2017 Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade
2017 Parade Program
2017 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Step-off at 10:30 am
Kickoff at Parade Central!
Early arrivers who show their pride could receive FREE ADMISSION to the 34th Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival, exclusive Long Beach Pride merchandise and more!
The parade hot spot kicks off an hour early at 9:30 a.m. at Bixby Park, located on Ocean Blvd at Cherry Ave. The location provides plenty of shade and a community gathering spot for anyone watching the parade. Also, free seating is provided on the bleachers.
This year’s pre-parade show is in Honor of the Orlando 49!
Event Times as follows
The “RAINBOW RUN” Awards – Sponsored by the FrontRunners of Long Beach
Honoring Orlando 49, Hosted by JEWELS
Special presentation by Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, California Senator Ricardo Lara, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce- District 2, and a special performance by Men Alive Chorus.
10:15 a.m. (until Parade arrival)
Celebrate with interactive crowd games and more high-energy music. Meet parade commentators: At Parade Central, at Ocean Blvd and Cherry St, the commentators’ are the brother and sister team, Josie and Isa Rached. They created “It’s a Drag to Give” fundraiser that raises funds, clothes, and toys for the local LGBTQ community. Working the street is the one and only fabulous Jewels! Jewels is Long Beach’s hottest hostess. She not only entertains, she raises thousands of dollars each year for local charities in the LGBTQ community.
At Parade Step off, Ocean Blvd and Lindero St, is So Cal’s premier female impersonator –Missy Vee. Miss Gay Pride 2016 and a part of the Imperial Court of Long Beach. And on the Curve, Ocean Blvd and Alamitos, is Latino Love the sensational Bella Farrow, hostess of hot Latin event, Margarita Mary’s and the vibrant and gorgeous, Robbie Osa!!!
Orlando 49 Tribute
“No person is born hating another. We have an obligation as Americans and members of the International LGBTQ community to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would provoke violence against someone simply for who they are.”
We Stand United
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride
In Memoriam – June 12, 2016
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27; Stanley Almodovar III, 23; Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32; Luis Daniel Conde, 39; Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37; Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40; Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33; Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37; Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35; Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21; Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49; Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24; Franky Jimmy De Jesús Velazquez, 50; Juan Chavez-Martinez, 25; Jerald Arthur Wright, 31; Antonio Davon Brown, 29; Miguel Angel Honorato, 30; Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25; ‘K.J.’ Morris, 37; Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34; Frankie Hernandez, 27; Akyra Monet Murray, 18; Joel Rayon Paniagua, 31; Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24; Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24; Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25; Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25; Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22; Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33; Paul Terrell Henry, 41; Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35; Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25; Amanda Alvear, 25; Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30; Angel Luis Candelario-Padro, 28; Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31; Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26; Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19; Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25; Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25; Darryl Roman Burt II, 29; Cory James Connell, 21; Martin Benitez Torres, 33; Luis S. Vielma, 22; Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22; and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32.
2017 Parade Grand Marshals
Celebrity Grand Marshal
Parade Grand Marshal
Ricardo Lara, California State Senator, District 33
Raised in East Los Angeles, Senator Ricardo Lara is the product of strict, supportive and fair Mexican immigrants. He made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California State Senate.
A champion for LGBT community, educational equity, civil rights and immigrant rights, Ricardo has authored legislation chaptered into law by Governor Jerry Brown which has improved the quality of life for all Californians. Senator Lara authored first-in-the nation laws that invest in immigrant communities, including Health4All Kids, the California DREAM Loan Program and the LEARN Initiative (Proposition 58), which expands access to multi-lingual learning. With his leadership, the LEARN Initiative earned 73% of the vote, the highest percentage of any measure on the 2016 ballot.
Today, Senator Lara continues to stand strong in reaffirming California’s longstanding commitment to American values of inclusion, diversity and freedom from oppression. Senator Lara serves as the co-chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, where he continues his advocacy for the LGBT community. Recently, he initiated the Sister-Pride Program, with Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride and Sydney, Australia Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, to move both organizations toward a common goal of supporting all LGBT community members globally in their plight toward equality.
“Morris Kight” Political Grand Marshal
Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 4th District
Janice Hahn has long been a supporter and fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community. While serving on the Los Angeles City Council, she voted to make marriage equality the official policy of the city and campaigned against Proposition 8.
In Congress, Janice Hahn was an outspoken member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. She co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act and an advocate for the repeal of DOMA. She co-sponsored the Equality Act which establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination of LGBTQ Americans as well as the Student Non-Discrimination Act which would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2016, she cosponsored legislation to correct the records of veterans who were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation.
As a newly-elected LA County Supervisor, Janice Hahn will continue to fight on behalf of the LGBTQ community. We have come so far as a society, but Hahn knows we still have so far left to go.
Judith Doyle Community Grand Marshal
Originally from Brazil, Jannay Lima made Long Beach her home away from home. Voted as one of the most influential Lesbian Latina’s in Los Angeles County, she has been an active member of the LGBT community as a LGBT advocate, the Co-Producer of Long Beach Festival Gay Latino, and member Long Beach Pride Parade Committee. She also served on several non-profit organizations board such as; AIDS Food Store Long Beach and few others. Jannay recently was elected Ms. Long Beach Gay Pride 2016 by the International Imperial Court of Long Beach for raising money for non-profit organizations around the city. Last year alone, she raised over $35,000 for causes such as; LGBT Youth, Immigration, and AIDS support. As she would say, her hobby is to help others and she has made that her mission in life.
Professionally, Jannay is the Chief Strategy Officer for iZone Marketing and Technology Solutions. Jannay is a Senior IT Professional with extensive experience in digital marketing, IT projects, operations, and process management. She utilizes senior level management experience gained as an employee of several T1 companies followed by many years of consulting experience to help clients successfully meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced and demanding IT environment.
She graduated in Brazil with a BS in Computer Science and it’s currently finishing up her MBA. From Jannay and her wife, Danielle, they wish everyone a HAPPY PRIDE!
Parade Special Recognition Grand Marshal
A true ally to the LGBTQ community, Michelle Molina has assisted in supporting numerous causes within the community that continues to create a stronger thread in the weave to oneness within our city. Her generosity reaches all aspects of the Long Beach LGBTQ community. From supporting our youth to the feeding of our ailing, her wide-spread endearment has touched many LGBTQ lives within the city.
She is also the managing partner of Millworks, translated simply as “the work of the mill” a play on her last name, Molina in English. Millwork creates socially-responsible investment, development, and property management in downtown Long Beach.
Her service continues as a member of the Second District Councilwoman’s Transition Team, as a City of Long Beach Economic Development Commissioner & Revolving Loan Subcommittee member, on the advisory board for Longbeachize, and as one of a handful of women on the Board of Trustees for California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys meeting with the Rad Women Business Owners of Long Beach, involving herself in support of LGBT, Green, Cycling, and “Keep it Local” issues and is a proud resident of both the First and Third Council Districts.
Whitey Littlefield Community Bridge Building Grand Marshal
Councilmember Jeannine Pearce
Councilmember Jeannine Pearce is proud to represent the Second District of Long Beach, which includes the Port, Downtown, and a diverse set of unique neighborhoods. Councilmember Pearce believes that building a Long Beach that works for everyone starts by bringing together all stakeholders to develop creative solutions.
Her first agenda item in council was to permanently raise the pride flag at City Hall. She has been a staunch supporter of equity in the City of Long Beach and has a history of working with organizations to educate residents on the services, as well as, resources that can be provided for the LGBTQ community.
Previously, she served as the Vice Chair for the City of Long Beach Human Relations Committee and as director of the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). In this role, she led a successful ballot measure to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers in Long Beach and helped establish Long Beach Rising, a coalition that promotes civic participation, alliance building, voter engagement, and community organizing.
Pearce has a degree in sociology from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in the Retro Row area with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Jubilee.
Bob Crow Award Community Grand Marshal
Rory Moroney has exemplified that statement throughout his life through his tireless advocacy, diligently working to make a better life not just for himself and those close to him but for everyone.
Rory Moroney was born and raised on Long Island in New York and had a relatively uneventful upbringing in a strong, traditional Roman Catholic, Italian- Irish family until he found himself to be one of 76 victims of a robbery at the Seacrest Diner, on May 30, 1982. Rory was one of the two men who were shot in that horrific crime, where victims were forced to disrobe and perform various sexual acts, women were raped, and all of the victims were ultimately robbed at gunpoint. What happened in that diner in May of 1982, proved to be a catalyst for Rory’s life-long commitment to advocacy.
These efforts represent only the beginning of Rory’s advocacy. As some legislators set their sights on delegitimizing the very existence of the LGBTQI community, Rory placed himself at the very center of the protests against the discriminatory policies and legislation that was being passed. Rory’s efforts dedicated to ensuring that every member of the LGBTQI community has the right to exist in the public space and that members of the LGBTQI community are not denied their very basic human rights continues to this day.
In October of 2014, Rory was the victim of an undercover sting operation performed by the Long Beach Police Department that sought to target homosexual men for indecent exposure and lewd conduct, an operation that an expert witness described as “coming out of the era when homosexuality was criminal.” After his arrest, Rory could’ve capitulated and taken the easy road by accepting a plea bargain, but he didn’t. He took his case through a pretrial. After almost two years to reach a decision through the court process, Superior Court Judge Dhanidina invalidated the charges made against Rory and dismissed the case. As a result of Rory’s refusal to capitulate and accept anything less than justice, the sting operations which had previously forced scores of innocent gay men to register as sex offenders have been completely exposed and have become precedent for other courts around the state, as well as, the nation.
Rory has always fought to make this world a better place for everyone and continues to inspire others to follow his shining example of love, compassion, tireless effort, and, most of all, hope.
Dr. Robert Garcia Youth Grand Marshal
Abel feels lucky enough to live in one of the most accepting and diverse cities in the country, Long Beach, California. Because of this, he has felt safe enough to come out–first as bisexual and then as a trans man when he was 15. He was raised by a single mother, the youngest of five kids and second generation Mexican-Dominican. His activism has a lot of intersectionality due to his heritage—his mother being an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Being a person of color, he has many identities that play a part in the issues that concern him.
He became involved with the GSA Club his freshman year of high school which led to his involvement with The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, participating in the youth program MYTE (Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment). There, he helped in educating the public. He led workshops on Trans and Bisexual issues.
He is most proud of his experience when he visited Chicago’s Creating Change Conference as a Youth representative which gave him a platform to learn about techniques toward becoming a better activist. “Seeing so many gay and trans activists put it into perspective that I’m not by myself and that there is an entire community of people that are with me in this fight for representation, as well as, acceptance that are willing to help me and others like themselves”, said Abel.
Marilyn Barlow Community Grand Marshal
For over 25 years, Sabreena has been a mainstay in the Long Beach drag community. Born and raised in Houston Texas and arriving in Long Beach in 1992, Sabreena has developed a deep passion for Long Beach and helping others. Sabreena has been a long time member of International Imperial Court of Long Beach and has reigned as Empress three times over her long affiliation. Over her 25 year involvement with The Court, Sabreena has helped to raise over $100,000 for non-profits in the community. She created the King and Queen of Hearts contest which has raised over $25,000 for local charities.
For the last 2 years, Sabreena has hosted Drag Bingo Sunday’s at The Paradise which has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. In addition, she has also serves on the Board of Directors for The AIDS Food Store of Long Beach, helping to feed those in need in the greater Long Beach area. Sabreena loves the diverse makeup of Long Beach and is doing her best to make a difference in our community. She is most touched with this recognition of Community Grand Marshal, and she with her partner of 10 years, Ron, wish everyone a Happy Pride!