Margaret Cho, the ACLU of Southern California, and a posthumous honor to Leslie Jordan will be the grand marshals at the LA Pride Parade on June 11. “I’m thrilled and incredibly honored to be the Icon Grand Marshal,” said Cho in a statement. “We need this Pride more than ever.
I have been attending Pride celebrations since 1978 and this time around the need to celebrate as well as unite is more urgent than it has ever been.
Our love is greater than their hate.” Cho was LA Pride’s Morris Kight Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal in 2011. Leslie Jordan Jordan, an Emmy-award winning actor who identified as gay, is perhaps best known as playing Beverly Leslie, Karen Walker’s nemesis, on “Will & Grace.” Jordan died in October.
Jordan will be remembered in a custom tribute with a new grand marshal designation, the Legacy Grand Marshal that will “celebrate those who have made an everlasting impact on the hearts and lives of our community.” The contingent will feature a custom vehicle and a small group of Jordan’s friends and family. “On behalf of Leslie Jordan, we are overjoyed by Christopher Street West’s heartfelt recognition to name Leslie as LA Pride’s Legacy Grand Marshal,” said Jordan’s sister Jana “Cricket” Jordan. “This honor further solidifies the positive impact he made in the world, but more importantly for the LGBTQ+ community.