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Marisa Rosa Grant

Marisa is an event producer focused on creating spaces for Queer BIPOC folx to feel safe and accepted. This passion for curating spaces came due to them noticing a lack of POC representation in queer parties. This inspired Marisa to create the party collective “STRAPPED” in August 2019. The first party theme was Leather and Lingerie and with only 2 weeks to plan the party was an overwhelming success. Marisa continued to generate themes that encouraged guests to come out and dress up! A portion of the funds for the events would go back to community members looking for funds to support their gender affirmation-related surgeries. When the pandemic hit Marisa quickly pivoted to creating events online to continue to engage and connect with the community. Outside of creating sold-out events, Marisa makes sure their work also goes back to supporting the community. Through event proceeds, they’ve raised countless funds to support gender affirmation surgeries for queer and trans folx in the community. Their activism work includes co-creating an online strip club that raised funds for Maggies Black Sex Workers impacted by the pandemic. They’ve supported the low-barrier vaccine clinics with Maggies Toronto by assisting in booking DJs to promote public health and safety. Marisa cares deeply about making spaces accessible to the community. They continuously find ways to offer free tickets and programming to BIPOC community members low on funds. If you want to make something happen, Marisa is the person to do it!

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