We're proud to announce that Michael Gamilla and Carolyn Zook have been named Pride Grand Marshal and the Pride Honorary Marshal of the 2022 Rochester Pride Parade and Festival.
The Pride Grand Marshal is a person who has made contributions to better the life of the LGBTQ+ Community in the Rochester Area in the past, present, and future. The Pride Honorary Marshal is a person who has made contributions to better the life of the LGBTQ+ Community and may have been overlooked in the past. Nominations were accepted online, and the winners were selected by the ROC Pride Collective.
Michael Gamilla has served as Program Director of ImageOut: The Rochester LGBTQ+ Film Festival for nearly two decades. In this role, he carefully curated films to bring global LGBTQ+ cinema to local screens. The films offered visibility and representation of the LGBTQ+ community, telling diverse stories regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious identities, and more. Mr. Gamilla was a 2011 The Little Theatre Friend of Film awardee and a 2015 Empire State Pride Agenda Outstanding Community Champion awardee.
Carolyn Zook worked at The Avenue Pub on Monroe Avenue for 35 years. The tavern has been a staple of the LGBTQ+ community since 1975. Carolyn moved to Rochester at the age of 18 and started bartending right away. She worked at six different bars for a total 57 years, and she retired from the Avenue Pub in 2021. Ms. Zook welcomed people from all walks of life and made incredible friendships in the LGBTQ+ community.