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pre-Eman­ci­pa­tion Ja­maica. She was made a Na­tional Hero in 1976

Sa­cred Moun­tain, Episodes in Soca star Des­tra Gar­cia made history as the first soca artiste to per­form at Toronto Pride on Sun­day, June 29. Gar­cia was billed to per­form at the Block­o­rama stage as well as par­tic­i­pate in the event’s Pride Pa­rade. The an­nual LGBTTI2QQ (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, tran­sex­ual, in­ter­sex, twospir­ited, queer and ques­tion­ing) fes­ti­val is held in June each year and is con­sid­ered to be one of the largest gay pride fes­ti­vals in the world and is more than 25 years old.

Gar­cia was asked if she had any con­cerns about per­form­ing at Toronto Pride, since it was an LGBT event, given the per­cep­tions of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in TT. She replied “No none what­so­ever. I have a lot of fans across the board. I don’t see colour, creed or sex­u­al­ity.”

“I am the first soca singer at any of the stages at Pride . . . they want me to sing ‘Lucy’,” Gar­cia said of her hit from this year’s Car­ni­val.

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