Patricio Manuel, the first transgender boxer to fight professionally in the history of the United States, announced that he took over the account of singer and songwriter Demi Lovato due to ‘Transgender Awareness Week.’
Transgender Awareness Week is a one-week celebration leading up to Transgender Remembrance Day, which reminds victims of typical transphobic violence.
Demi Lovato handed over her personal Instagram account for a while as one of the supporters of this special week to raise awareness. Patricio shared several photos of himself from Demi Lovato’s account and made a lengthy statement introducing him. Pat, who describes himself as a warrior, said that he used these warrior features against the world after changing his gender.
Having had to do wonders in her boxing career to protect her true self, Patricio said he had transformed from an amateur female boxer to a male boxer. Pat, the first trans athlete to be Everlast’s face, mentioned that he never allowed himself to be ignored.
He stated that Trans Day of Remembrance is a day not only for people suffering from transphobic violence but also for trans people to celebrate their resistance.
Lastly, the professional boxer stated that he uploaded some videos to raise awareness in Demi’s Instagram stories, adding that this invitation was made by the beautiful singer.
Here’s the caption:
“Yo! My name is Patricio @team_patricio_manuel (or you can call me Cacahuate/Peanut, my nickname). I’m taking over Demi’s IG page today as part of the #TransTakeover campaign for #TransAwarenessWeek and #tdor.
I’m a fighter in every sense of the word. I am not only a professional boxer, but I am committed to fighting for a world where being yourself isn’t an act of bravery.
I’ve had to make history in order to be my true self – from a highly decorated female amateur boxing champion to the first professional male boxer who is transgender to compete and win, to the first transgender athlete to become the face of Everlast, I’ve never allowed others to define me.
Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, a day we dedicate not only to mourning those in the transgender community who lost their lives to anti-trans violence this year, but also to celebrating the resilience of all of us who are still here.
I’ve been invited to share more about myself, my journey to being the first and the causes that are dear to my heart. Check out Demi’s stories for a day in my life and take a moment to learn about two of my favorite orgs who are fighting to make the world a better place for ALL people.
Photo Credits: Texas Isaiah (1st), Everlast (2nd) & Brandon Magpantay (3rd)”
See the Instagram post below.