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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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During a moment of delayed gratification, this fan was still thinking of Juliantina.

The petition has grown beyond just a spin-off.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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São Paulo Hosts First Pride Since Bolsonaro’s Election And The LGBTQ+ Community Took Over The City

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São Paulo Hosts First Pride Since Bolsonaro’s Election And The LGBTQ+ Community Took Over The City

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Since Jair Bolsonaro assumed office as Brazil’s president on January 1, 2019, a lot has changed for the LGBTQ+ community of Brazil. In the past, Bolsonaro has publicly stated that he’d prefer his son to die than to be gay. During his winning campaign, he relied on anti-gay rhetoric to gain right-wing support. In April of this year, he told reporters that Brazil “can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism.”

São Paulo’s first gay pride parade since his election is set to prove him wrong. This month, the Brazil Supreme Court has criminalized discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, much to Bolsonaro’s dismay, and the gays are celebrating.

Hundreds of thousands of queer people flooded the streets of Brazil’s largest city.

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There were nineteen moving stages with live performances by queer and allied artists that kept the world’s largest gay party going. Like many other LGBT parades, São Paulo aimed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots against police brutality in New York City.

These are the people that Bolsonaro refuses to accept or acknowledge.

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The fact is that we’re queer and we’re here. The culture of Brazil has changed rapidly in the last 10 years. More and more LGBTQ+ rights have been secured while the evangelical community has grown 15 percent since 2000. A third of the country is now evangelical, which often translates into flagrant homophobia.

Brazilians were soaked up all sun and no hate this past weekend.

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The parade lasted all day June 24 and might have been the largest parade in the country’s history. With both victories to celebrate and growing hate to keep the community marching forward, there were plenty of reasons to show up.

Last month, the head of the nation’s HIV Prevention Task Force was fired for launching a campaign to educate transgender Brazilians about the deadly virus.

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Acknowledging trans people in Brazil has become a fireable offense, and it’s not going to get better while Bolsonaro is in charge. Some politicians are even advocating to ban gender and sexual orientation diversity from being discussed in the classroom.

This is erasure and São Paulo isn’t having any of it.

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The city launched the use of new walking signals up and down the main street that feature same-sex couples in time for the celebration of PRIDE. Seeing ourselves in even the smallest ways is validating.

Bolsonaro has inspired bills that seek to define a family as an exclusively heterosexual relationship.

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That would limit LGBTQ+ folks from accessing health care, welfare benefits, and adoption abilities, and so much more. Of course, evangelicals are also pushing for a bathroom bill to go into effect.

Human rights watchdog Grupo Gay Bahia reports that 141 LGBT people have died because of hate crimes or suicide between January and May 15 of this year.

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That’s an average of one person every 23 hours. The LGBTQ+ community is in serious threat, especially as a toxic culture continues to brew in Brazil. Currently, 1 in 6 Brazilian politicians is evangelical (i.e. right-wing conservative).

Many signs at the parade affirmed to the community that God loves them.

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Too often, Latinos raised in religious households internalize homophobia for others and even against themselves. These kinds of messages are more powerful than heteros realize.

Bolsonaro refuses to include the LGBTQ+ community as a group protected by the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights.

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Bolsonaro has spoken to reporters about how the future will no longer look like boys playing with dolls. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls under Bolsonaro’s understandings of the words.

But at least we have glitter. 🌈 

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Sorry, Bolsonaro. We have style, compassion, and wide open hearts, and you don’t. Must suck.

There was also a considerable intersection of gay pride and advocacy to release ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from prison.

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He was convicted of money laundering and being bribed and sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison. Politicians ranging from Noam Chomsky to the Nobel laureate of Argentina to Bernie Sanders have advocated for his release. It’s been brought to light that Bolsonaro likely had a hand in denying Lula due process and a fair trial.

Happy Pride, Brazil!

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Thank you for having the bravery to stand up to an administration that wants to erase you from existence.

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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.

Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.

Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.

“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”

The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.

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Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.

“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”

To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.

“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.

There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.

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Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.

“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”

There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.

While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”

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