This Lesbian Relationship In A Televisa Telenovela Is Setting Off A Firestorm Of Love And Support Around The World
If you watch telenovelas, then you know #Juliantina. If not, let us tell you about Mexican novela “Amar a Muerte,” which aired for four months on Televisa. Juliana and Valentina made the first same-sex couple on a Mexican telenovela and fans want more.
In fact, a petition has garnered over 60,000 signatures asking Televisa for a spinoff series. “It has opened the door for our LGTBQ community to be more visible and accepted,” the petition states about Juliantina. “Its impact in Mexico and Latin America is becoming stronger and stronger.”
While actresses Macarena Achaga and Bárbara López don’t identify as queer, the fandom loves them.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fan who finds this problematic, likely because the story seemed authentic. One fan particularly loved that their romance wasn’t meant for male viewers–it was a slow building romance with all the twists and turns of that real lesbian life.
And are pining for more content.
One petition signer wrote that the spin-off is important because “We need more stories which identify we with. All our lives we have watched heterosexual novelas. At the same time it will help to make it more normal for parents.”
For lesbians, seeing a lesbian relationship that is mostly about these moments of intimacy is it.
We’re not here for hypersexualized lesbian relationships as side plots in shows. The fandom is here to see what Juliantina’s happily ever after looks like.
These bellas have made waves in Latin America.
Televisa gave Mexico a same-sex couple that is hard to hate–even for the haters. The actresses have even been on the cover of Cosmopolitan México.
Actually, they’ve made waves around the world.
This British YouTuber couple recorded a reaction video to some of the most iconic scenes from “Amar a Muerte” and that video alone has half a million views.
Of course, this romance could only blossom after the cartel kidnapped Juliana’s mother.
It is a telenovela. Still, fans want to see that moment where the two tell their grandchildren their love story. We want “The Notebook” meets Juliantina.
This fan toasted their treasured Ramadan ‘break the fast’ to #Juliantina.
During a moment of delayed gratification, this fan was still thinking of Juliantina.
The petition has grown beyond just a spin-off.
Jacqueline Marmolejo Contreras wrote on the Change.org petition that, “Que la visibilidad lésbica, así como la LGBT+ en general logre cambiar la heteronormatividad de la sociedad para que se vea el amor sin prejuicios, porque el amor es amor y a través de representaciones como Juliantina se ve y se puede lograr.”
Hundreds of #Juliantina fans are calling on ClexaCon to invite the couple.
It’s the ultimate convention for all thing LGBTQ+ in Media and Entertainment, and Juliantina don’t have an invite.
Literally every Juliantina fan to Televisa and ClexaCon.
Is this not a supply and demand market? Fans are yearning for content. Give the fans what they want.
In the meantime, Juliantina has a message for us.
Or at least, Bárbara López does via Instagram: “Esto es para todas ustedes #juliantinas que sepan que las amo con todo mi corazón y las apoyo, pero sobre todo estoy agradecida con ustedes por darme tanto amor, por permitirme entrar en cada uno de sus corazones y hacerme parte de cada una de sus historias! #loveislove🌈Este mundo tiene que sentirse libre para amar. Este es un mensaje de agradecimiento y apoyo para cada un@ de ustedes. Gracias @amaramuerteoficial por permitirme darle vida a la Juliana y con ella hacerme más humana. #notgaybutsupportive”
Find “Amar a Muerte” streaming on Televisa.