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NYC Pride announces grand marshals for 2022 LGBTQ march

Social media influencer Ts Madison, transgender athlete Schuyler Bailar and ACLU attorney Chase Strangio are among those tapped to lead the annual event.
People celebrate during the New York Pride March on June 27, 2021 in New York.
Attendance was curtailed at last year's New York Pride March, held on June 27, because of the pandemic.Roy Rochlin / Getty Images file

NYC Pride has unveiled the grand marshals for this year’s NYC Pride March, one of the largest annual Pride parades in the world. 

The march, which will take place on Sunday, June 26, in Manhattan, will feature five grand marshals: social media star Ts Madison; transgender former NCAA swimmer Schuyler Bailar; ACLU attorney Chase Strangio; “Saturday Night Live” cast member Punkie Johnson; and Okra Project Executive Director Dominique Morgan.

Ts Madison attends the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 6, 2022 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Ts Madison at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 6 in Santa Monica, Calif.Emma McIntyre / Getty Images file

The march’s director, Bansri Manek, said this year’s grand marshals have helped others find their true selves. 

“At a time when LGBTQIA+ people are under increased attack, the NYC Pride March is a beacon of hope and community,”  Manek said in an emailed statement. “Our grand marshals for this year truly embody the spirit of the theme for NYC Pride 2022, ‘Unapologetically Us.’ They have embraced their identities and used their platforms to help members of our community truly love and live their truth without fear or shame.”

Chase Strangio at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25, 2020 in Park City, Utah.
Chase Strangio at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah.Rich Polk / Getty Images for IMDb file

For the second year in a row, transgender actor Angelica Ross, best known for her role in FX’s “Pose,” will return as a co-host and performer. 

In addition to the annual Pride March, NYC Pride will also be organizing PrideFest, an LGBTQ street fair; Pride Island, a music festival; and Youth Pride. This is the first time since the pandemic started in 2020 that New York City’s Pride programming has returned to a fully in-person lineup.

Last year, NYC Pride hosted a largely virtual program alongside an in-person march with limited attendance due to the Covid-19 crisis. In 2020, the city’s Pride march was canceled for the first time since the annual event started in June 1970.

Dominique Morgan performs during Nashville Pride 2021 on Sept. 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
Dominique Morgan performs during Nashville Pride on Sept. 18, 2021.Jason Kempin / Getty Images file

The NYC Pride March kicks off at 12 p.m. on June 26, and will be aired in New York on WABC-TV, as well as and ABC News Live.

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