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Bad Bunny Tweets In Defense Of LGBTQ Community In Response To Don Omar’s Homophobic Tweet

There have long been conversations about the rampant homophobia portrayed in reggaeton and Latin trap. Artists like Bad Bunny are changing that narrative by embracing the gender spectrum and giving queer Latin trap fans a place to enjoy the music without the derogatory undertones. However, recent events show that the genre and the main players of the reggaeton world still have a long way to go. Here’s a little bit about the last few weeks in reggaeton and how the conversations about homophobia in the genre have been reenergized.

We can’t start this story without acknowledging Kevin Fret and his death.

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He billed himself as Puerto Rico’s first openly gay Latin trap singer and was publicly harassed with homophobic slurs and verses by trapero Anuel AA, which has since been removed from the internet. On Jan. 10, Fret was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle at 5:30 a.m. There is no connection that his death was due to his sexuality but his death does mark the 22nd homicide in Puerto Rico in 2019.

A couple weeks later, a story broke of Ozuna being extorted because of an explicit video.

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According to multiple reports, Ozuna was recorded when he was 16 years old participating in sexual activities with other men. Multiple media outlets in Puerto Rico allege that Kevin Fret was behind the extortion attempts but it has not been confirmed.

This breaking story prompted reggaeton sensation Don Omar to drop some homophobic slurs.

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Pato (duck) is a common gay slur used in Spanish. Many were disappointed that Don Omar would use the death of one singer and the alleged extortion of another to post a homophobic tweet. Disappointed, but not surprised. People were quick to step in and call out Don Omar for the tweet made in poor taste.

San Juan’s Mayor immediately stepped in to school Don Omar.

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It’s pretty clear that Puerto Rico’s political leaders will defend the LGBTQ community against anyone’s slurs, no matter their status. Let’s also remember that this video was illegal in the first place. Ozuna is a victim.

The tweet caused serious backlash as LGBTQ people and allies raised their voices.

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Some fans are asking if Don Omar was simply stating his opinions about carne, but most of the internet sees the timing, and tied Instagram videos, as damning evidence of homophobia.

Even Bad Bunny came through to call it all a crazy shame.

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While Bad Bunny is right to be shocked about homophobic slurs at this time in our lives, we’re not surprised. Reggaeton and Latin trap music are rife with examples of homophobic lyrics and imagery.

The LGBTQ community busted out to stan Bad Bunny.

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While most of us grew up with our mami’s and their comadres gossiping about whether or not Ricky Martin was gay, Bad Bunny is one of the first breakout artists to really stand strong supporting the gender fluid and LGBTQ community.

Bad Bunny has truly come out as the shining star of all this chisme.

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We don’t know the full story about who was targeting Ozuna for extortion, or if Don Omar cares about how he’s affected the LGBTQ community. We do know that Bad Bunny is making waves by being a male trap artist who is defending and uplifiting the LGBTQ community.

The release of his music video for “Caro” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

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The entire video functions as an argument for gender fluidity. The lyrics themselves are all about living that rico lifestyle and minding your own business.

He stayed true to his roots.

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Bad Bunny is known for loving his nail polish, and when we see him getting the star treatment, we zoom in to see this. Not only is he breaking down the stigma around being gender fluid or part of the LGBTQ community, he is also staying true to his roots.

We get to see his female alter-ego make decisions about her gender presentation.

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Once the video pans out, we see 19-year-old model Jazmyne Joy (who has publicly recreated Bad Bunny’s looks on Instagram). For those who are gender non-conforming, this scene in the closet is a beautiful insight to one of the most intimate times of the day.

We see her walk out of a pink house in completely androgynous attire.

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The imagery is something to be admired. What is Bad Bunny trying to say? Perhaps he is showing that despite when the world might see or what the world wants you to be, you can always walk out of the house and be who you want to be.

Throughout the video, we watch people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities take the catwalk in style.

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We see trans models, pregnant models, models with Down Syndrome, all taking the catwalk and looking fabulous. I’m not crying, you’re crying. 😭 😭 😭

Then he is surrounded by people running past and showing the beauty of all human forms.

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Does it seem like the sun shines out his sacral chakra for all genders? This video is a work of art that everyone needs to see and experience.

We even see Bad Bunny getting kisses on the cheek from both a man and a woman.

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This is what true masculinity and BDE looks like, folks. He is comfortable with himself and where he is in the world.

Regardless, “Caro” just became the template for the best gender-bending music video of the year.

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As far as we all know, both these people look fly in the same outfit. It’s pretty clear that Bad Bunny’s statement here is to just love yourself, exactly as you are.

Most importantly, young queer kids who look up to him will open their hearts to more gente that look like him.

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Even more importantly, young queer Latinx kids will have someone in the spotlight that they can relate with; that they can dream to aspire to. We all have a place in this world and Bad Bunny is making sure of that.

He’s breaking gender barriers in bigger and louder ways, every day.

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It’s true that it really doesn’t matter what anyone’s sexuality or gender identity is. He just challenged gender norms in Latino society and his fans are here for it. He might have even picked up some new fans with his strong stance.

Basically, he just did that. ⬇️

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The older generation may not be here for Bad Bunny’s music and may never be exposed to the pioneering work that he’s accomplishing for the rest of us. We all, hopefully, have those machismo cousins that might sway un poquito towards a more open “mind and spirit” to appreciate all diversity.


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Trans Activists Of Color Protested At The CNN/HRC Equality Town Hall And Audience Members Applauded

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Trans Activists Of Color Protested At The CNN/HRC Equality Town Hall And Audience Members Applauded

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CNN and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted a historic town hall last night focusing on issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community. The moderators and presidential candidates tackled topics and hard-hitting issues that have severely impacted the lives of millions of LGBTQ+ Americans. The town hall happened as the Supreme Court is deciding if LGBTQ+ people are deserving of the same discrimination protections as all Americans. Here’s what happened last night.

Texas politician Julián Castro made it clear that religion will not be an excuse for LGBTQ+ discrimination in his administration.

There have numerous attempts by local and state governments to legalize religious discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The bills, often labeled as Religious Freedom bills, have been proposed in North Carolina and Indiana and failed. North Carolina wanted to legislate what bathroom people had to use and Indiana wanted to give religious organizations and business owners the license to outright discriminate against people based on their faith.

“If I’m elected president, the first order of business on January 20, 2021, will be to have a catalog with all of the different executive actions that this president, this administration, has taken, including exemptions that they’ve created or rolled back that has allowed people to discriminate against the LGBTQ, using as the reason their religion, their excuse their religion,” Castro told an audience member who asked how he will stop religious organizations from using their faith to dictate discriminatory laws. “I will go back to what we did in the Obama administration and then take it to the next level to protect the LGBTQ community. I don’t believe that anybody should be bale to discriminate against you because you are a member of the LGBTQ community. I don’t believe that folks should be getting funding if they’re doing that. I don’t believe that in the healthcare context, the housing context, the employment context that people should be able to do that. I support the Equality Act and will work to pass that. When I was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, we did the transgender rule, which as I mentioned, expanded the equal access rule so that transgender individuals can find shelter in a manner that they are comfortable with and in accordance to their preference and that’s what I would do as president.”

Castro’s performance during the LGBTQ+ town hall has received praise from LGBTQ+ people.

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Castro was able to speak about the issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community with an understanding that proves he isn’t going off talking points.

His conversation about faith and the license to discriminate showed his understanding of religion and LGBTQ+ people of faith.

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Castro wants to keep religion from attacking the very LGBTQ+ people of faith who depend on it. For many religious LGBTQ+ people, seeing religious leaders claim that their faith doesn’t accept them is a harsh reality.

Trans women of color let their voices be heard in a town hall that largely ignored them.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was interrupted when he started his time on the stage. Trans activist Bamby Salcedo and other trans women of color stormed the venue holding trans flag that read “We Are Dying.” The women chanted “We are dying” and “Do something.” Some audience members joined the women in their protest however others jumped up to take the flag away and end the protest.

Anderson Cooper, who was moderating for Buttigieg, spoke up for the women as they were escorted out telling the audience, “Let me just point out, there is a long and proud tradition in history in the gay, lesbian and transgender community of protest and we applaud them for their protest.”

Cooper continued saying, “And they are absolutely right to be angry and upset at the lack of attention, particularly in the media, of the lives of transgender [people].”

Another trans activist, Blossom C Brown, also took on the moderators about the lack of Black trans voices during the town hall.

A lot of the conversation during the town hall focused on issues impacting gay men, trans women, and bisexual people. Many are calling out the town hall for ignoring trans people of color, lesbians, and non-binary people when it comes to health, housing, identity expression, and other issues impacting these communities specifically.

Ashlee Marie Preston, the only trans Black woman in the program, was taken out of the program by CNN so she publicly boycotted the event.

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There was a pretty glaring lack of trans women and men of color during the hours of discussion about LGBTQ+ issues. It is a common complaint within the community as trans women of color have long been ignored and silenced within the LGBTQ+ Rights movement.

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The Supreme Court’s Term Is Starting Off With Major Cases That Will Impact The Lives Of Many Americans

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The Supreme Court’s Term Is Starting Off With Major Cases That Will Impact The Lives Of Many Americans

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The nine justices of the Supreme Court will return to the chambers to an explosive docket. The court is set to hear cases covering an array of social issues from abortion to DACA to LGBTQ+ discrimination to the Second Amendment. It is shaping up to be a major term for the highest court in the land.

The Supreme Court is getting ready to hear a series of cases that could impact some of the biggest social issues in American culture.

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All eyes are on the Supreme Court as major cases are being presented. Some of the cases included in the docket for this term of the Supreme Court are the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the definition of “sex” as it pertains to Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act and the LGBTQ community’s right to work without discrimination, an abortion case from Louisiana seeking to limit abortion rights, and a gun regulation from New York City.

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard arguments about discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.

In almost half of the country, there are no laws protecting people in the LGBTQ+ community from being discriminated against in the workplace. The Supreme Court heard arguments from two gay men and one trans woman claiming that they were fired from their places of work because of their identity.

During oral arguments, when the employers being sued in the case argued that sex is different than same-sex attraction, Justice Elena Kagan suggested that the law does favor the employees.

“If he were a woman, he wouldn’t have been fired,” Justice Kagan told General Solicitor Noel Francisco, who is representing the employers. “This is the usual kind of way in which we interpret statutes now. We look to laws. We don’t look to predictions. We don’t look to desires. We don’t look to wishes. We look to laws.”

The Trump administration is aiming to get rid of DACA protections from almost 700,000 young people.

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DACA is a program that was first created by President Obama. It gave almost 700,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children the chance to go to college, get work permits, and protected them from deportation. The Trump administration ended the program in 2017 and immediately threw the lives of all DACA recipients in limbo.

United We Dream, a DACA-led media company filed its own brief with the Supreme Court. The brief is a first-of-its-kind video brief with DACA recipients arguing their case for preserving DACA. The organization also included an official written brief.

“DACA has accomplished far more than affording deferred prosecutorial action. It has created lifechanging opportunities for hundreds of thousands of promising young people. DACA has allowed them to lead fuller and more vibrant lives, including by seizing opportunities to advance their education, furthering their careers, providing critical help to their families, and giving back to their communities,” reads the United We Dream brief. “Able to make use of the basic building blocks of a productive life—a Social Security number, work authorization, or driver’s license, for example—DACA recipients have thrived. They are students, teachers, health care workers, first responders, community leaders, and small business owners. They are also spouses, neighbors, classmates, friends, and coworkers. Collectively, they are parents of over a quarter-million U.S. citizens, and 70% of DACA recipients have an immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen. They pay taxes, contribute to their local economies in myriad ways, and spur a virtuous cycle of further opportunity for many Americans.”

Another case people are watching is an abortion case coming out of Louisiana.

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The case, June Medical Services v. Gee, isn’t aiming to overturn Roe v. Wade but it is hoping to limit the abortion rights of women starting in Louisiana. The law being challenged requires all abortion providers to get privileges are a hospital 30 miles from where the abortions take place.

The case is very similar to a Texas case that the Supreme Court rejected three terms ago. As such, the Louisiana case is asking the Supreme Court to distinguish between the two cases and to determine that the restriction is legitimate if a legislator vouches that the restriction is valid rather than it being valid in practice. As it stands, the law would leave just one doctor in the state of Louisiana allowed to perform abortions.

Another case getting some attention as it sits on the Supreme Court docket deals with the Second Amendment.

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New York City’s original rule made it so handguns could only be transported to seven gun ranges throughout the city. While the case was originally contested because of the rule. New York City changed the rule and asked the court to dismiss the case as moot, but the court rejected the motion. This will be the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case about the Second Amendment’s reach in over a decade and is being hailed as a victory for gun rights advocates.

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