Coming Out In The Spotlight: What It Means To Be An LGBTQ Celebrity

Coming out is such a scary moment for all LGBTQ people, the fear of being rejected by the ones you love and being attacked by everyone else around you is so strong that sometimes it‘s even hard to breathe. Now imagine being a celebrity and coming out publicly, that must be one scary thing knowing how many crazies with an opinion are out there. Fortunately, more often than not there‘s a bright side which in this case would be the power of being honest with yourself and unapologetic about who you truly are. To prove a point here is 15 Latinx LGBTQ celebrities who glow up after coming out.

1. Ricky Martin

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Before being the DILF he is today, Ricky was known to be sort of a Ladies Man. He dated celebs like Rebeca de Alba, Alessandra Ambrosio, and pro-tennis player Gabriela Sabatini. After some time in the spotlight, rumors were started about his sexuality but due to fear of being rejected by his fans and being adviced by his family and friends not to come out as it could destroy his career, he decided to keep his private life to himself.

1. Ricky Martin

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It wasn‘t until 2010, 2 years after his twins were born to a surrogate that he decided to publicly come out. He did it by writing a lengthy note to his fans that he published on his website. Now, after 8 years he has 2 adorable children, a gorgeous husband and a successful career that hasn‘t cool down after so many years.

2. Bella Thorne

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This Disney Channel star had a busy love life in the past few years, and why the hell not? She‘s young and beautiful! And there‘s absolutely nothing wrong with a girl who embraces her sexual nature, in fact, that‘s empowering so good for her… she even got to date Tyler Posey and Gregg Sulkin ? (I‘m not jealous, you are).

2. Bella Thorne

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So it came as no surprise when in 2016 she admitted she was bisexual after a fan questioned her as a result of the pictures she shared on her social media, kissing her BFF and brother‘s ex-girlfriend Bella Pendergast *gasp*. After the fact, Bella received nothing but good wishes from her loyal fans.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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After participating in The X Factor and joining Fifth Harmony, Lauren not only became known for her amazing voice but also for being politically active. She uses her social media platforms to keep her fans in the loop of current events and also to fight for social justice, whether is LGBTQ rights to racism.

3. Lauren Jauregui

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So it was only natural that out of everyone on this list, she‘s the one with the most controversial coming out story. Back in 2016, she wrote a confrontational letter addressed to all Trump supporters in which amongst many things, she admits being bisexual. In the letter, she says “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“

4. Mark Indelicato

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You might remember Mark from the hit show “Ugly Betty“ where he played Betty‘s (America Ferrara) adorable and incredibly comfortable in his own skin nephew, Justin Suárez. During the show‘s 5 seasons, Mark not only lets a new generation of kids know that it‘s ok to be different but during the finale, his character came out as gay in prime-time… which was a big deal back in 2010.

4. Mark Indelicato

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8 years after he portrayed the gay teen we all needed in our lives growing up, he has become part of a new generation of LGBTQ icons that are changing Gender Norms as we know them.

5. Sara Ramírez

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Sara is another actor who played a major LGBTQ role on TV. For 10 years she was Dr. Callie Torres, a strong bisexual woman that showed us the struggles of coming to terms with one‘s sexual identity, being bi in a sometimes black and white community, and starting a family as a same-sex couple. Being allowed to have this kind of representation on primetime TV was a major step forward not only for the LGBTQ community but also for Latina women.

5. Sara Ramírez

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It wasn‘t until after her character came out as bisexual, that Sara decided to follow her steps and publicly come out while giving a speech at the 40 to None Summit in 2016. In an interview, she mentions that the reason why she waited was that she was afraid of coming out because it could hurt her career and also because she was afraid of being discriminated against. But because the political climate changed and violence against queer people increased she decided to come out and become active in helping the community.

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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Michelle has been the badass woman in most of her movie roles, from Avatar to Resident Evil to (awesome) Machete… she has been a star in an ever dominated Action Film world. Fortunately for her, being the tough woman hasn‘t stopped her from dating some major hotties like Zac Efron and DILF Lenny Kravitz *drooling*

6. Michelle Rodríguez

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So it came as no surprise to the public when in 2013 she decided to publicly come out in an interview with Latina Magazine, where basically she said she was getting too old to not be honest with herself. She also mentioned that she came out in hopes that she would inspire others to find the bravery to do the same. As you can see it paid out as later she started dating model-actress Cara Delevingne.

7. Aubrey Plaza

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Some may know her as April Ludgate, the apathetic and very dark college intern who was the assistant of Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation or as the mean and aggressive Julie Powers from Scott Pilgrim vs The World (best role ever).

7. Aubrey Plaza

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She came out as bisexual during an interview with The Advocate in 2016, in which she said she couldn‘t help falling in love with both men and women. Even though she‘s openly bi she has only publicly dated guys like Michael Cera and her current boyfriend Jeff Baena, whom she‘s been with since 2011. She also mentioned during her interview that she has really close ties with the LGBTQ community as her best friends, some relatives, and even her younger sister are part of the community.

8. Danny Noriega

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Danny, better known as Adore is a former American Idol contestant turned Drag Queen Extraordinaire who jumped into fame during the sixth season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. Since we first saw him at only 19 during his audition to American Idol it was clear he was not your average teen… It‘s no easy task to be so comfortable in your own skin when you‘re THAT young and being watched by 27 million viewers weekly, in a time where DOMA was still alive and well and Porp 8 was about to pass.

8. Danny Noriega

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Soon after becoming a finalist in RuPaul‘s Drag Race, both Adore and Bianca del Río made history by appearing in the first LGBTQ Starbucks commercial in full drag. As the years go by Adore has become a major icon in the LGBTQ community, last year Adore came out as non-binary and is making sure that Gender non-conformists are gaining visibility in today‘s society.

Read:The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

9. Orlando Cruz

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Orlando made history not only in the LGBTQ community but in the Sports world when he became the first openly gay boxer. That same year he won his 1st fight after coming out and was then included in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He won a major battle in a sport that‘s still overflowing with machismo.

9. Orlando Cruz

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During an interview, he mentions that he told his parents he was gay at 19 and that he didn‘t come out publicly sooner because he was afraid that the people close to him would react negatively, just like his father initially did. It wasn‘t until 2012 when he decided to come out in a statement he released with the hopes of becoming a role model for kids who aspire to be boxers. Soon after he got married and has become an active advocate for the LGBTQ community. 

10. Patricia Velázquez

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Patricia was the 1st Latina Supermodel back in the early 90s, she worked for houses like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria‘s Secret. During her time on the runway, she struggled with her sexuality after meeting comedienne Sandra Bernhard who would later become her girlfriend and was rumored to be Madonna‘s ex.

10. Patrica Velázquez

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Anyways, it wasn‘t until 2015 at age 43 when Patricia came out publicly in her memoirs “Straight Walk“ as she wanted to teach her 8-year old daughter the importance of being honest with oneself.

The 2000s Were A Crazy Time For Fashion And These Photos Show Our Favorite Stars Rocking Super Dated Looks


The 2000s Were A Crazy Time For Fashion And These Photos Show Our Favorite Stars Rocking Super Dated Looks

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The early ’00s were not a kind time, fashion wise. While the ’90s are back in style (much to some of our chagrin), we’re hoping and praying that the butterfly clips, glitter gel and Juicy velour sweatsuits (no matter how comfy they are) stay in the past.

Even so, all us fashion victims weren’t alone. Some of the biggest Latino pop stars were rocking just as embarrassing looks as we were. Yes, it was in style back then, but looking back – yikes! No one was safe from making major fashion faux pas, and here are 25 examples of some of the biggest Latino pop stars looking soooo 2000’s.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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The pink velour jumpsuit is one thing (and we’ll likely be seeing it appear in various forms). But the matching pink hat, single strap butterfly heels, and one leg rolled up? Oh J.LO, that is a lewk that does not stand the test of time.

2. Christina Aguilera

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Listen, Christina Aguilera’s fashion choices in the early ’00s were tragic. And this outfit,worn to the VMA’s, is seven layers of no. The ultra low patchwork jeans paired with a belly chain and lingerie top are bad, but topping it off with braided hair and a denim hat is just offensive.

3. Thalia

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Thalia brought some of the biggest looks of the era to life in her video for the song “Arrasando.” Sparkly, sexy halter top – check. Low cut flared jeans – check. Spiky hair – check. If you didn’t rock the hair twists and spikes, you didn’t do early aughts right.

4. Paulina Rubio

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Before there was Pharrell’s infamous hat, there was this banger sitting atop the blonde head of pop star Paulina Rubio. What even is this hat? The low-cut jeans are back also.

4. Shakira

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Shakira, warrior princess, had the abs and hips to pull off the slinky halter and low waist pants that were the look back then. It’s a fierce look, for sure, but something that doesn’t need to be revisited nowadays.

5. Ricky Martin


Ricky has been a big star in Latin America, but when “Livin’ La Vida Loca” hit the English-language airwaves he blew up, bringing his Austin Powers dance moves, frosted tips, and leather pants with him. We all swooned hard.

6. Marc Anthony

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Oh lordy, Marc Anthony. While the former Mr. Jennifer Lopez brought the heat to the dance floor with jams like “I Need to Know” back then, the outfits were not so good. The wide collar and rope-chain necklace is a look that needs to never, ever come back.

7. Enrique Iglesias

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Enrique had all the bases covered in the early ’00s when he hit the VMA red carpet with his longtime love Anna Kournikova. He’s got the distressed jeans, vintage style t-shirt, leather jacket, and slouchy beanie. This look should be immortalized in the Smithsonian for its importance in the history of fashion.

 8. Juanes

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We’re all used to seeing Juanes looking clean cut and more grown up, but back in the day the rockero was all about that grungy, scraggly haired style. He was going for down to Earth and effortless, but we saw dorm room hacky sack competitor.

9. Luis Miguel

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Luismi has been a heartthrob since he was just a little kid, but it was his handsome face and probably his button up shirts buttoned real low to show off his chest that got the women screaming. Among them was Mariah Carey, whose heart he notoriously broke. Not cool, Luis, and neither is that belt buckle.

10. Mariah Carey

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Speaking of Mimi, while Luismi might have dropped her but he might have regretted it once he saw this outfit. Her love of butterflies is well documented, so naturally this midriff baring halter shaped like a buttefly had to be worn by non other than Mariah. And those jeans with the top cut and frayed! They take me back.

11. Luis Fonsi

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Luis Fonsi has got great style now, but the early ’00s weren’t his highlight. The denim cowboy shirt with the layered beaded necklaces is one thing. Add the clear glasses and the shaggy hair? Well, that’s a look.

12. Alejandro Sanz

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Oh. My. God. Alejandro Sanz is fine af. No one is denying that. But this whole look, from the bleached hair to the baggy distressed jeans and all the mess in between, is just bad. So so bad. Thankfully he’s done better for himself.

13. Chayanne

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If there’s one thing male Latin pop stars absolutely cannot live without, it’s a v-neck tee and vest combination. Chayanne was just one of the many who rocked this look back in the day. It’s a good thing he’s aged out of it.

14. Alejandro Fernandez

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And sometimes you don’t need clothes at all, especially when you’re Alejandro Fernandez and have a bod like that. Well, at least back then. The slick back hair and stacked dog tags and rope necklaces just sitting on that chest are still sexy, and so are the peak a boo white undies. Still, soo 2000s.

15. Carlos Santana

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To be fair, Santana’s look hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. He’ll forever love a fedora and a tie dye shirt. That’s just Carlos, and we’ll always love him.

16. Adrienne Bailon

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Whether she was a Cheetah Girl or a member of 3LW, Adrienne Bailon rocked a style that was very era specific, and she went all in on it. The chain belt and dip dyed, distressed jeans paired with that halter is something any girl would have dreamed of wearing.

17. Lumidee

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The ultimate eyewear of the early 00s were the clear lenses (preferably in a bright color), and one-hit wonder Lumidee wore them like a boss. We all wanted these shades that didn’t actually protect from the sun!

18. RBD

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Low waist, ultra short plaid schoolgirl skirts were it in the 2000s, and RBD represented them well. And the fellows weren’t far off with their distressed jeans and boots. This is like looking back at my high school yearbook.

19. Nina Sky

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The duo behind Nina Sky brought the bright colors and frosted eye shadow that were an absolute must during the early ’00s.

20. Daddy Yankee

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He hasn’t changed too much over the years, but his taste has gotten much, much better. The man that gave us hits like “Gasolina” will always love his bling.

21. Julieta Venegas

The accordion queen has always bridged the alt rock look with some earthiness and a bit of sophistication. Still, this look that’s almost 15 years old missed the mark, even if it gives us the polka dots and hair we longed for back then.

22. King Chango

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This one-hit wonder brought were all about that Latino reggae sound – which in itself is something to discuss. With the dreads, they wandered into cultural appropriation territory. With the outfits, they wandered into a rummage sale at Sports Chalet and took everything one size too big.

23. Sasha Sokol

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The former member of Timbiriche, telebovela actress and TV host also dabbled in some solo music back in the day. When she released “Seras el Aire” she (and every other pop star) was doing the etherial Eastern look, with bindis and flowing tops to prove how earthy and cool they were. Don’t worry. They got over it quick.

24. Aleks Syntek

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Syntek was all about bringing a kooky edge to the pop scene, wearing funky glasses, fedoras and suits that you wouldn’t find at Men’s Wearhouse. While he went all out with the look and truly committed to it, in hindsight, it wasn’t the best.

25. Belinda

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Someone was really into Paris Hilton back in the day! Belinda really went for it. The hot pink D&G tank, cuffs, and abundance of accessories? Well, that’s hot.

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