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Latinos Are Not Shy About Being Out, Loud And Proud Because It’s Always Pride In Our Hearts

Being part of the LGBTQ community is hard in itself. There are societal pressures and a recent spike in hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community. Being queer and a Latino brings another set of issues that so many people never have to deal with. There is deep-seeded anti-LGBTQ sentiment within the Latino community connected to machismo that still needs to be dealt with.

However, one thing queer people know is that you have to be out, loud and proud when it is safe to do so. It changes people’s perception of the community when they know someone who is LGBTQ. It becomes personal and helps the community strive. Here are some Latinos who are proud to be part of the LGBTQ community and they are not hiding it.

Queen Sara Ramirez offered support lines for what can be a very difficult, or very cathartic day for folks.

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Coming out is the most intense and nerve-wracking day for anyone trying to live their authentic self. What if my parents don’t accept me? What if my friends stop talking to me? It is a scary time and people some times need help outside of their immediate friends group.

LGBTQ people are sharing their PDA everywhere they can on the internet.

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I’m here for this. It’s unreal that gay PDA was stigmatized on television and movies as recently as five years ago. Remember when that petition went around to get Cam and Mitch to kiss on screen on “Modern Family”? We’ve made strides but there is still so far to go.

“One Day at a Time” writers gave LGBTQ Latinos a chance to see themselves represented on television in a non-stereotypical fashion.

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It is one of the few times we have seen a Latino family coming together to support an LGBTQ person on their family on television. It is a sweet reminder that Latino families just love their families.

Fun fact: Puerto Rico ranks higher than the U.S. on Spartacus’ Safety Travel Index.

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They have more laws on the books to protect trans people than the U.S. This is easy to do because the United States has *zero* laws that protect trans people from discrimination.

Seeing queer Latinos all over the internet as a normal couple goes a long way.

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Representation is so important for people living in a marginalized community. Queer Latinos have long been over dramatized in the media and it gives an unreal expectation of what it means to have a queer famiy member.

There are times when humor is the best way to go about coming out.

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“Oh, hi mami, I’m just bingeing this really great show, “The L Word” because I don’t like men. Want to watch it with me? Want to hear my favorite characters?”

If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

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The pride wear is real. Most of us go all out for pride… and also #NationalComingOutDay. Peep Latina owned TomboyX for queer-friendly, everybody-friendly underwear. Yes, some of the waistbands are rainbow. 🌈

What we know on the other side:

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Once I accepted who I was and was out to the world, I assumed my family would disown me once I told them. A whole year later, I told them and it was a mixed bag. Whatever your fears are, they’re much bigger than the reality. Come out in your own time. You’ll know when you’re ready.

Yep, anyone who was paying attention could have called it.

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As Latinos, we thrive in the art of denial and we learn it from the best. So what if I played rugby all through high school and talked about my “girl crushes.”

They will ignore you until you start shining rainbows out your ears. Don’t expect them to willingly take the hint.

Bad Bunny is almost definitely the present day crush for all genders.

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Yes to these glasses, yes to this attitude. You don’t have to come out as anything other than queer. I mean, we all know by now that gender is a construct with infinite expressions across the spectrum so why name just one, or two, or three if you’re attracted to more?

Everyone has a ‘song’ or artist crush.

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I was in love with Avril Lavigne growing up, hbu? My Christian elementary school told me she was a sinner and then I fell harder.

Some Latinos repped for Jesus.

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I mean, personally, I’m forever scarred by the Catholic Church and my homophobic father, but I  👏🏽 am 👏🏽 here 👏🏽 for 👏🏽 you. We need more people willing to open LGBT youth with loving arms in every corner of the world.

Other people repped themselves. ✌🏽

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Also, very cool, mijx. There is nothing better than living your truth regardless of people’s perceptions.

We can’t forget to shine some light on our bi friends and family.

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Bisexuals make up the vast majority of the LGBT community and yet have some of the worst stigmas. The more folks own it with pride, the stronger the community. Vale.

There’s nothing like celebrating your coming out anniversary.

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Every year there is a whole new set of feelings around it, verdad? You look back at how your life looked and how you felt a year ago and see the evolution. It’s something worth celebrating.

The glo up is self-evident and ever glowing!

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Ever looked back on photos of yourself when you were still trying to perform to fit in? Only do this around Halloween because there is no other appropriate time for it.

Some of us called out white-washing when we see it.

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The organization actually does an incredible job of representing the diverse LGBT community. Check their feed and check their apoyo of Emma Gonzalez.

Organizations that offer mentorships can be so important for people who can’t come out to their families.

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We all remember whatever periods of time we acted straight or used “they” pronouns to describe our significant other. Going home to the family in those days sucked. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, friend.

TBH, not everyone has a hard coming out story.

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I’m not saying that this guy didn’t struggle. I hope he didn’t. I hope that one day, nobody feels strange and alone in a hetero world. Times are changing.

READ: Here Are 11 LGBTQ Latinos Who Will Make You Proud To Say You Are Part Of The Same Community

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As A Queer Latina, I Can’t Praise Showtime Enough For Their Representation In ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

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As A Queer Latina, I Can’t Praise Showtime Enough For Their Representation In ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

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The highly anticipated sequel to Showtime’s iconic lesbian drama series, “The L Word,” is moving far and beyond the Latina tropes and giving us two very different Latinas of different classes, wealth, and family support systems. And they’re in love. The original series was set in West Hollywood, California, a place as sexuality-diverse as it is accessible only to the wealthy, thereby excluding racial diversity. The sequel, however, is set in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in East LA that has become the de facto capital of queer for a new generation of LGBTQ+ people. Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) is running for mayor of Los Angeles, but is facing setbacks because of the queerness of her love life. Shane McCutcheon (Kat Moennig) has become a successful androgynous model, which hasn’t prevented relationship problems with her wife. Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) has become the new Ellen Degeneres, with a foundation set before her by the talk show host, Alice is able to offer a provocative talk show defined by feminism and queerness instead of just making people laugh. That very show becomes the grounds where we meet Generation Q. We meet two women who work together and are roommates and follow them back into their home to meet their roommates, girlfriends, and very hot property manager.

Instead of a Persian woman playing a Latina, “The L Word: Generation Q” has two main cast members who are Latina and are surrounded by their Latino family members who become the source of support or conflict in their relationship. Relatable already, no?

Dani Nuñez and Sophie Suarez are the central couple to
“Generation Q.”

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Sure, Alice is starting up throuple’s with her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s ex-wife, but that drama feels far too out there to hit home. Dani and Sophie, however, offer a story we’re all familiar with, especially if you, too, are a queer Latina. Dani Nuñez (left) comes from a wealthy background. She is essentially the heiress to her father’s company, Nuñez, Inc, which deals in promoting opioids. In this alternate reality, the Nuñez’s are reflective of the Sackler family, which has faced harsh criticism as the face of the opioid crisis. America has turned to question crisis by questioning the insular morals of a singular family which has built an empire. “Generation Q’ re-envisions that moral conundrum by giving us Dani Nuñez, the Director of Communications of Nuñez, Inc., who begins to question her morals after Bette Porter asks her point-blank: “How do you sleep at night?”

Meanwhile, Sophie’s morals are perfectly aligned in her career as a producer for Alice’s feminist, queer talk show of the same name.

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Sophie comes from a different class of Latinidad, which includes the perks of a tight-knit family unit. She exudes confidence while wearing a Wildfang coverall suit instead of an expensive business suit. Sophie enjoys the support of her family and knowing exactly who she is and what she wants out of life.

Meanwhile, Dani’s father’s homophobia becomes intolerable for Dani as the two take their relationship to the next level.

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As a queer Latina literally named Dani with a homophobic father herself, I couldn’t feel more seen by how “Generation Q” portrays the psychological hardships that family homophobia can place on a relationship. Dani grew up with an implicit understanding that if her feelings didn’t fit into her family values, that the only way she could feel and process them was in isolation. That learned behavior trickles into her relationship with Sophie, and Sophie has a problem with it. Sophie’s family is constantly around, supporting them, and openly processing their feelings. There are no secrets.

“Generation Q” illustrates the nuances in how the child of a homophobic parent learns to navigate life and how it has much larger effects on their personal relationships. 

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So far, the show hasn’t just given us an Afro-Latina and a brown Latina. It’s given us a range of family dynamics that feel so familiar to so many of us. Whether you have Sophie’s family, who’s constantly bringing over tin-foil wrapped homemade food, even on a tour of a ritzy wedding venue, or Dani’s family, who, in order to please them, you have to compromise too much of your self. 

You can stream Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q” on Sundays.

READ: ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Trailer Is Here And There Are Latinas Playing Latinas

The New ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot Announced That It Has Cast Trans Actress Josie Totah

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The New ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot Announced That It Has Cast Trans Actress Josie Totah

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School at Bayside High is back in session! This time, the role of the most popular kid in school won’t be the infamous blonde-headed boy heartthrob Zack Morris. Instead, the role of the kid to rule the school is being taken on by Josie Totah.

The 18-year-old American actress is set to play Lexi on NBC’s reboot of “Saved By the Bell.”

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According to Deadline, Totah is signed to join the original series cast members, including Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, in the NBC Universal’s streaming platform Peacock. A statement by Deadline says that “Totah will play Lexi, a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.”

According to reports, th new series, which acts as more of a sequel than a reboot, is set to follow Zack Morris as a California Gov. who comes under fire after closing too many low-income schools. To remedy the situation he sends displaced students to higher-performing schools including Bayside High.

Totah’s casting role is big news and history in the making because of it what it means for the trans community. 

Totah first gained attention as an actor when she started in the short-lived Mindy Kaling series “Champions.” AT the time, Totah had not come out as trans. She ultimately did so in an essay for Time Magazine writing “When I was really young, growing up in a small town in Northern California, people would just assume I was gay. On the playground, I was the type of kid who wanted to sing with the girls, not play soccer with the boys. Then I found myself playing that role once I got into the entertainment industry, and people kept assuming my identity. Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization. I understand that they didn’t really know better. I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself.”

Totah went onto say that she planed on going off to college and continuing her acting career saying “I plan to play roles I haven’t had the opportunity to play. And I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate — and a new world.”

Strangely, Totah is set to star along Mario Lopez, who was criticized late last year for anti-transgender comments in June.

Speaking in an interview on the “The Candace Owens Show” Lopez said that it was “dangerous” for parents of children as young as three years old to permanently label their kids as transgender.“I’m kind of blown away, too,” Lopez said in the interview with Owens. “I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously, and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong, but at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination.”

Following the backlash, the actorapologized in a statement sent to The Advocate. “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” he told the outlet at the time. 

Lopez took a day off of work from “Extra” following the backlashed he received even after his public apology and returned to work later that week. At the time, producers over at “Extra,” where Lopez acts currently as a host, did release a statement that same week saying: “While we have enjoyed a long relationship with Mario Lopez, who we know to be a caring person, the opinions he expressed in this interview do not reflect those of Extra. We wholeheartedly embrace our friends from the LGBTQ community and believe they need support and love.”

GLAAD, a non-profit media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people, also weighed in on Lopez’s comments and the repercussions they have. The organization says that experts have long previously discredited Lopez’s claims. 

“Medical and psychological experts and parents of children who are transgender have long discredited the ideas that @MarioLopezExtra shared. The real dangerous action is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a vulnerable group of children.”

Here’s hoping Lopez behaves appropriately on set while working with his new co-star.