L.A. gay pride festival names Amaechi grand marshal
LOS ANGELES -- Former NBA player John Amaechi, who came out publicly, will be the grand marshal for a gay pride festival in West Hollywood this summer.
Amaechi, a former Orlando Magic player who is now retired from basketball, recently released a book called "Man in the Middle," which chronicles his life as a gay man.
"We are inspired by Amaechi's courage and convictions. Despite personal risk, he opened himself up to the world and showed his authentic self," said Rodney Scott, president of Christopher Street West, an organization that advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The organization said Amaechi was selected because he showed courage and conviction despite personal risk.
The Los Angeles LGBT Pride Celebration is set for June 8-10 and includes a parade on Santa Monica Boulevard.
"I am honored to be the grand marshal at this year's Pride Celebration celebrating equality for each of us," Amaechi said.
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