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These 19 Straight Allies Are Using Their Fame And Influence To Stand Up For The LGBTQ+ Community

Pride Month 2018 may be over, but the fight has only just begun. If you’re not worried about the future of LGBTQ+ rights, then you’re not paying attention. Our Supreme Court may become the most conservative it’s been in half a century, and all we can do is keep speaking up.

This post goes out to the straight celebrity allies who are using their platform to change hearts and minds. Muchísimas gracias!

1. Naya Rivera

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We all know Naya Rivera as the gay icon Santana from “Glee.” IRL, Rivera is just as involved in the community, although she doesn’t identify as queer. The Puerto Rican actor has hosted two GLAAD Media Awards in a row, and continues to speak up for the community on all her platforms. Thank you!

2. Camila Cabello

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Cabello walked on stage in London this month with a rainbow flag draped around her. She raised her fist in the air and wished everyone a “Happy Pride” with images of the Women’s March behind her.

3. Gina Rodriguez

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Some celebrities throw support at the LGBTQ+ community by refusing to ascribe to any label. In a lot of ways, this is awesome because we’re all so much more than our sexuality.

4. Demi Lovato

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Our girl Demi has long been a supporter, even back when she identified as straight. She was even named Los Angeles’s Pride Grand Marshall in 2014.

In her own words, “I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him.“

5. Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez’s Aunt Myrza was an idol of hers growing up. However, when JLo later realized that Myrza was struggling to feel accepted for being gay, LGBTQ+ issues got personal.

JLo is a producer for the television series “The Fosters,” which features a lesbian couple fostering and adopting five children, several of which are Latino.

6. Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez made his break by starring in the film “Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story” as the gay, HIV-positive Olympic diver.

“A couple of cousins of mine, who I’m very close to, happen to be gay. Just to rally with them and the family. I’m very close with them and like to support when I can.”

7. Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana partnered with Sia last year to raise HIV awareness by playing an HIV-positive pregnant woman in Sia’s music video “Free Me.” All proceeds from the song were donated to the #endHIV campaign.

Saldana has been active in the LGBTQ+ community for as long as we’ve known her.

8. Gloria Estefan

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In 2012, Estefan specifically thanked the LGBTQ+ community, saying, “I want to thank you so much, because the gay community has been behind me 100 percent,” she said during a speech. “‘Conga’ broke through in all the gay clubs before anybody else noticed it was a hot song. You guys have been close to heart and always will be.”

In 2014, she was named one of the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride.

9. Howie Dorough

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Backstreet’s back, baby! Puerto Rican Howie Dorough has been part of the Backstreet Boy’s latest video, “In a World Like This”, which featured a clip of two men getting married. The band has also played in Pride concerts in London’s famous G-A-Y club.

10. Rosario Dawson

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When Rosario was a teenager, she lived with her Uncle Frank and his partner Vincenzo. Her involvement in the community is all for the kids. She told Latina Magazine that when she has kids, she’ll be focused on “trying to make the world a better place for my baby.”

She’s a supporter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and HRC.

11. Romeo Santos

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If you haven’t listened to “No Tiene La Culpa” yet, go buy some tissues first. The song tells the story of a young queer boy who is bullied to the brink of not wanting to live.

The Dominican and Puerto Rican bachata artist released it to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community, and we love him for it.

12. Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara is most well known for her role on “Modern Family,” but she’s also used her platform to partner with GLAAD in their “Be An Ally and a Friend” PSA campaign. She told The Advocate, “We should all be tolerant and respectful of people’s sexuality. We have to appreciate each other’s differences and accept people who have the courage to accept themselves. That’s beautiful.”

13. Los Tigres del Norte

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Los Tigres have sold more than 37 million albums worldwide and have been around for 47 years. A few years ago, they released “Era Diferente,” a song about a lesbian teenager who falls in love with her best friend.

The band recieved a GLAAD award for the first gay love song ever played in the history of the norteño genre.

14. Sergio Martinez

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Argentine boxer Martinez actually made a video for the “It Gets Better Project.” Watch out bullies, because this bullied kid grew up to be a world-renown boxer, and he’s using his platform for good.

15. Eva Longoria

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We love Longoria for using her fame for a bigger purpose. We see her at Women’s Marches, and pro-immigration rallies, and in the LGBTQ+ community. When same-sex marriage was made law, she tweeted, “This is an incredible day in the history of civil rights in America. I applaud President @BarackObama and all he has done for LGBT Americans. #Equality”.

16. Manu Ginóbili

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Argentina is coming in hot for LGBTQ+ support. It was actually the first South American country to legalize same-sex marriage just a few years ago. He shipped it.

17. America Ferrera

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Ferrera posed with her “Ugly Betty” co-stars, Tony Plana and Ana Ortiz in a PSA to urge Latino Californians to oppose Prop 8. Needless to say, she tweeted all the support and joy when Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were overturned.

18. Enrique Iglesias

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Iglesias loves his LGBTQ+ fans and he has no problem showing it. He has pulled gay fans on stage and serenading them, performing at gay clubs and festivals.

Imo, one of the best ways to be an ally is just to recognize us, and we love that he puts our love on stage on the reg.

19. Roxanne Vargas

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If you live in the Miami area, then you recognize Vargas from her reporting on NBC. This year, she was the Miami Beach Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal Ally, and we ship any reporter who will report real news about the LGBTQ+ community.

20. Snooki

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Before the Chilean even became a mother, she’s on record saying, “I’m praying I have a gay little boy one day.”

She’s also posed for the NOH8 campaign, and has used her own air time to support gay rights and even host LGBTQ+ events. Thank you!

21. Hennessy Carolina (Cardi B.’s Sister)

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Cardi B’s sister has a heartwarming message for the LGBTQ+ community, but we’re all still waiting to hear Cardi B officially come out in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Caption: If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us! A bisexual girl expressing that she sometimes likes to kiss and hook up with girls especially when she gets a little loose when she drinks wine, Sounds human and normal to me! I don’t have a problem with that!! Whether you want to go out, have some drinks and hook up with the same gender for one night or whether you decide to be in a relationship with him/her, it should be no one’s concern or business or even PLACE to tell you how to complete your sexual desire unless you’re a pedophile! You can STILL consider yourself LGBTQ if you to choose too! Bisexual means you’re attracted to both genders. No matter what’s the status of the relationship or what you chose to do with that person … If a woman like to be in a relationship with a man but like to enjoy her sexual desire with a woman from time to time she can still considers herself to be a BISEXUAL! same goes for men….. and please if your still in your confused stage, please don’t talk for the whole community until you can fully comprehend ALL of us! We don’t like to be the judge or to be labeled! We just want be excepted for who we are… Love is love! That being said HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH FROM ME AND MY WIFE🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜”

Latinos Never Do Basic 4th Of July Celebrations And Here's Why

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Latinos Never Do Basic 4th Of July Celebrations And Here’s Why

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Happy 4th of July, amigos. Independence Day is typically reserved for celebrating America’s freedom from colonial Britain, although we know it’s much more layered than that. Of course, Latinos don’t do anything basic, and that includes celebrating America’s independence. Here are a few examples of what you can expect at the fiesta this year.

Dad will definitely be sporting these stunners.

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He’s been wearing the same New Balances for the last ten years, and they only come out when it’s time to grill. Don’t even think about giving him a hard time for it. Let the man make you carne asada.

Latinos are too good for hamburguesas and hot dogs.

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The churrasco situation is always lit. My family’s take on lechón asada was to just stick a whole baby pig on the grill and cook it for hours. Of course, that’s only after it has been marinating in sofrito overnight.

And you’ll find more than just basic green beans at this grill out.

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It’s all croquetas y pasteles y tamales. Your family comes with a bag of ripe plantains to grill on the stove, mangos for the Tajín and avocados from the backyard tree. Yeah. We know how to party.

If we’re being honest here, Latinos celebrate the 4th as an excuse to eat all this food.

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There’s a whole separate grill for the elote. And your mom made you go to Costco with her the weekend before to get the Tajin, elotes, limes in bulk. Oh, and the tequila. Lots of tequila happening on the Fourth.

And you only ever buy fireworks from the side of the road.

CREDIT: “July 4th holiday, a fireworks stand is open for business on the side of the road. American flags decorate the stand which boldly advertises TNT and Fireworks” Digital Image. Travel and Leisure. 3 July 2018.

Sure, your mother never planned to get fireworks because she worries too much, but when we saw those stands on the side of the road, the begging began. That is the one and only reason you ever had fireworks, and never anything too big, because somos fragíles.

The only helado allowed is shaped like a rocket:

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All the kids’ lips are red and blue and zooming around like actual rocketships. At some point, your mom always whips out the hose and the backyard becomes a mini-waterpark.

You know every new citizen at the BBQ will be wearing stars and stripes.

Usually, there’s at least one recent American citizen who is just glowing. The party is essentially for him or her and they know it. Honestly, it is a proud moment for everyone in the family.

Your dog will be dressed to impress.

Every Fourth of July celebration is going to have your homeland’s flag waving. At the very least, it will be securely fastened on the dog, pobrecito.

No matter whether you’re Mexican or not, there will be a piñata.

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Every mom stuffed the piñata with way too much candy.

Obviously there will be a delicious flan replacing that apple pie.

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She makes it every year, and even though you stuffed your face with Bomb Pops, you still have to have a slice or risk hurting her feelings. And, honestly, you’re here for it.

While most families tell people to leave, we are more subtle.

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It is all about bringing out coffee as a sign that it is time for you to go. We also don’t like people hanging around late unless they clean so there’s that.


READ: In My Neighborhood, It’s Fourth Of July Every Month Of The Year

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