NYC Pride Names 2015 Grand Marshals

Via press release:

Heritage of Pride, organizers of NYC Pride and the annual New York City Pride March, today announced the event’s Grand Marshals for 2015. This year’s marshals are: Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen, both openly gay English actors currently co-starring in the PBS series “Vicious.” Sir Jacobi is primarily known for his stage work and in films like “The King’s Speech” and “Gladiator” while Sir McKellen is often recognized for his recurring roles as Magneto in the “X-Men” films and Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films; J. Christopher Neal, New York-based artist and leader of FluidBiDesign, an advocacy group and a community for fluid men of African descent; and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, considered the mother of the Ugandan LGBT rights movement and co-founder of the first Uganda Pride celebration.

All of the grand marshals appear in the clip below in which McKellen and Jacobi dish quite amusingly.

  • oikos

    Inevitably haters will complain about gay pride and say they should have straight pride parades because it’s unfair to them. Please share. I have used this many times.

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  • tomfromthenews

    I love Ian (whom I met here in Denver while he was on publicity tour for “Richard III”) and Derek. Wish I could be in NYC for the parade!

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  • GarySFBCN

    The pride parade has two dads! Congratulations to all involved.

  • I must admit, I was a little disappointed with the writing on “Vicious,” but I still think McKellen, Jacobi and Frances de la Tour are brilliant.

    • TommyTune

      When that show first aired I tended to agree with you. I found the writing like that of a 90’s sitcom only with openly gay characters. Lately, however, I’ve come to appreciate the writing more and more. During the last episode I found myself laughing out loud almost constantly.

    • Soren456

      I liked Last Tango in Halifax (Jacobi).

      But I thought that Vicious was too tiresome to watch, and quit after the first couple episodes.

      Maybe I should try again if it comes back.

      • Circ09

        Vicious improves during 2nd Series but it is still not great TV.

        And a big warning about Last Tango in Halifax since it will be airing on PBS in June: please don’t watch. It completely jumps the shark with Series 3. It is pure soap opera dramatics now. The storyline re: Caroline & Kate becomes deeply offensive and is infused with homophobia and racism. I loved that show and Series 3 was devastating because of the blinkered ignorant heterocentric choices of the creator. The wonderful acting among the core cast is the only thing that made it bearable.

        • Soren456

          Thanks much.

          What an awful turn for Tango to make. I’m prepared to leave it be, if that’s what happens.

          I thought that Caroline and Kate beautifully topped off the whole thing, but if they now choose to dismantle it with cheap nonsense, I’ll skip it.


  • M Jackson

    What marvelous raconteurs. The two of them are funnier than the writers of their sit-com.

  • Irrelevant Brits

    I would have preferred to see the plaintiffs and attorneys in the Marriage Equality cases named Grand Marshals.

    • Circ09

      Yeah, but there are other Pride Parades besides NYC. Edie Windsor is from NYC so that made a lot of sense to me. I’m sure the attorneys and plaintiffs will be showing up in the relevant States and possibly elsewhere soon enough.

  • sherman

    Sir Derek is known for I, Claudius in my house.

    • Xuuths


    • Yes, he was brilliant as Claudius. If you want a double treat, see his Richard II and his Hamlet in the BBC Shakespeare series.

  • GreatLakeSailor

    I saw the name Ian and the first thing that came to mind was, Oh-oh, I hope I don’t see the name Mati.

    I’m not sure I can brave PRreMake 4.0

  • Xuuths

    Two Sirs, with Love!

  • noni

    Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass weren’t available.

  • vulfhild

    I didn’t discover Jacobi until the I, Claudius series. And yes, I’m ashamed of that.