Transgender Awareness Gains Momentum With Recent Progress

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico's float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

TGRCNM’s float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. is Bringing the Premier Development League of U.S. Soccer to Albuquerque

Albuquerque Sol F.C. became a minor league soccer team in December 5, 2013 and is bringing the Premier Development League or PDL for short to Albuquerque, NM giving local soccer fans and players a chance to get involved.

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The United Soccer League has been operating for more than twenty years. This is the largest organization of elite soccer leagues with the PDL being an important step for top professionals playing worldwide. Ron Patel and Larry Espinoza founded Albuquerque Sol F.C. to give local soccer talent a target to strive for to get to the next level. But its not only local talent applying for the team, Espinoza shared that they had applicants from around the world but the majority of the team is local talent.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office - Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office – Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C is the top tier of soccer in New Mexico and is operating to professional standards in hopes of becoming a Major League Soccer team in the future. The team plans to pull in the “curious fan,” this fan is someone that may not quite understand soccer but has always been interested. Bringing the PDL to Albuquerque is bringing not just a soccer game but also an experience. An experience the Albuquerque Sol F.C. is hoping curious fans will enjoy. At each game a kiosk will be available that will allow fans to take photos and directly share them through social media.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information - Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information – Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

An issue that became important to Albuquerque Sol F.C. was not just the formation of a team but also wanting to give back, through a non-profit. Albuquerque Sol Foundation is a health and wellness foundation using soccer as a platform. The team puts on events such as Cocktails and Cleats that accepts soccer donations for children who are less fortunate, silent auctions to raise money, with speakers like Diego Sanchez. While there is not currently a website for the foundation the Albuquerque Sol F.C. main site will house a link in the future with access to the non-profit.

The Art and Craft

The Art and Craft is a segment dedicated to capturing the city of Albuquerque through a photographic medium. With murals and locations as unique as the inhabitants, this is an attempt to capture the art and scenery, which often gets overlooked. Modern Albuquerque is defined by the unique diversity of cultures converging to create a one of a kind city. This culture is defined by the arts and craft that the various communities share with the city and its visitors, leaving a craving to relive locations or the wonderful sites witnessed through travel.

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Murals, graffiti and other forms of art decorate much of Central Avenue. Nob Hill on historic Route 66 is one district that encompasses some wonderful and intriguing murals and art that reflects the community. The heart of Albuquerque’s Route 66, Nob Hill has an eclectic mix of local businesses and remarkable artists.

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Much of the historic Nob Hill district holds memories of the motels and other places that once stood and original signs still stand as artistic markers of these memories. With the big skies as backdrops these historic markers remain the forethought of Nob Hill. The art of graffiti is mixed in as modern murals reflect the diversity of the culture represented in this historic district.

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl holding sun billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl Holding Sunset. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Protesters Take to the Streets in Albuquerque Over Disapproval of Police Shootings

This is the second wave of protests amidst recent Albuquerque police shootings that have left a homeless man dead, it started at 12:00 pm MST and kicked off with the protest beginning on Central Avenue.

Many showed up wearing Guy Fawkes masks and holding signs in support of Anonymous. The cyber group Anonymous has taken down APD sites with cyber attacks and even intercepted cabq.gov official email contents. Anonymous is standing with the demonstrators calling for a change.

The protests began on Central Avenue but the demonstrators marched to the Albuquerque Police Department. This is where many spoke about their experiences and called for an end to the shootings. The demonstrators were later met with police in riot gear once the march headed downtown. With the protesters calling for change, will the city of Albuquerque listen; two protests in one-week makes it certain they have heard the call.

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

The Art and Craft

The Art and Craft is a segment dedicated to capturing the city of Albuquerque through a photographic medium. With murals and locations as unique as the inhabitants, this is an attempt to capture the art and scenery, which often gets overlooked. Modern Albuquerque is defined by the unique diversity of cultures converging to create a one of a kind city. This culture is defined by the arts and craft that the various communities share with the city and its visitors, leaving a craving to relive locations or the wonderful sites witnessed through travel.

Downtown Neighborhood Association sign on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Downtown Neighborhood Association sign on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Much of Central Avenue is decorated by murals that reflect the business types, seen here on the side of the El Rey theater is the art of a time when the theater was active in the craft of entertainment.

People walking by the El Rey theater on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

People walking by the El Rey theater on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

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Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Even parts of downtown have amazing murals that depict businessmen and nature scenes; against the blue sky backdrop large buildings break the horizon to accommodate the working class of downtown Albuquerque.

Buildings in downtown Albuquerque with nature-inspired murals. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Buildings in downtown Albuquerque with nature-inspired murals. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Businessmen mural just off Central Avenue on 7th Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Businessmen mural just off Central Avenue on 7th Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tucked away on side streets that make up the backbone of downtown Albuquerque are beautiful murals that reflect the neighborhood and culture. Some of these murals are easy to find and others are hidden into the cityscape, seemingly only created for the amusement of the artist.

"The Styx" - Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

“The Styx” – Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

"The Styx" - Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

“The Styx” – Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)