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.

Local Neighborhood Bakery Holds the Key to Success

Local neighborhood bakery featured on the Food Network, Golden Crown Panaderia has found success for more than 25 years by keeping it simple and being happy.

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The Golden Crown Panaderia has been supplying the local community with an old-fashioned approach to baked goods and business practices. This approach has been successful mainly in part to the inviting environment created by the father and son duo, Pratt Morales and son Christopher Morales. For over 25 years this small bakery has been supplying much of Albuquerque with original breads and pastries. However not everything is old-fashioned about this neighborhood bakery.

Latte Art by Christopher Morales - Golden Crown Panaderia (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Latte Art by Christopher Morales – Golden Crown Panaderia (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

While many of the practices and products have not changed, it is the latte art and indoor garden that has given the Golden Crown Panaderia a modern point. Christopher Morales has taken up a craft that visually express what he considers the perfect cup of coffee, by combining an espresso shot and steamed milk. This results in an authentic artistic decoration on the top of a latte. Christopher Morales also began the bakery’s one of a kind indoor garden. The garden often produces herbs and produce that the bakery uses for its baked goods and other food items.

When asked about the goal for the bakery Christopher Morales says, “To be honest the ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy our lives.”

Continuing, Morales explains that there is no wish to expand or become a corporation. The intention for the bakery is to create great food and a good atmosphere, but also to enjoy what they do for a living. Morales described how easy it is to get overwhelmed in the restaurant industry, and says that when this occurs the interaction with the customer is lost.

“Every new customer that comes into the place, we get to hear their story,” Morales illustrates while sharing a few examples.

The human element is what Morales enjoys the most about his career, and he thinks of the employees as family, ensuring that the staff continues to enjoy the work they do at the bakery. This old-fashioned bakery has a modern touch and greets customers with a warm hospitality, finding success through what brings them happiness.