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These Latinos Are Loud And Proud About Their Bisexuality And We Should Be Supporting Them More

You know what the B in LGBTQ+ stands for? It stands for bisexual, and while bisexuals make up for the vast majority of the LGBTQ+ community, they’re vastly underrepresented and maybe even face the most stigma from the community itself. It’s no secret that it’s hard to be gay in this world, especially if you grew up in a Latino household, but then you find your chosen family. We as a community need to take cue and take care of the bad-ass bisexual Latinos in our lives, including these talented individuals:

Sara Ramirez

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Ramirez is no doubt the most outspoken bisexual Latina out there. When she came out as bisexual, she did it during a speech at the True Colors Fund, on a stage, in front of a crowd. #Goals

Lauren Jauregui

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Jauregui had her own epic coming out by writing an open letter to President Trump just weeks after he was elected. She called him out on his campaign full of demonizing and dehumanizing minority communities.

Guillermo Diaz

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Diaz doesn’t have a coming out story because he’s always brushed off the question in interviews as something that people get too hot and bothered over. Yes, he’s gay, but it’s not his full identity, and I low-key love that he’s creating a standard where your sex life doesn’t make headlines, hetero or homo.

Frida Kahlo

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While Kahlo was alive, she was simply known as Diego Rivera’s wife. Today, she’s a feminist icon for being openly bisexual during her time, and even dressing in suits since she was a teenager.

Raúl Esparaza

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Esparaza opened up about his sexual fluidity in a candid interview with The New York Times. He told the reporter that he fell in love with a male professor at New York University.

“He was tough and impossible and manipulative and brilliant and really inspired and believed I’d be a big star. The best thing about him is he made me feel like a great person, no matter what I was doing. He didn’t seem to feel gay or straight was much of an issue.”

Bella Thorne

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Cuban-American actress came out as bisexual in a more relaxed way, by just responding to a fan’s tweet questioning her bisexuality with a simple ‘Yes.’

Stephanie Beatriz

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress came out to the world as bisexual and had the opportunity to do it again on television, when her character discovered her bisexuality. Thanks to Beatriz, someone from our community was able to control the story.

Óscar de la Renta

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Dominican designer reportedly had an affair with a man before he married French Vogue editor Françoise Langlade, and is known to be bisexual.

Hennessy Carolina

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Cardi B’s sister is bisexual and proud to be with her wife. Just read this caption:

“If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us! A bisexual girl expressing that she sometimes likes to kiss and hook up with girls especially when she gets a little loose when she drinks wine, Sounds human and normal to me! I don’t have a problem with that!! Whether you want to go out, have some drinks and hook up with the same gender for one night or whether you decide to be in a relationship with him/her, it should be no one’s concern or business or even PLACE to tell you how to complete your sexual desire unless you’re a pedophile! You can STILL consider yourself LGBTQ if you to choose too! Bisexual means you’re attracted to both genders. No matter what’s the status of the relationship or what you chose to do with that person … If a woman like to be in a relationship with a man but like to enjoy her sexual desire with a woman from time to time she can still considers herself to be a BISEXUAL! same goes for men….. and please if your still in your confused stage, please don’t talk for the whole community until you can fully comprehend ALL of us! We don’t like to be the judge or to be labeled! We just want be excepted for who we are… Love is love! That being said HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH FROM ME AND MY WIFE????️‍????????️‍????????️‍????????️‍????❤️????????????????????”

Aubrey Plaza

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Plaza came out as bisexual in 2016 in an interview. She said that her family has always been very supportive, especially since she had a gay uncle and gay aunt. She’s grateful that non-heterosexuality was never something that she was taught was wrong.

Jackie Cruz

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Before Jackie Cruz was Flaca on “Orange is the New Black,” she was befriending Khloé Kardashian in art class. The two were filmed kissing in the Kardashian’s Miami based reality show.

She told Afterellen.com, “I like the person whether it’s a woman—we don’t like to be labeled. I’m in a relationship with a man right now, but I’ve liked women in the past. So I guess we don’t want to be labeled. We don’t really talk about it, but the actions speak louder than words, am I right? So you’re seeing it. You’re living it.”

Michelle Rodriguez

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“The Fast and the Furious,” “Resident Evil,” and “Avatar” star has been private in the past, but following relationships with Kristianna Loken and Cara Delevingne, she gave a little.

“I’ve gone both ways,” she told EW. “I do as I please. I am too f—king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

Jaime Bayly

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Peruvian novelist Bayly is married to the mother of his children, and he identifies as bisexual.

“Soy bisexual, pero ya perdí el gusto por los hombres,” he said.

Héctor Lavoe

“Héctor Lavoe Bisexual.” Digital Image. Latin Times. 12 July 2018.

Puerto Rican salsa singer was rumored to be bisexual though he never had the chance to go on record about his sexuality. 🙁

Emily Rios

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Actress Rios had to come out to her Mexican mother and experienced some serious emotional turmoil. Later on, her character came out as bisexual and she made sure the writers rewrote the scenes to better represent the bi experience.

Gabriel Romero

“Gabriel Romero Bisexual.” Digital Image. Latin Times. 12 July 2018.

Gabriel Romero is a Mexican actor best known for his ground-breaking role as the first openly gay character on Spanish-language television as Fernandito on “Los Beltrán.” Romero himself is bisexual and killing it.

Jessica Aguilar

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MMA fighter Jessica Aguilar is one of the top-seeded female strawweights in the world, but she can’t get her mother to accept her as she is. After she came out to her mother, she asked where she “picked up” on bisexuality. Aguilar just said, “you didn’t see it or learn it; you felt it.”


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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained a popular tourist destination as people seek out places with fewer restrictions. However, Mexico’s popular beach destination of Tulum apparently still has some restrictions – for LGBTQ folks – that the police are quick to enforce.

A Canadian couple was briefly detained by police for allegedly kissing on the beach.

Police in the popular resort town of Tulum, about 90-minutes south of Cancun, briefly arrested a gay couple for kissing in public on a beach, alleging that the couple was not allowed to kiss in public because children were present.

According to local media reports, police said they were reacting to a report by someone else on the beach who had claimed that the men were “committing immoral acts.”

The couple were handcuffed together and ordered in to the back of a patrol vehicle until a crowd of onlookers formed and began to shout disapprovingly at police after one of the men explained to the crowd why they were being detained.

Outraged bystanders gathered around the couple and urged the police to let the men go.

The crowd began shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple’s release.

The pressure from the crowd apparently prompted officers to release the men after a few minutes of dialogue. The presence of Escalante herself might also have been a factor.

In response to the arrest, Quintana Roo Tulum Police said: ‘We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated.’

Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media with outrage being the common reaction.

Video and photos of the arrest went viral after on social media accounts, including that of local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who denounced the actions of the officers. Escalante happened to be at the beach with her family when she noticed the officers approach the couple, she said, and joined the crowd to advocate for the couple’s release.

“I want to file a PUBLIC COMPLAINT, because the treatment and type of authorities we have in our municipality is inexcusable. Yesterday while I was on the beach with my family, we noticed around 4:30 that 2 police squads in their ATVs approached a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, a patrol arrived and proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs,” she explained on TikTok.

“The policemen were VIOLENT,” Morales added, “and gave arguments such as ‘there are families and children and they cannot be seeing this. I am FURIOUS because it is not possible that in the XXI century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community continues. We all deserve the same treatment, and appropriate sanctions must be applied to these authorities.”

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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We always knew there was a reason that Pedro Pascal was one of the internet’s favorite boyfriends. He has always radiated an energy of warmth and kindness–turns out he also walks the walk.

On Tuesday, Pedro Pascal took to Instagram to support his sister, Lux Pascal, who recently came out as a trans woman.

On his Instagram page, Pascal shared a picture of his sister on the cover of Spanish-language Chilean magazine, Ya. The caption read: “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux.”

In an interview with Ya magazine, Lux Pascal opened up about how supportive Pedro has been of her transition.

Lux explained that Pedro “has been an important part of [my transition].” Lux, who is currently studying acting at Juilliard, says that Pedro was able to be a “guide” to her because of his artistic spirit.

“He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me,” she said. “He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

But her brother wasn’t the only one that was very accepting of her decision to transition. Lux explained that her transition has been “been something that’s very natural for everyone” in her family.

And like many folks who are gender non-conforming, her family seemed to have known ahead of time. “It’s almost something that they expected to happen,” she said.

Lux revealed to Ya that, for a number of years, she identified as non-binary. But she eventually realized that she actually identifies as a woman.

“Moving through the world as a woman is much more simple for me, but I still advocate for nonbinary identities to have a space in society,” she explained. While she says that existing as a woman was the right decision for her, she still “advocates for nonbinary identities to have a space in society.”

Lux is also passionate about LGBTQ activism, saying that the world needs trans activists who are good, smart, informed, and who can be strong voices against transphobia, homophobia and racism.”

When asked if she feels discomfort at seeing images of herself before her transition, Lux said, “I don’t feel anxiety when I see old photos of mine. The same happens to me with theater: I see someone who was doing what they liked.”

As for her new name (she was previously known by the name “Lucas”), Lux said she didn’t want to lose the meaning of her old name, which meant “he who brings the light.”

She looked to one of her favorite movies for inspiration. “One of the characters in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’ was named ‘Lux’ which is light in Latin,” she said. “I was pleased with my childhood memory and that my previous name had signified something I was looking for myself.”

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