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Coming Out In The Spotlight: What It Means To Be An LGBTQ Celebrity

Coming out is such a scary moment for all LGBTQ people, the fear of being rejected by the ones you love and being attacked by everyone else around you is so strong that sometimes it‘s even hard to breathe. Now imagine being a celebrity and coming out publicly, that must be one scary thing knowing how many crazies with an opinion are out there. Fortunately, more often than not there‘s a bright side which in this case would be the power of being honest with yourself and unapologetic about who you truly are. To prove a point here is 15 Latinx LGBTQ celebrities who glow up after coming out.

1. Ricky Martin

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Before being the DILF he is today, Ricky was known to be sort of a Ladies Man. He dated celebs like Rebeca de Alba, Alessandra Ambrosio, and pro-tennis player Gabriela Sabatini. After some time in the spotlight, rumors were started about his sexuality but due to fear of being rejected by his fans and being adviced by his family and friends not to come out as it could destroy his career, he decided to keep his private life to himself.

1. Ricky Martin

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It wasn‘t until 2010, 2 years after his twins were born to a surrogate that he decided to publicly come out. He did it by writing a lengthy note to his fans that he published on his website. Now, after 8 years he has 2 adorable children, a gorgeous husband and a successful career that hasn‘t cool down after so many years.

2. Bella Thorne

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This Disney Channel star had a busy love life in the past few years, and why the hell not? She‘s young and beautiful! And there‘s absolutely nothing wrong with a girl who embraces her sexual nature, in fact, that‘s empowering so good for her… she even got to date Tyler Posey and Gregg Sulkin ? (I‘m not jealous, you are).

2. Bella Thorne

Credit: Bella2. Digital Image. The Fix. December 19, 2015.

So it came as no surprise when in 2016 she admitted she was bisexual after a fan questioned her as a result of the pictures she shared on her social media, kissing her BFF and brother‘s ex-girlfriend Bella Pendergast *gasp*. After the fact, Bella received nothing but good wishes from her loyal fans.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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After participating in The X Factor and joining Fifth Harmony, Lauren not only became known for her amazing voice but also for being politically active. She uses her social media platforms to keep her fans in the loop of current events and also to fight for social justice, whether is LGBTQ rights to racism.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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So it was only natural that out of everyone on this list, she‘s the one with the most controversial coming out story. Back in 2016, she wrote a confrontational letter addressed to all Trump supporters in which amongst many things, she admits being bisexual. In the letter, she says “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another“

4. Mark Indelicato

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You might remember Mark from the hit show “Ugly Betty“ where he played Betty‘s (America Ferrara) adorable and incredibly comfortable in his own skin nephew, Justin Suárez. During the show‘s 5 seasons, Mark not only lets a new generation of kids know that it‘s ok to be different but during the finale, his character came out as gay in prime-time… which was a big deal back in 2010.

4. Mark Indelicato

Credit: DragCon. Digital Image. Papermag. May 8, 2017.

8 years after he portrayed the gay teen we all needed in our lives growing up, he has become part of a new generation of LGBTQ icons that are changing Gender Norms as we know them.

5. Sara Ramírez

Credit: Sara. Digital Image. Wetpaint. November 2, 2015.

Sara is another actor who played a major LGBTQ role on TV. For 10 years she was Dr. Callie Torres, a strong bisexual woman that showed us the struggles of coming to terms with one‘s sexual identity, being bi in a sometimes black and white community, and starting a family as a same-sex couple. Being allowed to have this kind of representation on primetime TV was a major step forward not only for the LGBTQ community but also for Latina women.

5. Sara Ramírez

 
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It wasn‘t until after her character came out as bisexual, that Sara decided to follow her steps and publicly come out while giving a speech at the 40 to None Summit in 2016. In an interview, she mentions that the reason why she waited was that she was afraid of coming out because it could hurt her career and also because she was afraid of being discriminated against. But because the political climate changed and violence against queer people increased she decided to come out and become active in helping the community.

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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Michelle has been the badass woman in most of her movie roles, from Avatar to Resident Evil to (awesome) Machete… she has been a star in an ever dominated Action Film world. Fortunately for her, being the tough woman hasn‘t stopped her from dating some major hotties like Zac Efron and DILF Lenny Kravitz *drooling*

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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So it came as no surprise to the public when in 2013 she decided to publicly come out in an interview with Latina Magazine, where basically she said she was getting too old to not be honest with herself. She also mentioned that she came out in hopes that she would inspire others to find the bravery to do the same. As you can see it paid out as later she started dating model-actress Cara Delevingne.

7. Aubrey Plaza

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Some may know her as April Ludgate, the apathetic and very dark college intern who was the assistant of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation or as the mean and aggressive Julie Powers from Scott Pilgrim vs The World (best role ever).

7. Aubrey Plaza

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She came out as bisexual during an interview with The Advocate in 2016, in which she said she couldn‘t help falling in love with both men and women. Even though she‘s openly bi she has only publicly dated guys like Michael Cera and her current boyfriend Jeff Baena, whom she‘s been with since 2011. She also mentioned during her interview that she has really close ties with the LGBTQ community as her best friends, some relatives, and even her younger sister are part of the community.

8. Danny Noriega

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Danny, better known as Adore is a former American Idol contestant turned Drag Queen Extraordinaire who jumped into fame during the sixth season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. Since we first saw him at only 19 during his audition to American Idol it was clear he was not your average teen… It‘s no easy task to be so comfortable in your own skin when you‘re THAT young and being watched by 27 million viewers weekly, in a time where DOMA was still alive and well and Porp 8 was about to pass.

8. Danny Noriega

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Soon after becoming a finalist in RuPaul‘s Drag Race, both Adore and Bianca del Río made history by appearing in the first LGBTQ Starbucks commercial in full drag. As the years go by Adore has become a major icon in the LGBTQ community, last year Adore came out as non-binary and is making sure that Gender non-conformists are gaining visibility in today‘s society.

Read:The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

9. Orlando Cruz

Credit: Orlando. Digital Image. USA Today. October 3, 2012.

Orlando made history not only in the LGBTQ community but in the Sports world when he became the first openly gay boxer. That same year he won his 1st fight after coming out and was then included in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He won a major battle in a sport that‘s still overflowing with machismo.

9. Orlando Cruz

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During an interview, he mentions that he told his parents he was gay at 19 and that he didn‘t come out publicly sooner because he was afraid that the people close to him would react negatively, just like his father initially did. It wasn‘t until 2012 when he decided to come out in a statement he released with the hopes of becoming a role model for kids who aspire to be boxers. Soon after he got married and has become an active advocate for the LGBTQ community. 

10. Patricia Velázquez

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Patricia was the 1st Latina Supermodel back in the early 90s, she worked for houses like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria‘s Secret. During her time on the runway, she struggled with her sexuality after meeting comedienne Sandra Bernhard who would later become her girlfriend and was rumored to be Madonna‘s ex.

10. Patrica Velázquez

Credit: Patricia After. Digital Image. Noticia del Día. March 30, 2016.

Anyways, it wasn‘t until 2015 at age 43 when Patricia came out publicly in her memoirs “Straight Walk“ as she wanted to teach her 8-year old daughter the importance of being honest with oneself.

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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