This article was published on November 3rd, 2023
Honolulu Pride was an exuberant celebration of identity, acceptance, and unity. Its colorful parades and events did more than entertain; they symbolized the strides toward LGBTQ+ inclusivity. They reflected a collective assertion of pride in one’s true self. Here, individual stories became northern stars, guiding the community. They shined light on paths of progress, personal and public alike, including the unforgettable Sasha Colby.
Public figures in the LGBTQ+ community carry a significant mantle of responsibility. Their voices, amplified by their visibility, can inspire change, and give back in meaningful ways. Sasha Colby, an icon in the trans and drag community, stands as a stellar example of what giving back looks like.
Her experiences, shared openly, create a message of empowerment that resonates deeply, especially during events like Honolulu Pride.
An Incredible Interview with the Fabulous Sasha Colby
The HomoCulture recently had the privilege of interviewing Sasha Colby. She shared heartfelt insights into her life’s journey and her Hawaiian roots. Her narrative doesn’t just belong to her; it echoes the challenges and victories of many in the LGBTQ+ community.
When asked about her feelings of returning to Hawaii after her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, here’s what she had to say.
“It’s amazing to be home. An amazing homecoming. It’s a big accolade in my career,” Colby said with joy. Her words are infused with warmth for the place that, while challenging, symbolizes triumph and belonging. At Honolulu Pride, she is a tribute to Hawaii’s cultural richness, marked by diversity and complex identity narratives.
Colby’s story has many parallels with those who have felt marginalized. “It’s a small town. I grew up light-skinned, with green eyes. I was teased for not being Hawaiian, and for being queer,” she shared. These experiences resonate with many in the LGBTQ+ community who face similar struggles with their sexual identity and cultural acceptance.
Despite adversity, Colby found strength in community — a ‘chosen family’ that supports and uplifts. “You know your tribe is out there. Hold and cherish those relationships for the rest of your life.” These bonds are crucial for many LGBTQ+ individuals seeking support and acceptance.
Her path to self-acceptance and recognition was long and enduring. “I waited 15 seasons to audition for RuPaul’s Drag Race. The more you see people like us, the more it becomes normalized,” she reflects. The importance of representation can’t be clearer, as it is key to the visibility and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.
Sasha’s Journey Continues – And it Includes You
With the announcement of her new tour, “Stripped,” Colby stands at a new beginning. “This is my first one-woman show. It’ll visit 22 cities, concluding in Hawaii.” The tour a string of performances and an introspective journey. It aims shed light on many untold stories. These narratives resonate with those who have been marginalized, seeking dignity and identity.
Reflecting on her experience in “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Colby identified a powerful lesson. “The biggest takeaway is my responsibility to empower others,” she emphasizes. Her message of empowerment is and echo of hope for the LGBTQ+ community, especially considering we often face adversity in everyday life.
For trans youth observing the changing tides of laws, Colby’s advice offers guidance. “In a world full of fear, find your tribes—your chosen family, your queer family,” she counsels. Her words are a compass for many, charting through the uncertain terrain of societal acceptance.
Colby extends her wisdom to those learning about trans rights from a place of prior ignorance or bias. She urges research and empathy. “What you don’t understand can intimidate you. Keep an open mind. We’re all part of this human experience,” she advises. Her call for understanding and patience in learning about trans lives and rights is a bridge toward broader acceptance.
Sasha Colby’s personal journey is a powerful representation of resilience and empowerment within the LGBTQ+ community. Her dialogue with The HomoCulture sheds light on her life and the broader experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals globally. As Honolulu Pride celebrates the spectrum of human identity, Colby is a living reminder. Every struggle can lead to empowerment.
Every voice can help echo the call for change.
Stripped – Are You Attending?
With the announcement of stripped we are all excited and buzzed about the show. But it leads us at The HomoCulture to wonder…
Do you feel this will empower you? Or do you think that the trans nuance is too strong to resonate with a wider LGBTQIA+ audience? We firmly believe that any spotlight shed on any member of our community will advance us and make us stronger.
Let us know your thoughts and comments below. Will you attend if she tours to your city? How could she empower you or make you feel ostracized from the larger LGBT community?
Let us know in the comments below as we value everything you share with us.