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0 comments | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Last weekend Miami Beach held it's first annual Gay Pride Parade and the legendary diva and LGBT ally Ms. Patti LaBelle served as the parades Grand Marshall. The city's first Pride attracted an estimated 20,000 people and honored gay couples who have been together for over 20 years.

Patti LaBelle has always been an outspoken LGBT ally over her illustrious career and was at the forefront of HIV/AIDS activism when many in the black community were silent on the issue, especially the black church. Now it shouldn't be a surprise that Ms. LaBelle is lending her support to marriage equality.

"I was asked earlier if I was gay", LaBelle says during her speech at Miami Beach Pride. "And I said well I can answer this way. I'm very gay and happy. I'm very happy to be here for my gay friends. I've never been with a woman so I guess I'm straight. But I'm straight enough to know the difference between right and wrong. I am straight enough to know that if you want to marry whoever you want to marry, you should be able to marry."

Go on Ms. Patti! At 65 years old she gets it. It's nice to know the generational gap when it comes to gay rights hasn't affected all of her peers.

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