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NYC Pride Announces Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas, Cecilia Chung as Grand Marshals

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“Our 2016 theme, ‘Equality Needs You,’ could not be better reflected than through Jazz, Subhi, and Cecilia,” says Pride march director Julian Sanjivan.

New York City Pride announced today that Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas and Cecilia Chung will be the Grand Marshals for the 47th annual NYC Pride March, on Sunday June 26.

Jazz Jennings is the 15-year-old honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow foundation and is best known for her reality show I Am Jazz on TLC. Jennings will be the youngest Grand Marshal in NYC Pride history. Her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, will be published by Random House Children's Books and will hit bookshelves on June 7.

Subhi Nahas is a Syrian refugee and Out100 honoree who co-founded the first LGBT magazine in Syria, Mawaleh. Nahas made history last year in August after testifying before the United Nations Security Council on the plight of LGBT people under persecution in Iraq and Syria. He continues to advocate for LGBT refugees around the world, and is now working with a group of LGBT refuges in Turkey called "Tea and Talk."

Cecilia Chung is a prominent leader who's been advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, LGBT equality. She's the founding producer of the San Francisco Trans March - one of the world's first and largest annual transgender events. Chung is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and a senior strategist for the Transgender Law Center.

"Our 2016 theme, 'Equality Needs You,' could not be better reflected than through Jazz, Subhi, and Cecilia," Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director, said in a press release. "In a post-marriage equality America, these leaders are ensuring that the barriers to LGBT people achieving true legal, health, and social equality are being broken down."

The pride parade starts at noon at 5th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan, and continues on a two-mile route through Midtown down 5th Avenue, and into Greenwich Village, ending at Christopher and Greenwich Street.

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