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Pabllo Vittar Is The Superstar Brazilian Drag Queen The World Has Come To Love Because Of Their Unapologetic Persona

Pabllo Vittar is a global superstar, a Brazilian drag queen that has broken into the mainstream both in her home country and abroad. With Pride Month in full swing, it is a good time to learn about this gorgeous diva who will be part of the NYC Pride Island 2019 alongside Grace Jones and Teyana Taylor. NYC Pride Island will take place from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30 at Pier 97 in New York City. Get your awesomeness ready and your dance moves up to scratch everyone! This year is special due to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots when members of the LGBTQ+ community protested against police raids aimed at maiming the community. We couldn’t think of a better performer to honor the brave men and women of Stonewall that could be as appropriate as Pabllo Vittar, who has rejected Brazil’s far-right moves against sexual and gender diversity.

Her full name es digno of an epic Brazilian telenovela.

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Repeat after us: Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva. It has such a nice sound to it. We can almost hear the gorgeous rhythms of samba when we say it.

She was born on born November 1, 1994, in São Luís, Brazil.

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The sea has always been part of her life. Her hometown is a small enclave in the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its pristine beaches and amazing, golden sunsets.

Pabllo Vittar has a twin sister, because, of course.

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Even though they are not identical, Pabllo Vittar and Phamella are inseparable!

Pabllo Vittar made the jump as a drag superstar in Brazil to the world.

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Pabllo Vittar has garnered an impressive international following. On her Instagram account, she has over 5 million followers from all around the globe. She said during an interview for YouTube Brazil: “People have really embraced my ideas, my work, my engagement”. They sure have! 

Her TV debut was an undeniable success.

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At only 20 years of age, Pabllo Vittar was brave enough to perform on live TV. She performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and the rest, as they say, is history. This is a big deal in Brazil, one of the countries with the highest incidence of hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities. She has always been proud of herself, a symbol of honesty and love.

She became a superstar in 2015. Yeah, just a year after she made her public debut!

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Her video “Open Bar,” a Portuguese-language adaptation of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” was a total success. I just four months it had been watched more than a million times on YouTube. 

Pabllo Vittar has totally broken into the Brazilian mainstream.

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It is not common for drag queens in Latin America to get promotional deals with mainstream companies, but Pabllo Vittar is all about breaking the rules. iFood Brazil, a food delivery app, has signed her, which speaks volumes about the transformational power that Pabllo Vittar has had on popular culture’s perception of drag queens. 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Even Calvin Klein signed her.

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Not only has Pabllo Vittar broken into the mainstream. Calvin Klein Brazil now uses her as a spokesperson, with the My Truth campaign as the wonderful excuse. It pays to be yourself, doesn’t it?

Her debut album Vai Passar Mal was released in early 2017.

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The album’s second single, “Todo Dia”, became a hit in that year’s Carnival celebrations, which pretty much guaranteed her success in the party-crazed nation. Can we please all go to Brazil, Oprah?

But the third single, “K.O” really broke the Internet, at least the Brazilian Internet.

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Is it us or is she giving us total Angelina Jolie vibes here? Anyway, “K.O” has over 400 million views on YouTube. That is B.I.G. Enorme, Pablito!

Pabllo Vittar’s madrina is a legendary Brazilian singer.

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The iconic singer Anitta has taken her under her wing, helping bring Pabllo Vittar into the mainstream through collaborations. This was a great strategy in a country where religious and political intolerance runs rampant, particularly since the election of Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Trump, as president.

Pabllo Vittar grew up without a father and seems to have turned out just fine.

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Pabllo Vittar’s family experienced a lot of hardship. Her mother was a nurse, and she was abandoned by the father when she was pregnant with Pabllo Vittar and her twin sister. Pabllo Vittar had to learn to defend a los suyos from very early on in life. 

As a little boy, Pabllo Vittar was the victim of bullying.

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Because of his tender voice and delicate gestures, and because he attended ballet classes, Pabllo Vittar was bullied by other boys. At one time a plate of hot soup was thrown on his face. This types of experiences shaped the gay rights warrior that Pabllo Vittar is today.

Pabllo Vittar’s artistic beginnings: family parties.

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Pabllo Vittar would sing covers and even his own songs at family parties. Those are some lucky primos.

He came out at 15 and never looked back.

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By that time the mom had remarried. It was all good with the family when Pabllo Vittar came out, which is perhaps the strength, los cimientos, that has allowed for those amazing talents to flourish.

Pabllo Vittar began performing in drag when he was 17.

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At first Pabllo Vittar was only delivering flyers to publicize his friend’s shows but once he dressed up artistic inspiration just started flowing. Soon the makeup would be put on and the extravaganza turned up for gay parades and performances.

Pabllo Vittar’s first drag name: Pabllo Knowles.

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And of course, that was an homage to the queen of all things Black and Brown: Beyonce! Te amamos, reina

By now, Pabllo Vittar is the face and voice of Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community.

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Just five years after doing drag for the first time, the singer-songwriter is already a beacon of hope in an intolerant country. Pabllo Vittar identifies as a gay drag queen and is the face of gender fluidity and just plain awesomeness!

But why did Pabllo Vittar chose a masculine stage name? Honesty.

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Pabllo Vittar is revolutionary in every sense, even in the stage name. Since he doesn’t identify as transgender, Pabllo Vittar was born.

Pabllo Vittar knows what it feels like to be down, so she wants to bring joy through singing.

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Honesty is the best policy. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “When you suffer prejudice, your self-esteem is low, you don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to leave the house”. She found a way out, and her music is an anthem for all who dare to be themselves in a conservative society.

He lives by the motto: “Todo sobre mi madre.”

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At the end, Pabllo Vittar’s story reveals the power that mothers can have in their kid’s futures. Because Pabllo Vittar’s mom was the ideal mami hermosa when her kid came out, millions have benefited from this amazing drag queen’s light. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “Even before my sexuality flowered, my mother already talked very openly about this with me,. My family always really respected me and gave me total freedom to do everything I wanted.” If only every single family was this loving.

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This Digital Posada Is All About Helping The LGBTQ Migrant Community, Who Face A Uniquely Challenging Reality

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This Digital Posada Is All About Helping The LGBTQ Migrant Community, Who Face A Uniquely Challenging Reality

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With homosexuality still illegal in more than 60 countries around the world and attitudes towards transgendered people often even less welcoming, it’s obvious why so many people risk their lives to migrate to the United States.

However, that journey to a better life is often one of many dangerous hurdles and often times, once swept up in immigration proceedings, things don’t get much better.

LGBTQ detainees across the country have shared harrowing experiences of being mocked or tortured for their gender identity or sexual orientation. Many others have been sexually assaulted while in ICE custody or while waiting for their asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border. And transgendered and HIV-positive detainees have both been denied medically necessary healthcare that has posed a risk to their lives.

LGBTQ migrants have the same issues and problems to worry about that all other migrants face, however, the LGBTQ experience comes with several extra hurdles.

LGBTQ migrants coming to the U.S. face unique challenges that often put them at increased risk of violence.

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Like so many others, LGBTQ migrants are often fleeing violence and persecution in their native countries. But despite often fleeing sexual violence and trans- and homophobia, so many migrants are sexually assaulted while in U.S. custody.

While just 0.14 percent of ICE detainees self-identified as LGBTQ in 2017, they reportedly accounted for 12 percent of sexual abuse and assault victims.

Based on a new report from the Center for American Progress, a public policy research and advocacy organization, LGBTQ migrants in federal detention centers are 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other detainees.

Studies show LGBTQ migrants are among the most vulnerable, more likely to be assaulted and killed, especially trans migrants. Of Central American LGBTQ migrants interviewed by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in 2017, 88 percent were victims of sexual and gender-based violence in their countries of origin; two-thirds suffered similar attacks in Mexico.

Human rights group allege that ICE fails to provide proper medical care to LGBTQ migrants – particularly trans and HIV-positive detainees.

Migrant advocacy groups and several lawmakers have demanded that ICE release all LGBTQ detainees and anyone with HIV in the agency’s custody, because the government has repeatedly failed to provide adequate medical and mental health care to them.

“We know that lack of medical and mental-health care, including lack of HIV care, is the norm,” Roger Coggan, director of legal services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “By the Department of Homeland Security’s own count, 300 individuals identifying as transgender have been in custody and at the mercy of ICE since October of 2018.

For detainees with HIV, antiretroviral treatment is necessary to help kill and suppress the virus which ensures a healthy life but also reduces the risk of transmission to basically zero. Yet ICE is failing to provide this life-saving care.

Johana Medina Leon, a transgender woman who was detained at Otero and had tested positive for HIV, fell seriously ill and died at a hospital in nearby El Paso. Leon, 25, was the second trans woman to die in ICE custody in New Mexico in the past year. Roxsana Hernandez, 33, died in November 2018 after falling ill at the Cibola County Correctional Facility.

Meanwhile, Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy is presenting additional challenges to the LGBTQ community.

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While the Trump administration has severely limited asylum qualifications for Central Americans fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse, migrants can still request asylum based on persecution because of their gender identity and/or their sexual orientation. But their path is far from easy.

The administration continues to return LGBTQ migrants to Mexican border cities where they face assaults, kidnappings and death while they await U.S. court hearings.

“Here, the same as at home, the police discriminate against us,” Alejandro Perez told NBC News in early October. “We’re very vulnerable. I don’t feel safe here in Mexico.”

Border Patrol officials initially said “vulnerable” asylum seekers would be exempted from the Remain in Mexico program, including those who are LGBTQ, pregnant or disabled. But that hasn’t been the case.

Thankfully, the LGBTQ Center Orange County is working hard to protect and help the most vulnerable.

Southern California is home to the nation’s largest undocumented community, which means organizations like the LGBTQ Center Orange County have their work cut out for them. However, the center has proudly stood up to help in powerful and life-changing ways.

The LGBTQ Center OC is one of the leading migrant outreach centers in the region, attending numerous events throughout the year and providing outreach at the Mexican consulate in Santa Ana – each year reaching more than 5,000 people. The center also played a pivotal role in ending the partnership of Santa Ana Police and the Orange County Sheriff with ICE, bringing an end to ICE detention within the county.

As those migrants were detained at facilities outside the county – sometimes more than two hours away – the center mobilized volunteers to help stay in touch with detainees. This team helps provide much needed companionship through letters and notes, as well as providing legal representation and even cash payments that help detainees get everything from a filling meal to in-person visits.

And the work the center does is so important because it shouldn’t just be on detainees to speak out. All of us as part of the LGBTQ and migrant communities should support those in detention and speak out about the injustices they’re suffering in detention.

The Center is hosting a digital posada and you’re invited!

We all know the tradition of a posada. So many of us grew up with a holiday season full of them and although this year will look very different (thanks to Covid-19), the LGBTQ Center OC wants to keep the tradition and celebration alive.

Posadas commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph in search of a safe refuge, a sentiment that so many migrants and refugees in our communities can relate to. It’s with this spirit that the center is hosting it’s annual posada – but virtually.

The important event is free for all to attend but is a critical fundraising event that enables the center to do all that it does for the LGBTQ migrant community across Southern California. You can learn more and RSVP here but just know that it’s an event you do not want to miss.

Not only will you be able to virtually hang out with members of the community and leaders from the LGBTQ Center OC but there will also be a screening of the short documentary, Before & After Detention, a spirited round of lotería, raffle, and a live performance by the LGBTQ Mariachi Arcoíris de Los Angeles.

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Selena Gomez Will Play Trailblazing Gay Mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

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Selena Gomez Will Play Trailblazing Gay Mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

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Selena Gomez is ready to make mountains into movies

The Texas-born singer, actress, and producer has set her sights on a big-screen biopic about Peruvian mountaineer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado who became the first Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest. Vásquez-Lavado is also the first openly gay woman to scale the Seven Summits in their entirety.

In the Shadow of the Mountain is an upcoming biopic based on Vásquez-Lavado’s memoir of the same name.

The Seven Summits challenge encourages climbers to climb the highest mountain on each continent.

Vásquez-Lavado’s story of pursuit and inspiration will be produced by Scott Budnick’s impact-focused co-finance company One Community. The company is a film, television, and digital content co-financing company that “harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and encourage positive change in the world.” The film aligns with One Community’s efforts given the fact that Vásquez-Lavado’s story follows her childhood experience of assault and neglect. According to Vásquez-Lavado mountaineering proved to be a source of healing.

Vásquez-Lavado’s memoir In the Shadow of the Mountain is scheduled to be published in winter 2022.

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I am so humbled and grateful to share this thrilling news, which has been in the works for the last 10months, that an all-star team has optioned my upcoming memoir In The Shadow of the Mountain (to be published 02-2022 by @madelinecjones Holt/Macmillan) for a movie adaptation. I am so honored and touched for the bold, talented, and brilliant @selenagomez in taking the starring role and as producer; To her incredible team @zackmorgenroth and @aleenkeshishian; Grateful to have the groundbreaking visionary #DonnaGigliotti and her Tempesta films involved; For the talented @elginnjames on the helm for screenplay and direction; And the support of @onecommunity films led by the trailblazer @scottbudnick1 and @lauren_denormandie None of this would have happened without the faith of my amazing family at @ideaarchitects, my incredible agent and dearest friend @laralovehardin, #dougabrams and my sweet family at WME led by #sylvierabineau and #carolinabeltran And to all of my family and friends, thank you for all your words of encouragement and support along this road. I can’t wait to share more! Link on my bio!

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Vásquez-Lavado’s work in survivor circles has been heralded, particularly her efforts to organize treks to Mt. Everest’s base camp for other women who have endured abuse.”

Oscar-winner Donna Gigliotti who is set to produce the film, called Vásquez-Lavado “a force of nature.” Scott and I are so excited to work with Elgin and Selena to tell this story of resilience, courage, adventure, and humanity.”

Gigliotti has worked on acclaimed films such as best picture Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love, she also produced films such as The Reader, Silver Linings Playbook, and Hidden Figures.

“We are thrilled to get to work bringing Silvia’s incredible and inspiring story to life onscreen,” Budnick said of the film.

Gomez will produce the film through her July Moon Productions. Vásquez-Lavado will executive produce.

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