spotlight: PRIDE long beach (amanda miguel continued from page 28)


The LGBT audience is by far the most loyal! They have been by my side in the good and bad times on and off stage, no matter what.”

community. They’ve always done so many things for me, I couldn’t feel more blessed and grateful. Is your husband, Diego Verdaguer, by chance also performing? No, but I will sing a duet with my daughter Ana

Victoria! You are such a Latin American icon. There are many female impersonators who perform your hits. Have you seen any shows and what do you think of them? Of course, I’ve seen them and it’s just a joy! I feel

very honored whenever I’ve attended their shows. It’s very sweet to see how they craft the same outfits and do my same gestures and movements. They are so talented and I’m very happy that my music has inspired them to make a living out of it. Sometimes, they actually come to my shows dressed like me and I feel very moved as soon as I see them in the audience. What are the differences between the new generations who are listening to your music now and those generations past? It’s been 36 years since I started and those genera-

tions who listened to my music since the beginning, including kids, have grown up following my career, so my audience’s age range is very wide. They are the best audience out there, they respect music and I love when they get excited to see me live, because they can’t believe that I can still sing all those hits. Please let us know what you’ve got coming up next. I’ve been busy touring more than ever in the United States. I’m about to launch a new tour with my husband, Diego Verdaguer, we’re preparing a new show with my daughter Ana Victoria and of course, getting ready to bring it at Long Beach Pride! Which, it must be said, is celebrating their 20th anniversary!

For more information about Amanda Miguel and her performance schedule, go

Celebrity Grand Marshal: Lisa Vanderpump Known to most through Bravo TV’sVanderpump Rules andThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, television series. Lisa and her husband, Ken, have also been steadfast advocates for the LGBTQ community for years. “Together we have passed several milestones, but we are not finished yet and I plan on being here every step of the way.”

Grand Parade Marshal: California State Senator Ricardo Lara Raised in East Los Angeles, Senator Lara made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California State Senate. He serves as the co-chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, where he continues his advocacy for the LGBT community.

“Morris Kight” Political Grand Marshal: Los Angeles County Supervisor, 4th District, Janice Hahn She voted to make marriage equality the official policy of the city and campaigned against Proposition 8. In congress, Hahn was an outspoken member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act and was an advocate for the repeal of DOMA. She also co-sponsored the Equality Act which establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination of LGBTQ Americans.

“Whitey Littlefield” Community Bridge Building Award: Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, Second District Pearce has been a staunch supporter of equity in the City of Long Beach and has a history of working with organizations to educate residents on services and resources for the LGBTQ community.

Judith Doyle Community Grand Marshal: Jannay Lima Recently voted one of the most influential Lesbian Latinas in Los Angeles County, she has been an active LGBT advocate, co-producer of Long Beach Festival Gay Latino and a member of the Long Beach Pride Parade Committee.

Special Recognition Grand Marshal: Michelle Molina A true ally to the LGBTQ community, her generosity reaches all aspects of the Long Beach; from supporting youth to the feeding of our ailing. Her wide-spread endearment has touched many.

Marilyn Barlow Community Grand Marshal: Sabreena Amainstay in the Long Beach drag community for over 25 years and a long time member of International Imperial Court of Long Beach, she has, over her 25-year involvement, helped to raise over $100,000 for community non-profits.

Dr. Robert Garcia Youth Grand Marshal Award: Abel Avalos Being one of the lucky to live in one of the most accepting and diverse cities in the country, Avalos felt safe enough to come out, first as bisexual and then as a trans man when he was 15.

For tickets and more information about the myriad Long Beach Pride events, call 562.987.9191 or go


RAGE monthly | MAY 2017

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