Trans Woman Candy Lee Wins Kiwi Pro Wrestling Championship

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New Zealand’s Candy Lee ended her opponents reign dropping a Candy crush on her during the “Nightmare before Christmas” match December 16th. Diva Dirt reports that Candy Lee became the first transgender woman to win a major Indie title when she became New Zealand’s women’s Impact Pro Wrestling Champion.

According to Last Word on Pro Wrestling, Candy Lee (real name Leilani Tominiko) is a 22-year old Samoan wrestler who trained at the IPW Training Academy, making her debut with Impact Pro Wrestling last October. While not the first transgender pro wrestler – American wrestler Amanda “The Blood Thirsty Vixen” debuted first in 2011 with American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and in the UK, Harley Ryder made her debut in 2013. Amanda also won a title, winning the WILD Women’s Championship from Lucky O’Shea in 2011, in the now defunct World Independent Ladies Division (WILD) Wrestling promotion in California.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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