Transgender ex-special forces reveals inner battle to accept true identity
Alana McLaughlin looks like any other young woman but she was previously a stacked figure of rippling muscle in a bid to become more manly
By Emma Pearson

Emma Pearson of The Mirror tells the story about Alana McLaughlin, a transgender woman who for years tried to “man up” in the hyper-masculine environment of the US Special Forces.

Research shows that trans Americans are actually twice as likely to serve in the military as non-transgender people, which tells us that Alana is not the only one trying this approach.

It never works. 

Alana says: “I joined the military initially because I felt like it was my only option to either force myself into manhood somehow or die.

"I wanted very much to be actively engaged in combat so I would have the opportunity to get myself killed. I view it very much as passive suicide.

"I fought, shot, lifted weights, I grew beards and I rode a Harley and it didn’t change anything. I would still cry myself to sleep at night.”

Pearson says that Alana has now made a group of firm friends who accept her as a transgender woman:

And now she hopes to find someone special to share in her new life.

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Look closely. These sculptures are made entirely from garbage found along the beach.

A traveling art exhibit by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, now at our National Zoo, educates visitors about one of the biggest enemies to the ocean today: trash.

Pozzi and her volunteers with the Washed Ashore Project collected discarded plastic from beaches on the West Coast, which she transformed into beautiful sculptures that tell an ugly story. The 17 larger-than-life pieces represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in our oceans today. 

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” will be at the Zoo through Sept. 5. 


This artist built a tiny border wall around Donald Trump’s Hollywood star

Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star has seen its share of protest vandalism during this election season. Meanwhile, there has been no shortage of satire surrounding his plans to build a massive border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Now it appears that an artist who goes by Plastic Jesus has combined the two ideas into one adorably provocative installation. The 6-inch wall, according to LA Weekly, features both barbed wire and signs adorned with a poignant message.