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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. 

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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