Grand Marshal

China Doll

China Doll is an inspiring role model, spreading light, laughter, joy, and glam wherever she goes. As a stalwart of Ottawa’s drag scene for years, China Doll embodies Capital Pride’s values of of creating opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate, and connect people

Whether she’s hosting Karaoke at Shanghai Restaurant on a Saturday night in the dead of winter or out on the town on a sweltering summer day, China Doll is an icon. A proud supporter of many local causes, community groups and events, China Doll is a very visible symbol of the LGBTQ2+ community in the National Capital Region.

In celebration of the joy she has brought to the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies, Capital Pride is pleased to honour China Doll by naming her 2018 Grand Marshal.

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International Marshal

Bruce Richman

Bruce Richman is the Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign and is at the forefront of the international Undetectable Equals Untransmittable or U=U movement. Richman has fought relentlessly to share the groundbreaking and stigma-shattering evidence that proves people living with HIV who have reduced their viral loads to an undetectable level cannot transmit HIV sexually. The positive impact the U=U campaign has had on the lives of those living with HIV cannot be overstated.

“We will not let people lie about us,” Richman says. “U equals U, undetectable equals untransmittable… is dismantling HIV stigma. It’s incentivizing treatment uptake and adherence. And it underscores the demand for universal treatment and prevention access. U equals U changes everything!”

In celebration of the importance of U=U and in recognition of Richman’s international leadership, Capital Pride welcomes Bruce Richman as our 2018 International Marshal.

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Youth Marshal

SAEFTY

SAEFTY — Support And Education For Trans Youth — is a support and educational group organized by and for trans, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse youth in the National Capital Region. Through regular programming and events, SAEFTY brings youth together to celebrate, connect and learn.

SAEFTY builds bridges among trans people and families of all ages and advocates for better support for the community by creating opportunities to be together in a space that is free from transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism, sexism, racism, ableism, islamophobia, colonialism, and other forms of oppression.

Despite being in its first year, SAEFTY is having a big impact on trans youth across the region and for that reason Capital Pride welcomes SAEFTY and its founders as our 2018 Youth Marshal.

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