INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, the 2019 Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade announced State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) as one of four Grand Marshalls of Indy Pride’s annual summer event. Sen. Ford had the following remarks on his appointment:

“I am incredibly humbled to have been selected as a Grand Marshall of this year’s Pride Parade. It has always been my personal policy as a legislator that the Statehouse is your house. This means every Hoosier deserves to have a voice in our government, including our LGBTQ+ Hoosiers.

“There has been a lot of animosity toward the LGBTQ+ community in bills that have moved through the General Assembly this year, and the Pride Parade is a great event to show the whole state that those of us in this community matter too. It’s an honor to stand beside my fellow Grand Marshalls and declare that Indiana is an inclusive state.

“I want every LGBTQ+ Hoosier to know that my door is always open. I want you all to know that you can always turn to me.”

Sen. Ford will be joined by Shelly Fitzgerald, LOW PONE and Trinity Haven Indy as Grand Marshalls of the parade. The event will be held on June 8 beginning at 10 a.m. on Mass Avenue in Indianapolis.