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Dyhzy Is An Argentine Drag Queen Who Happens To Be The Son Of The Country’s New President

Center-Left Alberto Fernandez has been elected as Argentina’s new president with over 45 percent of the vote needed to win, beating the conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri. Fernández isn’t only known for his leftist policies, but also his son Estanislao Fernández who happens to be a drag queen. Estanislao goes by the name Dyzhy and is quite famous in the Buenos Aires LGBTQ community. 

Alberto has been adamant about defending his son from conservative attacks. 

“Es el mejor pibe que conocí en mi vida. ¿Cómo me va a joder que me pregunten por mi hijo, si yo siento orgullo por él?” Alberto said on a radio show. 

Argentina is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly countries in the world. The nation legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, and has some of the most comprehensive transgender rights laws in the world. Because of this, Argentinians have some of the most positive attitudes in the world towards LGBTQ people. Thus, it is no surprise that Alberto takes no issue with his son being a drag queen. 

Meet Dyhzy, queen of drag and cosplay.

The 24-year-old entertainer is a design student who works in insurance and has 111,000 followers on Instagram. However, he has been pretty open about the cost of his father’s potential presidency. Dyhzy says he started being recognized by people on the street because of the campaign, and said he would have preferred to live a less public life where he can establish himself on his own terms. 

Nevertheless, Alberto has continued to champion his son. 

“I have pride in my son, how can I not be proud?” Fernandez said in an interview in June, according to Reuters. “My son is a rights activist in that community. I would worry if my son was a criminal, but he is a great man.”

In 2008, Estanislao said he wished his father would step away from politics.

Albert said on record that his son had repeatedly asked him to quit his job because it affected him too much. 

“Me reclama más tiempo y presencia. Lo agobia mucho a veces las cosas que se escriben sobre uno. Mi trabajo es completamente desgastante y sin horarios. Uno tiene que confrontar con posiciones e intereses de los más variados sectores”, declaró tiempo atrás el político. 

When Albert announced his election for president, Dyzhy temporarily deleted his Instagram account. 

Dyhzy talks about his father’s candidacy on a YouTube video. 

Over the summer Dyhzy was interviewed by YouTuber Pablo Augustín where he expressed reservations about Alberto’s candidacy. 

“Ahora me está pasando que me conozcan en lugares. El otro día llegué al trabajo y un tipo me dijo. ‘Vos sos el hijo de mi esperanza.’ Y ahí pensé ‘qué paja’”, Dyhzy said. “Yo no estaría acá si no fuera por mi viejo, pero tampoco me quita la posibilidad de crecer por mis propios méritos.” 

The drag queen said he will never be prepared to have a father that is also president of Argentina. 

Dyhzy became a drag queen after watching RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2014.

Although Dyhzy feared judgment for being a drag queen, watching Rupaul’s Drag Race solidified it was what he had to do. 

“Mi primera vez en drag fue para una sesión de fotos de mi amiga Victoria. Necesitaba fotos de hombres y mujeres y yo le dije te hago de los dos,” Dyhzy told Profile. 

While Dyhzy moonlights as a drag queen, he says his sexuality is fluid and has been in a relationship with his girlfriend, Natalia Edith Leone, for three years. 

Alberto Fernandez is Argentina’s next president.

On Sunday, crowds gathered at Alberto’s election headquarters to celebrate the 60-year-old’s victorious candidacy. Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will now become the vice president and reportedly played an essential role in his election. 

Macri, the incumbent, trailed behind Alberto in key polls leading up to the election so his win came as no surprise. The conservative conceded defeat this Sunday night. 

‘With 97.13% of ballots counted, Mr Fernández had 48.10% of the vote, Argentina’s electoral authority said. Mr Macri had 40.37%. To win in the first round, a candidate needs at least 45% of the vote, or 40% and a 10-point lead over the second-place contestant,” according to BBC. 

Economic concerns took priority in the election, with one in 10 Argentinians out of work. According to BBC, despite claims that he would achieve “zero poverty,” Macri actually worsened conditions during his four-year stint. 

“The only thing that concerns us is that Argentines stop suffering once and for all,” Alberto said in a speech to voters, “We need an orderly transition that will bring tranquillity to all Argentines, because the most important thing is the well-being of all Argentines.”

As The Impeachment Trial Heats Up, Trump’s Defenders Start To Crack Under Pressure

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As The Impeachment Trial Heats Up, Trump’s Defenders Start To Crack Under Pressure

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On Dec. 18, just before Christmas, a gift arrived at the House of Congress, two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. After what seemed like an eternity of “will Trump ever be impeached?” the moment some Americans have been calling for finally came to fruition. Yet, the moment of justice against Trump was quickly fogged when Republicans began to attempt to derail the proceedings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it perfectly clear that articles of impeachment presented from the House chamber to the Senate chamber would be dismissed because no Republican would ever vote to impeach Trump. Then something magical happened. People started talking.

Almost a month after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Rep. Nancy Pelosi finally sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate floor on Jan. 15 to begin the impeachment trial.

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It took a while for Rep. Pelosi to get those articles of impeachment to the Senate, but many believed she had a strategic plan. After all, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he wouldn’t allow any witnesses or hear any new evidence. So, Rep. Pelosi must have had a plan, right? 

“In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution,” Pelosi said in the letter, according to NPR. Rep. Pelosi also said she didn’t expect a fair trial. She proceeded, anyway. 

Democrats also announced they would have impeachment managers. Speaker of the House Pelosi named seven diverse lawmakers, including one Latina. 

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The seven lawmakers were picked because they have a legal background or expertise and also have served in Congress for decades. 

What’s remarkable about this diverse group of impeachment managers is that, as the New York Times notes, when President Bill Clinton had his impeachment trial in 1999, the impeachment managers back then were 13 white men. This time around, Trump is getting Rep. Adam B. Schiff, House Intelligence Committee chairman and lead manager, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House Committee on House Administration, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Val Demings, member of the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, Rep. Jason Crow, member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, member of the House Judiciary Committee. 

On the same day that the trial got underway — and the managers were sworn in, along with Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the trial  — new revelations against Trump and others came roaring out of the TV.

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If you’ve been keeping up with the impeachment process, you should know that Trump’s being impeached for asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son for corruption. That’s what all of this is about, Trump asking for personal favors to get dirt against a politician who is seeking to run for office. Trump has said many times that request was not a favor. Now, at least one person involved in the Ukraine exchange of information is throwing Trump and many others under the bus. If you need a full refresher of the entire mess, click here

Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s lawyer Rudi Giuliani, told multiple journalists that Trump’s request to get dirt on Biden was known by all.

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“Because of my Ukrainian background and my contacts there, I became like Rudy’s assistant, his investigator,” he told the New Yorker. “I don’t do anything on my own. I don’t lobby people. I go get information. I set up a meeting. I make sure that the call went right. I make sure the translation is done right.”

“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” he told Rachel Maddow, “He was aware of all my movements … I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”

Even people who once said they never met Parnas, including Rep. Devin Nunes, finally admitted to having known Parnas.

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Just last month, Rep. Nunes said he wasn’t sure who Parnas was and added that he would never speak to random people. However, like many people connected to the scandal, Nunes has now admitted that he has talked to Parnas. Rep. Nunes went on Fox News to say that he did look back at his records and realize he had talked with him. 

“I didn’t remember the name. But I did remember going back, looking at where I was at the time. Because you know you can do that now,” he said, according to CNN. “You actually know where you physically are. Checked it with my records, and it was very clear. I remember that call, which was very odd, random. Talking about random things. And I said, ‘Great, you know, just talk to my staff’ and boom, boom, boom. Which is normal, standard operating procedure.”

Seems like the impeachment trial is just heating up and more information is casting doubt on Trump and his most ardent defenders.

READ: Kellyanne Conway Is Convinced That Americans Think the Impeachment Process is a Sham

Florida Republicans Just Introduced Four Anti-LGBTQ Bills On The Last Day Possible And People Are Asking Why Now?

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Florida Republicans Just Introduced Four Anti-LGBTQ Bills On The Last Day Possible And People Are Asking Why Now?

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Seven Republican lawmakers in Florida filed four anti-LGBTQ bills hours before the deadline for the upcoming legislative session this week. The bills undo many of the protections that exist for LGBTQ Florida residents. The four bills would repeal county and municipal ordinances for LGBTQ workers, legalize gay conversion therapy, and ban transgender healthcare for children, according to NBC News. 

The homophobic and transphobic legislation was introduced by representatives Anthony Sabatini, Bob Rommel, Michael Grant, and Byron Donalds, along with Senators Joe Gruters and Keith Perry. Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, and other advocates are now fighting against the bills’ passing. 

Advocates respond to the bill calling it “discrimination and hate.”

“Clearly they’ve decided that discrimination and hate are central to their election-year platform despite our state’s incredible diversity,” Jones said in a statement. “Just as I’ve done since I was elected in 2012, I will continue to fight any legislation that marginalizes or threatens any Floridian’s shot at a secure, safe, and bright quality of life.”

Jones also accused Florida Republicans of, “wasting tax dollars attacking Florida’s most vulnerable communities rather than prioritizing the issues that impact everyday people’s lives.” 

Equality Florida released a statement highlighting many of the consequences such a bill would have. 

“This is the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida Legislature in recent memory,” Jon Harris Maurer, the group’s public policy director, said. “It runs the gamut from openly hostile legislation that would arrest and imprison doctors for providing medically necessary care, to legislation that would carelessly erase critical local LGBTQ protections.”

Senator Gruters defends the bill, claiming it “includes protections.”

“The bill certainly does not authorize an employer to discriminate against employees who are members of protected classes, whether protected by federal or state law or local ordinance,” Gruters told NBC News via email.  “While I do not believe the bill has any impact on local anti-discrimination ordinances, in an abundance of caution, I included language in the bill’s preamble to make clear that the preemption would not affect local anti-discrimination laws, and any court would interpret the preemption consistent with that preamble.” 

While Gruters claims it would include protections, Joe Saunders, senior political director at Equality Florida, claims that these so-called protections are merely a part of the bill’s preamble and would carry no weight should the bills become law. 

“We appreciate that Sen. Gruters put that in,” Saunders said. “It’s not policy; it’s not considered part of the bill.”

Democratic senator Lori Berman suggested the bill was nothing more than a political stunt to garner votes from homophobic and transphobic constituents. 

“I’m disappointed to see some of my colleagues proposing this regressive and discriminatory anti-LGBT agenda,” Berman wrote on Twitter. “What benefit to the public does this legislation actually serve, apart from tossing red meat to a political base in an election season?” 

Trans children are particularly vulnerable to the policies. 

“Transgender youth are some of the most at risk in our community,” Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s director of transgender equality, told NBC News. “It is outrageous that conservative legislators would threaten their health and safety. Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.”

Making it illegal for doctors to provide necessary care to trans children certainly goes against the Hippocratic oath, but if you think something so dystopian can’t happen just look at how Republicans have slowly chipped away at abortion rights – another form of necessary care that can be life-saving. 

Just yesterday South Dakora Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would also ban doctors from performing gender-affirming surgeries or treatments on children. Similar bills have been filed in Texas, Georgia, and Kentucky. 

According to the Associated Press, “The Endocrine Society, which is the leading professional organization for doctors who specialize in hormones, does not recommend gender-transition medical treatment before puberty for children who do not identify with their biological gender. For youths experiencing puberty and older adolescents, the Endocrine Society recommends that a team composed of expert medical professionals and mental health professionals manages treatment.”

Opponents of these anti-trans bills believe the laws interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and contradict the widely accepted practices of the medical community. 

“Sadly, the medical care of transgender youth has been sensationalized and politicized,” Jack Turban, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, told NBC News. “Gender-affirming medical care for transgender adolescents is endorsed by major medical organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. It should go without saying, but providing standard medical care should not be a felony.”