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20 Latinas Who Identify As Bisexual and Queer

Fortunately, in recent years, the conversation about sexuality and bisexuality have opened up about. These days, so many Latinas in the entertainment industry have come out to reveal their own identities.

Check out these 20 Latinas who identify as bisexual or queer.

1. Lauren Jauregui

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Weeks after the presidential election of Donald Trump Jauregui came out in an open letter that was addressed to him and his supporters. In the letter, Jauregui slammed the then president-elect for running on a campaign that demonized minorities and people of color.

In the article, she wrote, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another. I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families.”

2. Zoe Saldaña

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In  2013, Zoe Saldana told Allure magazine in an articlethat was open to the idea of being with another woman and raising children with her. When the magazine asked the actress if she had ever been in a relationship with a woman, she told them to just write “…”

Later, explained: “I’m going to love and admire beauty, no matter if it comes in the form of a masculine essence or a feminine essence. Beauty is beauty. So, up until now, I’ve known my life to be with men, I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and I want to be with a woman, I’m going to do that. And I know I am going to be supported by the creatures that have raised me and love me and know me.”

3. Cardi B

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Has said on multiple occasions that she has had relationships with women. In May, after the release of “Girls” she said that she “personally myself had experiences with other woman ,shiieeett with a lot of woman ! I though the song was a good song and i remember my experience.”

4. Demi Lovato

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Lovato has been pretty open about her bisexual identity for some time. In 2013, she played the part of a bisexual love interest on the FOX show “Glee” where she played a love interest to Santana. In 2015, she produced “Cool for the Summer” singing “Got a taste for the cherry, I just need to take a bite.” Years later in her documentary, she stated that she identified as bisexual.

5. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera has been speaking openly about her fluid sexuality since 2004. Back then she told Zoo Magazine“I love experimenting with my sexuality. If that means girls then so be it. It would be wrong to hide this side of my personality.”

In 2010, she later said “I feel sexuality to be very empowering… I think men love to believe that they own our sexuality, so when a woman represents herself in a sexual way, people think, ‘Oh, it must be for a man.’ But men don’t have the right to own our sexuality. If I want to be sexual, it’s for my own appreciation and enjoyment! That’s why I like to talk about the fact that sometimes I am attracted to women. I appreciate their femininity and beauty.”

6. Michelle Rodriguez

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Rodriguez came out as bisexual in October 2013, when she told Entertainment Weekly she’s open to being in relationships with people who identify as men and people who identify as women “I’m too f***ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

The “Fast & Furious”actresshas been  linked to supermodel Cara Delevingne, and has said that she’s grateful that she came out “I’m not big on people’s opinions, you know? Unless it’s somebody I really respect. I don’t care what people out there have to say.”

7. Snookie

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During an interview with The Huffington Post, the “Jersey Shore” reality starexplained that she’s interested in men and women.

“I would consider myself bi,” she said. “I’ve done stuff with girls before. But I would never bewith a girl because I like… penis. But I’ve experimented.”

8. Joan Baez

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In 1972, the folk singer became one of the first celebrities to  “come out” to a major magazine publisher.

9. Sara Ramirez

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The “Grey’s Anatomy” actress has been vocal about her sexual identity for quite some time. She played a bisexual character on her show and came out as bisexual during a speech at the True Colors Fund.

10. Frida Kahlo

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In her life, Kahlo had multiple affairs with men and women all while married to her husband Diego Rivera’s wife. One rumored conquest was with American-born French entertainer Josephine Baker.

11. Bella Thorne

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The Cuban-American actress came out officially when a fan tweeted a question at her asking if she was bisexuality. She answered with a simple ‘yes.’

12. Stephanie Beatriz

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The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”actress came out as bisexual in an interview with GQ where she said “I’m bi, and I’m getting married this fall. I’m excited, nervous, terrified, and so fucking happy. I’m choosing to get married because this particular person brings out the best in me. This person happens to be a man. I’m still bi.”

13. Hennessy Carolina

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Cardi B’s sister spoke of her bisexuality in a post to her Istnagram account writing:

“If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us! A bisexual girl expressing that she sometimes likes to kiss and hook up with girls especially when she gets a little loose when she drinks wine, Sounds human and normal to me! I don’t have a problem with that!! Whether you want to go out, have some drinks and hook up with the same gender for one night or whether you decide to be in a relationship with him/her, it should be no one’s concern or business or even PLACE to tell you how to complete your sexual desire unless you’re a pedophile! You can STILL consider yourself LGBTQ if you to choose too! Bisexual means you’re attracted to both genders. No matter what’s the status of the relationship or what you chose to do with that person … If a woman like to be in a relationship with a man but like to enjoy her sexual desire with a woman from time to time she can still considers herself to be a BISEXUAL! same goes for men….. and please if your still in your confused stage, please don’t talk for the whole community until you can fully comprehend ALL of us! We don’t like to be the judge or to be labeled! We just want be excepted for who we are… Love is love! That being said HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH FROM ME AND MY WIFE🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤🧡💛💚💙💜”

14. Aubrey Plaza

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In 2016 the actress came out as bisexual in an interview.

15. Jackie Cruz

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Before she was Flaca on “Orange is the New Black,” Cruz was a kissing  Kourtney Kardashian in an art class on the Kardashian’s Miami based reality show.

In an interview with Afterellen.com she explained, “I like the person whether it’s a woman—we don’t like to be labeled. I’m in a relationship with a man right now, but I’ve liked women in the past. So I guess we don’t want to be labeled. We don’t really talk about it, but the actions speak louder than words, am I right? So you’re seeing it. You’re living it.”

16. Emily Rios

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The American-Mexican “Breaking Bad” actress has spoken about being an out Latina actress. 

17. Jessica Aguilar

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The MMA fighter revealed that she came out to her mother and had a hard time gaining her acceptance.

18. Natalie Morales

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In 2017, Morales revealed to social media that she identified as queer.

19. Emma González

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The teen activist has been open about identifying as bisexual.

20. Cameron Diaz

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Diaz has never labeled herself but has admitted that she’s been with women in the past. “I think women are beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” she told Glamour magazine. “And I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It’s natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women.”


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These Trans Latina Cosmetologists Are Fighting For LGBTQ Rights

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These Trans Latina Cosmetologists Are Fighting For LGBTQ Rights

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Four years ago, Lesly Herrera Castillo and Joselyn Mendoza both had a vision to create a worker-owned makeup and hair salon for the trans Latino community in Jackson Heights, New York. It was ambitious and for them, it was necessary. For years, the duo faced racial and gender discrimination from employers. Their own community, Jackson Heights, was also becoming a problem as the area became the site of multiple anti-trans hate crimes in recent years. So they came together with a plan to open Mirror Beauty Cooperative in 2015.

The beauty shop would create numerous jobs for the local trans community but more importantly assist undocumented individuals who were denied opportunities due to their legal status. So Castillo and Mendoza made the important decision to register the business as a cooperative cooperation (co-op). This was done so the salon would basically be “worker-run” and there would be no need for things like social security numbers, an obstacle many undocumented workers face when applying to jobs. Instead, the salon will use individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs).

“The significance of the cooperative for me is that it’s an opportunity to create more jobs and make a space that’s free of discrimination,” Mendoza told the HuffPost. “As trans women, we don’t often have access to a healthy economy, and this allows us to change that and obtain other services like health care.”

While their idea started four years ago, the duo hasn’t yet obtained a physical space to open up the salon. But they hope with enough support this vision can become a reality. 

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While both Castillo and Mendoza haven’t opened up a physical salon space, they are both continuing to work in other salons as they continue to save and plan for the Mirror Beauty Cooperative. This past May they began to reach out to more people to help fund their goal through a GoFundMe Campaign. The results of the campaign fund have been less than 1 percent of their $150,000 goal. The duo has also faced other socioeconomic setbacks like lack of traditional education and the economic instability due to their immigrant background. 

“Latina trans women always have multiple obstacles in the way,” Mendoza said. “I think if a collective of white trans women were to start a project like this, their incubation process would be faster than ours because of their historical access to privilege.” 

But Herrera notes that the white trans community is still an ally to them even though they are on different economic levels. “We can always depend on the white trans community” to offer support “because they know they’re on a better [economic] level.”

For the trans, gender-queer and nonbinary community, job discrimination has been a reoccurring issue. According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 16 percent of gender-queer and nonbinary respondents who had held jobs reported having been fired for their gender identity or expression. But for trans women and trans people of color, they were the most likely to have gone through this. 

While the salon is still in progress, Castillo and Mendoza have become a presence in their own neighborhood uplifting and bringing attention to the trans Latino community. 

As of now, the duo has a secret backup plan in case they don’t meet their fundraising goals by the end of the year. They hope that the campaign does one thing though, create and share their broader call for building community with people. 

That has already started to take place as Castillo, Hernandez and their new partner, Jonahi Rosa have all become presences in Jackson Heights advocating for the trans community. The trio even participated in the Queens Pride Parade as co-grand marshals. This has also included various charity events for local LGTBQ+ youth. 

They all feel that the salon has the potential to bring people together and spread awareness about issues that affect their lives every day. From the start, the trio has always wanted to not only create a space for the trans community but give them an opportunity. 

“We want to work, [and] we want to give agency to our community,” Rosa said. “It’s a perfect opportunity for our community to come together and make something for our future.”

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Cardi B Blows Up Instagram As She Shares Her Opinion On Best Lighting Options For Sex

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Cardi B Blows Up Instagram As She Shares Her Opinion On Best Lighting Options For Sex

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Would you even be surprised to hear that Cardi B is at it again – this time talking about the best lighting to have during sex? Probably not. In classic Cardi B style, she took to Instagram to set the record straight, and give everyone the low-down on how we should be having sex. Because we all know that in the modern age, the best way to get your message across on the important things is via the glorious Insta feed.

As any true sex aficionado, Cardi gave us all the reasons why we shouldn’tuse certain lighting.

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She begins by explaining why a fully-lit room can ruin the mood. ”If I see a pimple on a n**** face, it distract me from cumming because now I wanna pop the pimple … I can’t focus at all,” she said. Clearly, Cardi B is one of those people who can watch one of those Youtube vids showing pimples getting popped in graphic detail, without getting squicked out over it. More power to her – except for when she’s in bed, obviously.

Next, Cardi brought out the next point in her argument: that there’s no way you wanna be banging when it’s pitch black.

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”You know you start seeing monsters when it’s too dark and sh*t. Oh, b*tch, I’m scared I wanna get out of here,” she explained. Okay, so now somehow we’re not only getting hints and tips on getting the best out of our time in the bedroom, we’re also learning more about Cardi B. She’s afraid of the dark? Man, it’s time for her to invest in some cute lil fairy lights or something. We all know that even though that hipster aesthetic is hella adorable, it was really made for people who aren’t a fan of the dark.

And then, Cardi B schooled us on how we should be setting the mood when we’re in the bedroom.

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“You know when you’re in the club, when that blue light is on and everyone looks beautiful … you look beautiful when the TV light is on,” she said. And you know what, she’s not wrong. There’s something to be said about the dim lighting that a television can provide. After all, “Netflix and chill” was invented for a reason, right? And now it’s evolved beyond just being a simple pickup line, into an actual phenomenon, thanks to Cardi B.

But, this brings up more questions: is it possible for whatever’s on TV to be too distracting?

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For us hippies out here: would a lava lamp suffice? What about sound coming from the TV? Are we going to ignore the initial awkwardness of getting hot and heavy with someone, to then fiddling with the lights and turning on the television? If Cardi’s gonna argue this, then she’s gonna need to go all out and really explore the topic with us. We. Need. Answers. And if this turns into a series on Insta, we’re breaking out the popcorn.

Anyway, as you’ve probably already guessed, things are blowing up on Insta and on Twitter.

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The comments were alive with people applauding Cardi for sharing a universal truth. It’s now a fact, babes.

Some of these comments though…

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Others were surprised that what should be a sexy night in can turn into a full-on ghost story for our girl.

Maybe not too surprising, Cardi B had her supporters online.

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Chances are Cardi isn’t the first one to have discovered the benefit of a blue light, with some fans applauding her statement and making them feel seen.

Things were a bit different on Twitter, though.

It probably doesn’t help that Cardi also took to Twitter to share her thoughts on spitting and sex – and suddenly everyone had to Tweet their thoughts on what was going on behind the scenes for Cardi B. This led some to inquire about the health of Cardi and Offset’s relationship. We can answer this now, for you: they’re doing fine, of course – Cardi’s got the whole TV lighting thing sorted, after all!

Others had a bit of a giggle – because Cardi B was doing what Cardi does best. No, not rapping – chatting about sex online!

A fan or two couldn’t help but think about what Cardi’s comments meant for Cardi and Offset’s sex life. 

At the end of the day Cardi B is out here doing God’s work, since she’s destigmatizing women having a sexual appetite, one Instagram rant at a time. Thanks, Cardi. And for those of you who are curious about the original post, we’ve got it right herefor you. Yeah, you’re welcome.