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On International Pronouns Day, transgender women talk inner strength, outer beauty

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Wednesday marked the third annual International Pronouns Day, which is meant to educate and raise awareness about the importance of respecting personal pronouns.

This day, and the push to make asking and using other people’s personal pronouns commonplace, spotlights an issue that particularly affects the transgender and gender nonconforming communities, experts have said.

Two transgender women and a Northwell Health surgeon spoke at a livestreamed event organized by the hospital on Wednesday about some of the issues facing the transgender community.

Rubi Lacroix, 25, of Babylon, who grew up in Gramercy Park, and Demi Washington, 28, a South Carolina native who now lives in Brooklyn, underwent facial feminization surgery and spoke about their experiences alongside Dr. James Bradley.

The operations last seven hours or so as chins and jaws are softened, noses and brows re-sculpted and hairlines lowered, experts said.

“I have a softer face now,” Washington said. “It is easier for people to see me as a woman.”

Said Lacroix, on her way to becoming an X-ray technician and then a nurse: “It was really tough; I had to do this.”

About one half of transgender boys attempted suicide in their teens; for girls the rate was nearly one-third and for nonbinary individuals, whose identities fall outside of the gender binary, the figure was just under 42%, an October 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics study found.

“This is not about hair and makeup … this is a life-changing procedure not easily recovered from,” Washington said.

During the recovery, said Washington, “There is a lot of time to think about what it means to have the exterior features of a woman. This doesn’t erase anybody’s strife — now, all of a sudden you’re thoroughly deemed a sexual being. Now I’m reduced to the exterior, the woman you happen to see.”

“You have to be very strong to (handle) the transitions,” Washington added.

Crimes against transgender individuals appear to be on the rise by some measures, though they likely are quite undercounted because people are wary of how they will be treated — and some are not out.

Two years ago, 10 hate crimes against transgender individuals or their property were reported in New York State, down from 14 in 2017, Division of Criminal Justice Services statistics show. There were 18 such hate crimes in 2016, and one in 2014 and 2015.

For nonbinary individuals, who may prefer to be addressed with plural pronouns instead of as “he” or “she,” there were four hate crimes reported in 2018, zero in 2017, and five in 2016. Two were tracked in 2015, three in 2014.

Like many transgender individuals, Lacroix knew early on that her body did not match who she was on the inside.

“I think this is the best decision I ever made in my life,” she said. “Now, people

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‘I wanted my big princess wedding’; Brides and grooms are forced to reimagine their wedding day or postpone as COVID pandemic drags on

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Victoria Schindler walked down the aisle in her white gown. She stood next to her soon-to-be husband and turned to the audience.

Then the couple slipped in their airpods. There was no large audience sitting nearby waiting to throw rice, only immediate family. Most of the guests were on Zoom waiting to hear the couple exchange their vows.

It might sound unique but this is how many weddings go these days as the COVID pandemic continues.

“We wanted people to be there for us and to join us on this,” Schindler said. “It was like literally one of the best days of my life. But I didn’t want to put anybody in danger.”

During the start of the pandemic, some brides chose to reschedule weddings. But as the pandemic continues to loom, brides are having to make new choices about what they want their big day to look like.

Stephanie Croteau originally planned on marrying the love of her life on July 25 after being together for 10 years.

They waited until May before deciding they needed to reschedule to a later date. Now that date — Nov. 14 — is fast approaching as the number of positive COVID cases begins to increase again.

“I wanted my big princess wedding,” she said, acknowledging her wedding will look very different from what she imagined. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

The pandemic isn’t the only hardship the couple has had to overcome before becoming husband and wife.

Three years ago, Croteau had a miscarriage and their relationship was on the rocks. They were trying to stay strong but it was hard, she said.

Then leaving their oldest daughter’s birthday party, Croteau’s fiance was in a motorcycle accident. He spent the following 12 hours in surgery fighting for his life.

“My whole life was like frozen in time,” she said.

He survived and they spent the next six months recovering together.

“If we can face death then we can face anything together,” she said.

Most recently they had to face finding a new venue after their original location would no longer work. They also are having to make arrangements to keep everyone safe during the wedding.

Instead of the typical hours long wedding, it will only consist of the ceremony and a cocktail hour to limit the amount of exposure, she said. There will be wedding specific masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They also decided to change from having a full bridal party to just including the maid of honor and best man to allow for more family to attend.

Then maybe next year the couple can bring everyone together, especially those from out of state for a backyard BBQ and, eventually, a honeymoon.

Couples aren’t the only ones feeling the devastation and impact from the pandemic. The wedding industry overall is hurting.

“The industry is really struggling with a lot of people who are furloughed indefinitely. There are people who are just not working at all,” said Sarah

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Sarah Hyland divulges further details of her would-be-wedding day celebrations

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COVID tests, an Etsy veil, fake photos, a real bouquet and a winery… Sarah Hyland divulges further details of her would-be-wedding day celebrations

 She was set to marry in August yet the pandemic changed her plans.

Yet Sarah Hyland and her husband-to-be Wells Adams still made sure they lived it up in style as they spent the day at a winery with their nearest and dearest. 

After sharing snaps of the day at the time, the Modern Family star, 29, went into full detail about the thwarted day during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Bridal white: Sarah Hyland and her husband-to-be Wells Adams still made sure they lived it up in style as they spent the day at a winery with their nearest and dearest

Bridal white: Sarah Hyland and her husband-to-be Wells Adams still made sure they lived it up in style as they spent the day at a winery with their nearest and dearest

Sarah seemed content with the day despite it not being what they had planned, as they have left things indefinitely postponed. 

Ellen asked: ‘So you and your lovely fiancé Wells were meant to get married in August?, as Sarah said: ‘Yeah we were supposed to get married 8/8/2020 – not happening! Not happening anymore, what can you do?’

When asked about what they did on the day, she went into stunning detail. 

Sarah said: ‘Yes I did get dressed up on the day anyway. It was the first time out of my house since quarantine and we went to a winery… 

The big day! After sharing snaps of the day at the time, the Modern Family star, 29, went into full detail about the thwarted day during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The big day! After sharing snaps of the day at the time, the Modern Family star, 29, went into full detail about the thwarted day during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

To mark the day they were supposed to get married: Sarah seemed content with the day despite it not being what they had planned, as they have left things indefinitely postponed

To mark the day they were supposed to get married: Sarah seemed content with the day despite it not being what they had planned, as they have left things indefinitely postponed

‘We went with all our friends, all of us got tested, our family, best man, maid of honour. I bought a white dress and a veil i got on Etsy’.

Despite it being a ‘fake’ wedding, she revealed she was still treated, as she said: ‘My bridesmaids got me a real wedding bouquet as a surprise and then we took real wedding pictures for fun’. 

In July, Sarah marked a year since they had gotten engaged in Fiji, with a throwback pic from the trip. ‘One year engaged to my best friend. So grateful to be quarantined with the love of my life,’ she wrote in the caption. 

Check the rock: In the lovely spread, the actress and her hunky Bachelor in Paradise beau cavort in a sun-filled vineyard, in front of a hilly vista

Check the rock: In the lovely spread, the actress and her hunky Bachelor in Paradise beau cavort in a sun-filled vineyard, in front of a hilly vista

‘One day we’ll get married, but for now, I’ll take eating junk food and Netflix all day every day,’ she continued. ‘I love you to Pluto and back baby’

On July 22, Hyland and Adams opened up about delaying their wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with People.

The couple explained that they

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Nikki Bella Won’t Be Wearing This Accessory on Her Wedding Day

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Nikki Bella and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev have postponed their 2020 wedding due to COVID-19 safety rules and are now in the thick of2021 planning — and just like everyone else, have had to adjust due to the pandemic. The former WWE star and her Dancing with the Stars hubby-to-be wanted a wedding in Los Angeles, but they’ve put the brakes on that location for one very simple reason — they want a mask-free day.

Los Angeles still has strict mask-wearing rules and they want a big party where they can run free. “We’re actually moving [the wedding] from L.A. to somewhere else… not sure if I am allowed to say where yet, but there are definitely plans,” Chigvintsev told Access Hollywood on Monday. “The only thing we know that we want to make sure is that we don’t have to be wearing masks during the wedding.”

You can’t blame the couple for wanting beautiful wedding photos without N95 masks. It’s not the sexiest look to sport on one of the most important days of your life. Perhaps a destination wedding is now on the books, but there’s one thing Bella has always wanted after the ceremony.

“I want to make sure the world is in such a clear space,” Bella revealed to Us Weekly. “The day I get married, I just want a massive party. I want a bash. I want everything I’ve dreamed of.”

Their dreams are already halfway there with the birth of their son, Matteo, in August. Now Bella and Chigvintsev will seal the deal becoming husband and wife — just no masks, please.

Before you go, click here to see all of the celebrities who had babies born in 2020.

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The Queen Didn’t Let Meghan Markle Get Her Way on Her Wedding Day

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From Woman’s Day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s time together in the royal family wasn’t always perfect. But, according to a new royal biography, their awkward run-ins with the other royals began as early as their wedding.

In his new book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian Robert Lacey recounts a moment during the royal wedding when Harry butted heads with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The awkward moment apparently went down after Harry told staff members working on the royal wedding that “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets” after she was told she couldn’t wear her first-choice tiara for the big day. Apparently, the Queen wasn’t a fan of the declaration. In a short excerpt shared by the Mirror, Lacey writes:

“Not for the first time, nor sadly the last, the word ‘no’ pushed a button inside him and he flew into a rage. There were dressers and flunkies present, guarding and organizing the jewels, so it was inevitable that his now-famous exclamation should find its way to the outside world —What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!

Her Majesty did not approve. ‘Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,’ was was [sic] reported to have replied. ‘She gets the tiara that she’s given by me.”

It’s worth noting, of course, that there have been conflicting reports about Meghan and Tiaragate since the royal wedding. In their recent book Finding Freedom, royal authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand offered a very different account of events. Scobie reiterated how well the tiara selection process went during an interview with True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.

“The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy,” he said, according to the Mirror. “In fact Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara.'”

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This Is Your Last Chance to Shop Celeb-Loved Beauty Products on Sale for Prime Day

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Beauty fanatics know that buying high-quality makeup and skincare products can add up quickly. So if there’s ever a chance to score some for less, you can’t not take advantage — and we’re happy to report that anyone with an Amazon Prime membership has the opportunity to do so right now! 

The retailer’s two-day extravaganza kicked off yesterday and offers over 1 million exclusive deals to its members, including hundreds of luxury beauty products for up to 40 percent off. When we say you definitely won’t want to miss out on these deals, we really mean it. There are markdowns on makeup, skincare, and haircare products from top brands like Mario Badescu, Bioderma, Stila, Haus Laboratories, and Redken. 

Best Skincare Deals to Shop:

As chillier temperatures set in, now’s a great time to stock up on skincare goodies to help soothe that inevitable dry, cracked skin that comes with it. This retinol moisturizer with SPF 30 is nearly $30 off right now. Plus, you can even snag some celeb-loved skincare finds on major discount, including the acne spot treatment that’s loved by Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid for 30 percent off and the micellar water that Lucy Hale calls a “must-have” skincare product for just $10 (this micellar water is so popular, one bottle of it sells every two seconds). 

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Buy It! Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $11.90 (orig. $17); amazon.com; Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water, $9.90 (orig. $14.90); amazon.com

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Prime members can also find tons of markdowns on beloved makeup products! Many items from Lady Gaga’s popular Haus Laboratories line are on sale, including almost $8 off a tube of her top-rated lip gloss in an array of bright shades. And Stila’s waterproof eyeliner, which has been touted for its ability to stay on all day, is 30 percent off. 

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Buy It! Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $15.40 (orig. $22); amazon.com; Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga Le Riot Lip Gloss, $10.80 (orig. $18); amazon.com

Best Haircare and Tools Deals to Shop:

Anyone who’s been following Meghan Markle’s style and beauty over the years knows she’s been a fan of the Oribe Texturizing Spray. She once said she’d use it on the set of Suits to add “a little extra bounce” to her luscious locks — and shoppers can score a bottle of it for a whopping $28 off. 

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Buy It! Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $32 (orig. $46); amazon.com; Pureology Colour Fanatic Leave-in Conditioner Hair Treatment Detangling Spray, $19.60 (orig. $28); amazon.com

There’s not much time left to shop because Amazon Prime Day ends on October 14 at midnight PT, so we suggest adding your favorite discounted beauty products to your cart ASAP. 

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Raging Scots bride fumes at wedding venue who told guests big day was cancelled before she could

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A frustrated Scots bride-to-be claims her wedding venue told her guests her big day had been cancelled before she got the chance to do so.

Jenna Campbell said she was furious when she found out staff at GG’s Yard in Dumfries and Galloway had emailed several of her friends and family to say her wedding to partner James Paterson, which was due to take place on September 27, was no longer happening and had been rescheduled for February 2021.

The 32-year-old said: “We should have been the ones to tell people.

“Plus we hadn’t even decided on a new date yet. We told them we needed to check with our other vendors before we agreed on it.

“It was so unprofessional for them to go ahead and send an email out.

“We had only just found it was definitely not happening as planned and we had certainly not made any new arrangements.

“I don’t know why they thought they would be the ones to break the news.”

Jenna and James are just one of the many couples whose weddings have been delayed to due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The couple, from East Kilbride, said they also feared they would be left out of pocket after paying the venue almost £9000.

Mum-of-one Jenna said: “At first I didn’t know what we were going to get back.

“They couldn’t give us a definite answer. When lockdown first struck in March I spoke with them about the situation but I was told by the manager that there was a good chance it would still go ahead.



a person standing in front of a mountain: Jenna and James with their son Macaulay


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Jenna and James with their son Macaulay

“They even told me I had to pay another £4000 in April or I would be breaching my contract.”

Dance teacher Jenna said she has been emailing the company back and forth for the last few months and claims she was originally told they were legally entitled to keep 37.2 per cent of the full contractual price of the wedding.

Jenna added: “When I got that email I couldn’t believe it. That would have meant they would have kept thousands of pounds of our money for nothing.

“We would have been devastated. I just felt like the manager showed absolutely no compassion for the situation and handled it so poorly. She wouldn’t even respond to my emails sometimes.

“It wasn’t until I said I was planning on posting what had happened on social media that I heard back.

“I totally understand these are difficult times for everyone right now and the position businesses are in but couples should not be left out of pocket either.”



a dining room table: GG's Yard is a luxury wedding venue in Dumfries and Galloway


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GG’s Yard is a luxury wedding venue in Dumfries and Galloway

Jenna received a call from Duncan McConchie, owner of GG’s Yard on Monday morning and was issued with a refund shortly after.

She added: “He said they would be keeping just under £700 for the work they had put into the wedding so far.

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The Queen Reportedly Shut Down Prince Harry’s Demand That Meghan Markle Get Her Way on Her Wedding Day

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From Marie Claire

  • According to a new royal biography, Prince Harry and the Queen shared an awkward moment on the day of his royal wedding to Meghan Markle.

  • The moment in question reportedly went down after Meghan was denied her first-choice tiara for the big day, prompting Harry to declare “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”

  • According to royal historian Robert Lacey, the Queen stepped in with the final word, telling Harry in no uncertain terms that Meghan “gets the tiara that she’s given by me.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s time together in the royal family wasn’t always perfect. But, according to a new royal biography, their awkward run-ins with the other royals began as early as their wedding.

In his new book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian Robert Lacey recounts a moment during the royal wedding when Harry butted heads with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The awkward moment apparently went down after Harry told staff members working on the royal wedding that “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets” after she was told she couldn’t wear her first-choice tiara for the big day. Apparently, the Queen wasn’t a fan of the declaration. In a short excerpt shared by the Mirror, Lacey writes:

“Not for the first time, nor sadly the last, the word ‘no’ pushed a button inside him and he flew into a rage. There were dressers and flunkies present, guarding and organizing the jewels, so it was inevitable that his now-famous exclamation should find its way to the outside world—What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!

Her Majesty did not approve. ‘Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,’ was was reported to have replied. ‘She gets the tiara that she’s given by me.”

It’s worth noting, of course, that there have been conflicting reports about Meghan and Tiaragate since the royal wedding. In their recent book Finding Freedom, royal authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand offered a very different account of events. Scobie reiterated how well the tiara selection process went during an interview with True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.

“The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy,” he said, according to the Mirror. “In fact Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara.'”

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Princess Beatrice says it was an “honour” to wear the Queen’s dress on her wedding day

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Princess Beatrice’s iconic wedding dress from her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July was made extra special for the fact that it was originally her grandmother, the Queen’s.

Originally designed by Norman Hartnell – the same designer who made the Queen and Princess Margaret’s wedding dresses – royal dressmaker Angela Kelly and designer Stewart Parvin made a few tweaks to the garment here and there to make it unique to Beatrice for her own big day.

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The gown is currently on display at Windsor Castle, and Beatrice has already been to see it.

Sharing news of the exhibit on Twitter, Beatrice wrote, “It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle.”

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She also tweeted her thanks to well-wishers, adding: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together.”

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Beatrice and Edo had originally planned to marry on 29 May, in a ceremony at St. James’s Palace followed by a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. But in March it became clear that coronavirus was going to stand in their way, and an official statement from Buckingham Palace revealed the wedding plans were ‘under review’. So instead, the Princess and her Italian property developer fiancé organised a small-scale ‘lockdown wedding’.

They both seem pretty happy with the outcome!

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Amazon’s Prime Day Accelerates Shift to Online Shopping

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Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Day sales event propelled consumers to spend billions more online this week, kicking off an end-of-year shopping season that is expected to be dominated by e-commerce shopping.

Overall spending on Amazon’s site increased by 36% in the U.S. during the two-day event compared with Prime Day last year, according to research firm Edison Trends, though that was lower than the 42% increase the company saw in 2019. Before the event, research firm eMarketer projected that Amazon’s total U.S. Prime Day sales would reach $6.17 billion.

Amazon didn’t disclose detailed financial figures for the event, but the company said third-party businesses on its platform sold more than $3.5 billion during the event, a nearly 60% increase from last year. An iRobot Roomba vacuum and Kids Against Maturity card game were among the bestselling items in the U.S.

Away from Amazon, online sales also grew significantly, rising 76% in the U.S. on Tuesday compared with the first day of Prime Day in 2019, according to Digital Commerce 360 and Salesforce.com Inc. Retailers this year have seen a huge uptick in consumer spending online as millions of Americans stayed home for work and school and avoided in-person shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon postponed the event after struggling to meet a surge in online ordering at the outset of the pandemic. The shift away from summer and closer to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when many retailers hold major sales, may have dampened some spending, analysts said. Spending per household on Amazon’s site during the event fell about 28% from last year, according to initial research from Numerator, a firm that tracks receipt data.

Amazon is leading a pack of major retailers in showing how online spending will play a greater role than ever these holidays, especially for the most dominant companies, as the overall retail picture during the shopping season remains shaky. Many retailers plan to close stores on Thanksgiving and are offering Black Friday deals online during November and December to reduce crowds.

Amazon’s e-commerce market share decreased by roughly 1.5 percentage points during Prime Day when compared with last year, according to Edison, with Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. gaining a small share. All three joined other major retailers in holding competing sales during Prime Day. Edison and other data-analysis firms reached their conclusions by analyzing hundreds of thousands of U.S. transactions.

Customers have indicated that they plan to continue purchasing most of their items online as the holidays approach. More than half of consumers say they are primarily shopping online for the holidays, more than double last year, according to a survey by Numerator of more than 2,000 shoppers.

“What’s different this year is that you have more people shopping online, and Prime Day has now created that retail promotion period, so it is elongating the shopping season,” said Andrew Lipsman, an analyst with eMarketer. “The pie has gotten bigger this year in terms of e-commerce.”

Few companies