March 31, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT | by Staff reports
Leslie Jordan to perform, serve as Pride grand marshal
Leslie Jordan, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay comedian Leslie Jordan will perform during Pride weekend in D.C.

Emmy Award-winning actor, playwright and activist Leslie Jordan will perform a D.C. show, then serve as a grand marshal of the 2016 Capital Pride Parade in June.

Jordan’s show, presented by the Washington Blade, is slated for Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

On Saturday, June 10, he will serve as a grand marshal of the Pride parade, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Jordan is also scheduled to attend the “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch at noon that day. Those tickets will be released in early April. He is also scheduled to appear at Team DC’s Nationals Night OUT on Tuesday, June 14.

Jordan is best known for his Emmy-winning role on “Will & Grace,” as well as his role in Sordid Lives, the film and the series, among many others. In addition, he also has a long history of LGBT activism. His volunteer work goes back to the early days of the AIDS crisis, when he helped with AIDS Project Los Angeles, and a regional food delivery program.

“I’ve seen a great deal of pain, and I’ve seen a great deal of progress. The desire to celebrate is inherent, and for me to be a grand marshal in the nation’s capital for Pride moves me greatly,” Jordan said in a statement.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Leslie Jordan as one of this year’s Parade grand marshals,” said Ryan Bos, executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance. “His tremendous talent as both a writer and actor is equaled only by his energy, commitment, and ability to make people laugh.”

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