Hillary Clinton’s Instagram Game is Weak… So Far


Hillary Clinton joined Instagram this week. And it doesn’t seem like the  presidential candidate was schooled on the basics, #foodporn and #shoeporn. For now, the feed is eh but let’s see if she can pull off a few awesome selfies.

So she has a bunch of patriotically-themed suits.

Hard choices.

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What about the shoes?! Give us some #shoeporn #shoegame

She looks great on camera?

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But so would her Chipotle burrito bowl. #foodporn #chipotle #ohio

Grandmothers do have the best #tbt posts, right?

Pedal to the metal. #tbt

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But who will be her #mcm? #billclinton or #obama

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She’s attempted the 15-second video format.

Living history. New video coming soon.

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OK, this was actually pretty good. Bravo to the 20-something staffer who did it. #dropthemic

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Hills, what are you doin’ here?

Is this a presidential campaign video or a biopic trailer? #hillarybiopic #hbo

Like any good “rock star,” she knows how to build hype!

Setting the stage for Saturday's big event. #Hillary2016

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Nothing like a little staging. #soundcheck #newyork #fengshui

Let’s not forget her math skills.

Two days until Hillary lays out her vision for America on New York's Roosevelt Island. #Hillary2016

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One more day until ☝️ officially launches #Hillary2016 in NYC.

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So your campaign hasn’t “started,” but you’ve been campaigning… #hillary2016

If anyone sees this woman, please teach her how to take a good selfie.

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How can Clinton up her Instagram game? Give us your best tip in the comments below.

Victoria Villalba, an Undocumented Transgender Activist Inspiring Change


Victoria Villalba, an Undocumented Transgender Activist Inspiring Change

Victoria Villalba

She’s 19 years-old, an LGBT and immigration activist, undocumented, transgender and this year’s recipient of the Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Award. She’s a fighter. She’s Victoria Villalba.

Victoria first came to the U.S. when she was three years old, but when her father was deported, the family returned to Mexico. Twelve years later, Victoria bravely came out to her parents.

“When I came out they rejected me. I no longer talk to my parents,” confessed Villalba, who after being outcasted by her family lived on her own for three years in Mexico. She struggled to find housing and employment.

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She sought political asylum at the U.S. border. However, her request was denied, and she was held in a detention center. Her situation worsened after Victoria reported the injustices taking place in the detention center. As a result, she was placed in solitary confinement for three and a half months. It’s been a year since she was released.

“Getting out was the only thing that kept me going,” said Villalba. “I didn’t have someone outside waiting for me, and I didn’t know what would become of me if I ever got released. [Would I be] getting killed in my country of birth for my gender expression or in this U.S. detention center?”

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Shortly after being released, Victoria joined the United We Dream: Queer Undocumented Immigrant Rights Project (QUIP) chapter in Arizona, an opportunity that would help her explore a new mission in life. Victoria became an avid activist fighting for the liberation of transgender and queer people in U.S. detention centers.

“I know I’m not the first one, and I know I won’t be the last,” said Villalba. “That’s why I’m standing up [for the trans community], hopefully the system stops discriminating against [transgender people] and starts treating us as humans.”

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Her efforts have included launching hunger strikes, organizing informational conferences for undocumented transgender people, and spearheading success efforts to have three transgender women released from detention. Earlier this month the Colin Higgins Foundation presented Victoria with the Youth Courage Award and awarded her $10,000. The prize also included an all expense paid trip to L.A. Pride festival, one of the nation’s largest LGBT celebrations, where she’ll also be recognized at an awards ceremony.

“I feel honored to be receiving this award,” said Victoria. “I share this award with the trans community. I want to use the money to return to school and pursue a higher education. I want to become an immigration paralegal.”

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Despite her successes, her one wish is to be back with her family.

“Even though they don’t accept me, I want to be with my sisters and brothers again. I hope it changes one day. I want them to be proud of me and happy of how far I’ve come along,” said Villalba.

Her message to other transgender people, “you don’t need long hair, makeup or surgical proceedings to be who you are. If I want to wear makeup and get dolled up, I will. If I don’t want to I won’t. I perfectly love myself either way.”

Tell us about other LGBT  or immigrant activists that you admire. Please leave comments below.

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