A Russian activist and a transgendered television star are among the four Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshalls announced today by the Vancouver Pride Society.
Each year the Pride Society chooses Grand Marshalls in the categories of Local Hero, National/International Hero and Role Model. In addition, a fourth Grand Marshall has been chosen once again in 2010 to be recognized posthumously.
Local Hero – Barb Snelgrove
A long time advocate, volunteer and fixture in Vancouver’s LGTBQ community, Barb Snelgrove has worked tirelessly for such organizations as Youthquest, Loving Spoonful, Pride Society, Qmunity and was recently appointed to the City of Vancouver LGTTBQ Advisory Committee.
International Hero – Nikolai Alekseev
Nikolai Alekseev is a Russian LGBTQ rights activist and the founder of Moscow Pride which continue to be banned each year. Together with his advocate group LGBT Human Rights Project, Gayrussia.ru, Nikolai has organized a large number of unauthorized public actions to defend the rights of sexual minorities in Russia. In 2009, Nikolai launched a campaign for same-sex marriage in Russia where he continues to push boundaries.
Role Model – Candis Cayne
Model, actress and transgender performer, Candis Cayne (photo right courtesy of Wikipedia) has brought to the forefront equality and rights for everyone and isn’t afraid to stand up and speak out. Among a number of television and movie gigs, Candis was cast in the primetime television series Dirty, Sexy Money and became the first transgendered actress to play a recurring transgender character on a network show.
Posthumous Hero – Catherine White-Holman
Catherine was a pioneer and social worker who brought health services to the most marginalized people in Vancouver as a founding staff member and counsellor at Vancouver’s Three Bridges clinic. Catherine was a strong advocate for her clients and was a non-stop activist for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Sadly, Catherine died in a float-plane crash near Saturna Island on November, 2009.
Vancouver Pride 2010 – Liberate
Visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca for more information on Vancouver Pride 2010.