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Courtesy Goodies Not Guns(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- One couple wants families to think twice about having their kids dress up in violent and bloody Halloween costumes.

Amanda Hanig and Jordon Gillis, who've been together for 17 years and have two children, told ABC News they created Goodies Not Guns to encourage children to wear, instead, nonviolent costumes when celebrating the spooky holiday.

The couple said they came up with the idea about three weeks ago while sitting on their porch in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, talking about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at a Las Vegas music festival earlier this month, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500.

"We just felt so powerless as citizens and as parents," Hanig, 40, said. "There's so much violence in the world, and you read about gun control ... but it isn't enough. Maybe we have to do more than that."

With Halloween approaching, Hanig said they created Goodies Not Guns "as a way of taking some of the power back and making immediate changes."

"It was a simple thing that we could do," Gillis, 41, said. "And [we figured] maybe other people would like to help out."

Thayer Lavielle is one mother of three who will be joining Goodies Not Guns in its inaugural year. Her three children, ranging in age from 9 to 13, are dressing up this year as an arctic princess, a ghoul "and a 13-year-old cranky teenager," she said.

"We live in the South where hunting and fishing is more prevalent," the Cary, North Carolina, mother said. "It's our [Second] Amendment right to bear arms and to have a weapon. I don't think anyone is arguing that...but if you're going as a soldier as a 7-year-old, you don't necessarily need to have an AK47 strapped to your back."

Lavielle, 46, added that she's joining to encourage other parents to "stop and think sometimes about the choices they make and how that can be perceived by others."

Goodies Not Guns has already received support from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, a school district in North Carolina with 12,000 students.

"Thank you to the parents in our community who created @goodiesnotguns to promote safe costumes without weapons," the district tweeted Thursday.

Thank you to the parents in our community who created @goodiesnotguns to promote safe costumes without weapons.

— CHCCS (@chccs) October 19, 2017

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, a national non-profit organization that advocates gun control, also tweeted its support. "Shout out to local gun violence prevention advocates for working to promote safety in their communities," they wrote Friday.

The creators of Guns Not Goodies emphasize that they're not making a judgement regarding gun ownership.

"We're not trying to tell people not to own guns," Hanig said. "We're just trying to say consider not sending your kids out with violence. I realize that it's all in fun, but if we teach kids that guns are fun, what are we teaching them?"

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Move over, kids! The dogs had their day to show off their Halloween costumes at the 27th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City.

Nearly 10,000 dog lovers came out to Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, home to the city's first official dog run, to see pooches dressed up as New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the red sightseeing buses, and the Staten Island Ferry.

Other dogs wore costumes without a New York theme, such as dressing up as a lion, a kissing booth and even one dog who remained in his cell, with a sign that read, "Pawshank Redemption," paying homage to the hit 1994 film, "Shawshank Redemption."

The dogs and their Halloween-loving owners were there to compete "for thousands of dollars in prizes," according to the parade's website.

Dog trainer Garrett Rosso, who created the Halloween parade, told the podcast Animal Instinct ahead of the parade that they plan to "give out at least 10 prizes."

Along with awarding prizes, this year's parade collected items to donate for hurricane relief, according to the parade's Facebook page.

And one dog even dressed up as a donation, with a roll of toilet paper around his neck with the words "hurricane relief" on them.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division says it has interviewed a potential victim of a 2013 sexual assault allegedly involving Harvey Weinstein, as the woman's attorney held a news conference on Friday to discuss the investigation.

David Ring said his client, an Italian actress, spoke briefly with Weinstein at a Los Angeles-based film festival in February 2013, and later in the evening, the producer allegedly "bullied his way into her [hotel] room."

"Her greatest regret is opening that door. She had no idea what was coming,” he said of the allegation. “What happened to her was really horrible. It’s had a humongous, huge impact on her life."

Ring declined to identify his client or discuss specifics of the case, except to say that it is under investigation by the LAPD. He added that it was "premature" to discuss a potential civil lawsuit against Weinstein.

New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce Thursday said New York City police have referred allegations against the disgraced film mogul to other police departments, though it was unclear whether the LAPD investigation pertained to one of those cases.

The referrals were made to jurisdictions in the United States and overseas based on calls to a police hotline about Weinstein, Boyce added.

Police declined to discuss specifics.

“Several calls have been received on our CrimeStoppers Hotline regarding Mr. Weinstein,” Boyce said. “None of those calls have alleged any criminal conduct within the New York City area.”

Complaints about Weinstein cannot be pursued locally if they involve events that occurred outside New York City.

More than three dozen women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, but he has not been charged with a crime.

The movie producer has acknowledged inappropriate behavior, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex, his spokesman said.

Weinstein, 65, was terminated by the Weinstein Co. in the wake of the allegations, though he later offered his resignation. ABC News confirmed that he is also pursuing a claim that he was wrongfully fired.

In addition, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has voted to begin termination proceedings against him. A final determination will be reached next month. On Thursday the board of British Film Institute voted to strip Weinstein of its prestigious BFI Fellowship honor, which he was awarded in 2002.

"Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances. Everyone working in the film industry – in any industry – should be safe and respected in the workplace. We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out," the board said in a statement. "The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stock indexes reached new records on Friday as investors saw Republican lawmakers' progress on tax reform.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 165.59 ( 0.71 percent) to finish at 23,328.63.

The Nasdaq jumped 23.99 ( 0.36 percent) to close at 6,629.05, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,575.21, up 13.11 ( 0.51 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 0.72 percent higher with prices under $52 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  A huge jump in footwear sales last quarter caused Skechers shares to skyrocket 41.45 percent.

PayPal beat investors' expectations in earnings and revenue in the third-quarter and shares climbed 5.53 percent.

Despite earnings in Procter & Gamble's fiscal first-quarter report that were higher than estimates, sales disappointed and its stock tumbled 3.68 percent.

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gideonphoto.com(SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- Rick Grenis and Bonnie Frazier spent more than a year planning a wedding in northern California's scenic Sonoma County that was to include a weekend of activities for their more than two dozen guests.

But the couple had to make a last-minute change in plans when their venue in Healdsburg was closed due to wildfires that were among the deadliest in California's history raged across the state.

“Our venue’s website said, ‘Closed until further notice,’” Grenis, told ABC News. “That is not what you want to see the week of your wedding.”

Grenis, 29, and Frazier, 27, who both live in Oakland, California, got the news just 48 hours before the Oct. 13 date for their nuptials. But they took inspiration from their wedding planner, who was persevering after losing her family's home to the fires this month in Santa Rosa, California.

Wedding planner Brittany Hanson, her husband and their three children escaped their home with just the clothes on their backs.

Days later, Hanson, who said one of her five employees also lost her home in the fires, was back planning weddings for clients like Grenis and Frazier.

"We want to survive out of this," Hanson told ABC News. "We know we’re in a really bad situation, but we also know if we were removed from this and it was our wedding, we’d be devastated and stressed."

"We love weddings," Hanson added. "That’s what we do. We understand the importance of weddings."

Following her lead, Grenis and Frazier went ahead with their marriage ceremony at a different location, near San Francisco.

'We're all here. We're all surviving.'

The California wildfires have charred more than 217,000 acres of land, forced about 75,000 residents to evacuate and damaged or destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"People removed from here think the whole thing went up in flames, but wine country is very large," Hanson said. "There are still plenty of us here and a big part of our economy -- hotels and restaurants and food tastings -- comes from the wedding industry."

In Napa County, 732 marriage ceremonies were held and 1,663 marriage licenses issued last fiscal year, Napa County Clerk John Tuteur told ABC News.

Weddings helped to generate $196 million in spending in the Napa Valley area in 2016, according to an economic report released in May by Visit Napa Valley.

Darius Anderson owns multiple restaurants and wedding sites in the Napa and Sonoma county areas. He said this year's wildfires hit the region during its busiest month for marriage celebrations.

"The tragedy of the whole thing is October is traditionally our number one month for weddings," said Anderson. "In this month, we’ve had 57 percent cancellations."

Anderson's properties survived the fires and he said the first priority for him and other local business owners has been to make sure their employees are safe and taken care of. Their next priority, he said, is to help rebuild the region and make sure people know its beauty remains.

"Long-term we have to let people know that we’re open for business and the natural beauty and historic value and what makes Napa-Sonoma so charming to people is still here," he said. "We're still focused on our customer base and making sure their experience here is the best they can possibly have."

Many couples are going ahead with their weddings in the area.

Hanson said her company typically does 20 weddings in the month of October alone. So far, only two have been canceled and another two have changed their venues.

"We’re all here. We’re all surviving," she said. "Everyone is here volunteering. For us to keep going is the best thing we can do right now."

Hanson said people in the wedding industry are going the extra mile to help each other. Some vendors are offering to drive hours to new wedding locations, she said, and wedding planners like herself are helping each other find what they need both for their business and for the larger community.

"One wedding planner donated supplies for 100 kids to my school," Hanson said. "I replied to thank her and she needed 70 volunteers to feed lunch and I said, ‘Done.'"

"We're crisis managers," she added. "That's what we do for a living."

'Planned an entire new wedding in 48 hours'

When the wildfires forced the closure of Grenis and Frazier's planned wedding venue, the groom's brother, Billy Grenis, stepped up to help from across the country in New York City by putting out a call on social media.

The couple confirmed their new venue, a country club in Novato, just outside San Francisco, the night before the wedding.

“We took a year or more to plan this and then we basically planned an entire new wedding in 48 hours,” Rick Grenis said. “It was something that we reminded ourselves throughout the week, that it’s not about the specific details that we had been planning but the fact that we’re getting married and that people are still coming to celebrate us.”

The smoke from the fires, however, had spread so far that Hanson brought masks for Frazier, Grenis and their guests to wear at the outdoor wedding to protect themselves from smoke.

The bride and groom cancelled their planned rentals of houses for nearly 30 out-of-state guests in Healdsburg so that the homes could be used instead to house evacuees.

They also asked their wedding guests to make donations to fire victims in lieu of wedding gifts. They are making their own donation to help those affected by the fires, and they hope to return one day to their planned wedding destination.

“We keep joking that for our 10-year anniversary we can go back and follow the itinerary that we had planned,” Frazier said. "We had a whole wine country weekend."

'It was just surreal.'

The fast-moving fires this month caught some wedding-goers by surprise.

Wendy Ross, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was watching groomsmen give toasts at the Oct. 8 wedding of her son, Sam Ross, to Rachel Lieberstein in the Napa Valley area when wind began to pick up and the sky turned red.

"It was a wonderful wedding, everything went perfectly and then the wind started really picking up," Ross told ABC News. "As it started getting dark you could notice a little bit of a glow."

The ceremony and reception took place at a private home overlooking vineyards in the path of the Atlas fire, which struck Napa and Solano counties, and Wendy Ross said that as the DJ began playing music, "bright red flames" were shooting in the sky.

"I noticed [the flames] about 9:50 that evening and by 10:45, we were gone," she said of the 120 guests who evacuated. "It was very, very frightening."

Sam Ross and Lieberstein, now on their honeymoon now in New Zealand, plan to help rebuild their beloved Napa community as soon as they return home.

"We expect to fully immerse ourselves in the rebuilding process when we return next weekend," Lieberstein told ABC News by email. "We have a lot of friends and family in Napa who have already started brainstorming with us on how we can help our community directly."

She added, "We want to help as quickly and efficiently as possible."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Colonel follows exactly 11 users on Twitter and today one social media savvy user found out the hilarious and punny reason why!

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) follows six men named "Herb" and 5 "Spice" girls from the all-girl British pop group in what appears to be an ode to the company's original-recipe blend of 11 herbs and spices.

.@KFC follows 11 people.

Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb.

11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.

— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017

The original tweet revealing the fast food chain's genius marketing move was first posted by @edgette22 had been favorited more than 484,000 times and retweeted over 200,000 times as of midday Friday.

I don’t know who I’m more impressed with, @KFC for doing it or @edgette22 for noticing it https://t.co/avXAV1EkFm

— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) October 20, 2017

Just realized they weren't following back.
Rude.
Good joke though.

— Wendy's (@Wendys) October 20, 2017

The chief brand officer of Ford even made an incredible offer to the anonymous person behind the move. "To whomever runs the KFC Twitter account and thought of this. Call me whenever you need a job. You a genius," Musa Tariq tweeted.

To whomever runs the @KFC twitter account and thought of this. Call me whenever you need a job. You a genius. https://t.co/KjWPvnTJuD

— Musa Tariq (@MusaTariq) October 20, 2017

Other KFC social media accounts don't appear to adhere to the 11 "Herbs" and Spices" formula. The company's Instagram follows 67 users.

KFC did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, and the person behind the marketing move remains anonymous.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGLES) -- Playboy is making history again by naming a transgender model a "Playboy Playmate" for the first time in the magazine's 64-year history.

French model Ines Rau will get the honor of being the November/December centerfold.

It's a notable accomplishment for the 26-year-old model, who used to hide her identity.

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," Rau told Playboy. "I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird."

"Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are. It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever," she continued. "The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself."

Along with this distinction, Rau has been featured in Vogue, Italian Vogue and a Balmain fashion campaign.

The decision to make Rau a playmate was decided by Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner's son and chief creative officer at Playboy. The elder Hefner died last month at the age of 91. The latest issue will honor his legacy.

"It very much speaks to the brand’s philosophy," Hefner, 26, told The New York Times of his decision. "It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving."

"This is really a moment for us to take a step back and say that so much of what the brand stood for in the early years is very much still alive in culture," he added.

Playboy was quick to note that it has published photos of transgender women before.

In fact, the first transgender woman to "pose for Playboy was Tula in September 1991," according to the magazine's Twitter account, referring to British model Caroline Cossey. Moreover, Rau has been featured in the magazine in 2014.

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Blinq(NEW YORK) -- Let's face it: for as cool as fitness trackers and other wearable tech items are, they're not great to look at. And this was the prime mover behind Blinq, beautiful rings made of gold and other luxury materials that subtly hide some serious tech.

Not only will the rings count your steps -- sending them and other fitness data to your phone -- but they can be set to inform you of incoming alerts for various apps like Uber, Instagram, and more.

The rings vibrate, and their gemstones actually glow subtly to inform you, instead of having you whip out your phone to check, which, let's face it, we all do way too much.

Instead, you can cut down the clutter. You can pre-set the wirelessly-charging rings to, say, ignore all incoming emails and calls from work, but let you know if your friends are trying to get a hold of you.

And while it's sad to have to think about, the Blinq rings can also act as a panic button. They let you subtly send an emergency message to your contacts, along with your exact location, by tapping the ring in a certain sequence -- so if a date starts going south in a serious way, you can send an S.O.S. to the cavalry.

The fully waterproof smart jewelry line was a hit on Kickstarter, and will begin shipping out at the end of the year. A line of more masculine rings will come next year.

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Apple(CHICAGO) -- Apple's innovative redesign of its first-ever flagship store in Chicago may give a glimpse into the future of retail.

In the company's most ambitious store design yet, the all-glass storefront called Apple Michigan Avenue on the Chicago River will for one month offer visitors free sessions to experience augmented reality, design artwork, learn coding and tinker with robots.

The store will host the series of events as part of a citywide collaboration with community organizations called "The Chicago Series," that focuses on the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

"I think it's our job to carry Apple's legacy forward, always keep it relevant now for today," Angela Ahredts, senior vice president of retail, told ABC News. "This is where the best of Apple come together."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Good Housekeeping's list of the hottest toys for the holiday season is out after the magazine's extensive expert and kid testing process.

Good Housekeeping Institute's experts vetted over 500 toys for safety, quality and skill-building. They then asked nearly 100 children, ages 1 through 13, to weigh in on their favorites.

Rachel Rothman, the chief technologist from Good Housekeeping Institute, the consumer products lab, appeared live on Good Morning America to share some of the magazine's top picks for kids at different price points: under $25, under $50, under $75, and $100.

Under $25

Moose Toys Oonies Starter Kit
For ages 5
Price: $19.99
This toy lets children blow up dozens of "oonies," or a cross between bubbles and balloons. Children can stick the "oonies" together and create original designs. The good news for parents is the toy requires no glue, no water, and is said to be mess-free.

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush
For ages 3
Price: $19.99
Children can dip this brush into a pot of paint and it will then light up into that shade on special paper. The color will not transfer onto skin, carpet or furniture, allowing for mess-free digital painting.

Under $50

Moose Toys 'Despicable Me' Mineez Dru's Super Liar Playset
For ages 5
Price: $35
This toy is a detailed miniature version of the beloved "Despicable Me" villain's lair. The set includes two minions and Dru, the villain himself, but you can also purchase more characters to add to your collection.

Leap Frog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Car
For ages 2
Price: $39.99; $25.49 at Target
This toy lets children make creative toy ice cream concoctions by mixing different flavors, toppings and syrups. The cart also plays songs, and features activity cards and phrases that teach colors, numbers, flavors and more.

Under $75

Geo Smart Mars Explorerer
For ages 5
Price: $70
With this toy, children can pretend to be engineers and build a unique vehicle using magnetic pieces. The toy includes four design templates, but children can also freely create their own iterations of the explorer vehicle.


Under $100

Spin Master Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
For ages 3
Price: $100
This lookout tower for the beloved "Paw Patrol" characters stands at over 2.5 feet tall and comes with one vehicle and two characters, but more characters and pieces can be bought separately.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A Virginia man is dazzling his community with a 16,000-light Halloween show set to music.

Brandon Bullis, of Leesburg, Virginia, turns on the lights outside his family’s home every night through Halloween Eve for a Halloween light spectacular.

Bullis, an engineer who has been decorating his home with lights since 2011, set this year’s display to “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man at the suggestion of his wife.

“About three weeks ago she said, ‘I heard a song today and you have to hear it,’” Bullis told ABC News. “I have to listen to it approximately 100 to 200 times when I program it, so I like to make sure that I like it.”

He explained, “It has to be something that I instinctually tap my foot to when I hear it.”

Bullis said he spent about 40 hours building the light display and 10 to 12 hours programming each minute of each song.

The rest of the 30-minute light display that runs four times every night of the week is comprised of Halloween-themed music Bullis has used in past years, like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Bullis’s neighbors don’t have to worry about the sound of the music because it plays on a local radio station for visitors to listen to in their cars.

“It’s fun to see the community reaction,” Bullis said of the hundreds of visitors who come each year. “People really come out and a lot of families have made it a tradition for themselves.”

Bullis said he spends more on Halloween candy each year than he does on his power bill in the month of October.

“Our power bill increase is so minimal,” he said. “I think it’s about $20 or $25.”

Bullis and his family, which includes three children, do not charge for the light show but do accept donations. The family has raised more than $25,000 for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2013, according to Bullis.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In her heyday, Jennifer Bobbi was Long Island’s Tupperware queen, selling hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of kitchenware and earning herself a six-figure salary.
 For about a decade in New York, she hosted parties and ran her business as Aunt Barbara, a drag queen whose brash attitude and sassy comebacks were part of her act.

Bobbi was living as a man at the time, and portraying Aunt Barbara allowed her to dress up in 1960s-era dresses and a black bob wig to host her Tupperware parties, to the delight of her clients, she said.

“I believe that most people thought it was a great, fun thing to do in their house,” Bobbi told ABC News. “It was a comedy show, but it was a comedy show in their minds because it was a man dressed as a woman playing a character.”

But she didn’t want to just act like her female character; she said that from a very young age, she knew she was a woman.

 “I held it inside through my teenage years into my 20s, and finally, at one point when I think my parents could not figure me out, my mother sat down with me, and she said, ‘We know that you’re gay. We know that you’re homosexual,’” Bobbi said. “What I wanted to say was, ‘Well, it’s half the story. It’s half the story because I’m attracted to men and I’m biologically and physically a male, but intuitively, mentally, organically, I’m a female. And I have been my whole life.’”

When Bobbi came out as a trans woman on April 1, 2015, she said, she was surprised by how some of her clients suddenly treated her.

“I considered Aunt Barbara just a character of who I am. It’s a part of who I am. And I guess I thought that, well, they accept Aunt Barbara. Why wouldn’t they accept me? I’m just the person who’s behind Aunt Barbara,” said Bobbi, 48.

But after her transition, people began canceling their Tupperware parties, she said, and her business suffered.

“I do think that my transition was a major contributing factor to the decline in my business,” Bobbi said. “I noticed that some people don’t understand the difference between what they perceived as a drag queen or as being transgender or a cross-dresser.”

 Bobbi is far from alone. Advocacy groups have released studies showing that the unemployment rate is far higher than average for transgender individuals, though no government agency has released similar data.

Even though societal awareness about the issues trans people face has grown in recent years and a number of high-profile celebrities have opened up about their transitions, advocates say there is long way to go in the fight for true equality in the workplace. On Oct. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to strip trans individuals of protections against discrimination in the workplace under the Civil Rights Act. And in July, President Trump said in a tweet that trans people will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military; the matter is currently under Defense Department review.

For Bobbi, like many other trans people, living as her true self came with a steep financial cost.

At her sales peak in 2013, Bobbi said, she was so busy, she “couldn’t handle the bookings. I could have done two or three parties a day.”

“I earned a Ford Mustang or a cash bonus. I took the cash bonus and bought a Cadillac. I earned a trip to Hawaii, trips to Florida, trips to New Orleans,” she said.

She sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Tupperware, and while she wouldn’t specify the number, Bobbi told ABC News that her take-home pay at the time was six figures.

 Fast-forward four years, and Bobbi was facing bankruptcy. She said that after she came out and began taking hormones as part of her transition, her business dried up.

“It’s funny — it’s all fun and games when you’re perceived as a man dressing as a woman but you don’t want to be a woman,” she said. “But when you’re biologically a man and internally and innately you’re a woman, then it’s not so funny anymore.”

She said people didn’t want to see that she was “a person with a struggle”; they wanted to view her merely as a funny character.

“Aunt Barbara’s all about helping people forget their problems. They don’t want Aunt Barbara to come to their house with a problem,” Bobbi added.

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ advocacy group, said Bobbi’s experience is troubling but common.

“Here what we can see is the pervasive discrimination faced by transgender people day to day in their interactions as they move about society,” Gonzalez-Pagan told ABC News.

 The paradox of being accepted and celebrated as a man in drag and rejected as a trans woman “shows some of the progress that has been made and some of the shortfalls that we have encountered,” he said.

Gonzalez-Pagan said that it is important for people to understand that people of any gender can perform drag, which is viewed within the LGBTQ community as a historic art form, and while transgender individuals have long been pioneers in the field, they are not the only ones who participate.

Bobbi went from local celebrity to someone struggling to make ends meet. She had to change many parts of her lifestyle, downsizing apartments and eventually moving in with a longtime friend in another part of Long Island.

"I was able to have a good standard of living, and that went away, just slowly went away, little by little. Things got harder,” she said. “Eventually, I wasn’t able to pay for basic necessities.”

Now Bobbi is working as an executive assistant at a nonprofit and as an aide to an individual with disabilities. She said she earns a small fraction of what she was making before she began her transition. Her bankruptcy was discharged as of early June, she said.

 She said she still performs as Aunt Barbara, though rarely, and is pursuing an acting career in local theater.

Bobbi said that she didn’t receive overly negative comments on her coming-out Facebook post. But she said she has experienced some instances of strangers looking at her curiously and has been verbally harassed by strangers.

She added that while her sisters have been largely supportive, “My friends have really been my family.”

“I didn’t ask for this. No person that’s transgender asks to be transgender. This is not an easy route,” Bobbi said.

“I would love to continue being who everyone wants me to be or needs me to be or thought I was, but I can’t,” Bobbi said. “I have to be true to myself. I have to be who I am. I’m the one who’s going to be living the rest of my life. I have to. I have to be happy with myself. I have to feel whole. I have to feel right, and I’ve never felt right. I finally am feeling right. That’s huge.”

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Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An eighth child has been killed by an IKEA dresser that was recalled more than a year ago because of its propensity to tip over.

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek of California was killed when a three-drawer IKEA dresser tipped over and crushed him during naptime.

The family’s lawyer, Daniel J. Mann of Philadelphia, said the accident happened in May and no one else was in the room.

“It fell over on top of him,” Mann said. “It didn’t contact any furniture.”

Mann said the family is “absolutely distraught” over what happened.

Child safety advocates say the death, which came to light this week, is the eighth reported child death involving an IKEA dresser or chest involved the June 2016 recall.

The items are unstable if not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.

IKEA is offering a refund or a wall anchoring kit for consumers.

In a written statement to ABC News, IKEA said, “Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our sincere condolences during this most difficult time.” The company added that “the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall.”

The 29 million recalled chests and dressers include various MALM three-, four-, five- and six-drawer models, as well as other chests and dressers that were sold by IKEA.

Nancy Cowles, executive director of the non-profit Kids In Danger, says IKEA isn’t doing enough to reach parents who have one of these dressers. Cowles said a relatively small percentage of affected pieces have been remedied by a refund or repair kit – perhaps as low as three percent – citing recall progress data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from January 2017 obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

That means potentially millions of dressers are still in use and unsecured to a wall, Cowles said.

“We have to do better, because these are just ticking land mines in a child’s bedroom,” she said.

IKEA spokeswoman Mona Astra Liss did not address the accuracy of the three percent figure but the company statement noted that the recall goes back many years and it’s impossible to know how many units are still in use.

In addition to the California family, Mann’s law firm has represented the families of three other toddler boys who were killed when their IKEA MALM dressers tipped over onto them.

After the first two deaths in 2014, the company issued a notice offering free anchoring kits; after the third toddler, a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota, was killed in Feburary 2016 – the third death in two years – the company issued a full recall.

After that recall was issued in June 2016, a fourth death that had occurred in 2011 from the MALM line of IKEA furniture was discovered and added to the count. The recall also notes three earlier deaths from different models of IKEA dressers in 1989, 2002 and 2007.

Mann says the design was inherently dangerous and charged that the company still hasn’t done enough to warn consumers who may have one at home. IKEA has since redesigned some of its dressers and says all dressers it sells now adhere to the voluntary industry standard for stability.

“The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future," Mann said.

In numerous other IKEA tip-over cases a child was injured but not killed, and Mann said he’s sure there are tip-overs that are never reported at all because a child was not harmed.

“Sometimes a parent catches it, or it falls onto a wall or a bed,” he said. “It’s just by the grace of God.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Kids In Danger, the National Center for Health Research, Public Citizen, Shane's Foundation and U.S. PIRG issued a joint statement offering condolences to the families and calling for IKEA to do more to forcefully communicate the hazard to the public.

“From the delay in issuing a recall to lackluster efforts by IKEA to fully communicate the hazard and the recall to the public – relying instead on soft messages on securing any and all furniture – this death highlights the risks to children of tip-over incidents. Companies must be held accountable for their products’ safety and the CPSC must be strong enough to force companies to take action in ways that successfully get recalled products out of homes,” the groups said.

IKEA countered that it has publicized the recall through website, social media and email campaigns, as well as through news stories and a national advertising campaign using TV, print, radio, digital and social media.

“We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out,” the company’s statement said. IKEA added that it has “worked hard to make participation in the recall as easy as possible for consumers. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, IKEA will arrange to pick it up at their home.”

As for the recall, Cowles said, “We are telling consumers that if they are going to participate, to ask for the refund” rather than the anchoring kit.

IKEA consumers are entitled to a full refund for recalled chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.

If consumers prefer to get the free anchoring kit, they may install it themselves or have IKEA provide a one-time, free in-home installation service, upon request. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.

To get a refund or repair, consumers may visit an IKEA retail store, visit their website, or call (866) 856-4532.

Safety experts say parents should be careful to secure any dresser or television, and to only use dressers that can remain upright even when a 50-pound weight is hung on a drawer.

According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the United States from furniture or TVs tipping over on them.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as investors remember a bleak anniversary.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied from down more than 100 points to close the day at 23,163.04, a new record high. That marked a 5.44 point gain on the day for the Dow.

The Nasdaq fell 19.15 to finish the session at 6,605.07, while the S&P 500 edged slightly upwards, closing 0.84 higher at 2,562.10.

Thursday marked the thirtieth anniversary of Black Monday, the largest crash in the history of the Dow.

The National Retail Federation is expecting a record amount of spending this Halloween. According to data from the agency, Americans could spend $9.1 billion on costumes and candy this month.

Blue Apron is cutting jobs both at its headquarters and at warehouses around the country. The meal prep kit company was a hotly anticipated IPO this year, but faces competition from other companies, including Amazon.

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Amazon(NEW YORK) -- When Amazon announced its plan to accept bids from cities for the location of its second headquarters, various U.S. cities developed elaborate plans to catch the attention of the e-commerce giant.

On Sept. 7 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first laid out the terms of the project called HQ2. On Thursday, the window for cities to submit those bids closed. Bezos has promised that 50,000 people will be hired to work at the new headquarters.

Amazon will announce the location of its second headquarters sometime next year. More than 100 cities submitted bids.

Amazon said it wanted a metropolitan location that had at least one million residents. Some cities put together buzz-worthy gimmicks to convince Bezos that their location would be the right choice.

Here are some of the cities that went all out in their bids:

Tuscon, Arizona Sun Corridor Inc., an economic development group, sent a 21-foot Saguaro cactus to Bezos as an Amazon headquarters welcome gift. Amazon refused the plant and instead donated it to a local museum, according to Laura Shaw, chief marketing officer of Sun Corridor Inc.

 

Thx @SunCorridorInc! Unfortunately we can’t accept gifts (even really cool ones) so we donated it to @DesertMuseum 🌵 https://t.co/ZJPQfs44cq pic.twitter.com/Fot06Kgs9P

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) September 19, 2017



Stonecrest, Georgia On Oct. 5, Mayor Jason Lary and the Stonecrest City Council voted to de-annex 345 acres of land and officially call it the city of Amazon. "There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” the mayor said in a statement after the announcement.

Detroit, Michigan Two of the state's biggest football rivals joined forces on the field in a show of support for the city's bid to host Amazon H2Q. Head football coaches from the University of Michigan and Michigan State set their differences aside in their biggest game of the season and sported headsets on the sidelines with the text #AmazonDetroit printed on the earpiece and speakers.

 

 

They may be rivals on the field, but #AmazonDetroit is something we can all agree upon. #AmazonHQ2 pic.twitter.com/VLT4vX12zF

— Detroit Moves (@DetroitMovesHQ) October 8, 2017



Danbury, Connecticut and Frisco, Texas Mayors in both cities posted separate videos on social media asking Amazon's voice control system, Alexa, where the best city for the new headquarters is located. The gimmick in both videos ends with a female voice answering the name of each respective city.

 

 

Hey @JeffBezos, we want you here in #Danbury! (Alexa, thanks for the help!) pic.twitter.com/4lhbmrqFM9

— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) September 14, 2017



Birmingham, Alabama The city launched its campaign by setting up giant Amazon packages at three locations around the city. Residents posted photos on social media to draw attention with the hashtag "Bring A to B."

 

 

 

 

Birmingham submits 'great road map' for Amazon HQ2 https://t.co/DTvGGexaST pic.twitter.com/0FSGTH46u5

— AL.com Birmingham (@ALcomBirmingham) October 18, 2017



Amazon did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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