2017 LI Pride Grand Marshal

NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm

Daniel Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chairperson of the Education Committee.

Prior to his election, Dromm was an award-winning New York City public school teacher at PS 199Q in Queens from 1984 to 2009. Dromm is a pioneer of the LGBT rights movement in Queens and organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Dromm, a native Long Islander grew up in Manhasset in the 1960’s, attended St. Mary’s Boys High School, graduated from Marist College and earned his master’s degree at City College. He lives in Jackson Heights.

2017 LI Pride Grand Marshal

Sue Wicks

Sue Wicks is a former basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played with the New York Liberty from 1997-2002 and was inducted into the WNBA Hall of Fame in 2013. Born in Center Moriches, Wicks played for Rutgers University from 1984 to 1998 and was named a Kodak All-American 1986-1988 and in 1998 she won the Naismith, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Women’s Basketball News Service and Street & Smith’s National Player of the Year awards.

Sue Wicks is an out and proud lesbian and was one of the few players willing to discuss sexual orientation in the WNBA during her career. She has said “I can’t say how many players are gay … but it would be easier to count the straight ones”.

2017 LI Pride Honorary Grand Marshal

Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker created the Rainbow Flag, symbol of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender movement in June 1978. His work as a vexillographer (flag maker) spanned almost 40 years and includes two world records. The Rainbow Flag is an international phenomenon, with millions of people everywhere embracing it as a visibility action.

Baker, was born in Chanute, Kansas on June 2, 1951. He served in the US Army from 1970-1972 and was stationed in San Francisco just at the start of the gay liberation movement. His soldier’s story is told in Randy Shilts’ book “Conduct Unbecoming”. After being honorably discharged Baker stayed in San Francisco and taught himself how to sew.

Baker, died on March 31, 2017, peacefully at his home in New York City at the age of 65.