Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

SF Pride announces first grand marshals for 2016

Larry Yang. Photo: Facebook.

Larry Yang. Photo: Facebook.

San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Celebration Committee has announced Larry Yang, Janetta Johnson, and Black Lives Matter as the first round of grand marshals for the 2016 parade and festival.

Yang is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who’s “committed to serving multicultural, queer and activist communities,” according to Pride. He was a key player in developing the East Bay Meditation Center and the Insight Community of the Desert, among other achievements. He’s also on the teacher’s council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Pride described Johnson, executive director of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, as a “healer” whose “experiences as a formerly incarcerated trans person have inspired and informed her work to affirm the value of black trans lives through media, education and community-building.” TGI Justice works to help people who’ve been incarcerated.

Black Lives Matter is an international network working to rebuild the black liberation movement “and affirm the lives of all black people, specifically black women, queer and trans people,” and others, according to Pride.

More grand marshals are expected to be announced soon. This year’s Pride festivities are June 25-26.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on the grand marshals in the Thursday, March 17 edition.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 10, 2016 @ 7:47 pm PST
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