Cyndi Lauper to be grand marshal in West Hollywood Pride Parade

Cyndi Lauper is going to have fun.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will be the Lifetime Ally Icon for the West Hollywood Pride Parade this year.

“Renowned for her groundbreaking contributions to music, activism, and LGBTQ+ advocacy, Cyndi Lauper epitomizes the ethos of pride, inclusivity, and resilience,” organizers said in a press release Wednesday.

“I love Pride, I love West Hollywood! I love a parade,” Lauper, 70, said in the release. “I am very excited about being WeHo Pride’s Lifetime Ally Icon. Can’t wait to see you all there.”

Other WeHo Pride Parade grand marshals will be announced in the coming weeks.

“With a career spanning decades, Lauper has left an indelible mark, especially within the LGBTQ+ community,” the press release said. “From her iconic hits like ‘True Colors’ and ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun,’ Lauper’s repertoire resonates as a poignant soundtrack of the LGBTQ+ equality movement and beyond.”

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Lauper’s activism includes co-founding True Colors United, a nonprofit dedicated to combating homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, in 2008.

In response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, Lauper launched the Girls Just Want to Have Fundamental Rights Fund, housed at the Tides Foundation, to support women’s rights and reproductive health.

Cyndi Lauper’s “unwavering dedication to advocacy throughout the years, coupled with her unparalleled musical legacy, makes her a perfect fit for this moment in time as Lifetime Ally Icon as we celebrate WeHo Pride 2024,”West Hollywood Mayor John M. Erickson said in the statement.

The WeHo Pride Parade will step off at 12:30 p.m. June 2 at the intersection of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica boulevards and travel west into the heart of West Hollywood’s Rainbow District. It will end at Robertson Boulevard.

WeHo Pride will take place from May 31 to June 2 and include the Outloud Music Festival. Headliners will be Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe, and Diplo.

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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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