Chaz Bono to lead Miami Beach Pride parade

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Transgender activist Chaz Bono will headline the fourth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade as grand marshal.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade kicks of at noon on April 15 and travels along Ocean Drive from Fifth to 15th Streets. “Chaz’s courage, activism and contributions to the whole community stand as inspirations to us all,” said Babak Movahedi, president of the event’s board of directors. “We are extremely proud to have Chaz, who is a true trailblazer, as our grand marshal this year.”

Bono has written three books, including “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man,” a candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his ultimate transformation from female to male.

His first documentary, “Becoming Chaz,” is an intimate and honest documentary that received a standing ovation at its Sundance debut and was nominated for three prime-time Emmy Awards.

His second, “Being Chaz,” chronicles Bono as he embraces his new life and he prepares for his debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in last season’s show.

Following the parade, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival will feature musical performances by Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta from the Pussy Cat Dolls, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day; a roster of international DJs, including Scotty Thomson; as well as 125 LGBTQ-friendly vendors and businesses; a food court; refreshments; and a family-friendly play area.

The Pride celebration is now the largest, single-day event of the year in Miami Beach. Attendance last year was estimated at 40,000 people.

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