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Queer Latinx To Recognize For the Pride Month in June

The month of June is Pride Month and there are many Queer latinx organizers to look out for! From poets to actors, people join together to create a more inclusive society for the LGBTQ community. Celebrate this Pride month by becoming an ally and sporting your brightest rainbow colors.

1. Bamby Salcedo

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Bamby is a trans Latina activist born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is the founder of TransLatina@ Coalition, a Los Angles-based organization advocating for the needs and rights of trans Latinx residing in the U.S.  

2. Jennicet Gutiérrez

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Jennicet is a trans Latina activist, infamously known for disrupting former President Obama during an LGBT Pride event at the White House. She asked that all LGBTQ immigrants be released from detention centers. She is also one of the founding members of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. 

3. Alan Pelaez Lopez

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Alan is an Afro-Indigenous poet, collage, installation and adornment artist raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. They were a former writer for Everyday Feminism, where their work centered around Trans/Queer and migrant issues. 

4. Isa Noyola

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Isa is currently the Director of Programs at the Transgender Law Center, where she organizes for the rights of the Trans community. In 2015, she organized the first trans anti-violence national protest.

5. Julio Salgado

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Julio Salgado is a queer, undocumented artist born in Long Beach, California. Salgado uses his art as a way to empower the queer, undocumented community and retaliate against anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

6. Sylvia Rivera

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Sylvia is one of the best-known icons of the Queer community, Most widely known for being at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots, Rivera was also the founder of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance.

7. Maricón Collective

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Maricón Collective is a group of four queer Chicano artist bases in LA. They are popular for using their art to reclaim the word “maricón” and find empowerment within it! 

8. Ruby Corado

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Ruby is a trans Latina activist born in El Salvador and founder of Casa Ruby. Casa Ruby is the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in Washington that dedicate itself in providing services for Queer/Trans People of Color. 

9. Sara Ramirez

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Sara Ramirez is a Mexican-born actress, most known for her role as bisexual doctor Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, In 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual and since then has been active in advocating for LGBTQ rights! 

10. Laura Aguilar

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Laura was a lesbian photographer, known for her risqué images. One of her most notable series is Latina Lesbians, where she photographed queer and lesbian women with their own captions. Laura Aguilar recently passed away in April 2018. 

11. Yosimar Reyes

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Yosimar is an undocumented, queer latinx poet born in Guerrero, Mexico. Yosimar’s poetry explores themes of sexuality and migration, as well as his own life growing up in San Jose, California. His most popular work is his self-published collection, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…”.

12. Arianna Lint

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Arianna Lint is a Peruvian trans Latina Activist based in Florida. Lint is most known for her work advocating for better health resources for HIV-positive communities. She also advocated nationally through her work in the Executive Board of the TransLatina Coalition. 

13. Gloria Anzaldúa

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Anzaldúa was a queer Chicana poet and writer. She was widely known for her essays criticizing queer and feminist theory and her poetry expressing anger against marginalization of her people. Gloria Anzaldúa passed away in May 2014.

14. Victoria Rodriguez- Roldan

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Victoria is queer latinx activist that serves as the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. One of Rodriguez-Roldan’s most notable achievements is her successful lobbying of issuing transgender inclusive driver’s licenses and state ID documents in Puerto Rico.

15. Gabby Rivera

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Gabby Rivera is a queer Latinx writer from the Bronx, New York. She has published a Young Adult novel, but is most currently known as a comic book writer for Marvel’s America Chavez. The series, titled “America”, is the first to feature a lesbian superhero.

16. Salem Acuña

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Acuña is a queer Latinx activist, originally from Santiago, Chile. Salem worked with the Southerners On New Ground, where he advocated for racial and economic justice is the U.S. South. Currently, Acuña works with MIjente, a political organization focusing on Latinx and Chicanx issues. 

17. Sonia Guiñansaca

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Sonia is a Harlem-based, queer latinx migrant poet, cultural organizer and activist. Born in Ecuador, Guiñansaca is internationally acclaimed for her work centering undocumented youth in New York and using her art as resistance.

18. Juniperangelica Gia Cordova

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Juniperangelica Gia Cordova is a queer latinx scholar and activist. Working closely with GSA Network and Transgender Law Center. Gia works tirelessly to advocate for the queer/trans youth, fight against homelessness, and more!

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

As the Puerto Rican government is debating a bill on conversion therapy, Kany García is speaking out against the controversial practice. The Boricua singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the senators in favor of Senate Bill 184, which would help end conversion therapy on the island.

Kany is one of Puerto Rico’s most-decorated artists.

García is one of the Puerto Rico’s top artists. She’s won six Latin Grammy out of a career 20 nominations. In March, she was also nominated for her third Grammy Award for her latest album Mesa Para Dos.

This year Kany celebrated five years since coming out.

On Valentine’s Day 2016, García revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner, Jocelyn Troche. The couple is still going strong with Troche appearing in last year’s “Lo Que En Ti Veo.” She and García share beautiful moments in the video. At November’s Latin Grammy Awards, there was a big wave of artists in the LGBTQ+ community in the major categories, including García, Ricky Martin, Pablo Alborán, and Jesse y Joy’s Joy Huerta.

She’s telling Puerto Rican senators to pass Senate Bill 184 in her letter.

Since coming out, García has remained at the forefront of queer issues in Puerto Rico. The passage of Senate Bill 184 seeks to prohibit conversion therapy. The controversial practice has long harmed LGBTQ+ communities. It’s thought of as a way to rid them of their queer gender or sexual identities.

“Puerto Rico deserves that every girl and boy, every young woman and young man can be who they want to be and love who they want to love,” García wrote in her letter. “This measure has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the protection of Puerto Rican children and youth.”

García speaks from her own experience. “I am an example of how to be faithful to who you are. I am a woman who deeply loves her partner and who is loved by her family and by our people. There is nothing to change. There is nothing to repair. There’s nothing to heal. We have to give the same opportunity that I have had, to be who I am, to all our children and youth.”

García further writes that the bill should be passed as-is without any amendments. According to Al Día news, Popular Democratic Party Senators Gretchen Hau, Elizabeth Rosa Velez, and Migdalia Gonzalez have filed several amendments to Senate Bill 184 as of Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi has indicated that he’s ready to override the senators if necessary.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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