La Toya Jackson, sister of the music icon late Micheal Jackson and the star of, “Life with La Toya” will be a grand marshal alongside George Takei at San Diego gay Pride parade 2013. Pride will kick off this upcoming weekend, July 13,14, where Jackson will be introducing the winner of the Voice of Pride singing contest.
429Magazine landed an exclusive interview with La Toya who shared insight about life as a Jackson since the passing of Michael, as well as what it’s like to work with Oprah Winfrey.
429Magazine: What is the biggest misconception about you, La Toya?
La Toya Jackson: It’s the same as with my family: People think they know us; and they think we’re all crazy! But we’re actually pretty normal when it comes right down to our every day lives. We’re just like other families.
429Mag: OK, but in actuality, most families I know are pretty crazy. Every family has a certain level of craziness. In fact, I’d say on a scale of one to ten, my family is a solid seven. Where would you put yours on a scale of one to ten?
Jackson: (Giggles) Well, I don’t know how to answer that. Let’s just say there’s always something going on with one of us. But there’s so much more to us than that.
429Mag: What has it been like working with Oprah and having your own show on her network?
Jackson: She is so great and easy to work with. It has really been a pleasure and an honor to be on her network and working with her company.
429Mag: What’s your history with the LGBT community?
Jackson: When I released my first song, I was delighted to learn that 90 percent of my base was comprised of gay men. It’s an honor to be among the ranks of artists like Cher and Diana (Ross), who can say their fan base is the gay community.
429Mag: What’s your favorite episode of “Life with La Toya?”
Jackson: I love the ones with my parents. I really love the episode with my father, where I’m showing him how much I love him how much I care. He’ll be 85 (this) month. He has changed a lot over the years. And, of course I really love the one with my mom. I think people who see the episodes with my parents will be surprised to see what very loving, humble and meek people they are.
429Mag: What will you be doing at San Diego LGBT Pride?
Jackson: I will be in the parade as grand marshal. The following day I will be announcing the winner of the Voice of Pride. I’m really excited about being a part of San Diego’s Pride parade and the festival this year. I’ve been to Pride before—to the parades here in L.A. But this will be the first time I’ve been a grand marshal, and I’m just really excited be there alongside my fellow grand marshal, George Takei.
429Mag: What’s your biggest challenge these days?
Jackson: I’d have to say just keeping up with La Toya (laughs). There just are not enough hours in the day.
429Mag: Any thoughts on DOMA and Prop. 8? (Note: This interview conducted prior to the announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings last month.)
Jackson: First of all, on Prop. 8, we’re going to get the freedom to marry back in California. The way I view it, if you find two people who are in love, why not let them get married?
429Mag: How has life been since Michael’s passing?
Jackson: It’s very different. The voice isn’t there any more. The laughter isn’t there any more. I can never see that person again, in the physical—never. I will never be able to hold or embrace him again. I miss him terribly. We all do.
429Mag: It’s still hard to talk about, I’m sure. Thank you for agreeing to let us ask you about your beloved brother.
Jackson: You’re welcome.
429Mag: Lastly, what should fans expect from next season on “Life with La Toya?”
Jackson: You’re going to love it. It’s an incredible show next season. Next season, I’ll be traveling and you’ll probably see a performance. The thing to know about his show is that it’s all natural; it’s all real. Life is a play on reality.