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Long Beach Pride: Ty Herndon to headline country music stage

Singer Ty Herndon will be headlining the country music stage at Long Beach Pride.

LONG BEACH — Singer Ty Herndon will be headlining the country music stage at Long Beach Pride, the nonprofit group announced on social media today.

Herndon — who debuted on the scene in 1995 with the No. 1 single “What Mattered Most” — made headlines in late 2014 when he came out in an interview with People magazine.

Herndon’s latest CD and his first since coming out, “House on Fire,” addresses his fight to be free and his sexuality.

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Herndon will headline the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival on the second day, May 21, according to Herndon’s website. The festival, which will start May 20, will take place along Shoreline Drive at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks in downtown.

The parade takes place May 21 at 10:30 a.m., stepping off at Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and marching west to Alamitos Avenue.

Long Beach Pride is the city’s second largest event and party along the waterfront.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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