Randy Potts

Randy Roberts Potts will serve as grand marshal of the Oklahoma City AIDS Walk.

AIDS Walk is a 1-mile trek through Bricktown in downtown OKC on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Potts is originally from Tulsa, Okla. and is the grandson of evangelist Oral Roberts. He lived in Oklahoma City where he was an English teacher before moving to Dallas. He moved to Dallas when his ex-wife transferred to the area so he could share custody of their three children.

“Someone on their board was looking at ‘It Gets Better’ videos, saw mine, called, asked,” Potts said. “I said I’d be honored.”

Last year, Potts did an “It Gets Better” video to remember his Uncle Ronnie, Oral Roberts’ son, who was gay. Potts is a writer and performance artist. In October, he plans to stage a performance piece to show just how boring the lives of most gay people are. The piece is called “The Gay Agenda.”

Unlike the LifeWalk in Dallas that is run by AIDS Arms, an AIDS Service provider, and benefits several other AIDS service organizations, the OKC walk is independently run and solicits grant applications from area AIDS organizations. The city’s AIDS providers have until Oct. 31 to apply to become a beneficiary and money is distributed later in the year.

For those who want to participate, the walk is at Sonic Plaza in Bricktown on Reno Avenue across the street from the ballpark. Free reserved parking is available for participants. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk steps off at 2 p.m.