Oct 16, 2019

First transgender pro boxer Patricio Manuel is new face of Everlast

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Last December, Patricio Manuel became the world's first transgender boxer to compete in a pro fight — which he won. He's now the new face of Everlast, one of the pre-eminent and oldest brands in boxing.

The journey: Manuel, 34, won 5 national amateur championships as a female competitor before transitioning in 2013 — a decision that cost him his coach, his gym and some friends, but allowed him to finally live his truth.

What he's saying:

"Before I found boxing, I didn't have the words or the language to describe what was going on with me. There were so many parts of my identity that I didn't have access to until I put on those gloves."
"I don't know who I would be if I had never gotten into the ring. It was the first place where I really felt like I was a winner and it's given me an immense sense of pride and camaraderie that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life."
— Patricio Manuel tells Axios

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Tinder is still a challenge for transgender daters

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On Tinder's support account on Twitter, one of the biggest complaints about the dating site remains transgender users saying their accounts have been improperly suspended.

Why it matters: Tinder has taken a number of steps to improve the experience for LGBTQ users, including adding more sexuality options earlier this year and, back in 2016, offering more gender options and taking steps to better protect transgender users from having their accounts improperly banned.

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Boxer Patrick Day dies 4 days after knockout

Patrick Day after winning a fight in October 2018. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Light middleweight boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a fight on Saturday in Chicago. He was 27.

Context: Day was knocked out in the 10th round by 21-year-old Charles Conwell and was taken to the hospital immediately. He was comatose that night and went into a coma after surgery but never woke up.

Go deeperArrowOct 17, 2019

Building the XFL (again)

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The 2-day XFL draft concluded yesterday, with each of the league's 8 teams having put together their initial rosters.

How it worked: Before the actual draft, teams ranked which "Tier One" QB they wanted via a blind-bidding system, then those 8 players were assigned accordingly.

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