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After Trump’s Anti-Trans Order, Carmen Carrera Has Some Words For Him

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“We’re going to have to stick together.”

Carmen Carrera has long been an active activist and educator while juggling her own successful modeling career. As a trans woman, Carrera has fought for the right to just live as anybody else in the U.S. is entitled to live. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to do away with federal protections for trans students that were implemented by President Barack Obama has sent waves of shock, anger, and grief through the LGBTQ community. In an interview with People magazine and an op-ed for Cosmopolitan, Carrera argues her case for protecting trans youth in the U.S.

“I wanted to try my best to believe that [Trump would] be here for us and to understand what we were going through. I would just urge him to look at the facts and to understand the people that he’s affecting and how they are being affected,” Carrera told People. “Just take a couple of moments to empathize with what we’re going through.”

Carrera is concerned that Trump’s actions are going to negatively impact America’s trans youth.

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“What’s happening right now is unfair. It sends a message to kids that we need to be segregated and that certain people shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else,” Carrera told Cosmopolitan. “When the leader of our country makes a bold ruling like that, it opens up the door for more bullies and more kids wanting to commit suicide. That’s just terrible.”

Carrera says she experienced the pain and fear of “being different” when she was in grade school.


“Growing up, I was kind of like the quiet, shy kid in school. I got kicked out of Catholic school, by the way, because I was too feminine. I was too feminine and I had a crush on this boy named Anthony and the nuns were not having it,” Carrera told Cosmopolitan. “I ended up going to public school in the first grade, and that’s when I knew I had to be very strategic about my survival in school. I tried my best to be friends with people who were going to protect me. I hid behind people. As a result, I didn’t go to my prom, I didn’t get to have any slumber parties, I didn’t get to develop myself as a young person — it really impaired my growth.”

Now that Carrera is older, she is still learning to grow.

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“Now it feels like I’m going through puberty in my late 20s, early 30s. I’m having to develop my coping skills and develop my people skills, my personality,” Carrera told Cosmopolitan.

Carrera wants trans youth in the U.S. to know that they are not alone.

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“Just know that we’re here to fight for this. I’m trying to break ground in the industries I work in and I’m doing it for the trans youth across the globe,” Carrera told People.

Lastly, Carrera wants young trans people to know that there are resources available to help them.

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“We’re going to have to stick together. We’re going to have to be strong,” Carrera told People. “You can reach out to The Trevor Project, they have a hotline that, if you’re feeling down [or] if you feel like you need something really uplifting, you can go and call The Trevor Project.”


If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, reach out to The Trevor Project or the Transgender Law Center.


READ: Carmen Carrera Opens Up About Finding Herself And Her New Project

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Pro-Trump Town Conflicted After Local Role Model Is Detained By ICE

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Pro-Trump Town Conflicted After Local Role Model Is Detained By ICE

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For more than a decade, 38-year-old Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco has been a model citizen in West Frankfort, Illinois, a coal-mining town that heavily supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election. According to KSDK NBC News, not only does Hernandez manage a local Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta, but he’s also very active in community cleanup projects, local fundraisers, and has provided community support measures like meals for working firefighters.

Unfortunately, Hernandez, who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s, never obtained legal status, a problem that caught up to him in early February.

On February 9th, Hernandez was arrested by Immigration Customs and and Enforcement.

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Though ICE did not give an official reason for his recent arrest, the department did acknowledge a 2007 drunk driving conviction, NBC reports. Friends of Hernandez told the New York Times that Hernandez quit drinking after that 2007 arrest. If Hernandez is deported, he will leave behind a wife and three children.

While many locals believe in immigration reform, and are pro-legal immigration, the arrest of Hernandez has caused many pro-Trump locals to confront the realities of deportation. Local business owner Lori Barron echoed this sentiment in the New York Times, saying, “I think people need to do things the right way, follow the rules and obey the laws, and I firmly believe in that.” However, in the case of Hernandez, Barron conceded that the town of West Frankfort has largely benefited because of Hernandez’s contributions, saying, “I think he may have done more for the people here than this place has ever given him.”

Several members of the Pro-Trump community have come out in support of Hernandez.

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Since his arrest, several prominent officials, including the town’s mayor and police chief, have spoken out to support Hernandez. One of Hernandez’s friends, Tim Grigsby, told NBC he’s the kind of guy you’d want to “pattern your life after.” Friends have insisted that their support for Hernandez is not a political issue, but a personal one. Grigsby told NBC, “If any judge were to look at this case, I don’t know how anybody could say that this individual isn’t worthy of becoming a citizen of this country.”

For now, Hernandez’s future remains uncertain. Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with Hernandez’s mounting legal fees. He is currently scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday.

[H/T] NEW YORK TIMES: He’s a Local Pillar in a Trump Town. Now He Could Be Deported.


READ: California’s Farmers Voted For Trump Because They Wanted Change. They Told The NY Times They’re Worried Trump Might Deport Their Undocumented Work Force

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