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Do You Think Caitlyn Jenner is the Only Trans Celebrity Making Waves? Think Again

Carmen Carrera will become the first transgender woman to marry on television. But she’s far more than just another pretty face on reality TV. She’s an elite trans Latina model using her growing celebrity to educate people about what transgender really is. Brilliant.

Because most people still believe trans people are nothing more than their genitalia.

THIS MONDAY!!! Catch me and Laverne Cox on the Katie Couric show on ABC! #transbeauty #katiecouric

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And nothing more than that freakin’ Y chromosome.

Get out of my DNA! This is such a ridiculous argument. I asked my Facebook fans why in some states a marriage between a man and a transwoman isn't considered equal if, by law and atomically, one has transitioned fully to a woman… People need to awaken to the reality that transwoman are women just born with the wrong parts. Then we are assigned male at birth and like me, society forces their opinion on you your entire childhood until you reach a breaking point and take the steps to living your truth. We aren't hiding anything, especially me. We don't become someone else at the end of the day. My womanhood doesn't get hung on a hanger by the end of the night. This is me and just because I was born with what I feel is a genetic defect, why are my human rights being taken away in some states? Makes no sense at all. And that goes for any other person who wants to marry the person they love. Race, sex, gender, birth defects, blue hair, red hair.. It shouldn't matter!

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But if you didn’t catch that the first time, she’ll gladly explain it to you in Spanish. *Finger snap*

My Spanish is getting better I love it ☺️?❤️ #bilingualreading #espanol #thatladywaskindarude

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*grabs popcorn and refills tea*

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READ: Why This Transgender Mexicana Picked a Biblical Name

With her celebrity, she is cutting through trans stereotypes, like dating. Trans women are NOT gay.

She gives young people hope that it does get better.

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“In 2013, renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel’s people got in touch with me. I was shocked and flattered as we discussed his idea of an old-style Hollywood shoot for W magazine,” Carrera told Glamour Magazine UK. “I mean, this is a man who shoots the most beautiful women. And now he wanted me.”

Even her coming out as Carmen was done in a very public way via ABC’s What Would You Do? series.

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She played a waitress coming out to a regular customer who hasn’t seen her since she was Chris.

And she continues to stay visible to no matter what she is doing.

Wrapping things up in LA, fun times… Now back to the east coast xoxo @eyesofrah @hereisgina ????

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She’s more than just an Elite model. She’s a role model.

This. ? gotta be strong, gotta keep going! #itgetsbetter

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Oh! And she is about to become the first trans person to get married on reality TV on VH1’s Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn.

Seriously magical ??❤️

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Get it, girl.

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained a popular tourist destination as people seek out places with fewer restrictions. However, Mexico’s popular beach destination of Tulum apparently still has some restrictions – for LGBTQ folks – that the police are quick to enforce.

A Canadian couple was briefly detained by police for allegedly kissing on the beach.

Police in the popular resort town of Tulum, about 90-minutes south of Cancun, briefly arrested a gay couple for kissing in public on a beach, alleging that the couple was not allowed to kiss in public because children were present.

According to local media reports, police said they were reacting to a report by someone else on the beach who had claimed that the men were “committing immoral acts.”

The couple were handcuffed together and ordered in to the back of a patrol vehicle until a crowd of onlookers formed and began to shout disapprovingly at police after one of the men explained to the crowd why they were being detained.

Outraged bystanders gathered around the couple and urged the police to let the men go.

The crowd began shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple’s release.

The pressure from the crowd apparently prompted officers to release the men after a few minutes of dialogue. The presence of Escalante herself might also have been a factor.

In response to the arrest, Quintana Roo Tulum Police said: ‘We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated.’

Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media with outrage being the common reaction.

Video and photos of the arrest went viral after on social media accounts, including that of local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who denounced the actions of the officers. Escalante happened to be at the beach with her family when she noticed the officers approach the couple, she said, and joined the crowd to advocate for the couple’s release.

“I want to file a PUBLIC COMPLAINT, because the treatment and type of authorities we have in our municipality is inexcusable. Yesterday while I was on the beach with my family, we noticed around 4:30 that 2 police squads in their ATVs approached a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, a patrol arrived and proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs,” she explained on TikTok.

“The policemen were VIOLENT,” Morales added, “and gave arguments such as ‘there are families and children and they cannot be seeing this. I am FURIOUS because it is not possible that in the XXI century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community continues. We all deserve the same treatment, and appropriate sanctions must be applied to these authorities.”

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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We always knew there was a reason that Pedro Pascal was one of the internet’s favorite boyfriends. He has always radiated an energy of warmth and kindness–turns out he also walks the walk.

On Tuesday, Pedro Pascal took to Instagram to support his sister, Lux Pascal, who recently came out as a trans woman.

On his Instagram page, Pascal shared a picture of his sister on the cover of Spanish-language Chilean magazine, Ya. The caption read: “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux.”

In an interview with Ya magazine, Lux Pascal opened up about how supportive Pedro has been of her transition.

Lux explained that Pedro “has been an important part of [my transition].” Lux, who is currently studying acting at Juilliard, says that Pedro was able to be a “guide” to her because of his artistic spirit.

“He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me,” she said. “He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

But her brother wasn’t the only one that was very accepting of her decision to transition. Lux explained that her transition has been “been something that’s very natural for everyone” in her family.

And like many folks who are gender non-conforming, her family seemed to have known ahead of time. “It’s almost something that they expected to happen,” she said.

Lux revealed to Ya that, for a number of years, she identified as non-binary. But she eventually realized that she actually identifies as a woman.

“Moving through the world as a woman is much more simple for me, but I still advocate for nonbinary identities to have a space in society,” she explained. While she says that existing as a woman was the right decision for her, she still “advocates for nonbinary identities to have a space in society.”

Lux is also passionate about LGBTQ activism, saying that the world needs trans activists who are good, smart, informed, and who can be strong voices against transphobia, homophobia and racism.”

When asked if she feels discomfort at seeing images of herself before her transition, Lux said, “I don’t feel anxiety when I see old photos of mine. The same happens to me with theater: I see someone who was doing what they liked.”

As for her new name (she was previously known by the name “Lucas”), Lux said she didn’t want to lose the meaning of her old name, which meant “he who brings the light.”

She looked to one of her favorite movies for inspiration. “One of the characters in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’ was named ‘Lux’ which is light in Latin,” she said. “I was pleased with my childhood memory and that my previous name had signified something I was looking for myself.”

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