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

For 9 years, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been showcasing the very best in the drag queen world. There have been over 100 contestants that have fought for the crown and title for best drag queen. Here are 24 of the Latina drag queens that have graced our screens and the RuPaul runway.

1. Valentina

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The Los Angeles-based queen caused a stir on her season when she was shockingly eliminated after being a strong competitor. She dropped the ball during her lip sync and didn’t learn the words. She even tried to leave her mask on and Mama Ru was not having it. At least she won Miss Congeniality Fan Favorite.

2. Bianca del Rio

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You’re a winner baby! Bianca del Rio made “Drag Race” herstory when she became the first Latina drag queen to take home the crown on season 5. Since the show, Del Rio has enjoyed a fair amount of success even touring the country with her own edgy and slightly uncomfortable comedy shows. Seriously, her shows might go a bit too far for many but they are great for people with vulgar senses of humor.

3. Adore Delano

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Adore Delano first hit the “Drag Race” scene in season 6 and lasted until the 14th episode. However, her return to All-Stars season 2 was a shocker after she quit the show two episodes in. To be fair, Delano had already built a music career by the time she returned and her look works for her. She didn’t appreciate the judges critiquing her look that made her who she is to her adoring fans.

4. Violet Chachki

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Yes. She is Latina, in case you weren’t aware. She is also the second Latina queen to take home the crown as “Drag Race” winner. She can cinch her waist better than any queen and who can forget about her fall runway surprise outfit reveal on season 7. Sick. En. Ing.

5. Cynthia Lee Fontaine

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Cynthia Lee Fontaine is a two-time contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. First, she was on season 8 and then came back as a surprise contestant on season 9. If you give her a moment, she will gladly tell you about her cucu while being unapologetic about her thick, Puerto Rican accent. She’s also just loud enough to get your attention in a crowded bar during PRIDE.

6. Carmen Carrera

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Carmen Carrera sissied that walk down the runway in season 3. Not only did she get eliminated from the show, she was let go twice. Brutal. Luckily, that never slowed her down and Carmen Carrera, who transitioned after the show, went on to become a very successful model. She has been using her fame as a model to bring attention to the plight of LGBTQ people, especially trans people, throughout Latin America and is engaged in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

7. Roxxxy Andrews

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Roxxxy Andrews is another queen to have competed on her own season as well as on an All Star season. While the was eliminated in both, Andrews wore her heart on her sleeve and never backed down from her emotions. She even shared the heartbreaking story of how the thought of elimination brought back feelings of not being wanted by her mother. According to Andrews, her mother left her and her sister at a bus station when she was just a young child and never returned.

8. Ginger Minj

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Glamor Toad Realness personified, that’s who Ginger Minj is. The Orlando queen loves everything about her body and is not about to back down from her self-love anytime soon. Minj was a contestant on All Stars Season 2 after being the runner up on season 7. Just take one second and research this self proclaimed crossdresser for Christ and you will surely fall in love.

9. Jessica Wild

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Jessica Wild is another season 2 queen and she definitely left a mark on fans. Her elimination came after a maxi challenge sponsored by Absolut Berri Acai cocktail. The queens were supposed to do an interview where they plug their autobiography and the cocktail but Wild spent too much time on the cocktail. There is also consensus that the language barrier might have led to misunderstandings that factored into her elimination.

10. Monica Beverly Hillz

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Monica Beverly Hillz is credited with being the first transgender woman to come out as trans while filming the show. Three other queens have transitioned but made the announcement of their transition after the show wrapped. Hillz is the queen that sent Serena ChaCha packing in episode 2 of season 5. She was sent home the following episode.

11. Lineysha Sparx

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Lineysha Sparx was born in New York City but lives in Puerto Rico after moving there with her mother and father when she was 6. She tried her best in season 5 but just couldn’t cut it and was eliminated by Detox. She started strong with a high finish in episode 1 and a win in episode 2.

12. Naysha Lopez

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Naysha Lopez is another queen with the rare title of being sent home twice in one season. She was the first queen eliminated in her season but was brought back by RuPaul in episode 3. Even though was was brought back in episode 3, she was quickly eliminated in episode 4 bringing her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to an end.

13. Madame LaQueer

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Madame LaQueer is the drag mother of Lineysha Sparx. Her name is an homage to a character of a telenovela that she loved when she was younger. The character, according to LaQueer, was the villain of the show and the head of a whore house. Well, that’s something.

14. Kandy Ho

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Kandy Ho is a member of The Doll House, a Puerto Rican drag house, that is also home to April Carrión. Ho made it 6 episodes on season 7 competing alongside Ginger Minj and Violet Chachki. She spent most of her life living in Puerto Rico and made sure that everyone knew that she is from Puerto Rico during her entrance to the workroom.

15. Alisa Summers

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Alisa Summers is the only Latina drag queen to come in last place on the show. She just wasn’t able to out lip sync Jiggly Caliente to stick around for another week of season 4. Her name is an homage to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes but it was her drag mother who recommended that she add the “A” to Lisa to make it different.

16. Alexis Mateo

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Alexis Mateo first entered the RuPaul universe in season 3. She did well, winning three challenges throughout the season before being eliminated winning 3rd place. She came back in All Stars Season 1 and battled against some of the top queens to come in 5th place. Mateo continues to perform around the world often sharing the stage with her RuPaul sisters.

17. Rebecca Glasscock

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Rebecca Glasscock was part of the maiden season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” often referred to as the “Lost Season” since you can’t find clips anywhere. Season 1 started to break down the mainstream idea of what it means to be a drag queen and helped pave the way for the seasons that followed. Her social media doesn’t show her to be as active in the drag community but she still performs because you can’t be an original RuPaul queen and not perform.

18. Kenya Michaels

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Kenya Michaels was a contestant on season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and was also eliminated twice. The first time was after a bad Beyoncé impression that fell flat and the second time she was eliminated the same episode she was brought back for. Michaels is a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that shook the LGBTQ Latinx community in Jun 2016. Michaels had just finished performing her last number in the Orlando nightclub when the shooter entered and opened fire on the crowd.

19. Yara Sofia

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Yara Sofia was originally born in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Las Vegas. The queen slayed on season 3 ending in 4th place, and also being voted as Miss Congeniality. She then came back fro All Stars 1 where she left in 5th place. The fierce queen continues to slay on stage and even hosts her own night at Piranha Club in Las Vegas. Get it.

20. Delta Work

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Delta Work was a season 3 firecracker as she battled it out with the other queens. She made it to 7th place on her season and was sent home by Manila Luzon. Since her time on the show, Delta Work has made a big name for herself, even getting the attention of Adele while dressed as her at a concert. More importantly though, Delta Work is the new mastermind behind RuPaul’s hair for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” since season 9.

21. Jade Sotomayor

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Jade Sotomayor stays in the public eye with appearances and performances across the country. She is another queen to have appeared on the very first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and lasted for four episodes earning her 4th place.

22. Nina Flowers

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Nina Flowers was a season 1 contestant and an All Stars 1 participant. On season 1, Flowers made it to second place losing to the first ever “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen Bebe Zahara Benet. Flowers proved that drag queens can be super edgy and artistic and she has since used her talents to become a successful DJ.

23. Serena ChaCha

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Serena ChaCha was one of the most controversial queens to ever set foot on the catwalk. ChaCha made waves in season 5 before being sent home after the second episode. ChaCha stepped on several toes when she talked about how she was educated to the dismay of many viewers and some of her competitors. After “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ChaCha has become a wig designer with her own line of wigs sold for a pretty hefty price.

24. April Carrión

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April Carrión first started drag while in Puerto Rico and she knew that she found something she loved. It wasn’t long until she was performing and eventually landing a spot on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6. She only made it to the 4th episode but she has used her fame to highlight the lives of trans people and drag queens living in Puerto Rico in her project called “MALA MALA”.

Aren’t they fabulous?

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Way to go, queens. Your visibility will make it possible for more young Latinos to show the world the beauty they have inside.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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