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Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed

Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in full swing and one queen is giving the contestants and “Drag Race” fans all the Latina heat they can handle. Valentina, representing Latinos from East L.A., rocked her first runway look by throwing it all the way back…to Mariachi Plaza. The Mexicana queen is already proving herself as a force to be reckoned with her upbeat personality, utterly slaying looks, and by winning the first challenge. Introducing, Valentina – or

Ladies and gentlemen… Introducing, Valentina – or James Leyva when not in drag.

Introducing Valentina, the Latina queen slaying on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”


“My type of drag is very dramatic, very theatrical, and always very Latina,” Valentina, who has only been doing drag for 10 months, said on the season 9 premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “I’m an undiscovered superstar.”

This queen can give you Barbie doll glam…


“I think I would consider myself a glamor girl, but I think it depends on my look and my level of performance,” Valentina told LAist.

Comedy…


And, when not in drag, smoldering Latino realness.

✨?Amor a la Mexicana?✨ #AllAboutValentina ?: @abelr

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Yas, James! YAAASSSS!!!!

On the first episode of season 9, performers were told to present an outfit the represents their neighborhood and Valentina did not disappoint.

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“What I do is very romantic, very regal, very elegant,” Valentina told LAist. “Being Latino and being Mexican, it’s everything that I am and I try to make sure no matter what I’m doing, it’s always through the eye and through the lens of a powerful Latina woman.”

“I’m from East L.A. representing Mariachi Plaza,” Valentina proclaimed while strutting down that runway.

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[slays in Spanish]

In March, Valentina made headlines with fellow “Drag Race” contestant Trinity Taylor and photographer Jason King when they were attacked in West Hollywood.

I’ve debated writing this post because I don’t usually like to put my very personal stuff out on social media. I’m not…

Posted by Jason King on Friday, March 17, 2017

“Last night Trinity Taylor, James Leyva [Valentina], two other friends and myself were walking home after the club and a guy we didn’t know took it upon himself to join our group but not saying anything,” King wrote on Facebook about the incident. “After a certain amount of time this became uncomfortable and he was asked very politely by Valentina [James Leyva] to please not follow us. He said his car was parked in the same direction we were going so he was asked again politely to go ahead of us and we would wait. He asked us to go ahead of him instead and it went back and forth like that a couple of times until finally Valentina said we would go the other way and the guy then punched him. I went to go get the guy off of Valentina and he punched me in the nose and broke it. I spent 9 hours in the ER.”

Valentina posted a video to Instagram letting his fans know that he was okay after the event.

?I love you guys so much?

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“I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I’m doing really good,” Valentina says in the video. “The incident happened and I’m fine. Everyone is fine. Jason is fine. Trinity is fine. I have lots of support from family and friends and it wasn’t a hate crime. It was just a crazy druggie who was out there just being bad. I was a lucky person to have had it happen to.”


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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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