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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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