Vancouver Pride announces grand marshals for 2014 parade

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      The Vancouver Pride Society has announced its grand marshals for the 2014 Pride parade.

      Each year, Vancouver Pride selects local, national, or international outstanding LGBT individuals to recognize and celebrate for their contributions to increasing awareness of queer issues and for creating safe spaces.

      This year, those individuals are filmmaker Gwen Haworth, activist Dean Nelson, and the late ted northe, who are all locals.

      Queer activist and film director Gwen Haworth chronicled her transition in the 2007 documentary She's a Boy I Knew. She is an educator at Vancouver Coastal Health's Prism Services, and a member of the City of Vancouver's LGBTQ Advisory Committee, Out on Screen's Board of Directors, and the Safe Choices Advisory Committee.  

      WinterPRIDE and Mr. Gay Canada producer Dean Nelson cofounded the first Olympic Pride House at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

      LGBT community trailblazer and rights advocate ted northe organized the first Pride march in Canada in 1963. He also founded the Canadian chapter of the Imperial Court System (an international LGBT fundraising network), the first Gay Businessman's Guild, and the first Canadian gay sports league. He also cofounded the first LGBT First Nations group, the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society. northe died on March 30.

      This year's parade will be held on August 3.