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18 Queer Latinx To Recognize For Pride Month

The month of June is Pride Month and there are many Queer 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 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 trans Latina 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 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 trans Latina 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!

How are you celebrating Pride? Share your Pride love and stories with us using #QueerLatinoPride and #StoriesOfUs?

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Lauren Jauregui Says That the Imaginary Relationship That Fans Invented Between Her and Camila Cabello Was ‘Traumatizing’

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Lauren Jauregui Says That the Imaginary Relationship That Fans Invented Between Her and Camila Cabello Was ‘Traumatizing’

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Former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui is opening up about a traumatic time in her life that affects the way she approaches romantic relationships to this day.

On Becky G‘s En La Sala podcast, Jauregui revealed that the imaginary relationships that fans “shipped” between her and Camila Cabello made her “disgustingly uncomfortable”.

As a background, “shipping” is an internet phenomenon in which fans want two people (either real or imagined) to get together in a romantic relationship. On the internet, “shipping” usually consists of fans producing art or other creative works to support their imagined storyline.

Jauregui and Cabello were the centerpiece of such a fandom. Fans even had an imagined portmanteau for the duo: “Camren”. Fans would interpret everything–a stray glance, a lingering hug, them dancing on stage together–as evidence that they were secretly dating. But the two women were never in a romantic relationship.

Jauregui–who now identifies as bisexual–explained that the rumors upset her so much for a myriad of reasons. First, she didn’t have romantic feelings towards Cabello. “Camila and I were just very good friends at that time,” she explained to Becky G. “And we respected each other. When each other would talk, we would look at each other. We had love for each other. Like, genuine friendship.”

Number two, Jauregui was aware that Cabello was not queer, and that fact further complicated things.

“It made me feel like a predator,” she said. “Because of the type of clips people would put together and the type of stories people would write and the type of stuff–I was always the aggressor and I was always the one turning her. I was always the one who was the ‘masculine’ energy in the scenario and it made me very uncomfortable because that is not how I identify.”

Jauregui also explains that the rumors were hard for her because, at the time, she wasn’t ready to come out publicly. “I wasn’t even comfortable with telling my parents about it,” she said. “I wasn’t even comfortable telling myself that I was queer.”

All of the speculation around her relationship with Cabello had lasting effects on her confidence with women.

“To this day I have an issue flirting with girls because I don’t want to make them think that I’m trying to invade or anything like that,” she revealed.

Jauregui went on to say that she doesn’t usually talk about that time of her life in public because it was “so traumatizing” for her. “I just chose to ignore it at a certain point, because getting angry to [those fans] would mean that it was real and validated it more for them. So I was like, okay, then I can’t get angry or defend myself, apparently, because that just makes it more real [for them]. It just really f—– with my head.”

Lauren Jauregui’s revelation is just another example of how fans can sometimes forget that celebrities are people too. Unfortunately, Jauregui experienced trauma at the hands of people who probably thought the entire thing was just fun and games.

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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Gloria Estefan Shares Her ‘Shocking’ Reaction To Her Daughter Coming Out

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The Estefans’ Red Table Talk is officially here and queer!

So get used to it!

The beloved Cuban singer and her family hosted their second episode of the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Things got real real as she, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan sat down for a raw and honest conversation about their lives and relationships.

In the second episode of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans‘ titled, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” the family revealed that Gloria was shocked to learn that her “miracle baby” was queer.

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Speaking frankly, Gloria explained that her initial reaction to her daughter’s coming out was to dissuade her from telling her grandmother the truth. According to Gloria, she feared that her own mother would die from the news about Emily.

“I came out to my parents like in 2017. But as you’ll see on the show, I think they knew way before that,” Emily, who is 25-years-old Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “What I’m most excited about in this episode is the complexity of it all. I wouldn’t be doing anybody justice if I went up there and lied and said that it was easy or that there weren’t complex emotions involved, even though my mom has been such a fierce supporter of the LGBTQ community. Everybody has a perspective. And as human beings, we’re always trying to be understood instead of understanding. As you’ll see in the clip, it was difficult for me to hear that. No matter under any perspective, those words were difficult to hear.”

Sadly, Emily never had the chance to share this part of her identity with her grandmother, Gloria Fajardo.

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Fajardo passed away in 2017 before Emily had the chance to come out to her. It is unknown whether she knew of her sexual orientation before she passed away.

“That is one of my biggest unanswered questions that I will live the rest of my life with,” Emily explained “Many of the people around me that love me have told me they knew. But in my heart, my grandmother and I were so close but I’m really not sure. But that’s part of life too — you don’t get every answer that you want. I’m also learning that regrets are a waste of time. But I’m still on that journey. A few years ago, I would’ve never imagined that we’d be talking about this as I’m about to release an episode where I say things I’ve not even told family members of mine. I’m still growing and learning.”

In the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, Gloria explains that Emily became known as her “miracle baby” after she was conceived following a devastating tour bus accident in 1990.

At the time, Estefan’s doctors told her she would not be able to concieve more children. At the time, Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan, already had their son, Nayib Estefan. Nayib is 15 years older than his sister Emily.

In the latest interview, Emily talks about the pressures of having to live up to the concept of a “perfect daughter” that had been projected onto her by media outlets. She also addresses how she became the target of tabloid fodder in Spanish-language media after her relationship with Gemeny Hernandez was revealed.

“My parents would tell me all the time that we all have to earn respect, which I totally understand and fully agree with,” Emily explained of her experiences growing up in the spotlight. “Life is difficult and you don’t know what people’s intentions are all the time. When my dad started dating my mom, my grandma would slam the door in his face! My parents never exhibited anything extreme like that when it came to my relationships, but they would remind me what their courtship was like. I would let them know that we’re going through similar things, but in different colors. Life is about repetition and trying to pick up new things along the way. My grandma came from a time where she didn’t go on a date with my grandpa until they had their marriage certificate, and even then her mom was chaperoning them. They didn’t kiss until they were married.”

Emily revealed that she and her girlfriend Gemeny have been together for almost four years now and that she has been welcomed as part of the Estefan family.

“Family dynamics are hard, no matter what,” Emily went onto share. “Gem is one of those people who is like a mirror: She came into my life and showed me my truth. Sometimes that’s not beautiful, but that’s what love is. It’s not beauty or dates or romance all the time, but all of the things that come with love. I’m really young, but I feel that having her by my side has made me truly understand what a loving, adult relationship is like. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to fight this fight and speak my truth, because it’s all worth it. She helped me be brave. Now she has a relationship with my family which is the incredible part and can maybe be explored in season 2? Having her come to sit at the table and talk about those dynamics. Everybody loves each other, but as I said, love isn’t easy. And you know what it’s like being a part of a Latino family. The baby starts dating somebody, even if it’s Mickey Mouse, they still wouldn’t think he’s good enough!”

The second episode of the Estefan’s Red Table Talk, “Emily’s Coming Out Story,” debuted this past Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

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