharing Grand Marshal duties at one of the biggest gay pride marches in the world this summer.
Groff, Cox and Carey were chosen because they “represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face,” said March Director David Studinski. “Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world — and it starts with being yourself.”
Cox is a cast member on Netflix series Orange is the New Black, which is both filmed and set in New York. With the success of OITNB, she has used her new found notoriety to draw attention to trans rights issues. Jonathan Groff, who is openly gay, is known for his roles on Glee and HBO series Looking. He recently voiced Kristoff in the critically acclaimed Disney animation Frozen.
Rea Carey is a well known LGBT rights activist and has been the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for the past six years.
The 2014 NYC Pride march will be a particularly important event, being the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It will take place on Sunday, June 29 in New York.
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