Liberia’s First Openly Transwoman Named Sacramento Pride Grand Marshal

Grace F. Lawrence the first and only openly known transgender woman from Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa has been named the 2018 Sacramento Pride Grand Marshal. Grace got her Asylum in the United States in 2007 under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. For

more than twenty years, she has been working behind the scenes to better the lives of LGBTQ persons in Africa. She lives in Sacramento, CA.  Miss Lawrence is a well-known global human rights and LGBTQ activist, photojournalists, and motivational speaker, traveling around the USA and the world promoting human rights and social justice for LGBTQ people. Grace is also the first transgender woman to become a grand marshal in the United States of America.


Grace will share the honor with Deanna Delgado a renowned activist in the Sacramento community who has been passively involved in numerous charitable events for decades. According to several community members, Deanna is the first to give her help when there is a need. In support of fundraisers for the AIDS Foundation and other organizations, Deanna has ridden in bike marathons, walked in marches and parades, and promoted car-washes, all

while balancing her job as a hospitable and compassionate bartender. An animal lover and an outspoken individual, Deanna stands at the forefront of justice and equality for all humankind.


Sacramento Pride is the Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s largest community engagement of the year. It’s a monumental community focused effort that provides folks from every demographic in our diverse community the opportunity to freely express pride in who they are, advocate for equality and justice, be introduced to community service providers and supportive businesses, and build community with chosen family and friends. Sacramento Pride has been slated for 10th June 2018.