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Historic’ change allows transgender girls to enter Eskasoni pageant – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202023 Views

So far, one transgender participant has signed up for the popular event at Eskasoni Winter Carnival

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, the Eskasoni First Nation’s annual winter carnival pageant is open to transgender women and girls.

The Eskasoni Winter Carnival has been running for decades as a fundraiser for the local Holy Family Parish. The pageant is one of the most popular events of the festival in Cape Breton.

“To have this as one of the biggest symbols of gender affirmation for people who are trans is a total success and a very historic moment, not only for Mi’kmaw people, not only for people in Eskasoni, but for transgender women and girls all across this world,” said Geordy Marshall, who is with Pride Eskasoni.

Marshall is also the communications person for the Eskasoni First Nation and sits on the organizing committee for the winter carnival.

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