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He Is One Of Broadway’s Best Choreographers And His Story Of Being Undocumented To Chase His Dream Is Inspiring

Colombian dancer and choreographer Sergio Trujillo has lived a life, and it’s getting more colorful. The artist won his first Tony award last weekend and took his stage moment to thank his cast, his husband, and to come out as a formerly undocumented immigrant.

This isn’t just a story about an immigrant who has made spectacular contributions to American culture and art. Trujillo wants other dreamers to know that, despite the political climate, they should keep fighting for their dreams. Anything’s possible.

Trujillo first dedicated his award “to my Colombian family who had taught me to love music and dance since I was a little boy.”

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As Trujillo stepped up to the mic to make his acceptance speech, he literally jumped up and down on the stage. “I’m so lucky,” he began. “There are so many people I love in my life.” He specifically thanked his mother and siblings in Spanish and continued his speech in English.

“I arrived in New York City over 30 years ago as an illegal immigrant.”

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“I didn’t just show up yesterday,” he announced. “I arrived in NYC over 30 years ago as an illegal immigrant.” Trujillo later told AP News that his announcement felt like he was coming out as a gay man all over again.

Only his husband, family, and close friends knew about his immigration story.

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He opened up about the internalized shame he still carries from living in the U.S. without papers. “One keeps it so deep inside, it’s like a secret that one must maintain. So when I talk about it I still feel guilty, like I’m doing something wrong,” he told AP.

Trujillo felt called to use his platform to send a message of hope to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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“I stand here as proof,” he said to an audience giving him a standing ovation. “For all those dreamers, I want you to hear this. The American dream is still alive. You just have to keep on fighting because change will come.”

Trujillo quickly code-switched and concluded with a rallying call in Spanish.

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“For all those who are listening, I want you to know that if I, Sergio Trujillo, born in Cali, Colombia, can win this moment, so can you. You can do it.”

Trujillo’s family moved from Cali, Colombia to Canada when he was 12 years old.

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They lived there illegally for a few years until they were granted amnesty. He then crossed the Canadian border with his Colombian passport and stayed illegally for ten more years until he was granted citizenship.

He studied biochemistry at the University of Toronto until he quit to try his luck on Broadway.

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He lived at friends’ houses, took dance classes and auditioned. Once he started being hired to perform in Broadway shows, he was able to get temporary visas.

Trujillo’s hard work has certainly paid off.

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While he hasn’t publicly spoken about this very long chapter of his life–one which necessitated his success–he told AP that “now, more than ever, is the perfect time to talk about that.” Trujillo doesn’t anticipate dancing at the White House anytime soon.

In 2014, four Broadway shows, all choreographed by him, were playing at the same time.

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Trujillo first started out as a dancer on Broadway and worked up to become a choreographer. He’s also won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for Memphis in 2015.

His first Tony is for Best Choreography for Ain’t Too Proud.

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The Broadway musical is based on the lives of The Temptations. As the Chicago White Sox owner is seeking to commemorate the organized burning of disco and soul music created by Black and Latinx artists, this commemoration of The Temptations is more important than ever.

His first Tony nomination was for his work on On Your Feet!–the Broadway depiction of the lives of the Estefans.

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In an Instagram post, the infamous Gloria Estefan congratulated Trujillo, “CONGRATULATIONS to the wonderful @sergiotrujillo1 who was nominated previously for our musical, @onyourfeetbway and last night won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography for @AintTooProud. #TonyAwards This is SO well deserved and it’s about time, baby!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

His name has also graced the Broadway production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

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His work on that production earned him a 2018 Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography. The entire cast was all-female.

Trujillo has been with his husband, Jack Noseworthy, for 30 years.

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The two met in 1990 and married in 2011. Just last year, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their family.

We stan this family photo.

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“My world all in one beautiful picture!!!!,” Trujillo’s caption reads. We assume that the woman is his beautiful mother. We’re mami’s boys and girls all our lives.

Apparently, if Trujillo was trapped on a desert island forever, he’d want to be with Jeremy Pope.

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He played Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud, so the two have worked together. Don’t worry. We have footage of Trujillo’s husband’s reaction.

Noseworthy’s face when hearing Turjillo’s answer:

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Trujillo digs the hole deeper when he says that Pope is just so talented that he’d be able to do anything. He’s also a good cook.

Honey, you in trouble.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has named him one of the Top 100 Colombians in the world.

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His work cannot be denied, and, truthfully, neither can his love for marido, Jack. Happy Pride.

Congrats on your Tony and a much-appreciated coming out, Trujillo!

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This time, for coming out as a once undocumented immigrant. Your story is an inspiration.

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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.

Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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We are in a new era in which women are demanding equal pay and saying enough is enough when it comes to sexual abuse. It’s a new stance that stems from the “Me Too” Movement and the “Women’s March” that shows women do not have to take it anymore. If you are woke you cannot be inappropriate. If you’re a fan of the cancel culture, then it’s time to shut out things from the past than don’t get a free pass any longer, including some of your most favorite things.

In light of the “Me Too” movement and canceling men who are too aggressive, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have released a new version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that puts men and women on equal footing.

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The old classic Christmas song is part of Legend’s new Christmas special on Dec. 1 called “Christmas Under The Stars” that will air on BYUtv. Legend said it was time to change the original version because that song wasn’t acceptable anymore. Legend wrote the song with actress Natasha Rothwell from “Insecure.”

Before we discuss the new version, here’s the original version, which was written in 1944. 

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The song, written by Frank Loesser, became a hit after it was featured in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” It was performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán. It also went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards. The scene shows actress Williams attempting to leave and Montalbán’s character is trying to persuade her to stay. 

Here’s a portion of the problematic lyrics:

The neighbors might think, (baby, it’s bad out there)/ Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)/ I wish I knew how, your eyes are like starlight now (To break this spell), I’ll take your hat, (your hair looks swell)/ I ought to say no, no, no, (mind if I move in closer?)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried, (what’s the sense in hurting my pride?)/ I really can’t stay, (baby don’t hold out)/ Ah, but it’s cold outside.

Interestingly enough, this song wasn’t supposed to be in the film at all. The movie would have featured another Loesser song called “(I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China.” However, the song was replaced because the studio felt it was inappropriate. They instead included “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” So, even back then they understood what would be seen as offensive. However, they had no issue with singing about a woman that is forced to stay with a man.

Here is the new politically correct/ anti-rape version of the song. 

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Here are some of the lyrics. 

“I really can’t stay (Baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (I’m so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)/ My mom will start to worry (I’ll call the car and tell him to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin’ at home for?)/ So, really, I’d better scurry (Your driver, his name is Murray)/ But maybe just a half a drink more (Oh, we’re both adults, so who’s keepin’ score?)/

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I ought to say, “No, no, no, sir” (Then you really ought to go, go, go)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray, he just pulled up outside)/

AND

I simply should go (Text me when you get home)/ Oh I’m supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that’s respectable)/ This welcome has been (I’ve been lucky that you dropped in)/ So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms).

You get the point. 

The obvious difference between the original and the new version is that the male isn’t insisting that she stays. If she wants to leave, he is helping her do just that, and not forcing her to stay. 

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Legend tweeted, “New version of #BabyItsColdOutside! A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?’ (🙄). You decide.”

So what does the world think about this new version for the Me Too era?

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It’s actually a mixed bag. Some people like it, some don’t.

At least one person has an issue with the new song because of this lyric…

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So, we guess Legend is now shaming people who still live at home? Wow.

But if you’re seriously not into the new version, it’s okay, you can still listen to the old one.

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Then again, it looks like Legend and Clarkson got rid of the old song for good.

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