Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that wildly popular actress, singer, and comedian, Lea DeLaria will serve as the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade Honorary Grand Marshal! Her appearance will include a performance on the Coca-Cola Stage during the festival, sponsored by David Atlanta Magazine.
Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “Lea DeLaria has been an out, loud, and proud artist during her entire career, tackling comedy, music, and acting all while confronting stereotypes surrounding butch lesbians and educating audiences about the LGBTQ experience. Because of her groundbreaking work as the first openly gay stand-up comedian to perform on television in the US and for her continued activism, we are delighted to recognize her as the Honorary Grand Marshal for the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade.”
Honorary Grand Marshals are individuals with a national or international reach who are engaged in activism that advances the cause of LGBTQ equality and live outside of Georgia.
Cooke added, “She is fantastic as Big Boo on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and brings her nuanced character to life in a way that embraces the ‘sex’ in ‘homosexual’ but at the same time portrays Big Boo with a great deal of intellect and heart.”
In response to being selected to serve as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal, DeLaria, ever the comedian, quipped, “It is an honor to be selected as an Honorary Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade. I cannot wait to get back to Atlanta! The girls there are really hot.”
Read more of our interview with DeLaria in the Official Atlanta Pride Guide, which will be distributed at the end of September.
Lea Delaria’s performance on Sunday, October 12, will be on the Coca-Cola Stage and is sponsored by David Atlanta Magazine. DeLaria previously performed at Atlanta Pride in both 1992 and 1997.
Regarding DeLaria’s stage performance, Cooke continued, “We are thrilled to have Lea perform at our festival for the third time and want to thank David Atlanta for making this possible as the sponsor of her performance.”
For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users and visitatlantapride.org for the most up-to-date details on all of our performers. Atlanta Pride will also release the full schedule next week.
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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 organization, is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.
The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.
2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors: RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Keurig/Green Mountain, Wells Fargo