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These TV And Movie Characters Brought Bisexual Latinos To Life Because Representation Matters

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While once relegated to tropes and stereotypes, bisexual characters have been getting more humane and complex storylines. Over the last several decades, the characters have become pivotal characters in movies and TV shows. Here are some of our favorite bisexual Latino characters from recent films and TV series.

“Frida”

In the 2002 biopic film starring Salma Hayek as enigmatic Frida Kahlo, Kahlo’s multiple affairs with both men and women are shown. At one point she even has a relationship with the same women her husband, painter Diego Rivera, is seeing. Talk about a love triangle.

“Young and Wild”

In this 2012 coming-of-age Chilean film titled “Joven y acolada,” the 17-year-old protagonist Daniela keeps a blog detailing her sexual exploits to help her understand her bisexuality. The film also chronicles Daniela’s relationships with her friends and conservative family.

“Y Tu Mamá También”

Two teenage friends, played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, go on a road trip with an older woman in her late twenties in this coming-of-age Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The two boys have a threesome but are conflicted in the morning and stop spending time with each other when they return home.

“Casa de Las Flores”

In Netflix’s cheeky TV series about a wealthy Mexican family who has many secrets to hide, the youngest of the de la Mora children grapples with his feelings for his secret boyfriend. Of course this is happen as he is still sleeping with his girlfriend. In order to please both his family and his girlfriend, Julian announces he is bi before finally coming out as gay later on in the season.

“Grey’s Anatomy”

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In a powerful role for network television, actress Sara Ramirez played bisexual doctor Callie Torres who had several relationships with both male and female characters on the show. The website AfterEllen.com, which focuses on the portrayal of lesbian and bisexual women in the media, ranked Callie Torres as eighth in the “Top 50 Lesbian and Bisexual Characters” list.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

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Argentine actress Stephanie Beatriz is bisexual in real life, and the character she plays on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” also was given a bisexual storyline. In an interview with IndieWire, the show’s showrunner said he wanted to pay tribute to both the character and Beatriz’s real-life coming out moment for the show’s 100th episode, saying “In a way, after Stephanie came out, and has really in so many ways become such an LGBT advocate, we felt like it was really a meaningful opportunity for the character, and it definitely felt in-world for the character.”


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Do you have a favorite Latino bisexual character? Let us know in the comments!

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These Libras Are The Pure Embodiment Of The Characteristics That Make Libras The People We Love

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These Libras Are The Pure Embodiment Of The Characteristics That Make Libras The People We Love

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You can spot a Libra from their Instagram aesthetic because it’s on point. It’s hard to dislike a Libra, and that’s kind of a fact. They’re kind, romantic as hell, charming, and general do-gooders. Basically, they’re all Hufflepuffs.

They also struggle with saying “no,” can get a little carried away with the superficial, can be fickle and indecisive and self-indulgent. All that said, these Libras made their claim to fame, likely because of every single one of these traits. Make our list next year, dear Libra reader.

Amara La Negra

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Born on October 4, 1990, Amara is the break out star of “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” and is showing her Afro-Latinidad pride all over the place. Plus, that style? I’m here for it.

Bruno Mars

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Our boy, Bruno Mars is turning 33 this year on Oct. 8, and millions of fans will be heart-eyeing the charming half-Puerto Rican. His smooth moves and voice have catapulted him across the globe on international tours, to the top of the charts and beyond.

Christina Milian

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Born on September 26, 1981, Milian is more than just about image. She’s about what her presence represents. She told HuffPost, “I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned… Latinos come in all colors, all shades… You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters… We just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing.”

Classic Libra, speaking on behalf of all of us and working it.

Tyler Posey

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Well, we don’t know if Oct. 18 baby Posey won people over with his Libra ways or just being a dreamy guy on “Teen Wolf.” We do know our hearts go out to him after his mother passed of breast cancer in 2014, and Season 5 was dedicated in her memory.

Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Oct. 8, 1997. Like a natural, for-the-common-good Libra, Thorne started acting as a child to help support her family after their father died in a car accident, leaving the family broke.

Carlos Mencia

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Fun fact: comedian Carlos Mencia was born Ned Arnel Mencia on Oct. 22, 1967. Born in Honduras, Mencia is always cracking jokes that make people rethink Latino stereotypes, the criminal justice system and social class. He’s a giver.

Diego de Silva Costa

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Born on Oct. 7, 1988 in Lagarto, Brazil, Costa is known for playing for Atlético Madrid. Like a Libra, he has built and continues to pay for a soccer academy in his hometown, which is more than a little remote.

Jenna Ortega

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Known for playing the young Jane Villanueva in “Jane the Virgin,” Ortega has only been alive since Sept. 27, 2002. Since then, the Mexican-Puerto Rican break out star has also been the voice of Princess Isabel on “Elena of Avalor” and continues to play roles for several Disney projects.

Esai Morales

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This New Yorican was born on Oct. 1, 1962 in Brooklyn and has been known for playing Bob Morales in “La Bamba.” You might recognize him from your latest binge of “Ozark” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

He describes himself as an “actorvist” and is one of the founders of what is effectively a union for Latino actors.

Celia Cruz

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Born on Oct. 21, 1925, infamous Cuban singer Celia Cruz was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso, in typical Latino fashion. She fled form Cuba when the country was taken over by a communist regime and pursued a music career in the U.S. She gifted the country salsa music and we should all be proud.

Mario Lopez Jr.

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Born on Oct. 10, 1973, Lopez is a total moth to the light of the arts. He’s been in television, in movies and even on Broadway. The guy is a total Libra through and through. Not to mention that he made everyone fall in love with him, guys and girls, when he was AC Slater on “Saved by the Bell.”

Mario Andrés Ruiz

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This Colombian YouTube star was born on Oct. 1, 1994 and is only 24 years old. Made famous by his rendition of “Harlem Shake,” we have more proof that Libras can sneeze and we’d all clap because they do it so well.

Stacy Peralta

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Wayyy back in the day, half-Mexican, half-Irish, Stacy Peralta was one of the infamous Z-Boys. He was also one of the highest ranking professional skateboarder. Yeah, he was born Oct. 15, 1957, and now he’s a director and producer full time.

Sofía Reyes

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Born on Sept. 25, 1995 as Úrsula Sofía Reyes Piñeyro, the Mexican singer-songwriter and actress has captured everyone‘s hearts, including Prince Royce. He discovered her singing covers on YouTube when she was just ten years old. We know her from “Muévelo” and all the bilingual stardom she brings to her work.

Nathan Arenas

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Disney actor Nathan Arenas was born just 13 years ago on Sept. 30, 2005 in Los Angeles. He’s apparently been performing for his family since he was 2 years old and is now playing Jorge in the Disney series “Bunk’d.”

Guillermo del Toro

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Infamous Mexican horror film director Guillermo del Toro Gómez was born on Oct. 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Last year, he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his work on “The Shape of Water.”

Tito “El Bambino”

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The Puerto Rican reggaeton singer was born on Oct. 5, 1981 as (wait for it) Efraín David Fines Nevares. I know, epic glo up. This man is a total icon from Héctor & Tito, and while he hasn’t released an album since 2014, we’re tapping his shoulder as we speak.

Carlos Bernard

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Bernard was born on Oct. 12, 1962 and grew up in Chicago. We saw him last as Oscar Rodas in “Supergirl,” but he’s best known as Tony Almeida from “24: Legacy.”

Gabriel Montiel

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Born as Gabriel Gutiérrez on Sept. 23, 1989 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Gabriel Montiel got famous as the defensive midfielder for Murciélagos and is now a Youtuber. Check him out on Werevertumorro and meet the charm and charisma the rest of us non-Libras envy.


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