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Here Are 11 LGBTQ Latinos Who Will Make You Proud To Say You Are Part Of The Same Community

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Coming out of the closet is a struggle for anybody but being Latino and gay is a whole other story. Our culture is still pretty homophobic and machista making coming out a terrifying experience. However, there are several Latino celebrities that have made their sexual orientations and gender identities public. These few brave people have paved the way for other queer Latinos to come out and feel empowered.

1. Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera was first on the public radar when she was a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 3. She didn’t win but after the show was done she came out at trans and changed the game for trans people in the Latino community. She has since gone on to become a major name and face in the modeling industry and that’s pretty awesome.

2. Lauren Jauregui

Arigato Gosaimas Tokyo!!✨?✨ #night2

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Lauren Jauregui is part of the band Fifth Harmony and she has some definite star power. She publicly came out as bisexual in an open letter to Donald Trump in November 2016. The letter called out Trump supporters for using their power to vote to take away the rights of millions of Americans that finally found inclusion and acceptance in society thanks to progress. She has since used her social media platform and reach to stand up for lGBTQ fans who have been bullied.

3. AB Soto

AB Soto is as unapologetic as it gets. The Los Angeles-native has been injecting the LGBTQ community with Latino flavor and music you rarely see. He refuses to back down from showing the Latino community what it means to be gay and the LGBTQ community what it means to be Latino.

4. Manuel “Manny MUA” Gutierrez

Manuel Gutierrez reaches millions of people with his social media channels. The beauty blogger is fierce af and one of the most visible representations of being and LGBTQ Latino in the makeup world. He was the first-ever male ambassador for Maybelline makeup and they definitely benefited from his voice and presence.

5. Salice Rose

Happy mothaaaa fucken Friday!?? #salicerose #friday

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Salice Rose keeps everyone laughing with her funny videos. Whether she is dancing to a weird song or imitating people that are truly annoying, she is the comedy queen. She is also a public representation of the religious LGBTQ community. She proves that you can be out of the closet and a devout Christian because God loves everyone. Her message is one that so many queer Latinos in churches can benefit from.

6. Shane Ortega

Shane Ortega was the first openly trans person to serve int he military. He fought against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that barred many members of the LGBTQ community from serving the military and protecting their country. Ortega has become a very important voice and face as the Trump administration tried to bar trans patriots from risking their lives for our freedoms.

7. Ricky Martin

Jet lag is killing us. Or me at least.

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Ricky Martin kept all of us dancing for more than a decade while still in the closet. It wasn’t until he had his twins that he realized that he needed to start living his truth. So, he did just that and came out in a lengthy letter on his fan page. Martin has credited his children and the importance of teaching them honesty for finally making him come out.

8. Sara Ramirez

Can’t wait for you to meet Kat on Nov. 19! #KatSandoval @madamsecretarycbs #CBS

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Sara Ramirez is most remembered for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy” but in October 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual. She has used that momentum to get politically activated and is trying to bring more visibility to the bisexual community.

9. Christian Chavez

Christian Chavez was part of RBD and his coming out in 2007 was truly revolutionary. Chavez was still living in Mexico and was photographed marrying his partner in Canada. Mexican newspapers were filled with the story the following day and the conservative country was divided.

10. Stephanie Beatriz

Another bisexual Latina who is truly killing the game, Stephanie Beatriz is not only bisexual irl. Her character in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” recently came out of the closet as bisexual. She was so excited for the role to take that turn because she finally gets to tell the story of her own life and the lives of so many bisexual women of color.

11. Laith Ashley De La Cruz

Laith Ashley De La Cruz is a trans model that is making jaws drop all over the industry. He had his first fashion photoshoot shortly after beginning his transition. Since then , he has kept his name and his story of transition at the forefront to breakdown the stigma of being trans in the LGBTQ community. Yes, there are gay people that have a problem with trans people.


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24 Indigenous Rights Fighters From Latin America To Keep In Mind While You Celebrate Women's History Month

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24 Indigenous Rights Fighters From Latin America To Keep In Mind While You Celebrate Women’s History Month

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No look back at Latino culture and history could be complete without a thorough investigation of the various Indigenous women who existed long before and after the Spanish colonized the Americas. In the many years before Spanish colonization, Indigenous women were FIERCE chiefs, warriors, leaders and rule breakers. Today, they still are. Here’s a list of the 25 Indigenous women who shaped Latin America and contributed to the world we know.

1. Janequeo, Peru

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Also, known as Yanequén, was a heroine of the Mapuche-Pehuenche people and the wife of the chief, Huepotaén. After her husband’s murder, which was ordered by Governor Alonso de Sotomayor, Janequeo succeeded him as lonco and led her people in battles against the Spanish.

2. Emilia Nuyado, Chile

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Nuyado is a political leader of the indigenous Mapuche group and one of two women of that group to become members of Chile’s Congress. She represents the southern Araucanía region and is working with the Chilean government to put an end to a centuries-old conflict.

3. Aracely Leuquén, Chile

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Like Nuyado, Leuquén is also a political leader representative of the indigenous Mapuche group. Along with Nuyado she is the first woman to become a member of Chile’s Congress.

4. Milagro Sala, Argentine

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The Indigenous leader from Argentina is considered the first political prisoner of President Mauricio Macri’s government. She is the founder of the 70,000 member group called the Tupac Amaru movement and leads the organization in efforts focused on Indigenous rights and impacting political issues.

5. Silvia Carrera, Panama

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As the first woman chief of the Ngobe Bugl, Carrera led a resistance movement that worked to block hydroelectric dam and copper mining projects being built on an Indigenous territory. Throughout her activism, she has strived to negotiate with the Panamanian government and to represent her people in talks concerning respect for Indigenous rights. Today she is seen as a symbol of resistance for women across Panama and Latin America.

6. Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Guatemala

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The Guatemalan Maya K’iche leader is a defender of women’s rights and environmental causes.  Today, she is a leader of the Council of K’iche’ Peoples in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth and Territory and fights for the right of indigenous people to determine the fate of their territories.

7. Miriam Miranda, Honduras

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The leader of the Garifuna Afro-Indigenous community and the organization known as Ofraneh is known for her activism. Her resistance has combatted mega-tourism projects and the climate change effects that have displaced Garifuna communities along the Honduran coast.

8. Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala

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The Guatemalan human rights activist began campaigning for human rights when she was a teen. In the years since she has devoted her life’s work to fighting for the rights of indigenous people and victims of Guatemala’s civil war.

9. Berta Caceres, Hondoras

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The Lenca indigenous leader and environmental and human rights defender is also the co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). Her work has helped her and others to spearhead a successful resistance movement to halt the creation of the Agua Zarca Dam. Before and during its construction the project was never given consent by the local indigenous community.

10. Transito Amaguaña, Ecuador

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Transito Amaguaña, AKA “Mama Transito,” was an Ecuadorean indigenous activist and feminist icon in Ecuador. Her political work and community activism has pushed the efforts of major indigenous and campesino actions further. In 11946 she co-founded the Ecuadorean Indian Federation to fight for land redistribution.

11.  Digna Ochoa, Mexico 

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The human rights lawyer and political activist advocated for the interests of Mexico’s campesino ecologists and vulnerable indigenous people. She took on the Mexican army and led campaigns that eventually and brought soldiers who had abused their power and tortured others to court. She was eventually found shot dead in her office.

11. Dolores Cacuango, Ecuador

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The native rights leader and Ecuadorean revolutionary began an early life of servitude on a hacienda as a teen. Realizing the difference in the quality of life between the rich and poor pushed her to advocacy that focused on education, native lands rights, and government reform in recognition of indigenous people. Despite never reaching higher education, Cacuango directed one of the first schools for indigenous children with instruction in Spanish and Quechua for 18 years.

12. María Jesús Alvarado Rivera, Peru

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Rivera was a journalist, teacher, and activist from Chincha Alta, Peru who spent her life focused on the empowerment of women through activism and political representation. Her advocacy focused sexual health, sex worker rights, and indigenous land rights.

13. Blanca Chancoso, Ecuador

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The Indigenous leader founded the Confederación de los Pueblos de la Nacionalidad Kichua del Ecuador, the group organized the first assembly for indigenous women. Her work contributed to the ousting of President Adbalá Bucaram. Today she continues her fight for indigenous rights. In 2015, open letter to Evo Morales she wrote: “You should remember that those who occupy the presidential office will one day be replaced… Correa’s term will one day end, but the indigenous communities will always be here…”

14. Ana de Peralta, Ecuador

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Ana de Peralta was the first woman to protest a Spanish law that kept mestizas from wearing indigenous and Spanish clothing. The law “The Royal Charter of 1752″ was issued by the King and Queen of Spain and said wearing such clothing made “mujeres de mal vivir.”

15. Rosa María Vacacela Gualán, Ecuador

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Gualán is an indigenous leader who was awarded the Medalla Bicentenario for her work in bilingual education.She developed teaching materials for students that were in both Quechua and Spanish. She also worked to ensure that older indigenous members also learned how to read. 

16. Juana Azurduy de Padilla

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De Padilla was a Mestiza by ethnicity and therefore had both Spanish and indigenous ancestry. The revolutionary led a military life and career and fought for Bolivia independence. Simon Bolivar, the namesake of Bolivia, once said the country should have actually been named after her. 

17. Micaela Bastidas, Peru

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The partner of Tupac Amaru helped lead the Tupac Amaru Rebellion involving native peoples against the Spanish. In her role, she managed an army and was seen as a pioneer of Peruvian independence. 

18. Iara

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Iara was a legend and never a real woman who walked this world. However, her legend and story are an important part of Latin American folklore. The legend of Iara came out of Brazil and is based on ancient Tupi and Guaraní mythology. 

19. Xtabay

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This sex-positive story of a Mayan enchantress is also part of a Mayan legend. Still, her story of seduction acts as a fascinating indigenous version the Madonna/whore concept.

20. Eréndira, Mexico

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Eréndira was a princess of the Purépecha people who led an uprising against Spanish militants during the 1500s. The image above actually isn’t a depiction of Eréndira, but of the Purépecha she belonged to.

21. Patricia Velásquez, Venezuela

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The actress and model is also the founder of the Wayúu Tayá Foundation. She is celebrated by many who consider her to be the first Native American model. Her father is mestizo and her mother was born into the indigenous Wayuu people. As an out lesbian, he is also a staunch LGBTQ advocate.

22. Lido Pimienta

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The queer Afro-Colombiana of Wayuu descent is a Colombian Canadian musician and singer. Her song “La Papessa,” won the $50,000 2017 Polaris Music Prize in 2017.

23. Malinche, Mexico

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The Nahua woman played an influential role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Emire and is viewed as a controversial figure throughout Latin America. She was sold into sexual slavery as a young woman and became an interpreter. Some view her as a person who saved her people from the Aztecs who occupied her home, others blame her for betraying the indigenous people by helping colonizers. Either way, there’s no doubting that her influence helped to the Aztec Empire’s fall

24. Isabel Chimpo Ocllou, Peru

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Chimpu Ocllo was born in the heart of the Inca imperial family: Cuzco and was an Incan Princess.  During the civil wars between the Spaniards, she was forced into marrying Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega Spanish conquistador and colonial official.


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