Dan Choi, Constance McMillen, Judy Shepard: NYC Pride Grand Marshals

(photo: kurafire)

Three faces of Pride will ride as Grand Marshals in this year’s New York City Pride March, June 27:

Judy Shepard, mother of hate-slain gay teen Matthew Shepard, co-founded with her husband Dennis the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Lt. Dan Choi, West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, received a notice of  discharge from the United States Army for announcing “I am gay” on the Rachel Maddow show, a direct challenge to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. (That discharge is still classified as “pending.”) A  tireless champion of equal rights, Lt. Choi was recently arrested for chaining himself to the White House fence during a demonstration for LGBT rights.

Constance McMillen, who wanted to wear a tuxedo and take her girlfriend to the prom at her Mississippi high school. When those rights were denied by the administration at Itawamba Agricultural High School, McMillen’s case was taken up by the ACLU, and a federal judge ruled that Constance’s rights were violated. While the school went ahead and organized a prom, the majority of her classmates attended a private “dance party” several miles away. Previously, Constance had stood up for the rights of trans classmate Juin Baize.

29 Responses to "Dan Choi, Constance McMillen, Judy Shepard: NYC Pride Grand Marshals"
dakine01 | Thursday April 15, 2010 07:58 am 1

Yay for the Pride folks!


bgrothus | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:05 am 2

Well done!


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:14 am 3

Constance McMillen’s classmates must be dying of envy a free trip to New York all expenses paid I assume?


onitgoes | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:15 am 4

Good choices. Now will the Queen of Hate, Virginia Foxx, bray out on her hind legs that what happened to Matthew Shepard was an accident and not a hate crime?


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:15 am 5

Can we get her here for an interview?


fitley | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:15 am 6

I’m happy for Constance. Forget Prom, this should be a real positive event in her life. Leave that hillbilly stuff behind. Dig the big city.


Chris Dietrich | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:17 am 7

NYC Pride is one amazing party. Does anyone know? I think that Ellen offered Constance a summer internship during her appearance on the show…right?


tinman1967 | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:21 am 8

I have great respect for the Shepard family.


Twain | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:22 am 9

Go Constance ! Great opportunity for her. Good for the Price Parade for having her there.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:24 am 10
In response to Chris Dietrich @ 7

On Ellen’s show, Constance was presented with the offer of an internship at Tonic.com. The company also gave her a $30,000 scholarship check and is helping fund the Second Chance prom in in Mississippi


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:24 am 11

I hope Lt. Dan Choi does not get charged with anything whats the hold up in letting Gays serve openly?


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:29 am 12

Did Kathy Griffin offer to bail Lt. Choi out of jail or pay the fines for GetEqual.org protesters arrested at Nancy Pelosi’s office yesterday?

http://lafiga.firedoglake.com/2010/03/19/ellen-degeneres-presents-banned-teen-with-scholarship-check/

Dis she? Or is this snark?


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:29 am 13

What is Tonic.com what do they make?


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:31 am 14

Have they made a Matthew Shepard movie yet? To bad that guy from Brokeback mountain is dead he would have been perfect for the part.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:37 am 15

ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 08:50 am 16
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 15

Cool I was worried it was the web site of a caffeinated sports drink company.


eCAHNomics | Thursday April 15, 2010 09:05 am 17

Good choices.


aoyama | Thursday April 15, 2010 09:29 am 18

I’m really going to try and walk this year.


Clavis | Thursday April 15, 2010 09:53 am 19

It’s nice to have a reason to be unambiguously proud of my hometown. I <3 NY! It's not just a gay pride parade — it's a reason for us all to be proud! :)


cbl2 | Thursday April 15, 2010 09:58 am 20

oh Lisa, you had me crying with the Juin Baiz link. my god, Constance has the moral courage of 20200 people


ThingsComeUndone | Thursday April 15, 2010 04:59 pm 22
In response to Cellar47 @ 21

Cool


DonWilliams | Thursday April 15, 2010 09:17 pm 23

Judy Shepard is raking in between $10k and $20k for speaking engagements. Nice to see she’s cashing in on her son’s murder.


ThingsComeUndone | Friday April 16, 2010 06:20 am 24
In response to DonWilliams @ 23

She is trying her best to make her son’s death not be in vain. Who cares about the cash with a dead son you creep!


ThingsComeUndone | Friday April 16, 2010 06:23 am 25
In response to DonWilliams @ 23

Your scared that people are willing to pay her that and she does not need to work anymore she can speak fulltime if she wants.
Now pretend that you have actual feelings for a second she makes this money reliving her sons death in front of strangers which I’m sure is painful.
Why she loves him that much she will have her son’s death mean something!


DonWilliams | Friday April 16, 2010 09:23 am 26
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 24

Apparently she cares, TCU. She won’t come talk about her son for free, because she wants to have his death mean something. She’s quiet unless you pony up $10k to $20k for his death to mean something.

I have no problem with people paying her the cash, or her getting it. That’s show biz. At the same time, it’s obvious what’s going on here, so why pretend otherwise?

Just curious–what what her track record on the topic before her son’s death? Was she an activist? Did she stand up and be counted?


ThingsComeUndone | Saturday April 17, 2010 12:15 am 27

Apparently she cares, TCU. She won’t come talk about her son for free,

Everyone has to make a living.

Just curious–what what her track record on the topic before her son’s death? Was she an activist? Did she stand up and be counted?

I’m sure her son dying changed her mind about a bunch of things.


ThingsComeUndone | Saturday April 17, 2010 12:16 am 28

I have no problem with people paying her the cash, or her getting it. That’s show biz.

Nope nothing is free even a life of political activism must be paid for someway. Would you have her beg in the streets?


DonWilliams | Saturday April 17, 2010 01:37 pm 29
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 28

There’s a big difference between “free” and $20k per speech.

Make 5 speeches and make enough money to live for a year? Good work if you can get it.


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