NYC Grand Marshals AnnouncedFollow @freedom2marry
The two grand marshals will be Dan Choi and Judy Shepard.
HOP announces that this is the last time the mother of Matthew Shepard will serve as a Pride march grand marshal. As I read the HOP press release about Judy Shepard, I kept wondering what this announcment signified. I can only conclude that Judy Shepard may be feeling that her work is finally complete and that she is intending to return to private life having accomplished what she set out to do, honoring her son. If this is the case, I hope everyone in New York City for the march will give her the resounding thanks she deserves.
The announcement about Dan Choi produced an interesting variety of reactions. There was an almost immediate surgical dissection by rabid non-doctoral commenters as to the merits of Dan in the LGBTQ community and to his "active duty" status. This tempest in the gay teapot (and one cannot be too careful today about using tea-related imagery) didn't have much steam and I suspect Dan will be well applauded on the streets of New York.
The director of the NYC Pride march, Maurice Michaane, is a personal friend and a teammate over on Queer New York. It is fascinating to know what goes on behind the scenes in the difficult and meticulous grand marshal selection process.
And for the sake of all you "Gotcha-Grammarkins", either marshal or marshall is correct but the single-l version seems to prevail.
The NYC Pride March will happen on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Your favorite NYC LGBTQ bloggers will be marching together for a second year. Join us!