Being named a Grand Marshal of the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration® is among the highest honors bestowed by the Houston’s LGBT community. Individuals and organizations nominated for Grand Marshal have made significant achievements for LGBT rights and have made considerable contributions to the LGBT community at large.

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Past Grand Marshals

YearMale and FemaleHonorary or AllyOrganizational
1979Thelma Hansel
1980Jim Farmer & Ruth Ravas
1981Ray Hill & Rita Wanstrom
1982Marion Coleman & Andy Mills
1983Marion Pantzer & Walter Strickler
1984Pokey Anderson & Rick Grossman
1985Terry Clark & Freda Jerrell
1986Tony Bicocchi & Dee Lamb
1987Persons Living With AIDS
1988Bruce Cook & Eleanor MungerSharon Kowalski & Harvey Milk
1989Charles Armstrong & Bettie Naylor
1990Walter Carter & Annise ParkerDebra Danburg & Craig Washington
1991Gene Harrington, Jack Jackson & Linda MoralesKaty Caldwell & Marvin Davis
1992Sheri Cohen Darbonne & Brian KeeverGay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston
1993Brian Bradley & Carolyn MobleyAdan RiosPFLAG Houston
1994Jay Allen & Cicely WynneClaire KoepselQ-Patrol
1995Suzanne Anderson & Don GillAnnella HarrisonH.A.T.C.H.
1996Bill Havard & Jeanette VaughnJack AberciaThe Royal, Sovereign, and Imperial Court of the Single Star
1997Deborah Bell & Jimmy CarperKrewe of Olympus
1998Bob Bouton & Jackie DovalBarbara WinstonTexas Gay Rodeo Association
1999Sean Carter & Nancy FordColt 45’s
2000Richard Weiderholt & Tori WilliamsDon SinclairPeople With AIDS Coalition Houston
2001Mitchell Katine & Dalia StokesBlake & Gordon WeisserPFLAG Houston
2002Mela Contreras & Rusty MuellerIrv & Jane SmithGay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston
2003All former Grand Marshals honored
2004Sonna Alton & Jerry SimoneauxSue & Jim NullLesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
2005Weldon Hickey & Deb MurphyDennis and Evelyn SchaveBayou City Boys Club
2006Phyllis Randolph Frye & Ray RamirezRev. Marilyn Meeker-WilliamsBunnies on the Bayou
2007Jack Valinski & Maria GonzalezGarnet ColemanThe Imperial Court of Houston
2008Dalton DeHart & Kelly McCannJulie EberlyAIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.
2009James Knapp & Fiona DawsonMike & Linda BratsenLegacy Community Healthcare
2010Gary Wood & Carol WyattAnn RobisonMontrose Counseling Center
2011Bryan Hlavinka & Tammi WallaceDuane & Judy RolandThe GLBT Community Center
2012Nicolas Brines & Jenifer R. PooleEllen Cohen
2013John Nechman & Robin BrownJanuari Leo
2014JD Doyle & Christina GorzynskiSarah & Fernando Aramburo
2015Ryan Levy & Britt KornmannAnna Eastman
2016Bradley Odom-Harris & Fran WatsonDena Gray
2017Lou Weaver & Sallie Wyatt-WoodellAimee Broadhurst
2018All Former Grand Marshals

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