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‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Trailer Is Here And There Are Latinas Playing Latinas

We all knew Showtime was creating a sequel series to “The L Word,” the first-ever primetime television series that starred actual lesbians, but we didn’t know it’d air so soon. Earlier this week, Showtime released an extended trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q” along with the news that the iconic second installment would air on Dec. 8. 

The show is set to take place ten years later and represents a new generation of queer women. As iconic as West Hollywood is to the LGBTQ+ community of Los Angeles, our generation knows that Silver Lake is where you can really let your armpit hair grow out and find young love. Oh, and you can’t have a show set on the East Side of Los Angeles without a crew of Latinas to adequately represent the culture.

We can expect our favorite lesbians to return to the show, and we love how their lives have developed.

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Jennifer Beals returns as Bette Porter, who, of course, is running for Mayor of Los Angeles, ensuring that “The L Word” will remain true to its nature as a political platform for LGBTQ+ issues. Kate Moening is forever Shane McCutcheon and is continuing to thrive as a hairdresser. Leisha Hailey will play Alice Pieszecki, who has fully blossomed into the bisexual talk show host we all knew she’d become.

Then, there’s the new generation of queer. Rosanny Zayas will be playing Sophie Suarez, a TV producer.

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You might recognize her from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” as Daisy. Otherwise, this is Zayas’ breakout role. Zayas is Dominican, and by the looks of her Instagram, is struggling to be a Latina de las islas in California. In a selfie with a friend, Zayas posted, “the only Dominicans in Cali!!!!! Where are theyyyy!!!! I’m a little kid lost in the giant supermarket of California!!”

Arienne Mandi will be playing Dani Nuñez, a Public Relations Executive.

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According to Deadline, Dani will be a “powerful and calculating PR executive whose ambition is only tested by her conscience.” We love a strong Latina. Mandi is best known for her lead role in the indie feature film “Baja.” She’s also appeared on “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS,” and “NCIS: LA.”

We can also expect Freddy Miyares, made famous in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” to appear in five episodes.

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Miyares will play José Garcia, “a charming and kind artist who is trying to move on from his complicated past.” Meanwhile, Carlos Leal, best known from “Better Call Saul,” will have a recurring role as Rodolfo, “a strong-willed, manipulative CEO who strives to provide what he thinks is best for his family.”

Oh, and remember Bette and Tina’s daughter, Angelica? 

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While it looks like Tina won’t be making a reappearance in the show, we’ll get to see Angelica navigate the world as a strong-willed teenager. Angelica, who goes by “Angie” now, will be played by Jordan Hull. We’re waiting at the edge of our seats to see how the showrunners clean up the mess Tina left behind. #TeamBette

Needless to say, the gay Internet is having a moment.

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We have an air date now, you guys! We’re already planning the premiere watch party. The trailer gave us all a glimpse into the lives that our veteran lesbians went on to make for themselves. So, that’s emotional. “I’M CRYING, LITERALLY CRYING, THERE ARE TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE,” tweets one Leticia. To top it off, the new cast seems to actually represent the undeniable Latinidad of Los Angeles. “Yah, I’m getting chicana #TheLWord vibes #LatinxWomxnMagic,” tweets ‘Kween’.

For those of us who started to peek open the closet door because of “The L Word,” enjoying its sequel will be a reclamation of the experience.

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Thankfully, Hollywood has since gifted the queer Latinx community FX’s “Pose,” Starz’s “Vida,” and Pop!’s “One Day at a Time.” No matter how “The L Word” lives up to the current high bar, we have mad respect.

You can watch “The L Word: Generation Q” on Sunday, December 8 at 10pm ET/PT, only on Showtime.

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The series will be a mere eight episodes long, in comparison to the twelve to thirteen episodes granted per season of the original. The sequel series is being executive produced by Marja-Lewis Ryan, famous for her work on “The Four-Faced Liar” and “6 Balloons.” Original series creator Ilene Chaiken continues to play a major hand in the production of its sequel.

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Students Staged A Walkout At A Catholic High School After A Student Claimed School Officials Threatened To Out Her

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Students Staged A Walkout At A Catholic High School After A Student Claimed School Officials Threatened To Out Her

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Students at a Catholic high school in Los Angles staged last week in unity with a gay classmate who says shows harassed by the school for her sexuality. 

According to a recent report published by Buzzfeed, officials at the school threatened to out high school senior Magali Rodriguez. Following Buzzfeed’s report, which was published last Thursday, students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, staged a walkout on Friday.

Bishop Amat students organized a walkout protesting the alleged actions of officials at their school on Friday.

According to Buzzfeed, Rodriguez attended Bishop Amat, for three years. The high school senior said that the incidents began to occur during her freshman year when she first began dating her girlfriend when the school’s dean confronted the couple and claimed that students had “complained about their relationship.”

 During her time at the school, Rodriguez claimed that she had been subjected to various disciplinary meetings and counseling sessions. She was also kept from sitting beside her girlfriend during lunch hours. In the report by Buzzfeed, Rodriguez claimed that school officials had threatened to out her to her parents if she refused to comply with their rules, which were not forced onto the straight students in relationships at the school. Rodriguez claims that though she was never publicly affectionate with her girlfriend at school, she felt constantly monitored by officials at the school. In one incident, Rodriguez said that a staff member approached the two teenagers during summer school and told them that they would both go to hell and that “she was trying to get them expelled.”

At the time, Rodriguez had come out to her peers but had not yet come out to her parents. 

Ultimately, Rodriguez’s grades and mental health took a toll until she decided to write her parents a letter and come out.

“Rodriguez, a high school senior, tried to stay positive and get through it, but after more than three years, she was at breaking point,” reported Buzzfeed. “She was crying every day before school, her grades suffered, and spending time on campus brought intense waves of anxiety. So she decided to speak up — first to her parents and now publicly.”

Ultimately Rodriguez’s parents withdrew her from the Catholic school. Speaking to Buzzfeed Rodriguez’s mother  Martha Tapia-Rodriguez condemned the school for how they treated her daughter saying, “They took it upon themselves to parent our daughter, to counsel her, to lecture her.”

When news of the way the school had treated Rodriguez went public, her former peers decided to stage a walkout.

The walkout took place during the student’s seventh period on Friday and lasted for an hour and a half until the school day ended. 

Several students BuzzFeed News spoke to Saturday said they hadn’t heard about Rodriguez’s experience prior to the article, and were shocked to learn how she was treated. One anonymous student who took part in the walkout spoke to Buzzfeed about the incident saying, “I never would’ve imagined Amat to be an environment like this… Once I started to read about the article I was in full shock. I decided to walk out to stand up for her.” This same student claimed that while teachers had commented on the situation saying that there were “two sides to every story” none attempted to put a stop to the protest.

According to the unnamed student, the school’s principal made an announcement before the school lunch bell that they were aware of the Buzzfeed report and had offered counseling services to students who had concerns. 

Two hundred students took part in the walkout, and according to the student interviewed by Buzzfeed, students chanted prayers for Rodriguez. Some called her via FaceTime to show what was being done. 

“I decided to walk out because I wanted to take a stand,” another student told Buzzfeed. “I didn’t agree with what the administration did with the situation and I feel like it was a good idea for the student body to stand as one to show our support for Magali.”

According to a tweet shared in response to BuzzFeed News’ original report, the school has said that it is not intolerant of LGBTQ students.

“Bishop Amat High School is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, irrespective of their sexual orientation,”  Bishop Amat said in a statement.

According to a tweet shared in response to BuzzFeed News’ original report, the school has said that it is not intolerant of LGBTQ students.

“Bishop Amat High School is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, irrespective of their sexual orientation,”  Bishop Amat said in a statement.

According to a tweet shared in response to BuzzFeed News’ original report, the school has said that it is not intolerant of LGBTQ students.

“Bishop Amat High School is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, irrespective of their sexual orientation,”  Bishop Amat said in a statement.

FOMO Alert: Ugly Primo’s Party In Los Angeles Showcasing His Art Gave Everyone A Chance To Celebrate Him

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FOMO Alert: Ugly Primo’s Party In Los Angeles Showcasing His Art Gave Everyone A Chance To Celebrate Him

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Ugly Primo has been capturing Latino pop culture moments in his vivid illustrations since early 2018, illustrating the “Suavamente” Elvis Crespo into fabric softener and Cardi B as a “Farti B cushion.” While we have no idea what Ugly Primo looks like, since he hides behind an actual cholo puppet, we know that, for the first time ever, Ugly Primo showcased his work.

Ugly Primo invited everyone to the Primos Playhouse to, well, party. Ugly Primo’s Instagram bio has long advertised himself as a “retired quinceañera DJ,” and people finally got to hear him spin. After DJ sets by J Valentino, 2DEEP, Mija Doris, and Brü, the puppet, or the man behind the puppet, took to the stage. Best of all: it was free.

Of course, Ugly Primo’s version of a gallery was called a Playhouse, so you know it was fun.

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Held in downtown Los Angeles, a free DJ event with dope art is my kind of night. Our favorite primo tweeted that, “There will be exclusive merch, art installations, music by some friends, and drinks for my 21+ borrachos. Hope to see you there!”

Ugly Primo is kind of *excellent* at creating unique merch.

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It seems like the world’s coolest puppet is pretty close with San Benito, and worked with the trapetero to create on-brand chanclas for Bad Bunny fans. They’re reportedly too holy to be weaponized for the chanclazo. You may have seen Ugly Primo’s art on up-and-coming artist Cuco Puffs’s most recent album cover, too. It’s weird how Ugly Primo is everywhere, but nobody has seen him.

Ugly Primo might just be our favorite primo after the artwork he’s gifted us this last year alone.

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During the height of Nio Garcia, Ozuna, Darrel, Nicky Jam, Casper Magico and Bad Bunny’s “Te Bote” classic, Ugly Primo blessed America with an auspicious illustration. In an effort to motivate his fans to get out and vote, he released an image of a very orange Donald Trump at a podium stickered with “Yo voté,” followed by a “Te bote” stamp of disapproval. His blessing on the midterms did give us Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We need more illustrations, Primo.

If only a Mercado de mucho, mucho amor existed.

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Internationally-acclaimed astrologer Walter Mercado may have passed earlier this week, but he’s been long honored by Ugly Primo. For Mercado’s haters, they love the idea that his predictions and, “sobre todo, mucho, mucho amor” was up for sale. For everyone else, we loved what Mercado was selling – his genderless fashion sense and exuberant love for his fans.

When Cumbia legend Celso Piña passed, he was immortalized in vibrant colors as well.

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The cumbia artist, known as El Rebelde del acordeón, passed on August 21 at just 66 years old from a heart attack. The Mexican accordionist pioneered a fusion of tropical salsa sounds with cumbia and regional mexicano.

When Cardi B was freely expressing her flatulence on the ‘gram, Ugly Primo immortalized the pop culture moment.

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“Farti B is steaming hot. Swipe for some 💨💨💨,” Ugly Primo captioned his June edition to his works, alongside a hilarious anthology of Cardi B’s most recent fart sprees. “Damn, I farted but that was a very low fart, so y’all can’t hear it. It’s one of those farts that like, they don’t really stink, it’s just air,” Cardi told her Instagram fans back in June 2019. “I gotta fart so bad. I’m about to air it out. I farted, I farted, I farted, I farted,” Cardi said. “Oh it STANK. You smell it, Ashley? It’s gonna hit you though. You smell it?” she asked, cackling.

Ugly Primo has helped us envision a world made for Latinos, here in America.

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Ugly Primo’s artistry is embedded in Latinizing mainstream items, like slapping “Tigers of the North” on a box of frosted flakes, with a guitar playing tiger and more. We get to imagine what a Trader Jose’s might look like, and even though Los Angeles is plentiful with Hispanic grocer’s, Ugly Primo uses the brand recall of a national chain to make that experience feel like the true cornerstone of American identity that it is. We belong here. We’re not going anywhere.

LA, if you’re looking for a party, it’s at the Primo Playhouse.

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Let’s show Ugly Primo all our support, hope we meet Ugly Primo in the felt (or flesh, let’s be real) and see what “exclusive merch” he’s drawn up for us.

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