Andy Cohen Chosen as Miami Beach Gay Pride Grand Marshal for Making Bravo Gayer

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The Miami Herald reports that Andy Cohen is this year's grand marshal for the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival, which starts April 12. We ran into Cohen, Bravo's Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, at the Eden Roc last week, where he told us he loved that Miami is so cosmo and European.

Last year, the festival chose Dan Choi, a former American infantry officer and Iraq war veteran who is now fighting Don't Ask, Don't Tell, as the Grand Marshall. So what's Cohen's contribution to LBGT Rights? According to the Herald, he's made Bravo TV gayer.

As they put it:

Since Cohen took over the network's current development and production

slate of over two dozen shows, the network has become the home of gay

viewers' reality TV favorites, including hits such as  the Emmy and

James Beard award-winning "Top Chef," "Top Chef Masters," "The Real

Housewives" series, "Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List," "The

Millionaire Matchmaker," "Million Dollar Listing," "The Rachel Zoe

Project," "The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection," "Bethenny Ever

After," "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" and "Flipping Out."

In addition to giving gay men and women shallow TV full of harpy females with gay best friends, Cohen has contributed his own coming out story

to the It Gets Better Project. And perhaps, more importantly than making

Bravo gayer, he's a gay, out male who's had much success in his career.

He received an Emmy for season six of Top Chef and has been nominated

for nine other Emmys Awards for Project Runway to Top Chef. For

his work on the docx, The N Word, he received a Peabody award, and Time

magazine named him one of the "25 Most Powerful People in Television" in

2010. You know you're arrived when you appear on a list with Oprah.

Besides getting to wave at Cohen, festival highlights include "Legacy

Couples" where committed LGBT duos who have been together for more than

20 years will march in support of same-sex marriage. To register as a

Legacy Couple, email cindy@miamibeachgaypride.com.

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