It’s five months away, but WEHOville’s readers and at least one member of the board of Christopher Street West are thinking about who should be the grand marshal at the LA Pride parade in June.
Tom Pardoe, a CSW board member, recently asked his Facebook friends their opinion. (Not one of them mentioned Maria Menounos, the television presenter and professional wrestler with no LGBT bona fides whose choice for Pride 2013 left gay Angelenos scratching their heads). Among the nominees offered by Pardoe’s friends: Laverne Cox, Robin Roberts, Parker Posey, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Jessica Lange, Barack Obama, Jason Collins, Miley Cyrus and Belle Poitrine.
Inspired by Pardoe, who told his followers that he would present their suggestions to the CSW board, WEHOville asked its 3,500 Facebook followers and their friends the same question on Tuesday. As of 2 p.m. today, we’d gotten suggestions from 51 people, with the overwhelming majority picking Laverne Cox for the grand marshal position.
Cox, whose latest claim to fame is a role in “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, was born male. She was the first African-American transgender person to produce and star in her own TV show, VH1′s “TRANSform Me.”
Eighteen of the 51 people who commented recommended her. The distant runner-up was Jessica Lange, who has denied rumors that she is dating Sarah Paulson, a co-star in “American Horror Story,” which she has announced she is leaving. Lange, who is straight, has a large coterie of gay fans.
Among the others nominated were Robin Roberts, the Good Morning America anchor who recently came out as a lesbian; Hillary Clinton; Gene Roberts, the retired gay Episcopal bishop; Barack Obama, and Pope Francis.
CSW has turned down the City of West Hollywood’s offer of help in securing celebrities for the event, which has been criticized for the lackluster nature of its grand marshals. But if it gets cracking now, perhaps in this community obsessed with and populated by celebrities, it might stumble across a person of note with LGBT credentials who can helm LA Pride 2014.
WEHOville is eager to hear more suggestions from its readers, either through comments posted here or on our Facebook page.