Dublin LGBTQ Pride is proud to announce LGBT Noise spokesperson, Max Krzyzanowski, as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Dublin Pride Parade, taking place on Saturday 25 June. Dublin Northsider, Max, was chosen as Grand Marshal because of his long-standing activism in the LGBTQ community, for being a staunch advocate of equality and a founding member of the independent non-party political group LGBT Noise. He is a former Mr. Gay Ireland and Mr. Gay World winner (2009).
“I am very grateful for this opportunity to lead this year’s Pride Parade, it’s a great honour to have been chosen to be Grand Marshal”, said Max.
Max and LGBT Noise were a constant and strong voice in the campaign for marriage equality – finally realised in last year’s referendum – since Noise’s establishment in 2007. Max and LGBT Noise organised the annual ‘March for Marriage’ for several years, a march that came to fruition last May when Ireland became the first country in the world to approve marriage equality by popular vote.
“In the wake of the marriage equality referendum, it’s important to remain aware that LGBTQ people still face challenges as a minority”, said Dublin LGBTQ Pride Chairperson Jason Flynn. “Max is someone who has been campaigning for marriage equality, for transgender rights, and against Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act for years. His passion for equality fuels a fire that will no doubt continue to burn for years to come.”
This year’s Pride theme is ‘REBEL, REBEL” – a nod to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a theme that suits our Grand Marshal quite well. His years of tireless campaigning as a vocal activist for LGTBQ rights, as someone who always stood up for what he believed it, despite what others around him might say, make him a real ‘rebel’ of the LGBTQ community.
The official launch of Dublin LGBTQ Pride will take place in City Hall on June 2nd.
The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade is open for all on Saturday 25 June and we hope the people of Dublin accept our offer and join with us.
Max Krzyzanowski is the spokesperson for ‘LGBT Noise’, dedicating his time to public advocacy in the cause of LGBT equality. Max was Born in a bungalow, in Raheny on Dublin’s Northside in 1971. He started learning piano at age 8 and still plays today. For over 25 years Max trained in more than half a dozen disciplines of Martial Arts in a dozen countries and fought professional Muay Thai in Thailand. Max was also a Radio presenter – He co-presented a science show on Dublin South FM and to top it all off, he won Mr Gay Ireland in 2009 and then went on to win Mr Gay World in the same year.