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Indya Moore Is The First Trans Person To Grace An Elle Magazine Cover And Her Red Carpet Looks Prove Why

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Indya Moore doesn’t have to don a dress to be a legend. They’ve already become a legend and an icon for people of trans experience. The nonbinary actress is now making history as they are the first trans person to grace the cover of Elle Magazine. Moore was born in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican mother and Caribbean father but entered into the foster system when they were young because of at-home transphobia. The miracle of this human isn’t her past–it’s their attitude toward the future.

A relentless advocate for both their black and trans community, Indya Moore deserves a separate book dedicated to the beauty of their soul. But man, their looks are worthy in their own right. Mira.

Indya Moore is serving everyone a face from the gawds with their Elle Magazine cover.

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As the first trans person to ever grace the cover, this is legendary. The historic moment was not lost on Moore who took to Instagram to share their thoughts on the cover.

“We don’t always have access to the tools we need to break wall, break ground & Reconstruct space invading infrastructure that is designed homogenously & exclusively,” Moore wrote. “So many of us use our hands, arms legs & feet, have died in the process too, Just to weaken these infrastructures enough so that people with tools and break them. I am so grateful for them- all the trans and gender non-conforming people who have attacked these walls, chipped and even broke part of and so much the infrastructure down with bare fist and foot. I am so grateful for everyone within the infrastructures who have chosen to listen, watched, stepped out to see the people around these structures that have been marginalized and locked out for having different experiences & have helped to break down these structures of privilege and take that labor from those who die because of a lack of access, and fall short of visibility because of lack of access & safety… There is so much more work to do- so much more listening so much more intentionality, & vindicational work that must be done for marginalized people.”

In a single year, Moore rose to fame with a starring role in FX’s “Pose.”

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Oh, and, in case you missed the drama series of your lifetime, “Pose” Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix! Before “Pose,” Moore hadn’t walked a red carpet.

Her first red carpet look at the premiere of “Pose” was the start of a stunning red carpet career.

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Let’s be real: they look like an actual statuesque goddess sent down from heaven. Their fashion has been A-game since day one. Periodt.

Her latest look at the Met Gala was a stunning masterpiece.

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When the theme is camp, you know the community is going to come through slaying. Slay they did. However, there is a lot of criticism that the gala did not do a good enough job bringing drag queens to the event.

Moore is staying honest and open about their inclusion in this elite world.

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“My favorite part of Monday … was when @obj, reached to me to join community fam in this photo,” Moore wrote. “The gesture made my lil black trans heart squeal in an infinite loop of affirmation and love. Growing up feeling and being excluded from the family things put a lot of weight on my heart over my years growing up. The worse thing to feel is to have a great love and longing for your community but not feel that reciprocity because your queerness/gender variance makes the majority uncomfortable. Being included in this picture as simple and dramatic as this may seem struck a cord on my heart that healed so much.”

This is the look when they won GLAAD’s award for Best Drama Series.

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Forever a winning look, backed by a winning heart, talent and love for life. They are totally owning every red carpet they set foot on. OMG. What an icon.

They even use the red carpet as a way to make bold statements for their community.

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Friendly reminder you can be anything. You can wear enamel pins and buttons on elegant gowns and make it better. Moore shows that it is important that people continue to take a stand for themselves.

This is Moore seeing and supporting black women everywhere.

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“There was only one black woman, amongst the Photographers,” Moore wrote on Instagram. “She was the most special, I was most excited to see her there. Her presence made me feel confident.”

This is Moore when “a nonbinary Wild Vagina bloomed.”

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That’s not your typical pink vagina dress. Leave it to Moore to thank Marsha P Johnson and Boricua Queen Sylvia Rivera for “making this transsexually dreamy moment possible.”

This is Moore making collars sexy.

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Honestly, Moore is not one to play around. They make sure that they sly every time they hit the red carpet. Is there any question now as to why they were cast to be in “Pose” slaying looks every episode.

Here’s Moore and MJ Rodriguez right before their fame got really real.

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Dazzling work. We feel dazzled. This is brown and black trans beauty at its finest. They had no idea what was about to happen to their careers and lives.

Who can forget when Moore was at the Golden Globes changing the power dynamics between the transphobic gaze and trans bodies themselves.

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“Trans bodies are always under scrutiny especially when we show skin. 
This outfit takes over that power dynamic”

Moore is always there to support their trans community.

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“@supa_ines’s work, visibility, expertise and experience made me believe my career was possible,” Moore wrote. “Her greatness is contagious. She is kind, loving, endearing and humble. She was so happy to see me at the res carpet. We celebrated each other. I love you Ines! Welcome to the @imgmodels fam!!”

Moore always looks stunning while wearing their favorite designer, Altuzarra.

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Showing that skin and showing that pride. Moore is becoming a visible and prominent face in the trans community.

Moore has a way of slaying accessories like no other person can.

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That necklace is almost as regal as they are…almost. No one and nothing can match their beauty.

Parachute pants jumper? Obviously, they are going to knock it out of the park.

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Not to mention that that color is everything on them. E V E R Y T H I N G !! Every person wishes that they could look this good in their own parachute pant jumpers.

They are the master of giving us a little bit of shoulder and a lot of fashion inspo.

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It’s no wonder that they’re the face of Louis Vuitton right now. They’re working the poses on and off the screen. This is a major moment for the trans community as more and more trans people succeed in every industry. It is fair and it is just.

Their selfie game is on point!

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Truly, this is what dreams are made of. The way they own a room and a photo with a simple pose and a stunning look is phenomenal.

Moore loves showing the world their acne and empowering people to love their skin unconditionally.

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“hmu trailer,” Moore wrote. “all hair no make up lil breakout. loving my skin unconditional.”

It is so important that people see things like this. No one has perfect skin all the time. Moore showing off their own skin issues is giving people a chance to see themselves represented.

Fortunately, we get to see more looks like this in the near future.

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First thing’s first, watch Season 1 of “Pose” on Netflix ahorita. Indya Moore as Angel is everyone’s character crush of the year.

Tune into Season 2 of “Pose” on FX on June 11.

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The season begins in the early 1980s right after Madonna’s “Vogue” music video release. We’re ready for an ’80s Angel and more of Indya Moore.

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Even In Her 70s, Victoria Cruz Continues To Fight For The LGBTQ Community

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Even In Her 70s, Victoria Cruz Continues To Fight For The LGBTQ Community

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

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Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made an appearance at Bronx Pride 2019 on Sunday, where she gave an air horn-accompanied address that she called “The most BX pride speech I ever gave.”

As the Puerto Rican congressional freshman, who hails from the borough, shouted LGBTQ  policy points she has advocated for in her five months in elected office, spectators blasted “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” air horns, a familiar sound to the community that birthed hip-hop.

“They really cued up the horns for our policy points. There’s no place like home,” she later tweeted alongside a couple laughing-crying emojis.

During her short talk, AOC touched on what Pride, a time to commeorate the trans women of color-led Stone Wall riots that birthed the gay rights movement and led to the LGBTQ battles and wins of today, means.

“Pride is about honoring the community workers, the people who work in the clinics, the community organizers, the people who work with LGBTQ youth, the people who are fighting to make sure that it’s not just about marriage equality, but quality of life for all people in the community,” she said.

The congresswoman also highlighted some of the biggest issues impacting queer communities at the moment.

“What does the LGBTQ fight mean in a post-marriage-equality world? Here’s what it means: It’s making PrEP free for all people,” she said, as an air horn blasted. 

In Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has led the fight for affordable PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which could decrease the spreading of HIV during sexual intercourse, criticizing the CEO of Gilead, the pharmaceutical company behind the PrEP drug Truvada, in May during a congressional hearing over the high cost of the drug.

“It means tackling the homelessness crisis among our LGBTQ youth,” she continued, with the sound of another “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” following. 

“It means decarcerating our society so that no trans woman and no person ever dies again in custody,” she said, alluding to the death of transgender Afro-Latina Layleen Polanco earlier this month in New York’s Rikers Island, as another round of air horns exploded. 

“It means no one is denied a job because of their gender identity, no matter what it is,” she said to a final blast.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only elected official at Bronx Pride. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Senator Chuck Schumer were also in attendance, supporting and taking photos with those who participated in the parade.

Since taking office, the young congresswoman has made issues confronting the LGBTQ community a top priortity.

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