WorldPride and Stonewall 50 have announced five Grand Marshals slated to lead both the NYC Gay Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The marshals will preside over this year’s commemoration both WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
Featured luminaries are scheduled to include the cast of the FX hit ballroom drama Pose, as well as
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the Gay Liberation Front, Monica Helms and The Trevor Project.
According to organizers, this year’s march will commence at noon from 26th Street and 5th Avenue. From there, the route proceeds south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street.
After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street, passing the site designated in 2016 by President Barack Obama as the Stonewall National Monument. The procession turns north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial. Finally, the march concludes, dispersing in Chelsea just north of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.
Meet the Marshals
Pose is the FX network’s groundbreaking drama set in NYC’s ballroom culture. The show has made headlines for its inclusivity. It stars trans actors in trans roles and is one of the few to actually deal with ethnic diversity. The series, created by Glee producer Ryan Murphy, begins its second season June 9. The creators have said it opens the day Madonna’s “Vogue” first hit the airwaves.
Marshals from the show include Pose cast members Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Indya Moore (Angel), and MJ Rodriguez (Blanca).
In addition, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride. Wikipedia quotes the group’s focus to promote “unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.”
“Gay Liberation Front was the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion,” say the organizers. “Finally, The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.
“Monica Helms is a transgender activist, author, and veteran of the United States Navy, having served on two submarines. She is also the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag, in 1999, and subsequently donated the original flag to the Smithsonian Institution in 2014.”