Transgender Twins Who Lived Tumultuous Lives Honored For Dramatic Turnaround

Transgender sisters Vivian and Victoria Rubio are the latest beneficiaries of the Second Chance Mission, which helps those who have overcome adversity turn their lives around. The twins received a $5,000 grant to help with finances as they return to college to become counselors.

The Second Chance Mission, a nonprofit that helps those who have suffered adversity and are turning their lives around, has surprised transgender twin sisters with its latest gesture of largesse. Vivian & Victoria Rubio, 44-year-old twins from Encino who were born male, received $5,000 to help them as they return to college with goals of helping others like themselves. Zack Ament, founder of the Second Chance Mission, says that the Rubios are “ideal candidates” for his organization.

“The grant being bestowed upon the Rubio sisters, who are truly heroes in the LGBTQ community, is intended to ease the financial burden associated with returning to school,” says Ament. “They are working to earn degrees in counseling so that they will be better able to help others who are struggling with their identities and need guidance like they once did.”

The Rubios lived a “hellish existence” growing up in Upland, Calif and those experiences left lifelong scars that many in the transgender community suffer. Like those with PTSD, many transgender people like the Rubio’s turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the emotional upheaval of their lives. But they managed to overcome their addictions and, today, are clean and healthy.

The Second Chance Mission was established by Ament, a former drug addict himself, who turned his life around and is now a successful entrepreneur. The nonprofit helps survivors of substance abuse, domestic violence, bullying, life-altering illness, etc. restart their lives.

To apply for a “second chance,” briefly describe how you’ve overcome a life challenge, what your need is and how you think it will change your life, then email that along with a recent photo of yourself and your contact info (cell number and email address) to All submissions will be considered and evaluated by a committee. Recipients must be willing to share their stories so they can inspire others, will be notified by text or email.


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