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20 LGBTQ+ On-Screen Heroes To Binge Year Round

Being a queer Latino can be challenging, depending on how Catholic your house was, or how traditional your parents are, but I wouldn’t change that about myself for a second. We have our own subculture that has been reaching the mainstream in dozens of characters on-screen and the visibility is only becoming clearer.Here’s our roundup of the 20 LGBTQ+ heroes we crushed on as kids, and are happy kids today get to see them thrive.

1. Santana Lopez, Glee

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Raise your hand if you grew up crushing on Santana and then cried when she told Brittney she loved her? She’s my #shero and belongs at the top of this list.


2. Elena Alvarez, One Day at a Time

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Get you a girl who can do both. It’s everything to have a young teen lesbian be so lovingly accepted into her Cuban-American family. #Examples

3. JR, Jane the Virgin

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Jane the Virgin has given us so much, but the last season’s love affair between Petra and JR was the missing piece. Rosario Dawson, bless you.

4. Jaime Castro, Broad City

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The day Jaime got his citizenship on Broad City, we cried tears of gold. As an immigrant, he handles legitimate concerns in high fashion.

5. Callie Torres, Grey’s Anatomy

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Callie Torres came to realize her bisexuality as an adult, and faced homophobia from her parents that many of us can relate to if you’re also a recovering Catholic. At least we get to watch Callie get married and have a beautiful baby and live happily.

6. Angel, Rent

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C’mooon, you remember this classic. Angel is a proud trans Latina living with AIDs in the 1980’s and her romance with Collins was beautiful.

7. Enrique “Rickie” Vasquez, My So Called Life

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Played by Wilson Cruz, Rickie was the first full on gay Latino teenager on television and gave the world one of the first glimpses into queer Latino life.

8. Maria Diega Reyes, Sex and the City

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We must speak of Reyes’ static character and all the problematic issues she raises for being the Latina stereotype used to explore Samantha’s character development.

9. Oscar Martinez, The Office

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We cringe alongside you, Oscar, for all the stuff his boss put him through, including theming a welcome back party “Mexican.” I’m still cringing.

10. Justin Suarez, Ugly Betty

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Watching Justin and his first boo dance around their young feelings and finally getting that smooch was TV gold.

11. Adriana Mendez, The Bridge

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Emily Rios just came out IRL, and her character is a badass journalist working in El Paso. Please ship her career and watch ASAP.

12. Wesley Alvarez, Dear White People

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Spoiler: Season 2 features a new love interest that isn’t a savage alt-right undercover. Wesley is a cute, shy emotionally available partner to Lionel and we want your opinions.

13. Agustín Lanuez, Looking

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If you haven’t binge watched HBO’s Looking yet, prepare yourself for a glimpse into San Francisco’s gay Latino scene with not one, but two gay Latino characters.

14. Dr. Luisa Alver, Jane the Virgin

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I want to love Luisa so much, but hate how JTV made her a dramatic, flighty caricature of an alcoholic and lesbian stereotype. Still, this show would literally be nothing without her accidentally inseminating the wrong woman.

15. Renee Montoya, Gotham

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Oh snap, Gotham City Police Department’s lead detective is an LGBTQ+ badass. If you’re here for all things Marvel, then find yourself one with an LGBTQ character.

16. Jesús Velásquez, True Blood

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Velásquez brought the realidad of Latino witchiness to the supernatural real of True Blood. He was a real life brujo and it wasn’t magic realism that happened–it was real magic.

17. Dani, Glee

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My girl, Demi Lovato, was Santana’s love interest in Season 5 and I was screaming. Wish you could have stayed forever.

18. Michael Sanchez, Empire

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Empire featured Michael Sanchez as the on and off again boyfriend of Jamal and his eyes can cook your breakfast in a glance.

19. Paul Torres, The Following

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This guy unfortunately didn’t last long on the show after he developed feelings for the serial killer the entire show is premised on catching. Why do we go after the emotionally unavailable ones?

20. Julio Zapata and Tenoch Iturbid, Y Tu Mama Tambien

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This 2001 Mexican drama film features two young coming of age teens who realize they have feelings for each other and the film was a breakthrough for the LGBTQ Latino community.

20 Bizarre Animals You Can Only Find In Latin America

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20 Bizarre Animals You Can Only Find In Latin America

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Latin America is one of the most culturally rich places in the world and is actually home to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Meet some of the most interesting, unique and bizarre animals that could only exist in Latin America.

Who knows, maybe you’ll find your spirit animal, eh?

1. Capybaras | East of the Andes

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Capybaras are the largest living rodent in the world (like 150 pounds big). These cutie vegetarians are like giant guinea pigs, but they have webbed feet and like to go swimming.

2. Jaguar Leopard | Mexico to Paraguay

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Jaguars eat everything from crocodiles to deer to monkeys and fish. They’re kind of loners, too.

3. Arboreal Sloth | Rainforests of Latin America

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Did you know a sloth’s fur is considered an ecosystem of its own? These slow pokes live up in trees and descend once a week to poop.

4. Giant Anteater | Central and South America

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These anteaters can be as small as a squirrel or as long as 7 feet, but what’s really remarkable is that their lengua is 2 feet long so they can reach deep into ant hills.

5. Macaw Parrots | Amazon

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You’ve seen these guys tethered to sweaty guys on Miami Beach, but they belong flying free in the wild forests of the Amazon. They are the largest type of parrot and live off fruits and nuts.

6. Mexican Tree Frogs | Texas through Costa Rica

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Standing at only 3″ tall, these tree frogs are known for their strange sound. They literally honk. I’m surprised they haven’t found a home in Miami.

7. Galápagos Tortugas | Galapagos Island

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These turtles have been around for 2-3 million years, hence becoming the namesake of the only island they can be naturally found. They weigh up to 550 pounds and live up to 150 years. #immortal

8. Brazilian Tapir | Brazil

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They look like a cross between a pig and an anteater but weigh up to 700 pounds from an herbivorous diet. Groups of tapirs are called a “candle.”

9. Andean Condor | Peru

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Of course Peru would be home to the largest bird of flight. Their wingspan is 10 feet long and they can weigh up to 33 pounds. We recommend avoiding the zoo like the plague and visiting them in Peru’s Colca Canyon.

10. Galápagos Finches | Galapagos Island

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You might remember learning about these guys when learning about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. He recorded 13 species of Galápagos Finches and how their different beak shapes determined their hold on food sources. This picture is of a Cactus Finch.

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11. White Headed Capuchin Monkeys | Belize to Colombia

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Stay in a treehouse Airbnb in Costa Rica and you’re likely to see troops of these smart guys. Their lifespan and intelligence has made them vulnerable to animal testing, so shop cruelty-free, and go see them wild and free.

12. Golden Lion Tamarin | Amazon

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These monkeys are as small as squirrels with golden manes as regal as a lion. They only live wild in a coastal segment of the Amazon Rainforest.

13. Royal Flycatcher | Amazon

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Of course these are Brazilian birds. They’re belleza headresses only come out when they’re mating or being handled by humans.

Read: 17 Latin Dog Breeds You Should Beg Your Mom To Let You Have

14. Blue-Footed Boobies | Galapagos Islands

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Alright, settle down children. You can tell why they’re called “blue-footed”–the males display their feet in a mating ritual with females. “Booby” comes from the Spanish word “bobo.” #TheMoreYouKnow

15. Blue Morpho Butterflies | Latin American Rainforests

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This butterfly has a wingspan of 8″, making it one of the largest butterflies in the world. The color actually comes from microscopic holes in the wings that reflect blue light (for our eyes at least).

Read: 20 Beautiful National Animals From Latin America That Are Everything

16. Maned Wolf | Grasslands of South America

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The Maned Wolf is actually not a wolf or a fox at all. It’s the largest wild dog species in South America.

17. “Jesus Christ” Lizard | Mexico to Ecuador

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Hey, Harry Potter fans, this is actually called a basilisk! They can run on water, which is why they’re called Jesus Christ lizards.

18. Marine Iguana | Galapagos Islands

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Would you believe that these guys live off algae? The males dive deep into the water to eat algae while the females eat at low tide.

19. Toco Toucan | Brazil

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It’s beak is a third the length of the whole bird, and you can only find them in the Amazon. There are many different species of toucans, but the Toco is the largest.

20. Amazon River Dolphin | Amazon

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We leave you with the Amazon river dolphin, aka the pink dolphin. As rare and beautiful as it looks, it’s actually the most common river dolphin on earth.

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