From actors to philanthropists, Utah Pride has attracted a diverse crowd to grand marshal the parades. Here’s a list of grand marshals.
1996 — Chasity Bono, now Chaz Bono, is the child of Sonny and Cher. Bono was the first grand marshal of Utah’s Pride Parade.
1997 — Candace Gingrich is the lesbian sister of U.S. Congressman Newt Gingrich.
1998 — Debra Burrington and Charlene Orchard are the founders of the Utah Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.
1999 — Gay actor Dan Butler, “Bulldog” from the television series Frasier, was official grand marshal while Gary and Millie Watts were our local grand marshals.
2000 — Utah Representative Jackie Biskupski, Utah’s first elected gay woman to the Utah Legislature.
2001 — Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, a strong advocate for queer rights.
2002 — Utah Sen. Alicia Suazo is the wife of Pete Suazo who championed anti-discrimination laws, and Steve Kmetko, host on E! Network.
2003 — Kate Kendall, a Utah native, was the executive director of National Center for Lesbian Rights.
2004 — Bruce Bastian, WordPerfect co-founder, is a philanthropist and backer of queer-rights measures.
2005 — Utah Sen. Scott D. McCoy, Utah’s first elected gay man to the Utah Legislature.
2006 — J. Boyer Jarvis, a human rights activist and ally to the gay community.
2007 — John Amaechi, a Utah Jazz player, was the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay.
2008 — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has championed queer rights legislation, including a domestic-partnership registry.
2009 — Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Quilt.
2010 — Dottie S. Dixon is a beloved fictional character portrayed by local actor Charles Lynn Frost.
2011 — Roseanne Barr is a comedienne and Salt Lake City native.
2012 — Dustin Lance Black is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and queer-rights advocate.
2013 — David Testo is an openly gay soccer player and civil-rights advocate.