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These Latinos Are Loud And Proud About Their Bisexuality And We Should Be Supporting Them More

You know what the B in LGBTQ+ stands for? It stands for bisexual, and while bisexuals make up for the vast majority of the LGBTQ+ community, they’re vastly underrepresented and maybe even face the most stigma from the community itself. It’s no secret that it’s hard to be gay in this world, especially if you grew up in a Latino household, but then you find your chosen family. We as a community need to take cue and take care of the bad-ass bisexual Latinos in our lives, including these talented individuals:

Sara Ramirez

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Ramirez is no doubt the most outspoken bisexual Latina out there. When she came out as bisexual, she did it during a speech at the True Colors Fund, on a stage, in front of a crowd. #Goals

Lauren Jauregui

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Jauregui had her own epic coming out by writing an open letter to President Trump just weeks after he was elected. She called him out on his campaign full of demonizing and dehumanizing minority communities.

Guillermo Diaz

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Diaz doesn’t have a coming out story because he’s always brushed off the question in interviews as something that people get too hot and bothered over. Yes, he’s gay, but it’s not his full identity, and I low-key love that he’s creating a standard where your sex life doesn’t make headlines, hetero or homo.

Frida Kahlo

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While Kahlo was alive, she was simply known as Diego Rivera’s wife. Today, she’s a feminist icon for being openly bisexual during her time, and even dressing in suits since she was a teenager.

Raúl Esparaza

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Esparaza opened up about his sexual fluidity in a candid interview with The New York Times. He told the reporter that he fell in love with a male professor at New York University.

“He was tough and impossible and manipulative and brilliant and really inspired and believed I’d be a big star. The best thing about him is he made me feel like a great person, no matter what I was doing. He didn’t seem to feel gay or straight was much of an issue.”

Bella Thorne

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Cuban-American actress came out as bisexual in a more relaxed way, by just responding to a fan’s tweet questioning her bisexuality with a simple ‘Yes.’

Stephanie Beatriz

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress came out to the world as bisexual and had the opportunity to do it again on television, when her character discovered her bisexuality. Thanks to Beatriz, someone from our community was able to control the story.

Óscar de la Renta

CREDIT: “Oscar de la Renta.” Digital Image. Latin Times. 12 July 2018.

Dominican designer reportedly had an affair with a man before he married French Vogue editor Françoise Langlade, and is known to be bisexual.

Hennessy Carolina

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Cardi B’s sister is bisexual and proud to be with her wife. Just read this caption:

“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🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜”

Aubrey Plaza

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Plaza came out as bisexual in 2016 in an interview. She said that her family has always been very supportive, especially since she had a gay uncle and gay aunt. She’s grateful that non-heterosexuality was never something that she was taught was wrong.

Jackie Cruz

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Before Jackie Cruz was Flaca on “Orange is the New Black,” she was befriending Khloé Kardashian in art class. The two were filmed kissing in the Kardashian’s Miami based reality show.

She told Afterellen.com, “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.”

Michelle Rodriguez

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“The Fast and the Furious,” “Resident Evil,” and “Avatar” star has been private in the past, but following relationships with Kristianna Loken and Cara Delevingne, she gave a little.

“I’ve gone both ways,” she told EW. “I do as I please. I am too f—king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

Jaime Bayly

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Peruvian novelist Bayly is married to the mother of his children, and he identifies as bisexual.

“Soy bisexual, pero ya perdí el gusto por los hombres,” he said.

Héctor Lavoe

CREDIT: “Héctor Lavoe Bisexual.” Digital Image. Latin Times. 12 July 2018.

Puerto Rican salsa singer was rumored to be bisexual though he never had the chance to go on record about his sexuality. 🙁

Emily Rios

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Actress Rios had to come out to her Mexican mother and experienced some serious emotional turmoil. Later on, her character came out as bisexual and she made sure the writers rewrote the scenes to better represent the bi experience.

Gabriel Romero

CREDIT: “Gabriel Romero Bisexual.” Digital Image. Latin Times. 12 July 2018.

Gabriel Romero is a Mexican actor best known for his ground-breaking role as the first openly gay character on Spanish-language television as Fernandito on “Los Beltrán.” Romero himself is bisexual and killing it.

Jessica Aguilar

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MMA fighter Jessica Aguilar is one of the top-seeded female strawweights in the world, but she can’t get her mother to accept her as she is. After she came out to her mother, she asked where she “picked up” on bisexuality. Aguilar just said, “you didn’t see it or learn it; you felt it.”


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A Health Center Wants To Tell The Untold Stories Of Latino Contributions To Washington State

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A Health Center Wants To Tell The Untold Stories Of Latino Contributions To Washington State

The Pacific Northwest will soon unveil a museum dedicated to the contributions and history of Latinos in the state of Washington. The museum is called the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture, which will focus on Washington’s Latino farmworker history and civil rights. The Seattle organization Sea Mar, which specializes in a variety of health and education services for the Latino Community, led the efforts to bring the museum into a reality and is now set to open this winter near downtown Seattle. While the museum will be a big part of the project, it will include a lot more for the Latino community.

A new museum is coming to Seattle to honor the Latino community of the area.

According to community organizers, there will be a community center, as well as a children’s clinic and a Latino radio station. The $16 million, 29,832-square-foot project includes a community meeting center where locals can meet and organize events for future projects.

It was a long time coming for Washington, where Latinos have had a huge impact on the state.

This will be the first major museum dedicated to Latino history in Washington, where Latinos made up 12.4 percent of the population in 2014. Erasmo Gamboa, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington, is one of the leaders of the project and says the museum has been many years in the making.

“Latinos have made incredible contributions, not only to the economy, but to the citizens of Washington state,” Gamboa told the Seattle Globalist. “Who would [Washingtonians] be without the Latino population?”

One of the first exhibits will focus on the effect that Latino migrant workers had on Washington.

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One of the first of three opening exhibits will focus on Washington’s farmworker history which will include a life size migrant farmworker cabin. The Washington farmworkers were part of the Bracero Program, a Mexican farm laborer program that lasted from 1942 to 1964. The program helped keep American agriculture afloat while the nation fought in World War II. Gamboa says this part of Latino history needs to be told especially up in the Pacific Northwest.

The museum will be a place where Latinos in Washington can finally call their own.

CREDIT: Credit/ Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture

For many in Washington, the museum was a long time coming and is an important step in telling the history of the Latino community. Carolina Lucero, the Senior Vice President of Sea Mar, spoke with King5 News and says the museum will be special for many Latinos who’ve never had a place to call their own. “It’s not just a building. It is a place where people can come and feel comfortable, a place where people can come and call home.”


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