We are honored to present our 2017 Grand Marshal and this year’s recipient of the Eileen “Beanie” Gaughan award in recognition of her role as a community activist and educator, Carmen Carrera.
Model, actress, and activist Carmen Carrera, is one of only a handful of high-fashion transgender models in the world. The only transgender model signed to Elite Model Management, Carmen has shot with photographers like David La Chapelle, Mark Seliger, and Steven Meisel to name a few.
Off-camera, Carmen is an international human rights advocate who has partnered with Mayor DeBlasio’s office for World AIDS Day and worked with organizations like Suenos LGBT to fight bullying and discrimination of transgender women in South America. In addition, Carmen just participated in the I Am An Immigrant Campaign in which over 80 members of the fashion industry united against Trump’s immigration ban http://www.wmagazine.com/story/new-york-fashion-week-2017-i-am-an-immigrant.
Last month, Carmen hosted the premiere episode of the new docu-series Outpost, currently airing on the Fusion Network and debuting on Unimas in May. Shot on location in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Carmen traveled with a film crew to document what life is like there for members of the transgender community. Filmed in the Summer of 2016, just days before the City’s annual Pride event – the largest Pride celebration in the World – what Carmen ultimately uncovered was a very different side of the country…the kind few want to discuss. Because while Brazil may host the largest LGBT party each year, it is also home to a statistic of an altogether different kind. It is the transgender murder capital of the world.
Next up, Carmen will join forces with History UnErased (HUE) http://www.unerased.org, an educational non-profit supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education which is working to help K-12 educators infuse LGBT academic content in core subjects (History, English, Arts, Sciences, Health) in schools across the country. Her involvement is believed to be the first time a major LGBT talent has actually gotten involved on the school curriculum level to increase awareness and education of LGBT issues.