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Miss Spain first Transgender Woman in the Ms. Universe Contest

Miss Spain

Angela Ponce, better known as the reigning Miss Spain, didn’t win the Miss Universe pageant Sunday.
But she didn’t seem to mind.

Simply by representing her country this year, Ponce became the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe. After the preliminary rounds, the 27-year-old model said it was “an honor and pride” to be part of the history of the pageant.

“This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, because we all deserve a world of respect, inclusion and freedom,” Ponce wrote on Instagram on Friday. “And today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.”

Though Miss Universe – and other beauty pageants – have undergone scrutiny (and changes) in recent years to avoid objectifying women, Ponce said she embraced the competition as a chance to fulfill not only her personal ambitions but to be an ambassador for Spanish culture.

Queen of Ethiopia

Hi there,

We are going to have to talk straight to get through this.

This is causing me tremendous emotional stress, and I can’t go on like this.

You plan the whole thing, tell me what and when to do it. If a motel is preferred, we will go there. Plan it to your schedule.

I will stay ‘clean’, till then, because I want to be me.

Maybe meeting at the motel on s congress south of here. It’s do or die now.

Tell me what you want me to be there with, and I will. It’s now Sunday, so I will be able to have anything. Lets do this, I beg you. Tell me what to do, and I will. Period. Name your price. i will not be shy. Don’t you either.

You can comment here. Noone who reads this site knows anything about this. I need a yes or no, and what if yes.

Lesbian couple sues Trump administration for not allowing them to adopt refugee children

Two Texas women are suing the Trump administration after they were told they could not foster a refugee child because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family.”

Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, professors at Texas A&M University who were married three years ago, said they were turned away by Catholic Charities Fort Worth after they expressed interest in applying to be foster parents to a refugee child. Catholic Charities, which has multiple regional offices, is the only organization in Texas that works with the federal government to resettle unaccompanied refugee children.

Catholic Charities’ program is overseen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of two lead agencies that partners with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. With the help of the LGBT legal group Lambda Legal, the couple is suing both the Conference and U.S. Health and Human Services, claiming the decision to reject their interest in foster care violated the Constitution.

In a statement, the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth did not comment on the couple’s specific allegations but said their refugee foster care rules comply with all federal regulations and laws.

“Finding foster parents — and other resources — for refugee children is difficult work,” Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson said. “It would be tragic if Catholic Charities were not able to provide this help, in accordance with the Gospel values and family, assistance that is so essential to these children who are vulnerable to being mistreated as meaningless in society.”

Marouf and Esplin moved to Texas in 2016 and reside in Fort Worth. In their lawsuit, the couple claims administrators at the Catholic Charities Fort Worth invited Marouf to learn about their foster care program for refugee kids.

But when Marouf and Esplin showed up for an interview, they said they were told they did not “qualify” to be foster parents. Donna Springer, chairwoman of the organization’s board of directors executive committee, allegedly told the couple that foster parents must “mirror the Holy Family,” according to the suit.

Marouf, who directs the A&M School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, said the agency put its religious views over the best interests of the kids in their care. This is so fucking true. Religious bigots promoting patriarchy is at the bottom of this.

“Refugee children have been through enough trauma to last a lifetime,” Marouf, 41, said. “They need love, stability, and support, which Bryn and I have in abundance.”

Esplin, 33, who designed the curricula for the A&M College of Medicine’s child and adolescent psychiatry bioethics fellows, added: “Being denied the opportunity to foster a child because we don’t ‘mirror the Holy Family’ — clearly code for being a same-sex couple — was hurtful and insulting to us.”

In the lawsuit, the couple states that Catholic Charities Fort Worth was aware the women were married prior to their interview. The women said they were told they did not qualify just before the group’s director of immigration services invited Marouf to give a presentation on her legal work at A&M.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth denies the couple ever spoke with Springer — saying she “never had any contact with the couple” — but acknowledged the then-director of child welfare services talked to them over the phone.

Last year, Texas passed a law giving legal cover to adoption and foster care agencies that cite religion to turn away prospective parents. Many faith-based adoption groups, including those that receive taxpayer money through state contracts, already turn away LGBT couples or prospective parents who are single, unmarried or not Christian.

The new Texas law, which went into effect Aug. 1, extended additional legal protections if these rejections are made based on the child placement agency’s “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

But this law doesn’t apply to Marouf and Esplin’s case, Lambda Legal said, because refugee child foster care is run through the federal, not state, government.

“We are challenging federal funding to an organization that permits religiously-based discrimination,” said Currey Cook, director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project at Lambda Legal.

“But while our case does not challenge the state (law), it goes to the heart of the issue in that equally unconstitutional law and demonstrates clearly the danger of such laws — harm to children as result of fewer homes available to them and harm to the loving families turned away.”

India’s Huge Transgender Community, the official third gender

There are many items of clothing that announce to the world that their wearer is now a woman. For some people, it’s the bra, for others, it’s their first shoe with a heel. For many Indian women, that garment is the sari, an expansive length of cloth that takes skill and know-how to wear correctly. Girls learn to execute this multi-step process from their mothers, and “come out” for the first time in their own sari during Ritu Kala Samskara, a ceremony that marks a girl’s transition into womanhood.

But, this journey isn’t just for girls. For India’s third gender, the hijra, that process of transformation is a much more complicated and fraught one to make. The label of “hijra” pertains to a diverse range of people who consider themselves outside of the cis categorization of male or female, but largely describes those born male who transition to female through a combination of gender affirmation surgery, taking on India’s traditional feminine gender roles, and wearing women’s clothing.

Though hijras were officially recognized by the Supreme Court in India in April of this year, which mandated their representation within government institutions, the idea of a “third gender” is not new there. Its origins go back thousands of years, and they have held cultural, political, and spiritual importance throughout history. But, like many in the global trans* community, they face incredible prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Even with their new legal recognition, hijras are still marginalized in a country where impoverished women do not have the same rights as their male counterparts. Since reliable doctors for sexual affirmation surgery are expensive and hard to find, many poor hijras seek out less-safe options. So, making the decision to transform at the risk of their own safety, civil rights, and personal health requires an incredible sense of identity. To hijra people, saris are a badge of honor, a symbol of self, and an armor against the world; it is their right.

With our host Asha Leo, we traveled to Coimbatore, India, to meet with a brave group of hijras in our final episode of Style Out There. Watch as we explore their world and perspective, and how powerful a single piece of clothing can be.

A Short History of Lisa Gene

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It is all about the adventure!

I don’t write fiction adventure, I live adventure and record what it is like.

When I was growing up, I had a mother and three sisters. We lived in the country with noone around. My sisters insisted that I was a girl and dressed me in panties, braws, and dresses, and since that was me that was ok with me. They got what they wanted, a chic with a dick to satisfy them.

I was in the US Navy from 1979 to 1986, and lived in Asia for five years without ever coming back to the United States. My first job in the Navy was Fire Control Ballistic Technician. We are the ones who maintains the fire control systems for ballistic missiles on submarines, which is the computers and related equipment that ensures that hopefully, this missile, which can travel one fourth of the way around the world and release a nuclear bomb, gets close to what it is supposed to obliterate.

During Submarine School, we are taught about being under water and about compression and decompression. This is because the dives don’t always equal the surfaces, most unfortunately. To pass Submarine School, we have to free ascend from a depth of 150 feet under water. This is to show us that if a submarine is only a couple of hundred feet down, you can make it to the surface. During this training, both of my ear drums were ruptured. This nearly kicked me out of the Navy, and did kick me out of the submarine force.

My next job was maintaining computers, radars, and radios on the aircraft carrier USS Midway. This was the same aircraft carrier in the battle of Midway Island, in ’42 I think.
My best experience was driving this thing. One night, I relieved the helm to take her for a spin. It was a perfectly calm night, and the water was totally calm. On radar screens on my left and right I could see Vietnam. In front of me was 500 feet of aircraft carrier with about 40 fighter jets tied to the deck. Below me was a 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, 5,000 men sleeping or working, and enough ordinance to blow Asia off of the map.

So here I am with my hands on this huge wooden wheel. In front of this wheel is a very large compass. You are told what heading to take, and you steer this monster where you are told to take it.

I totally loved this. I am driving something that could take out countries. “Ok, mother fuckers, fuck with me now!”

On the wheel were claw marks. I could see and feel the ghosts who had once stood in human life where I was standing and watch Japanese Zeros coming at them though the windows, sweating that they would not crash into the room they were standing in.

So on my drivers record, I have car, truck, motor cycle, submarine, and aircraft carrier.

In high school I rode a bull in two rodeos. I believe in doing anything twice, because you may have missed something the first time. In two times I was convinced that they were totally out of their minds and never did it again. It cost me a tooth both times.

After the Navy, I repaired two way radios for Motorola. Businesses, fire departments, ambulances, and police vehicles all had them. While doing this I completed a degree in Computer Science at Tarrant County College, with a lot of business and accounting. The next five years I worked as a computer programmer and book keeper. I decided that this was not my calling. Computers don’t hug you or kiss you. They only piss you off.

When I wrote the novel If You’re Scared of Me Now, Wait Till I’m Dead , I lived the life of Ann, a strong and vengeful woman. I had to see what it was like to record the details.

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The book that I am currently finishing, A Transgender Autobiography, I get to express the real me. I have always been transgender, but have not flaunted it with all crowds. While working on this book, I let it all hang out to better have the words and passion to detail what this wonderful lifestyle entails.

My friends, family, and acquaintances are amazed and embarrassed by the adventures that I live, but what is that to me? It is my life, and I am going to life it to the fullest until the wheels fall off.

In my next book, Dream Weavers, which I am still fleshing out, I will live my life as one of them.