Alyssa Kavanagh, a 24-year-old New York hairdressing salon owner who was on the final day of the Super Bowl, said she didn’t get to experience the emotional roller coaster of being crowned the new Miss New York City, because it was not on the Super Showcase.
Kavanagh and her husband had been working for the company since 2012.
The couple was excited to celebrate the city’s first transgender mayor, Christine Quinn, but when the SuperShowcase ended, they had to cancel plans to be on the show.
She said she has been told that “the Super Show is a big deal in New York, and it really, really, made me feel sad.”
But it made her cry.
“The Super Show was the only time that I could actually experience that moment of, like, a real, genuine, honest feeling of, ‘This is really happening,'” she said.
Kovanagh said she was shocked by the amount of media coverage of her gender identity and the reactions she received from people.
She has been to a lot of Super Bowl parties and is used to being in the spotlight.
She even attended the last one in December.
“I was there, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown,” she said of the final night.
“I just couldn’t believe that it was coming down the pipe, and I’m sitting here at the Superdome.
I didn’t want to leave the SuperDome, so I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to miss this.'”
Kovanah’s experience, which she said was not uncommon, shows the importance of getting to know transgender people.
“We are not alone in our struggles and the challenges we face.
We are not perfect, but we are human and we have the ability to learn from each other,” Kovanah said.
“Being a part of the show is so important.
It’s a real life experience for me.”
While many people are excited to see a transgender person crowned Miss New Orleans, the city still has a long way to go.
The city’s mayor has yet to release her position on the matter, and while the state has a transgender equality law, transgender people are still not allowed to use public restrooms.
Transgender people are also not allowed in all of the state’s prisons.
And, despite the SuperBowl having been a success, the SuperCity initiative, which aims to improve public safety in New Orleans by hiring more transgender people, still hasn’t been implemented.
New York, which was the first major U.S. city to accept transgender people in 2020, has also seen a number of transgender people leave the state and seek employment elsewhere.
Kovanagh’s story has been shared thousands of times on social media, and she said it has made her feel “a little bit more like I am one of the guys” in her community.
Kavanna is a native New Yorker and a proud lesbian.
She grew up in a middle-class family, but she said her family’s struggles with the LGBTQ community was her main source of self-esteem.
She said she is not afraid to be who she is.
“There is a huge stigma around transgender people that’s kind of like this thing where we don’t fit in,” she explained.
“We are a minority group and we’re just not supposed to be accepted.
I just feel like, I’ve been there and I know a lot about this.
I know it’s very tough.”
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