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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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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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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

As the Puerto Rican government is debating a bill on conversion therapy, Kany García is speaking out against the controversial practice. The Boricua singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the senators in favor of Senate Bill 184, which would help end conversion therapy on the island.

Kany is one of Puerto Rico’s most-decorated artists.

García is one of the Puerto Rico’s top artists. She’s won six Latin Grammy out of a career 20 nominations. In March, she was also nominated for her third Grammy Award for her latest album Mesa Para Dos.

This year Kany celebrated five years since coming out.

On Valentine’s Day 2016, García revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner, Jocelyn Troche. The couple is still going strong with Troche appearing in last year’s “Lo Que En Ti Veo.” She and García share beautiful moments in the video. At November’s Latin Grammy Awards, there was a big wave of artists in the LGBTQ+ community in the major categories, including García, Ricky Martin, Pablo Alborán, and Jesse y Joy’s Joy Huerta.

She’s telling Puerto Rican senators to pass Senate Bill 184 in her letter.

Since coming out, García has remained at the forefront of queer issues in Puerto Rico. The passage of Senate Bill 184 seeks to prohibit conversion therapy. The controversial practice has long harmed LGBTQ+ communities. It’s thought of as a way to rid them of their queer gender or sexual identities.

“Puerto Rico deserves that every girl and boy, every young woman and young man can be who they want to be and love who they want to love,” García wrote in her letter. “This measure has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the protection of Puerto Rican children and youth.”

García speaks from her own experience. “I am an example of how to be faithful to who you are. I am a woman who deeply loves her partner and who is loved by her family and by our people. There is nothing to change. There is nothing to repair. There’s nothing to heal. We have to give the same opportunity that I have had, to be who I am, to all our children and youth.”

García further writes that the bill should be passed as-is without any amendments. According to Al Día news, Popular Democratic Party Senators Gretchen Hau, Elizabeth Rosa Velez, and Migdalia Gonzalez have filed several amendments to Senate Bill 184 as of Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi has indicated that he’s ready to override the senators if necessary.

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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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