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Check Out These 9 Trans Activists On Instagram As They Fight For Justice And Equality

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a solemn event that takes place every year in November. People around the world come together in local events held to honor the lives lost to transphobic attacks throughout the year. The life expectancy of a trans woman of color is 35 years old as many face physical violence for living as they are. Here are 9 trans activists who are fighting to make the world and safer and more welcoming place for trans women, men and non-binary people.

1. Bamby Salcedo

Salcedo is the CEO and co-founder of Trans Latin@ Coalition in 2009. The organization operates nationwide in the United States and works closely with trans communities in several states. Organizers in the group work with policymakers to shape laws to help the trans community and offer assistance in receiving medical care and fair housing in a country that allows discrimination based on gender identity in many states.

2. Carmen Carrera

Carrera first made a name for herself as a contestant on Season 3 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She didn’t win but she did use the fame and recognition to announce her transition shortly after the third season wrapped. Since transitioning, Carrera has worked tirelessly for trans rights and inclusivity within Latin America and within the modeling industry.

3. Shane Ortega

Shane Ortega was the first openly trans person to serve in the U.S. military. He has stood up and spoken out against President Trump’s anti-trans policies attempting to bar trans people from proudly serving in the military.

4. Laith-Ashley de la Cruz

De la Cruz started his modeling career at the same time he began his transition. The model and spokesperson has shared his story of acceptance and transition on news outlets in an attempt to demystify the misconceptions of being trans. He wants for people to realize that trans people are more than their transition.

5. Jennicet Gutierrez

Gutierrez is an organizer for Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (FTQLM) and is best known for confronting President Obama during a press conference. Gutierrez publicly confronted President Obama about the deportation of trans women to countries that are hostile to them. Gutierrez was born in Mexico and understands the fight many trans women across Latin America are involved in when it comes to their safety. Many countries have no protection for trans women who face violence for being who they are.

6. Manitas Nerviosas

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Manitas Nerviosas is an indie musician in Mexico leaving her mark in the Mexican music scene. In a predominately Catholic and conservative society, Manitas Nerviosas sole existence in the music space is a form of resistance and pushing the boundaries of what gender means in Mexico.

7. Linn Da Quebrada

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Da Quebrada is a black Brazilian rapper who calls herself a gender terrorist. She is using her music to call out and fight back against the machista culture in Brazil. The South American country is notoriously known around the world for having shockingly high rates of transphobic and homophobic murders. The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president has sparked more fear among LGBTQ+ Brazilians.

8. Daniela Vega

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Vega reached global stardom when “A Fantastic Woman” was released. The Chilean film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film was praised by critics for casting a trans woman to play a trans woman role as she navigates life, love and work as a trans woman in South America.

9. Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera is one of two trans women of color who initiated the modern Gay Rights Movement at Stonewall in 1969. Rivera was at the New York City bar when police raided and began harassing patrons. Rivera, along with Marsha P Johnson, fought back and the riot led to days of unrest and the first LGBTQ+ pride march in NYC.


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Cardi B Talks About The Growing Coronavirus Pandemic And How ‘S–t Gettin’ Real’

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Cardi B Talks About The Growing Coronavirus Pandemic And How ‘S–t Gettin’ Real’

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Cardi B is known for her music and her videos on social media. She has been able to break down issues in our politics as well as defending laborers and sex workers. Now, the rapper is discussing one topic that has everyone talking: the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Cardi B is getting nervous about novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Like only Cardi B can, the rapper injected a little bit of humor into this dark and scary time for so many Americans. Schools are being closed. The NBA has suspended the rest of the 2020 season. New York is closing down Broadway after gatherings of 500 people were banned by the governor.

Cardi B addressed the health crisis on Instagram because she often shares her opinions to give a different perspective.

“Government, let me tell y’all m—— f——— something. I don’t know what the f— this coronavirus is about,” Cardi B said in the video. “I don’t understand how this shit was from Wuhan, China now all of a sudden this shit is on our m—— f——— soil. And let me tell y’all something. I’m not even gonna front. A bitch is scared. I’m a little scared, you know what I’m saying. Like, shit got me panicking.”

Cardi B admitted that she might not have taken this viral pandemic seriously enough at the beginning but now “s— is getting real.”

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But now, she is getting ready in response to the virus spreading across the U.S. According to the latest numbers, the U.S. currently has more than 1,300 people sick with the novel coronavirus. Thurty-eight people, mainly based in Washington state, have died of COVID-19. The most common demographic to die from the coronavirus are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.

During a second video, Cardi B injects a little bit of her classic style of humor with some rubbing alcohol.

Cardi B speaks on the real effect the coronavirus is having on the stock market and the real impact the virus will have on everyday people.

“Government. Government. Government. You wanna know something. I know s—’s getting real,” Cardi B says in the video. “Once the stock market starts going low, that’s how I know s—’s getting real cause ain’t nothing that white corporate America hates the most than losing m—— f——— money.”

She continued by telling viewers that she just wants to know a basic timetable of what to expect from this disease so she can start stocking up on emergency food. She also says she was considering moving to on of the Caribbean islands but that the disease spreading there is leaving with the option to move to Antarctica.

Health experts are currently working to find a vaccine for COVID-19. However, it is estimated that we are a year and a half away from achieving the vaccine.

The best way to prevent catching the virus is to wash your hands with soap and water for 24 seconds multiple times throughout the day after touching surfaces. It is also beneficial to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as that’s one way the virus can take hold.

READ: What To Know About The Coronavirus And How To Prevent It

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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As the 2020 presidential election draws ever nearer, the stakes are growing significantly higher for the candidates of both major parties—and quickly. In the case of the Democrats, the top four candidates (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg) are all closely ranked in New Hampshire and Iowa, and it’s no secret that Iowa is a particularly important state when it comes to forecasting election season. This week, the Des Moines Register poll showed Sanders with a mild lead in this Midwest state, a stat that bodes well for him in the coming months—well, at least, it might. At this point in the game, it’s really impossible to guess what’s to come, especially in the midst of the chaos surrounding our military conflict with Iran and the impeachment of President Trump.

In addition to a millennial-friendly position on a wide range of issues—from healthcare reform to student loan forgiveness—many folks are speculating about Senator Sanders’ success resulting from his endorsement by none other than AOC herself.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders back in October, and ever since, she’s stood alongside him in several early-voting states, drawing major crowds in Nevada, California, New York, and, of course, Iowa. Sanders’ approach to policy may already pique the interest of the millennial generation, but AOC is, herself, a millennial—she speaks to this age group from her own perspective as a progressive young person, appealing to her peers with firsthand knowledge of what matters to them most. She’s impassioned, savvy, likeable. And she’s not just exciting the millennial demographic—she’s appealing to all kinds of Democrats.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader in the progressive movement,” said Jeff Weaver, longtime adviser to Sanders. “She is broadly popular, frankly, among Democratic voters. She is particularly strong with young voters, voters of color. She’s an important national voice and adding her weight to the political revolution is a real coup for us.”

It’s definitely clear that AOC and Sanders are making waves across the country, establishing powerful connections with legions of unlikely and diverse Democratic constituencies. And as they continue to generate energy and excitement, people are starting to wonder: Will AOC ultimately inherit the progressive movement headed by Sanders? Will she occupy the White House one day?

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Again, no one can answer these questions right now. But in the meantime, the political duo is leaving a powerful imprint on enthusiastic delegates, paving the way for what might end up being a highly productive race for the Democratic socialists. With that said, it’s important to remember that Joe Biden is currently favored in Nevada and South Carolina, placing him and Sanders in a sort of limbo, hovering at a similar point  in the race. But if one of them ends up gaining early momentum, either candidate could potentially emerge as a singular favorite by the time Super Tuesday arrives in March.

Waleed Shahid, a former aide to both Sanders and AOC, acknowledged the pair’s recent visit through California, saying that Sanders would benefit from further establishing himself within the Super Tuesday state—a move that would allow him to expand his already strong position among Latino voters. (In surveys of Latino Democrats, Sanders typically polls first or second.) And AOC is, without a doubt, boosting his ratings among this demographic: to make sure their message is being heard, she’s been delivering campaign speeches entirely in Spanish to Latino crowds.

Even if there’s no way to predict AOC’s future role in the Democratic party, there have been hints as to what might come to pass if Sanders is chosen as the Democratic candidate for this year’s election.

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In an election endorsement interview with The New York Times Editorial Board, Sanders said that it was “a little bit premature” to name a running mate, as the first nominating contest is still weeks away. But he continued by saing, “I think Joe [Biden] has had eight years as vice president: probably enough.” He added, “I believe in diversity. I believe and know that my administration and my cabinet will look like America looks like. I’m not going to tell you who it’s going to be.”

While Sanders may be trying to keep his plans on the down low (he isn’t wrong, after all—it is a bit early to start naming potential running mates), it’s clear that he and AOC have a similar vision and a sincere, collaborative chemistry. Plus, he did tell ABC in November that she would “play a very, very important role — no question” if he becomes president. He has even taken to occasionally citing remarks by AOC during his speeches, reiterating that they share a parallel perspective for the future of our country. At this point, all we can do is speculate about a Sanders/AOC ticket. Ya veremos!