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The ‘Vida’ Trailer Is Here And It’s Beautifully Queer And So Exciting

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Believe it or not, it’s only been a year since Starz debuted critically acclaimed “Vida” had its first season, but fans feel like its been a lifetime. Inspired by the short story “Pour Vida” by Richard Villegas Jr., Starz is giving us all what Eastside LA really is: brown and queer woman building our futures.

The trailer for Season 2 is finally out with just a few weeks left to wait until we can binge all ten episodes of the GLAAD award-winning series. That’s right–an extra four episodes than last season.

The writer’s room is going to be all Latino again.

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Virtually everyone in the room is female-identified and half of them are queer. Showrunner Tanya Saracho has explicitly said that this is a show about gentefication, but as a queer Latino, the queerness “had to be there.”

Emma is really working out that internalized homophobia.

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Which means that Season 2 is going to be less panic attack-inducing and more steamy than the last season. We also get glimpses into a queer wedding–whose, no nos sabemos.

Fans are really, truly screaming for Emma and Cruz’s ship.

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Yes, Cruz and Emma met at Emma’s mother’s funeral, but together, they’re creating life for #VidaStarz fans everywhere. If we’re to believe what this trailer is dishing out, these scenes are just a teaser for what’s to come.

Emma and Lyn finally begin to rebuild their late mami’s business and maintain its identity.

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The sisters didn’t know that their mother, Vidalia (“Vida” for short) was queer and owned the bar with her nonbinary partner, Eddy. Now, Eddy, Lyn, and Emma are all working together. Of course, in Season 2, it seems Eddy will be recovering from the assault that left them in the hospital at the end of last season.

The trailer alludes to more conversation around colorism both in our own culture and outside it.

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We see the new addition, Raúl Castillo, as a handyman telling Emma “Mexicans, we don’t usually do things like that. When she claps back that she is Mexican, he’s quick to tell her: “Could’ve fooled me.” We see Emma confiding in her friends who tell her directly that she’s “passing,” which quickly cuts to a scene of Emma crying.

Other themes certainly include the tremendous amount of financial stress the sisters are under. We hear Emma talk about foreclosure and we see flashes of emotion across everyone’s face.

Oh, and the tagline for the season is that it’s “operating on Chingona level.”

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Mari asks a friend if she feels like she has her shit together. Answer: “F**k yeah, I’m operating on chingona level.” We also see Mari wearing a bandana around her face, marching in the street at night. This is the kind of energy we could all use in our lives.

It also looks like Lyn is going to take to the stage this season.

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The first scene in the trailer shows Lyn tapping on a mic. What will the sisters make of their mom’s bar this season? What will Lyn make of herself?

The sisters are “ready to buck” this season.

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Don’t think when Emma tells Lyn that they have to “really buck up if this is going to work” that Lyn doesn’t reply with, “I’m ready to buck.” It sounds like they’re going for a “swanky, Instafamous lounge” look for the renamed bar, “Vida.”

The first two episodes already premiered at Tribeca Film Festivals, and writer Chelsey Lora made a statement at the panel.

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Caption: “New red carpet clutch tradition. On my way to our amazing @VIDA_STARZ premiere at #Tribeca. Please support our show by binging it May 23, I promise you will laugh & cry. #FuckICE. #supportLatinx #abolishICE #VidaStarz”

However, you’re honoring this Season 2 trailer.

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Light your candles, brujas. Channel the poderosa chingona vibes Starz is giving u all.

Watch the full trailer below!

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Even In Her 70s, Victoria Cruz Continues To Fight For The LGBTQ Community

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Even In Her 70s, Victoria Cruz Continues To Fight For The LGBTQ Community

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

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Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made an appearance at Bronx Pride 2019 on Sunday, where she gave an air horn-accompanied address that she called “The most BX pride speech I ever gave.”

As the Puerto Rican congressional freshman, who hails from the borough, shouted LGBTQ  policy points she has advocated for in her five months in elected office, spectators blasted “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” air horns, a familiar sound to the community that birthed hip-hop.

“They really cued up the horns for our policy points. There’s no place like home,” she later tweeted alongside a couple laughing-crying emojis.

During her short talk, AOC touched on what Pride, a time to commeorate the trans women of color-led Stone Wall riots that birthed the gay rights movement and led to the LGBTQ battles and wins of today, means.

“Pride is about honoring the community workers, the people who work in the clinics, the community organizers, the people who work with LGBTQ youth, the people who are fighting to make sure that it’s not just about marriage equality, but quality of life for all people in the community,” she said.

The congresswoman also highlighted some of the biggest issues impacting queer communities at the moment.

“What does the LGBTQ fight mean in a post-marriage-equality world? Here’s what it means: It’s making PrEP free for all people,” she said, as an air horn blasted. 

In Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has led the fight for affordable PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which could decrease the spreading of HIV during sexual intercourse, criticizing the CEO of Gilead, the pharmaceutical company behind the PrEP drug Truvada, in May during a congressional hearing over the high cost of the drug.

“It means tackling the homelessness crisis among our LGBTQ youth,” she continued, with the sound of another “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” following. 

“It means decarcerating our society so that no trans woman and no person ever dies again in custody,” she said, alluding to the death of transgender Afro-Latina Layleen Polanco earlier this month in New York’s Rikers Island, as another round of air horns exploded. 

“It means no one is denied a job because of their gender identity, no matter what it is,” she said to a final blast.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only elected official at Bronx Pride. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Senator Chuck Schumer were also in attendance, supporting and taking photos with those who participated in the parade.

Since taking office, the young congresswoman has made issues confronting the LGBTQ community a top priortity.

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