By THOUSIF INC
Braunwyn Windham-Burke is proud to lead Pride in 'small-minded' Orange County.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke hopes to make a change in her hometown.
The openly gay "Real Housewives of Orange County" alum, 44, plans to do so as the grand marshal of the OC Pride Parade and Festival.
Her role was announced Wednesday.
The event is set to take place on June 25 in a region of Southern California that Braunwyn Windham-Burke considers:
"Very conservative" and "small-minded," she told the media.
However, she is more than willing to advocate for its resident LGBTQIA+ community, of which she is a part.
"Historically, the OC is a very conservative and small-minded place," she explained to the outlet.
"As you can tell from the 'Housewives' show, I was met with much homophobia from my castmates."
"People stand up and say, 'This is our town, too. We will not be marginalized nor minimized,' is important."
"Being the first gay 'Housewife' was not easy, but it has already opened the doors for others, which counts."
"Hopefully, having representation in OC Pride will alarm the community that queer folks live here and are not going anywhere."