(L) Milan Lucic; (C) Jenna Talackova; (R) Avan Jogia
Milan Lucic (1988 – )
Milan Lucic is a professional ice hockey player. He was born in Vancouver to parents who immigrated to Canada from territories of the former Yugoslavia. Lucic began his career in hockey in 2004-2005 playing for the Coquitlam Express. In 2007, he was drafted into the National Hockey League. His playing career in the NHL has been long and impressive: Boston Bruins (2007 – 2015), Edmonton Oilers (2016 – 2019), and the Calgary Flames (2019 – present). Lucic also played for Canada in the 2007 Super Series against Russia.
Jenna Talackova (1988 – )
Jenna Talackova was born and raised in Vancouver. Her father is of Czech ancestry; her mother is a member of the Babine First Nation. In early childhood, Talackova experienced gender dysphoria.
Talackova began gender transition while in high school, and completed it at age 19. In 2012, she registered to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. After she was selected, she was disqualified by pageant officials on the grounds she did not qualify due to her gender. Talackova then hired a lawyer to contest this decision, and the organizers relented. At the pageant, she was one of four contestants awarded the title of Miss Congeniality. In recognition of her efforts, she was named co-grand marshal of the 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade.
Avan Jogia (1992 – )
Avan Jogia was born in Vancouver. His father is Gujarati Indian; his mother is of British and German descent. Jogia attended Killarney Secondary School until age 17, when he left to pursue a career in Los Angeles. Since arriving there, Jogia has gained prominence as an actor, singer, director, and writer. He has also been active in supporting members the LGBT community, and those dealing with a mixed-race identity.
Posted September 06, 2020)
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