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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!

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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin has long been an international superstar – even long before ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ took over virtually every airway in the world. But it’s hard to deny that with that song, the Puerto Rican singer entered the global mainstream and ever since he’s been a pop icon.

From being one of the first major pop stars to publicly come out as gay, to acting in popular TV series, and getting married and becoming a father of four, Ricky Martin has always been a very busy man.

And despite a global pandemic that has forced all of us to stay at home and find a ‘new normal,’ Martin has forged a path forward. He recently sat down for an interview with Billboard to discuss everything from new music, the global Coronavirus pandemic, and his identity as an out and proud gay Latino.

Considering we’re all still living amid a global pandemic, the Billboard interview started on this very relevant topic.

Billboard points out that Martin and his family live in a very big and beautiful house in Beverly Hills, which likely makes staying at home a bit easier compared to the rest of us. However, Martin points out that he has a very loud home – with four kids and his mom all living under one roof. But he admits, “…I am very lucky. I am in a comfortable home where my kids can play.”

Ricky Martin is also working on new music. He released Pausa in May, and now as he works on new music the world is a very different place. He told Billboard: “I started working on my music maybe nine months ago. In my mind, the album was going to be called Movimiento, which means movement. But with all this [pandemic], it just told me… “The way it was, was not working. Let’s do it differently.” I have music with rhythm, but I was not going to tell people to move! So I named it Pausa.”

He also speaks about his close relationship with fellow Puerto Rican, El Conejo Malo.

Shortly after Billboard released its history-making cover with Bad Bunny on the the cover, Martin described San Benito as a “Latin queer icon.” Many people – of all backgrounds – took issue with that. But Ricky Martin tells Billboard that “allies are so important. Without them, our fight for equality is impossible. It really tickles me to see Bad Bunny as a gay icon — just like Cher could be. Why not?”

The Puerto Rican singer shared what his coming out experience was like and reveals he never tires of sharing it.

In the interview, Martin is very open about his coming out as gay. The singer came out as gay in 2010, married husband Jwan Yosef in 2017, and together the couple is raising four children.

Rolling Stone asked Martin, 48, what it was like to remain closeted during “the most public, exposed period” of his life.

“I had moments of extreme positivity, and not so positive [moments],” Martin answered. “Life was a bit on steroids in those days. Everything was really intense, but I could take it! I come from a school of military discipline when it comes to training for music, dance, and acting. I started when I was 12. So for me, it was about not being ready to open [up]. When you open an egg from the outside, what comes out is death. But when the egg opens from the inside, what comes out is life. It’s something that needs to come from within. Every time someone forces someone to come out, what you’re doing is you’re destroying the natural flow of the self-discovery.”

When asked what motivated him to come out publicly, Martin said that a kid somewhere in America needs to see positive headlines about coming out.

“Today I woke up to this beautiful headline that I know someone out there is in need of. The headline was something like, ‘I came out. And ever since I’ve been the happiest.’ Something like that, something… My heart is beating faster because I know today a kid somewhere in America woke up needing to hear those words. A lot of people say they get tired of talking about the same thing. Why would I? Are you kidding me? For so many years I had to keep it inside. And then the effect of someone… What people are getting from it in their healing process?”

Billboard also asked Martin his feelings on how the media is profiting and accepting Puerto Rican and Latinx culture.

When asked if he feels that the American media has gotten better or more open to understanding Puerto Rican culture, Martin responded: “We certainly have a long way to go, but the important thing is that we see that there’s an audience that is interested. And it’s up to us to bring [the] education.”

And he’s absolutely right. This year has seen several Latino artists rise to the top of all sorts of charts. Bad Bunny and J Balvin are among the most streamed artists globally and Bad Bunny is one of the most streamed artists on YouTube as well.

Meanwhile, Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are working on a film that will be out early next year. The Emmy’s, VMAs, and other award shows finally had decent representation of artists of color – particularly among the Latinx community.

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for his progressive views on contemporary issues. Since his election to papal office in 2013, Pope Francis has largely been considered open-minded due to his comparatively laid-back stances on controversial topics like divorce, climate change, and LGBT issues.

On Thursday, the Jesuit publication American Magazine reported that Pope Francis recently told the parents of LGBT children that “God loves your children as they are.”

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According to the publication, the Pope was having a dialogue with the parent of a lapsed-Catholic gay child who had left the church because “he did not feel accepted in his diversity”. The woman, whose name is Mara Grassi, is the Vice President of an association called “Jonathan’s Tent,” which “welcomes and provides information and formation to L.G.B.T. Christians, their families and pastoral workers.”

Before describing her interaction with the Pope, Grassi explained her journey as a Catholic parent of a gay child to American Magazine. “For many years I was like a blind person,” she said.

“After I came to know that my son was homosexual, I suffered a lot because the rules of the church made me think that he was excluded from the love of God. Nobody helped me,” Grassi added.

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It was only when Grassi attended a Catholic vigil against homophobia and connected with other parents of gay children that she realized that “faith and homosexuality are not in opposition” and that “God loves my son as he is.” And according to this most recent report, the Pope’s opinion seems to be in accordance with Grassi’s beliefs.

Grassi told American Magazine that she told the Pope she wanted to “create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.” It was in response to this statement that the Pope told her: “The church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.”

According to the same report, before he left, Jonathan’s Tent gifted the Pope a rainbow-colored T-shirt with the words “In love there is no fear” written across the front.

Considering the Catholic Church’s traditionally conservative stances on gay issues, the Pope’s statement was surprising to many. In the past, the Catholic Church’s stance has been that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law.”

The Pope himself also has a complicated track record on gay rights, implying that gay marriage “threatens” the “very institution of marriage”. However, he has also previously expressed sympathy and modest support for people in the queer community as well as their loved ones, saying “If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”.

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