A familiar face will be leading the charge in this year’s Capital Pride Parade.
Local youth, Charlie Lowthian-Rickert from Stittsville will be acting as Grand Marshall alongside marshall Laith Ashley from Harlem, New York.
Every year, a Grand Marshall is chosen who exemplifies leadership in advocacy and improving the lives of the LGBTTQ+ community. For 10-year-old Lowthian-Rickert who was born in the body of a boy but has identified as a girl since she was a toddler, confidence was key.
Charlie enjoys reading, music, nature, and model cars and planes but spends a great deal of time standing up for the rights of transgender, gender queer, intersex, and gender fluid individuals. She actively raises funds for Family Services of Ottawa, she joined the federal Justice Minister for the tabling of Bill C-16 and she will be featured in a documentary on gender diversity that airing nationally in the coming months.
As marshall, Charlie will be involved in a number of events including guest speaking at a Human Rights Vigil on August 17th.
I would like to send my support and congratulations – and encourage other residents to do the same – to both Charlie and her family for this great honour.
The parade takes place Sunday, August 21st from 1:00-3:00pm downtown, at the corner of Bank and Gladstone. I hope that residents will be able to make it out for what is sure to be the start to a great Capital Pride Week.