Transgender Beauty Queen to Mark Estephen, is Sabel Gonzales again
Mark never knew who his caucasian father was. His childhood memory was seeing her mother with her friends get drunk while watching porn. There were also drugs and all sorts of things a young boy shouldn’t see.
The pretty boy
At age seven, he knew he was different from other boys. His uncle abused him sexually. As if this tragedy was not enough, neighbors taunted Mark calling him “gay child.”
Life was hard, they were poor, and the only way life can be better was if he can move elsewhere.
At seventeen, he met a trans woman from his hometown in Pangasinan. She convinced Mark to live in the city and explore life and possibilities.
By nineteen, Mark began to crossdress, and he liked it. His eyes are now set on earning money to become a “real woman.”
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Mark’s dream come true!
Mark became a prostitute and spent his money on hormone treatment and cosmetic surgery. He was georgeous but needed more money to complete his transformation.
He went abroad and became a “classy” professional hooker. She was a looker, and real men wanted to marry or woo her into a steady relationship.
Sabel was born
In 2014, Mark joined the biggest gay transpageantry in the Philippines. She won as “Super Sireyna Queen of Flowers,” and Sabel Gonzales was born.
“Sabel” was also one of the Top-10 semi-finalists for the Miss International Queen Pageant, held in Pattaya, Thailand. She would later belong to an international modeling agency for transgender.
Meeting the man of his dreams
Sabel began dating online and met an American who was head over heels with her. They married and settled in California just after a few months of getting to know each other. Life is good and seemingly perfect.
She was well taken care of. With a modeling career, a car, a weekly allowance, a loving husband, and a cute pupper, what more can she want?
Unfortunately, just like hundreds of fairytales stories on same-sex relationships, they divorced in January 2017. Their separation was not about infidelity. It was too much attention, love, and possession that Sabel was having a difficult time with.
The Pride of California
After the divorce, they remained friends, and Sabel moved to Los Angeles. She celebrated her gay lifestyle and quickly became popular in the LGBTQ community. She even appeared as a TV guest in “Law and Order.”
Life was rolling for Sabel. She met a handsome and kind guy, stricken by her charm and beauty. They lived together in a beautiful home, and she can have what she wanted.
With more time for herself, Sabel often listened to Christian music and even read God’s word. In the midst of blissfulness, she still felt something was missing. Sabel felt a need that could not be satisfied by anyone or anything.
Have I really found happiness?
Seeking answers online, she googled the word “preaching,” which led her to a CCF message.
As the pastor read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Sabel realized that her lifestyle was not pleasing to God. She feared death and the consequences of choosing a lifestyle that she knew was materialistic and hedonistic.
Sabel grabbed her Bible, and God’s word convicted her. Inspired, she went to CCF Los Angeles, where she met Insong Nolan and his wife.
Sabel began to feel something different. She could not fathom the love and acceptance she began to feel as she attended their service, Sunday after Sunday.
Sabel Gonzales gave up his gay lifestyle to be Mark Estephen again, or so everyone thought
God began to work in Sabel’s life as people began to pray for her. A few weeks after, she decided to cut her prized long hair. Sabel died that day, or so he thought. Immediately, he preferred to be called Mark once again.
Indeed, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). “To be a real man is not only to act like a man but to be Christ-like,” he said.
Confusing, but yes, Sabel is back
Just before Mark returned to the US in September 2018, he underwent a reversed surgery in his desire to be a man from the inside. However, it wouldn’t take long until months later, and Mark became Sabel again.
Those who belong to Christ are a new creation in Christ; the old one has gone. It is not for anyone to judge Sabel. Only God knows her heart. What happened to Sabel proves that without true repentance, full transformation is never possible.
Jesus said in the parable of the sower, some seeds do fall on good soil, but some on a thorny bush where life’s cares choke it.