Aurora Pride Parade names Grand Marshal

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Nancy Mullen
(Photo from Aurora Pride Facebook)

AURORA — The Aurora Pride Parade has named Nancy Mullen as this year’s Grand Marhsal.

Aurora Pride made the announcement on their Facebook page.

Nancy Mullen is the executive director of Youth Outlook, a non-profit organization serving LGBTQ youth and working to increase visibility and understanding of LGBTQ youth issues in DuPage, Kane, Whiteside, LaSalle, DeKalb and suburban Cook Counties. Mullen just celebrated her 20th anniversary with Youth Outlook, coming to the agency when it was only 6 months old. During her tenure, Youth Outlook has grown from a volunteer run social group with a single drop-in center to a recognized social services agency with drop-in centers in six counties including Transcend, a program specific to the interests and needs of trans youth in Naperville and Palatine, a youth leadership project, a healthy relationships program, parent support groups, a peer-led HIV prevention project and a thriving community education/professional development program.

Mullen holds a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University, where she focused on clinical counseling with youth and families. She has worked in various aspects of human services, from direct counseling to program management to agency administration. Away from Youth Outlook and the world of social work, Nancy is 10 credits away from a culinary degree to become a pastry chef and is seeking a publisher for her first book, Urban Tidepool.

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