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A Model Who Worked For Rihanna’s Fenty Line Tried To Cover Up Her Transphobia By Saying She Was Trans

In a bizarre and confusing story, Carissa Pinkston, a model who previously with Savage x Fenty and Marc Jacobs, has finally admitted to lying about being transgender. The 20-year-old model, who rose to prominence modeling for high-profile brands now says she is taking “full responsibility” for what she said. 

The saga started earlier this year when a former high school classmate retweeted screenshots of transphobic comments Pinkston made on Facebook.

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On her personal Facebook page, Pinkston allegedly had posted statements such as “being Transgender does NOT make you a Woman. It makes you simply Transgender” and “In a biological context there are Males and Females. This is the world in 2019”. According to Buzzfeed, a former classmate shared the images after finding the statements “utterly disappointing”. 

After Pinkston’s comments went public, Pinkston was dropped from Elite Model Management, the modeling agency that represented her. She faced widespread criticism online as fans and internet-users grappled with her transphobic comments. 

Things got even more complicated when Pinkston took to Instagram to “come out” as transgender after being fired from her agency.

Her statement read:  “I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth. I’m transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about Trans-Women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurities and I have come to realize that I am a woman… WE ALL ARE!”. She captioned the statement with a heart emoji and hashtagged it #lgbt. 

But, people who had known Pinkston all her life came forward claiming that Pinkston was not, in fact, transgender. 

One former classmate said she was “appalled” that Pinkston lied about something “so sensitive” and that she did so to cover up her own history of transphobia. 

When the news broke that Pinkston was lying about being transgender, this time the backlash was sharper and more widespread than before. Fellow models took to Twitter to publicly criticize her for co-opting the identity of such a marginalized group in order to gain clout. Followers of her Instagram expressed their disappointment in her. 

After the controversy reached a fever pitch, Pinkston claimed in an interview with Buzzfeed that she initially lied about being transgender because she was receiving death threats.

“People don’t know the entire story,” Pinkston said. “Everyone was saying my original comment was transphobic, but you can’t expect everyone to know everything about a culture or movement if they never have taken the time to be fully educated on it”. She added that she was “not transphobic” and only lied because she “panicked”.

“The only reason I had lied was because of the death threats,” said Pinkston. “And I was scared, so I thought they would accept me only if I said I was trans”. 

But Pinkston doubled-down on her claim that she was part of the marginalized group, saying that she “felt like a trans person” because she was “really bullied” in high school.

“I know what it’s like to be bullied and picked on for being different. And I wanted to fit in a community,” she said.  “Just in that moment, I didn’t know what to do”.

Unsurprisingly, people online are not happy with Pinkston having appropriated a trans identity to avoid criticism for her transphobic comments.

It’s one thing to be bullied in high school and feel isolated because of it. It’s another thing to be the bully and then claim victimhood as a form of protection from (warranted) criticism. 

This person summed-up our thoughts towards this whole mess perfectly:

“Yikes” is right. We’d venture to say that Pinkston has a lot more learning to do–not just about the trans community, but about how to humble yourself and apologize without going into defense. 

The frustration is real. There are so many other ways to use your mistakes as a learning opportunity. Instead, Pinkston used it as an opportunity to lie and co-opt a movement. 

This Twitter user recognized the shaky defense of aligning yourself with a marginalized community because you were “bullied in high school”.

That’s not how this works…That’s not how any of this works!

This Twitter user made a really good point of how Pinkston took advantage of a community that faces discrimination from people like herself:

It really is offensive to all of the activists and organizers who have worked so hard to establish rights for themselves. 

Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

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Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

A trans woman was shot and killed in Puerto Rico after she used the women’s bathroom at a McDonald’s. The attackers filmed her death as they laughed in her final moments. Adding insult to injury, many Puerto Rican news outlets covered her death as a man in a skirt. Bad Bunny, who has long championed for the LGBTQ+ community, used his time on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” to address the misgendering of Alexa Negrón Luciano after her humiliating and brutal death.

Bad Bunny took time during his performance on Jimmy Fallon to bring attention to a trans woman who was killed in Puerto Rico.

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Alexa Negrón Luciano was a homeless trans woman known in Puerto Rico. She was often ridiculed by people on the streets and on social media where photos were posted making fun of her as an oddball. That mockery and callousness of those around her reached a deadly conclusion last week.

According to reports, a woman customer at a McDonald’s in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico claimed Negrón Luciano tried peeping on her as she used the bathroom. She was then questioned by police as people took photos and posted them on social media. Twelve hours later, a video circulated on social media of Negrón Luciano’s assassination as the assailants are heard laughing on the video.

Media reports from Puerto Rico initially broke the story calling Negrón Luciano “a man in a skirt.”

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Puerto Rico has long been criticized for the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Puerto Ricans and celebrities took to the streets to protest against a “religious freedom” bill that would allow the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. The bill, initially supported by then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló, ultimately didn’t pass after strong pushback in Puerto Rico and from around the world.

Not long after the bill was blocked, Governor Rosselló was caught up in a group chat scandal where he and those who worked with him spoke about the LGBTQ+ community and women in disparaging terms. The group chat scandal fueled more protests and eventually led to Gov. Rosselló resigning from his position after growing outcry.

Despite presenting an LGBTQ+-friendly face to the world, Puerto Rico’s anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment is still a very real fear for those on the island.

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The New York Times has reported that women’s and LGBTQ+ rights have advanced significantly in recent decades. However, an underlying fear of physical and legislative violence has scarred the communities. While some measures to protect LGBTQ+ people have progressed, like an employment non-discrimination law, there is a strong coalition of conservative and Christian evangelicals fighting the progress.

“This has served as a reminder that some of these advances are at risk, that there is still discrimination, that there is still homophobia,” Pedro Julio Serrano, an activist in San Juan, told The New York Times after the shooting death of gay Latin trap singer Kevin Fret. “We can’t forget that.”

This is why Bad Bunny openly correcting the media’s and people’s perception of Negrón Lucian is so important.

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Last year, at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming people were murdered in the U.S. for being who they are. Mainly, deadly violence is focused on trans women of color with Black trans women dying at higher rates. The real statistics of these murders are hard to track because often the victims are misgendered by the media or family who never accepted them for who they are. So far, in 2020, there are believed to be at least two trans women murdered in the U.S.

Some responses to the performance show the work still needed to break the ignorance and hate around a vulnerable community.

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Trans people, like all people, deserve the same respect when it comes to pronouns and the right to live without fear and violence. Bad Bunny’s shirt addressing Negrón Luciano by name and not “a man in a skirt” is a significant moment in demanding that respect.

You can watch Bad Bunny’s full performance below.

Thank you for standing with the LGBTQ+ community, Bad Bunny.

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why

Stephanie Beatriz Breaks Down In Tears Talking To Daniel Levy About LGBTQ+ Representation In Entertainment

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Stephanie Beatriz Breaks Down In Tears Talking To Daniel Levy About LGBTQ+ Representation In Entertainment

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There is a lot of talk in Hollywood about bettering the representation of people across the board. One group fighting for more representation is the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ community is vast covering every race, religion, and ethnicity. Kelly Clarkson recently had Daniel Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” and Stephanie Beatriz of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and the emotions flowed between the two queer icons.

Stephanie Beatriz and Daniel Levy joined Kelly Clarkson on her talk show the love between the two queer stars was real.

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The two queer actors sat down on the couch to talk about the importance of furthering LGBTQ+ representation on television. The conversation between the two entertainers started with an explosion of love and kind words between the two.

“I just have to say, as a fellow person in the queer community, I am so amazed by you. I think the fact that the Human Rights Campaign is honoring you is not enough,” Beatriz told Levy. “I’m going to cry! It’s going to happen! I just think that your work, in general, is so beautiful and so thrilling.”

The pure love and joy of these two celebrating their efforts to being more LGBTQ+ representation to entertainment is touching hearts and minds.

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“The thing that you’ve done, which I think is so incredible is that you’ve introduced audiences to this character who just so happens to be who he is,” Beatriz said about Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek” character. “That is the way to create change, social change, empathy in people. It’s so incredible.”

Even people who don’t like talk shows are seeing the value in this exchange.

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While there is a lot of talk about Beatriz gushing over Levy, Clarkson did turn the conversation to the Latina actress. Clarkson asked Beatriz about how you can help people who are not familiar with LGBTQ+ people to accept these characters.

“It’s definitely like a spoonful of sugar. We got you with those laughs and then we’re going to keep you coming, right? And by the time that you’ve introduced it, you’ve already got the audience in love with you,” Beatriz said. “They already know you, they trust you, you’re funny, you’re having a good time, and then suddenly, for maybe quite a few people, you’re going to be the first person that they’re meeting that identifies that way or is that sexuality.”

Fans of the two are pouring on the love.

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Beatriz admitted that she felt so honored to be able to not only portray an openly bisexual woman but an openly bisexual Latina. Beatriz came out herself as bisexual and was able to get the writers to include it in her character on the show.

The tears and love for this exchange are real and we are all better for having seen it.

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Thank you for always being true to yourselves and showing the younger LGBTQ+ community that they can be who they are without fear and shame. This is an important lesson so many people could benefit from.

Watch the full touching exchange below.

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