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Grand Marshalls 2024

The Fierté Montréal Festival is pleased to announce its 2024 Grand Marshals; people who thanks to their commitment, their talent, and their work, inspire and contribute to the improvement of the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people.

Sasha Colby

Sasha Colby, a drag performer, actress, dancer, and trans advocate from West Hollywood, California, made history as the Season 15 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, becoming the first native Hawaiian trans winner. Introduced to dance at 13 and inspired by her first drag show at 17, Sasha found her true calling in performing and entertaining. Under the mentorship of Cassandra Colby, she thrived in the Pageantry drag circuit, winning Miss Continental 2012. 

Sasha transitioned in Las Vegas before returning to Hawaii to establish herself in the pageantry scene. Relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she pursued acting, landing roles such as in "Hawaii 5-0". Finally joining RuPaul's Drag Race in Season 15, Sasha is poised to make her mark and provide a supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Ouissem Belgacem

Ouissem Belgacem is a Franco-Tunisian soccer player, writer, and founder of OnTrack Sport, an initiative to support pro athletes with their post-career needs. One of a crew of rookies that commentators nicknamed the “golden generation” after training at the Toulouse Football Club, he rose through the ranks quickly, playing for Tunisia in the Coupe d’Afrique des Nations (CAN) soccer championship.

Under severe pressure from systemic homophobia in pro soccer, he gave up his sporting dreams, but scored fame again in 2021 with his literary autobiography "Adieu ma honte" (“Goodbye, [my] Shame”), which won Literary Memoir of the Year award at the 2021 Prix du roman gay. His book is part of a gameplan Belgacem hopes will win in the fight against homophobia in the soccer world. Since then, he’s made appearances at countless events and in the media all the while working on a documentary series based on his book, and recently launching his music career. He released his first single, "Je suis en paix", (“I am at peace”) in November 2023, which he'll perform at Fierté Montréal Festival’s ImmiX outdoor show

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