Four individuals, whose contributions to the LGBTQ communities both locally and internationally, are being honoured this year as Grand Marshals for the 2011 Pride Parade.
Each year the Vancouver Pride Society honours four individuals that have made a contribution to our community and “inspire us with their courage and dedication”. This year’s Grand Marshals are:
Local Hero – Joan-E
The community award-winner Joan-E (aka Robert Kaiser), pictured right, has been entertaining and raising funds for various charities since 1990, including her on-going hosting duties at the weekly Bingo For Life.
Role Model – Bill Siksay
NDP Member of Parliament from 2004 until his retirement from politics earlier this year, Bill became the first openly gay non-incumbent man to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons. In May 2005, Siksay introduced a bill to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and is currently in the Senate awaiting final approval.
Posthumous Pride Hero – Bob Tivey
Co-founder and the first executive director of AIDS Vancouver, Bob tackled the AIDS epidemic at a time when our community first started dealing with the realities of the crisis.
International Role Model – Pat Rocco
From Hawaii, Pat has been an activist in the LGBTQ community for almost sixty years which included working on Harvey Milk’s first campaign.
2011 Vancouver Pride Parade
Sunday, July 31, 2011 beginning at Noon
Visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca for more information on the parade and other events during Vancouver Pride week.