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

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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.


READ: Transgender Honduran Woman Died In ICE Custody, Weeks After Seeking Asylum

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Memes That Perfectly Describe How Latinos Feel About The Holiday Season

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Memes That Perfectly Describe How Latinos Feel About The Holiday Season

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When you’re Latinx and going home for the holidays, you know it’s a totally different experience than most of your friends. There’s usually a whole pig outside for léchon and there may or may not be an honorary turkey. The usual festivities that many of your friends partake in are not the most common traditions at your house. However, it might be a little frustrating or

November is basically a month to get ready for Christmas, honestly.

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Okay, only if you’re Puerto Rican. We all have our own special holiday drinks like crema de vie, champurrado or atole de piña.

Tamales are going to be your only meals for weeks.

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If you’re Mexican, it’s masa, masa, masa on deck. It might sound like an unpleasant experience but you low key get so excited that mom is meal prepping through the New Year.

It’s a tradition to get the house ready for Christmas while cooking the Thanksgiving dinner.

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Maybe it’s because mom and dad want to save time but getting it all ready at the same time. However, it is most likely that they just didn’t want you making a mess or causing a scene so they put you to work.

Oh, and it’s Sangibing, not Thanksgiving.

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It’s just the way our abuelas and some tías pronounce it. We use it now as a term of endearment. After all, they made us who we are so we owe them the respect of acknowledging their pronunciation.

The Thanksgiving turkey is usually not a turkey at all.

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All the Puerto Ricans know that the holiday is all about the pernil. Meanwhile, Cubans understand that they are going to be served some delicious mojo lechon.

Not having a pernil is one of the most tragic moments.

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Because you know life could get real, real dark. It is a sad Thanksgiving when you are served food that you never expected to see.

There’s nothing like chisme between primas on a special holiday gathering.

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Chisme truly keeps the family together like glue. All your tías are in the living room chismosando while the next generation of tías are training up por la misma cosa.

There are also all of the primos who like to be bad influences.

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As for what trouble you get into, it is all different depending on the family.

Some times, things get super romantic for the parents.

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You remember that one time that your mom was struggling in the kitchen to get everything ready in time and dad totally stepped up and helped her out. It was the most romantic thing you’ve ever seen and your mom still brags about your day to all of her comadres.

Again, tamales will be in the freezer for months.

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Mom can’t just cook enough for the night of. She always makes way to much because you have to use all of the masa in one sitting.

If you’re in the south, this is what you are really hoping for.

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Especially if you are in Miami where it is so humid you can cut the humidity with a knife. It might sound dramatic, but it is the truth.

“Y el novio” season is one of the most terrifying and dreaded times in a young Latino’s life.

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It’s the bane of our Latinidad existence. The tias twice removed who always ask you about why you don’t have a boyfriend are the ones who shouldn’t. If you’re gay, it is even worse. Like, how many time do I have to tell you?

Some times dad comes through as the real MVP.

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He is a many of few words and most of them are said over the holidays. He gets stressed from having all of the family around so he really lets things out.

Prepare to over eat and regret everything, but only for a little while.

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Not only is there flan after flan, our families know how to stock up on pastelitos, champurrado and all other kinds of sweets.

Everyone brags about their food babies and how much they ate.

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It is a contest. Seriously. You have to eat as much as you can and when you get full, you make room.

Saying goodbye is the longest part of any family holiday gathering.

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Even if they are visiting from out-of-state and staying in the house, we spend hours saying goodnight. It is one of the craziest things about being in a big, lively Latino family.

Three Kings Day and Christmas are a different situation.

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Asking for gifts is fine but don’t get too specific and don’t get mad when you don’t get what you want. If you tell them you aren’t happy, you might lose the gift and be treated to “free utilities.”

Also, our families try to make the holidays last forever.

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We just get so lazy after putting so much work into the holidays to really clean up or move on. But ,hey, that’s family and we love them no matter what.


READ: 9 Things That Happen When You Do Thanksgiving With Latinos

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