For the first time in its history, Miami Beach Gay Pride will honor four individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community. Television personality Ross Mathews will serve as Celebrity Grand Marshal; bartender and cast member of iHeart Radio’s “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” “Uncle” Johnny Pool, will serve as the Advocate Marshal; and advocates Liebe and Seth Gadinsky will serve as Ally Marshals. Miami Beach Gay Pride is presented by Celebrity Cruises and runs April 7 to 9, 2017.
Openly gay comedian, TV host and author Ross Mathews will serve as Miami Beach Gay Pride’s Celebrity Grand Marshal. Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, speaking at many of their nationwide events and receiving their Visibility Award in 2011. He has hosted the GLAAD Media Awards, officiated a same-sex marriage from a float in the middle of Capital Pride in Washington D.C. and currently hosts “Hollywood Today Live.”
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“Uncle” Johnny Pool bartended at the world-famous Stonewall Inn in the 1960s. He was an active participant in the Stonewall Riots, widely credited as the beginning of the equal rights movement, and has since fought for the equality of all human beings. Now he can be heard on “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” the #1 top 40 radio show in the country. The Advocate Marshal, new for 2017, honors an individual who has fought tirelessly for LGBTQ equal rights.
The Ally Marshal pays tribute to LGBTQ-allied individuals who have championed social justice and human rights. Liebe and Seth Gadinsky have devoted over two decades to advancing social justice. Seth serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League in Florida. Liebe currently serves on the board of the National LGBTQ Task Force and formerly served as the first straight ally to chair the board.