A Catholic Israeli Arab Just Won the First Miss Trans Israel Pageant

Jun 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm |

At the intersection of love and beauty.

With all the terrible things we hear about happening in the Middle East, it’s important to look for rays of hope and happiness.

The first Miss Trans Israel was held in Tel Aviv last week, and the winner represents an amazing intersectionality of cultures; a flower of acceptance in a part of the world that many do not associate with forward-thinking social movements.

Even as America deals embarrassingly with the sudden prominence of trans rights issues, other parts of the world are leading the way and showing that people of all shapes and sizes should be accepted for who they truly are, and not just for whom they outwardly appear to be.

Pageant winner Talleen Abu Hanna (alternately spelt Talin abu Hana) is a perfect example of how a mix of cultures is a beautiful way to break from the mold.

“Our country allowed me, a Christian Arab from Nazareth, to end the war between my soul and my body,” said the 21-year-old winner. “So if it made peace for me, our country is only a country of peace.”

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This is her story.

A flower of acceptance in a desert of intolerance.