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21 Fab Facts About Queer Eye’s Fab 5, Yass Queen! 

One of the biggest success stories in the world of entertainment for 2018 is the relaunch of the “Queer Eye.” The iconic reality show features five gay men giving life and style advice to individuals who might have forgotten to pamper themselves. Instead of focusing only on straight male contestants like the 2000s iteration, Netflix’s “Queer Eye” has had gay men, transgender men and women among its participants.

The shows stars Antoni Porowski (food and wine expert), Tan France (fashion expert), Karamo Brown (culture expert), Bobby Berk (design expert) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming expert) quickly became social media celebrities and pop culture icons. Their candor and genuine care for the participants translated into a worldwide audience. The casting crew have also been more inclusive than the original show. A black man and a Pakistani are the two people in color in the team, but participants have included all sorts of ethnicities, including a cute Mexican dadbod dude.

Here’s 21 amazing facts about our fave TV quintet.

1. Karamo Brown has Caribbean blood: viva Cuba!

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Brown is one of our favorites. His casting upped the inclusivity quota of the show by 100 percent. He is proud of his heritage: his parents are Jamaican, but his father is actually half Cuban.

2. Brown also founded 6in10.org, an NGO that supports the fight against HIV stigma in the black LGBT community

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Brown puts his actions where his words are. He not only provides advice and compassion to the participants in the show, he extends that to his personal life and his advocacy efforts. Good on him! With so much on we wonder how Karamo doesn’t struggs to func!

3. Brown is engaged to Ian Jordan, a TV producer

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And by the looks of it they are good friends with Ultra Latina Queen Jennifer Lopez herself! Dream BFFs! Basically the guests one would have in a dream dinner party. Shamazing!

4. Talking about hubbies, Tan France is married to illustrator Rob France

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Who drew this amazing illustration of TanGorge!

5. France did a cameo in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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Tan France played Fett Regoso, a fashionista inspired by real-life mogul Calvin Klein. French tucks are world famous now thanks to Tan!

6. France had to overcome a discriminatory culture

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Tan grew up in a Pakistani family in the United Kingdom. Homosexuality was frowned upon in his cultural environment, which makes it even more impressive how he stands up for who he is.

7. Antoni Porowski grew up trilingual

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He was born in Montreal from Polish parents, so he grew up speaking English, Polish and Quebec French. Very impressive. He is the whole package it seems (even though his cooking skills are a bit limited, tbh).

8. Porowski walked the Pride March with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Antoni has become one of the most visible queer figures in Canada. Here you can see him with awesome PM Justin Trudeau, who is famous for being one of the most inclusive statesmen today. You gotta keep on serving you realness!

9. And he is a psychologist!

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Yes, he finished a degree in psychology at the prestigious Concordia University in his native Montreal. We could echar el chal with him anytime!

10. Interior designer Bobby Berk has un chingo of interior beauty

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Berk had to fight his religious upbringing to come out and be true to himself. He knows what it is like to suffer and so he supports those in need and supports issues such as immigrant rights.

11. Berk left home at just 15 and really struggled

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He slept on cars, worked as many shifts as he could and was homeless. He could not bear to remain caged in conservatism and fought for his true self.

12. Jonathan Van Ness was the first male cheerleader in his high school

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He is slim, he is fast, he is flexible, he is fabulous! Zhuzh it up, gorg prince!

13. Van Ness was nominated for an Emmy…

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For his satire show “Gay of Thrones,” a recap show for the epic HBO extravaganza “Game of Thrones.” In this show, JVN would be hilarious in dissecting the intrigues of Westeros. Yass!

14. You can listen to JVN on his podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.”

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It is funny, quirky and provides some serious life and beaut advice. A escucharlo, chiquitines! 

15. Tom Jackson, the dude from “You Can’t Fix Ugly,” got married!

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Yes, the adorable older gentleman from the Season 1 Episode 1 eloped and got married to the love of his life, Abby! AW, QUE ROMANTICO!

16. “AJ” Brown embraced his gay and got engaged!

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“To Gay or not Too Gay” was one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming episodes of Season 1. In it, DJ, a lovely black gay man, struggled to come out of the closet to his family and friends. The Fab 5 were key in this transformative event. So much, that now he is engaged to his boyfriend Andre.

17. The show inspired the awesome “queer eye out of context” Twitter account. Do yourself a favor and follow it like, yesterday

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This account has almost 100,000 followers and posts screen grabs from the show. Hilarity ensues as the captions make for some amazing comedy. Follow it on @queereyecontext

18. Nailed it, queen! You can’t miss this crossover!

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Besides “Queer Eye,” Netflix launched another cult reality show in 2018, “Nailed It!,” where contestants make fools of themselves recreating elaborate baked goods without previous experience in the dark arts of desert-making. There is one crossover episode that you just can’t miss! Does Antoni really know how to cook?

19. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

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The Fab Five go well beyond their duty and sometimes keep in touch with contestants. After all, they have a huge responsibility for changing these people’s lives! Bobby has remained a close friend with Skyler Jay, the trans man from Season 2. Perhaps their struggles to be themselves were similar and they find solace in each other’s experiences.

20. Porowski is working in two movies with James Franco. Dreamboats!

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Porowski has the looks of a matinee idol and no one can deny it. He has caught the eye of Hollywood power players, including James Franco, a queer icon in his own right. You will be able to see them side by side in “Blood Surf,” a horror flick that will be released in 2019. They will also appear together in “The Pretenders.” 

21. JVN, France and Porowski are BFFs with Justin Theroux

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That’s right, the actor, director and Jennifer Aniston’s ex is mates with three of the Fab Five. And we can see why: they are all as cool as F. We can only dream how fun and enlightening hanging out with these four would be!

Here’s What My White Husband Has Learned About The Latino Culture One Day At A Time

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Here’s What My White Husband Has Learned About The Latino Culture One Day At A Time

My husband and I have been married for a little over three years now and he is still learning so much about myself and what it means to be Latino. I’m not talking about me having a big Cuban family all stationed in Miami (3-0-5 🙌🏽) or the fact that the best jokes in Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” are in Spanish. I’m talking about the little things that to me have always been a normal part of life. This is what has continuously caught him off guard…

If you ask him, I’m already turning into my abuela because of the things he is finding out, which to me is a compliment. Here are just a few of the things that he is starting to understand about our future together.

1. Seasoning your beans is hard AF but abuela makes it look easy.

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No matter how many times I try or how many techniques I use, my bean always turn out bland AF. This wouldn’t have been a problem if he didn’t have my abuela’s frijoles negro because now he has a reference point as to what beans are supposed to taste like. Though, he doesn’t cook so my bland beans will have to do.

2. That whole personal space thing is a white construct.

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One of the first things he realized about being married to a Latino is that all that personal space he once had is gone. I even go into the bathroom to talk to him when he’s in the shower because that’s 👏🏾 how 👏🏾 I 👏🏾 was 👏🏾 raised. 👏🏾

3. Family obligations cannot and will not be avoided.

Even if it means that you have to spend $800 to travel 3,000 miles back home for a weekend for your nephew’s first birthday, there is no getting out of family events. #BasedOnTrueEvents

4. My family raised me to be super eco-friendly (and very frugal).

The first time my husband saw me washing a Ziploc bag he asked if we had run out and that he could get some from the store. My response: “But, like, why do you want to waste money like that?”

5. Selena was and will always be La Reina.

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I know. I know. How did he not know this before is what you’re thinking, right? But you can’t hold it against him. I don’t think Selena had a very big following in West Virginia. There was no way he could have known that she is more relevant now than ever. Not to mention that she still wins Latin Billboard awards and I play her music nonstop.

6. My abuela’s obsession with reusing containers has been passed down.

After he came down from the initial shock of thinking that I left the sour cream in the Tupperware cabinet overnight, he made a joke about me becoming my abuela. I’ve never been so proud.

7. Calling a loved one “gordo” is not offensive.

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Because, you know, someone calling you “my little fatty” is not okay. Imagine his shock when he heard a family member call me “gordito” in front of him. He was shook.

8. Every chore I do is just an excuse to put on Celia Cruz and dance.

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Sure, I can cook in silence but nothing makes my time in the kitchen more enjoyable than some “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” or “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” blaring in the background. Plus, he is starting to learn some of her greatest hits.

9. Seventy-five percent of Latino cooking is just making that sabor.

To quote my husband: “Oh. So ropa vieja is like making pot roast then you make the flavor (sofrito). Yeah. White people are too lazy to make all that flavor.”

10. Being extra and loud is just in our blood.

I still have that trophy on our desk in the living room and he has mentioned moving it a couple times. Then I stubbed my toe, fall to the floor in tears, and he remembers why it is so prominently displayed.

11. Hot Cheetos are life.

He didn’t know they were so versatile but he’s not upset that we get to eat them all the time.


READ: 14 Things That Happen When A Gringo Marries Into A Latino Family

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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.

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