This Sunday, June 30 marks the day that Andy Cohen and many other Bravo stars will team up for the New York City Pride March, appearing together on a float led by the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host. The roster is a who's who of Bravolebs from all across the network — including The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Margaret Josephs.
"Emotionally, I'm totally prepared. I'm so excited to be there. All my friends are super excited," the RHONJ fashionista recently told The Daily Dish ahead of this weekend's festivities. "Mentally, I feel like I'm prepared. Of course, my outfit... I'm just looking for the right jumpsuit, the right this, the right that. I want to represent the right way and with the emotion behind it."
Margaret, who also recently became involved with the Live Out Loud organization, added about Sunday's message: "Again, it's about the LGBT community, but it's also about being able to love whomever you choose. I'm happy to be a part of that and raise awareness and be on the platform — and be fabulous while doing it."
Margaret will be joined by a bevy of equally-fab Bravo talent including Tinsley Mortimer, Billie Lee, Captain Sandy Yawn, Reza Farahan, Patricia Altschul, Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Eva Marcille, LeeAnne Locken, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Kelly Dodd, and Gizelle Bryant, as well as several special guests: Andy’s assistant Daryn Carp, WWHL's Gay Shark, Jackie Cox (Drag Lisa Rinna), Chelsea Piers (Drag Erika Jayne), Ginger Snap (Drag Captain Sandy), and Paige Turner (Drag Lisa Vanderpump).
"I want to meet Captain Sandy 'cause I adore her and she is so fabulous and she is the epitome of what pride really stands for," Margaret explained. "So I am so psyched to meet her. Patricia, I'm dying to meet her also. I'm super excited. Everybody who is is on the float are strong people who are about pride, who speak out and are proud in what they do and have a voice. And so that's why it's great that we're all together. I'm happy and proud to be with everybody who is on that float."
Margaret was on hand earlier this month when she received the key to the city of Englewood for her work in the community. On that day, she also raised a flag to celebrate Pride month. When speaking to The Daily Dish, she opened up about how growing up her mother, Marge Sr., raised her around diverse people from all backgrounds and how that has influenced her life today.
"I'm so honored and so emotional about it," she said. "Growing up with Marge Sr. I never knew there was a difference between gay and straight. I'm being completely honest. Up until I got older I didn't realize gay people are persecuted," she recalled. "My mother always had gay friends. When I was a little girl, one time I questioned her like, 'Art and Joe are kissing? Mommy, what's the [situation]?' And she's like 'Oh, they're in love.' I was like, 'Oh, OK.'
"It was no big discussion, nothing was made of it," she continued. "So growing up being gay was nothing different to me. It was a very natural way of life. And so as I got older and I realized other people weren't as accepting only then did I realize that there was an issue in the world and in communities. And I realized this was not acceptable. So I was always involved and I was always championing my gay friends and now that I can be really involved and have a platform to do it, it's super, super important. It's unfortunate that this many years later that things are going on like this [and] that we still need to be allies — that this is even an issue."