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Mar 12, 2014 7:30 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Selena Tribute Events Bars Transgender Impersonator

CORPUS CHRISTI - Denied the chance to perform, because she's a transgender woman. That's what one woman claims she was told when she tried to pay tribute to Tejano superstar Selena at an upcoming event.

Honey Andrews lip-syncing wasn't the problem, she says the fact she was born a man was. For the last 9 years Andrews considered herself a transgender woman,making the surgical switch from man to woman.

She's got the looks and nails Cumbia, but this Selena impersonator recently was turned down the opportunity to perform in honor of her idol. She claims its because she once was a man.

"I already have enough, I have to go across all of the obstacles and for him to throw that in there, I just felt it was unfair," says Honey Andrews, a transgender Selena impersonator

She's performed at a Selena tribute for the last three years. With another tribute happening this year, she wanted to be involved in both. And that was the plan until she received a message last night from the coordinator, Mario Gomez:
"Sorry to inform you but Sunday's tribute is booked."
"Nobody wants to see a male person dress up like a girl"

"I had to read it like three times to so I could even get it through. You know? Understand. Oh my God I can't believe. You know, I am over here try to do something good. Do something for Selena. I am sure she would not approve of something like that," says Andrews.

Gomez explained over phone the messages sent to Andrews wasn't worded poorly. The "nobody wants to see a male person dress up like a girl" were remarks said after her performance last year by audience members

"People complained to me that they don't like, and uh. I guess. I just told him that uh. You know. I don't know why I said that. Just uh letting him know that people were complaining to me that you know that they didn't want to see someone dressed up as a female. A male dressed up as a female singing," says Gomez over the phone.

"Getting into this business I knew I was going to come across people that were like they weren't going to like me all the time. You know what I mean? It just so happens he's one of them," says Andrews.

Gomez Wednesday afternoon Gomez offered the chance to Andrews to perform at his event. He says she will perform at the event, but Andrews tells Action 10 News over the phone she's definitely not.


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