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
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
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
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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
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
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
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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.