Long Beach Pride 2018: Here are the parade grand marshals

LONG BEACH — Queer advocates, a maritime industry, community activists, and an elected public servant are the grand marshals for the Long Beach Pride Parade.

Grand marshals are nominated and chosen by the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride board and membership.

“Transparent” actress Alexandra Billings will the celebrity grand marshal. 

The pride parade will take place May 20 at 10:30 a.m., stepping off at Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and marching west to Alamitos Avenue.

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival takes place May 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. along Shoreline Drive. Tickets are$20 online and and $25 at the gate.

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Here are the honorees:

Jessie Haase and Debbie Lambert: Lesbian couple and founders of  I-Own- It.Today, a 3-year-old Long Beach-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing goods, services, and leadership mentoring to the community.

Rev. John P. Huffman: A senior minister at Unity Long Beach.

Kobe James: A 2017 graduate of Jordan High School, James is a community activist and was named Youth of the Year in 2017 by the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club.

Porter Gilberg: Executive director of the Long Beach LGBTQ Center

Lena Gonzalez: Serving her second term, Gonzalez represents the First District on the Long Beach City Council.

Port of Long Beach:  The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States. The Port of Los Angeles is number one. 

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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.