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Here Are Just Some Sweet Photos Of Abuelas Supporting All Of The LGBTQ+ Grandbabies In The World To Make You Feel Feelings

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and that means that cities all over the U.S. will be holding their own very colorful, very gay parades to show off their pride for who they are. And as much gratitude as we have for allies that show up for their queer brothers and sisters, it’s still an unfortunate reality that older generations have a bit of catching up to do when it comes to supporting gay rights. This fact is particularly glaring in Latinx communities where many families still view straight lifestyles as “right” lifestyles.

That’s why it’s especially refreshing to see pictures of seniors showing up for their younger gay family members. These abuelas and abuelos are going out of their way to prove to society that love is love. Punto. Considering that many of these seniors grew up in conservative, non-tolerant times, we consider it a brave act to support gay rights so publicly. So without further ado, we present to you 20 pictures of abuelitas supporting their grandkids during Gay Pride Month.

1. This abuelita needs to open an Etsy store for gay nietos everywhere

According to this tweet’s caption, this adorable grandmother made her granddaughter a sweater with a rainbow on it as a way to support her granddaughter when she came out. Excuse us while we grab our tissues.

2. This well-dressed abuela is out there being supportive

We stan a queen who rocks a pantsuit to Gay Pride.

3. This abuela has been an ally years before it went mainstream.

According to this caption, this 92-year-old abuelita has been marching for gay rights for 30 years! She’s definitely a hero.

4. This abuela is marching for a family member dear to her heart

As the sign says, this fierce abuelita is proud of her trans 6-year-old grandson. The world needs more allies with as much passion as she has.

5. We want to know where this abuela got her outfit from.

We have a feeling this abuelita has the same stylist as Lady Gaga–and we couldn’t love it more.

6. This abuela doesn’t only support gay rights, she’s also a part of the community

We love seeing older generations rep the rainbow flag with such freedom–especially because we know they didn’t always have the same luxury.

7. This grandmother is woke in more ways than one!

We LOVE how she’s wearing both rainbow tie-dye and a button that says “ask to be tested”. We love an abuela that supports gay pride and safe sex!

8. This abuela looks over-the-moon to be out among the gays

The hat. The flag. The outfit. We can’t! We might just die of cute-overload.

9. Although this abuela is straight, that doesn’t stop her from marching

It’s women like this that are prime examples of what an ally should do: use your voice and your privilege to make a difference in the status quo.

10. This abuela is showing the youngins how to DO it

We love this grandma’s enthusiasm! We’ve gotten to the point where we walk around the parade for 20 minutes, complain about the crowds and the heat and beg our friends to go home. We wish we were more like this abuela!

11. This grandma’s support means so much to her grandson

This grandson’s caption says it all. This is just further proof that having allies in your family can be a game-changer.

12. We can’t forget about Insta-Grandma Baddie Winkle who is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ cause

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If you haven’t heard of Baddie Winkle, we’re happy to enlighten you. Baddie Winkled is a 96 years-young grandmother who has become Insta-famous for her young-at-heart lifestyle. She particularly favors rainbow-scale colors and is all about LGBTQ rights.

13. This grandmother knows how to make a catchy slogan:

“Grandmas for Gays” should definitely be on a T-shirt or two.

14. This abuela proves that you don’t have to go all-out to be an ally

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Sometimes, simply showing up as yourself (and a tiny little rainbow flag) is enough. There’s no “right” way to do Pride. Come as you are!

15. This abuela is dressed head-to-toe in rainbow garb for her granddaughter’s wedding

It’s one thing to show up to a gay wedding, but it’s another thing to SHOW UP FOR a gay wedding. This abuela wins all the things. We could all learn a thing or two from her.

16. This abuela has a few choice words for homophobes

Let’s be honest: we wouldn’t want to run into this abuela in an abandoned alleyway if you catch our drift.

17. Even this abuela’s puebla blouse is rainbow-colored!

We can’t get enough of how this abuela is fusing both her Latinx roots and her LGBTQ pride.

18. This grandma put her conservative beliefs aside to support her gay grandchild

She even wrote a touching anthem in support of the gay community. Check it out here (and try not to cry).

19. This abuela went so far as to IRON her granddaughter’s Bi Flag before the parade

This super adorable and also one of the most abuela-y things a grandmother could ever do. We mean, have you ever met an abuela that’s okay with your clothes being wrinkled?

20. And of course, the proudest abuelita of all time…

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Abuelita in One Day At a Time was like many grandmothers in the Latinx community: sometimes, stuck in the old ways that they grew up in, but when it comes down to it, they love their family no matter what. Plus, she’s hilarious

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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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