18-year-old Louise Deser Sinkel has been crowned Pasadena’s Rose Parade Queen, and in the process making history as the first individual from the LGBTQ person to do so.
Siskel becomes the 101stQueen of the Tournament of Roses in December and will lead the parade of New Year’s Day. More than 1,000 young women competed for the crown.
The Tournament of the Roses started 130 years ago as a small marketing event by Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club. The aim was to promote the city’s charm and beautiful weather. It has grown in stature and is now one of America’s main New Year Celebrations.
As the first LGTBI winner, Siskel says she is also the first Jewish person and the first to wear glasses.
The new Queen said her message to everyone is to stand up and fight for what they believe in. ’I encourage everyone to stay engaged and active within your community, advocate and fight for the things you believe in, regardless of whether other people respond or care about those things in the way you do,’ she told the local paper.
‘I think it can be easy to get discouraged when people don’t share the same passion for your values or for the things that you care about, but I hope that people continue to fight for the things that are important to them, regardless of the support they see from others.’