gay Latino actors Who Will Make You Proud.

Coming out of the closet is a struggle for anybody but being Latino and gay is a whole other story. Our culture is still pretty homophobic and machista making coming out a terrifying experience. However, there are several gay Latino actors that have made their sexual orientations and gender identities public. These few brave people have paved the way for other queer Latinos to come out and feel empowered.

1. Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera was first on the public radar when she was a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 3. She didn’t win but after the show was done she came out at trans and changed the game for trans people in the Latino community. She has since gone on to become a major name and face in the modeling industry and that’s pretty awesome.

2. Lauren Jauregui

Lauren Jauregui is part of the band Fifth Harmony and she has some definite star power. She publicly came out as bisexual in an open letter to Donald Trump in November 2016. The letter called out Trump supporters for using their power to vote to take away the rights of millions of Americans that finally found inclusion and acceptance in society thanks to progress. She has since used her social media platform and reach to stand up for lGBTQ fans who have been bullied.

3. AB Soto

AB Soto is as unapologetic as it gets. The Los Angeles-native has been injecting the LGBTQ community with Latino flavor and music you rarely see. He refuses to back down from showing the Latino community what it means to be gay and the LGBTQ community what it means to be Latino.

4. Manuel “Manny MUA” Gutierrez

Manuel Gutierrez reaches millions of people with his social media channels. The beauty blogger is fierce af and one of the most visible representations of being and LGBTQ Latino in the makeup world. He was the first-ever male ambassador for Maybelline makeup and they definitely benefited from his voice and presence.

5. Salice Rose

Salice Rose keeps everyone laughing with her funny videos. Whether she is dancing to a weird song or imitating people that are truly annoying, she is the comedy queen. She is also a public representation of the religious LGBTQ community. She proves that you can be out of the closet and a devout Christian because God loves everyone. Her message is one that so many queer Latinos in churches can benefit from.

6. Shane Ortega

Shane Ortega was the first openly trans person to serve int he military. He fought against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that barred many members of the LGBTQ community from serving the military and protecting their country. Ortega has become a very important voice and face as the Trump administration tried to bar trans patriots from risking their lives for our freedoms.

7. Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin kept all of us dancing for more than a decade while still in the closet. It wasn’t until he had his twins that he realized that he needed to start living his truth. So, he did just that and came out in a lengthy letter on his fan page. Martin has credited his children and the importance of teaching them honesty for finally making him come out.

8. Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez is most remembered for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy” but in October 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual. She has used that momentum to get politically activated and is trying to bring more visibility to the bisexual community.

9. Christian Chavez

Christian Chavez was part of RBD and his coming out in 2007 was truly revolutionary. Chavez was still living in Mexico and was photographed marrying his partner in Canada. Mexican newspapers were filled with the story the following day and the conservative country was divided.

10. Stephanie Beatriz

Another bisexual Latina who is truly killing the game, Stephanie Beatriz is not only bisexual irl. Her character in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” recently came out of the closet as bisexual. She was so excited for the role to take that turn because she finally gets to tell the story of her own life and the lives of so many bisexual women of color.

11. Laith Ashley De La Cruz

Laith Ashley De La Cruz is a trans model that is making jaws drop all over the industry. He had his first fashion photoshoot shortly after beginning his transition. Since then , he has kept his name and his story of transition at the forefront to breakdown the stigma of being trans in the LGBTQ community. Yes, there are gay people that have a problem with trans people.

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Music Videos You Need To Watch This Week: Jay Wheeler, Sofi De La Torre and More


Music Videos You Need To Watch This Week: Jay Wheeler, Sofi De La Torre and More

Welcome to The Watch List, where we round up the best Latin music videos released in the past week that you need in your life. Check out the list below.

Jay Wheeler – “Viendo al Techo”

The “Curiosidad” singer is back and this time around with a solo effort for “Viendo al Techo.” The romantic reggaeton track follows a couple in the music video and Jay is singing from rooftops (and even inside their room).

Sofi de la Torre – “Y duele” feat. Pablo Alborán

Spanish singers Sofi de la Torre and Pablo Alborán teamed up for “Y Duele,” a pop duet that has them playing lovers driving around a minivan for the music video.

Carin León – “Mal Necesario”

En las malas y en las buenas, your partner should always be there, and Carin León sings about that in the music video for the Regional Mexican hit “Mal Necesario.”

Daniel Sabater – “tenemos que quedar” feat. DJ Parriba

Get your alternative pop fix with Daniel Sabater’s ‘tenemos que quedar‘ EP and music video, which is reminiscent of a Wes Anderson movie color palette.

Valentino x Jowell & Randy – “Suelta”

Reggaeton OG’S Valentino and Jowell & Randy (and their dancers) take you on stage with throwback beat fueled “Suelta.”

Rafa Pabon & Brray – “Domingo de Bote”

Summer is almost here, and Rafa Pabon and Brray set the mood for the boat and yacht parties with “Domingo de Bote.”

Carlos Vives & Ricky Martin – “Canción Bonita”

Watch Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin team up for their very first collaboration in a beautiful ode to Puerto Rico. Read more about the song and music video here.

READ: Latin Pop Icons Carlos Vives And Ricky Martin Team Up for Colorful “Canción Bonita” Video

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Latin Pop Icons Carlos Vives And Ricky Martin Team Up for Colorful “Canción Bonita” Video


Latin Pop Icons Carlos Vives And Ricky Martin Team Up for Colorful “Canción Bonita” Video

Two of the biggest stars in Latin music, Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin, have teamed up for “Canción Bonita.” Both icons retread their old stomping grounds in Puerto Rico for the music video.

This is Carlos and Ricky’s first time collaborating.

“Canción Bonita” is Vives’ first taste of new music this year. It’s also Martin’s first new song of the year. The Grammy and Latin Grammy winners joined forces for this feel-good song that blends the sounds from both their worlds. Puerto Rico is very much a part of Vives’ musical journey like his home country.

“I always wanted to return to San Juan, but to return this time with Ricky, to sing with him and declare our love for the island, it is a memory for a lifetime,” Vives said in a statement. “If you want to know why Puerto Rican artists are so charismatic and successful, walk through San Juan with us listening to ‘Canción Bonita.”’

A bit of vallenato from Vives’ Colombia meets the reggaeton-pop of Martin’s Puerto Rico in “Canción Bonita.” As the song’s title suggests, this collaboration lives up to its name with both superstars singing the most beautiful lyrics about the island. These Latin pop titans give a soaring performance that can carry their lovely message to the higher heavens.

The music video for “Canción Bonita” was shot in P.R.’s most iconic places.

“‘Canción Bonita’ is the perfect theme for this collaboration with my brother Carlos Vives,” said Martin. “Carlos’ love for Puerto Rico is genuine, and this gives you authentic value to the lyrics. A true celebration of our land that gives us so much.”

The “Canción Bonita” music video was shot in places like Old San Juan, Piñones, and El Matey bar. Vives and Martin bask in the beauty of the island. They will perform the song together at the Latin American Music Awards on Thursday night on Telemundo.

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