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These 25 Latinos Are Out, Loud, And Proud

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There has been a lot of progress made in LGBTQ rights over the last ten years from marriage equality to company health care plans covering gender confirmation surgeries. While the rest of the country slowly comes around to LGBTQ people and their rights, our own community still has some work to do. There is still a machismo mentality that weighs us down as we judge people who are both Latino and LGBTQ. Here are 25 Latinos in the media that are challenging that mentality and living as open and proud people in the LGBTQ community.

1. Carmen Carrera

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Carmen Carrera first showed up in the media as a contestant on season 2 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Shortly after the show finished shooting, Carrera came out as trans and has since become a leading voice in the fight for trans rights and inclusion. Not only has she started discussion in the U.S. about the use of gender pronouns and the do’s and don’ts of questions you can ask trans people, she has taken her fight for trans rights to Latin America. Carrera, who has broken ground as a major supermodel, is using her fame and platform to change the way people think about trans people.

2. Johnny Sibilly

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Johnny Sibilly is giving queer Latino men on social media a place to gather and really be themselves. The Cuban-American actor and comedian is famous for his funny videos that poke fun of gay culture. But that’s okay, he can because he is gay so don’t get offended.

3. Aubrey Plaza

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Aubrey Plaza stole everyone’s hearts as the colorful and enthusiastic April Ludgate in “Parks & Rec.” Plaza came out as bisexual in 2016 and was unapologetic about it. In her coming out interview, Plaza said that her family was always very supportive especially since she had a gay uncle and a gay aunt. It was never something that she was taught was wrong.

4. Perez Hilton

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Perez Hilton made a name for himself as a celebrity gossip blogger. Since then, the blog site has grown into a full media company that always reports the latest in celebrity gossip and his pointed commentary has become a big part of U.S. celebrity culture. Though the writer might be single, he did not wait to start a family. The single father has three children and they are so adorable.

5. Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle Rodriguez always triggered gaydars since early in her career and it wasn’t until recently that Rodriguez confessed that she loves men and women. After years of secrecy, Rodriguez opened up about her sexuality because she is not ashamed and does what she likes. Just so happens she likes men and women and that’s just fine.

6. Shane Ortega

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Shane Ortega was the first openly trans member of the United States Armed Forces. After years of keeping it secret, Ortega realized that it was important to come out and live his authentic life. In recent months, Ortega has become a major figure once again in the discussion about trans people serving in the military as President Trump has tried banning trans people from serving.

7. Patricia Velasquez

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The supermodel came out publicly in 2015 in her memoir title “Straight Walk.” The decision to come out, according to Velasquez, was because of her daughter and teaching her to be honest. As a model in 1990s, Velasquez struggled with hiding her sexuality in order to succeed in the industry at a time when being openly gay would end your career.

8. Sara Ramirez

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Sara Ramirez had a very public coming out during a speech at the True Colors Fund and let it all out without looking back. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is using her voice and her platform to talk about the importance of not erasing bisexuals from the conversation. She was also a speaker at the Equality March in Washington in 2017.

9. Bella Thorne

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All it took was a one-word tweet for the actress to come out as bisexual. In 2016, a fans asked Bella Thorne on Twitter is she was bisexual. Her response: “Yes.” It set off a firestorm of fans celebrating the star’s decision to come out and she fanned the flames with posts to social media of her with a woman.

10. Mondo Guerra

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Mondo Guerra came in second place on season 8 of “Project Runway” and has offered more than just fashion. Guerra is HIV-positive and has been a vocal supporter of HIV-positive living advice. He has written op-eds discussing the realities of being HIV-positive and the possibility of living a full life with the disease. Being open about the disease is something that more people need to hear about as Latino youths are seeing an increase in HIV infections.

11. Christian Chavez

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You might know Christians Chavez from a little group known as RBD, but did you know that in 2007 he came out as gay? A gossip site published photos of the singer marrying his partner in Canada. After the photos were published, Chavez addressed the issue and Mexico was deeply divided over the sudden news.

12. Guillermo Diaz

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Guillermo Diaz has been adamant in different interviews that people get too caught up on the whole gay thing. There is no real coming out moment for Diaz as an actor and he maintains that he has always been open about who he is since she started acting. That’s probably why there haven’t been headlines saying that he finally came out because he has just always been out.

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

13. Stephanie Beatriz

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The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress got to come out twice. First, she came out as herself via a one-word tweet. This seems to be a pretty common way to come out in the 21st century. Beatriz retweeted Aubrey Plaza’s coming out interview and just said, “Yup.” She then confirmed when fans tweeted asking the star if it was true. She then got to come out again as her character on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” giving Beatriz a chance to give bisexual Latinas representation on and off the show.

14. AB Soto

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AB Soto has never really been in the closet. He made his name in the gay music scene and then “Cha Cha Bitch” was released and the world lost it. Soto is in the video dancing around in a pink sequined charro outfit and he continues to be an out and vocal Mexican-American. The singer wants to use both parts of his identity to show that it is okay to be gay and Latino.

15. James “Valentina” Leyva

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Valentina was a favorite to win season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” but one ill-timed face mask ruined it all. The Los Angeles native has made quite the career for himself since leaving the show and performs around the world as Valentina and fans eat it up. As Valentina, Leyva wants to give the world a taste of Latina culture through dress, makeup, and song.

16. Lauren Jauregui

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She might be a powerhouse in Fifth Harmony but Lauren Jauregui is even more of a force in the public sphere. The singer came out publicly in an open letter to President Trump after his campaign full of demonizing and dehumanizing minority communities. Since then, Jauregui has been outspoken on social media defending LGBTQ followers when they are bullied. That’s using your fame for good on a small scale.

Read: 25 Of Lauren Jauregui’s Most Stunning Looks From Streetwear To Costumes

17. Manuel “Manny MUA” Gutierrez

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Manuel “Manny MUA” Gutierrez is Maybelline’s first male makeup model. The social media makeup guru walked into the scene and kind of slayed all the way through. Some people tried to bully him because of the whole man wearing makeup thing but his father was quick to shut down the trolls to tell them that they need to chill.

18. Salice Rose

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Salice Rose loves God, making fun videos, and women. The YouTube and Instagram personality came out publicly years ago and did so with a simple message: love yourself. Rose uses her large social media reach make people laugh and to talk about serious issues like coming out and the importance of accepting family.

19. Gisele Alicea

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Gisele Alicea started her transition when she was 17. Thankfully, she had her mother’s full support to make the transition and was with her at every doctor’s appointment. As her body changed to be more feminine, she was approached by a photographer on the streets and they asked to photograph her. Since then, Alicea has become a major face in fashion modeling and the rest is history.

20. Laith Ashley De La Cruz

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Laith Ashley de la Cruz had his first modeling photoshoot at the very beginning of his transition. De la Cruz didn’t realize that he was trans until later in life but was fully supported by his family. The model wants to use his own platform to continue to challenge the idea of trans in the eyes of the rest of the world.

21. Roy “Bianca Del Rio” Haylock

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He won season 6 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and is one of the funniest and raunchiest queens out there. Roy Haylock started a costumer in New York, after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and eventually began to try drag. Good thing too because now he has a worldwide career as Bianca del Rio and it is not slowing down ay time soon.

22. Emily Rios

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Emily Rios is currently in the show “Snowfall” but before that she was a star on “The Bridge.” The actress and model played a lesbian Latina on “The Bridge” and the similarity to her life was not lost on her. Rios had to come out to her Mexican mother and experienced the same emotional turmoil about that fact as her “The Bridge” character. She even had a hand in making sure the character was written on the show to make sure that the character portrayed a real experience.

23. Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin was all over the place when “Livin’ La Vida Loca” shook the United States. Yet, he kept a secret to himself for years before finally declaring to the world that he is gay. Since coming out, the singer has started a family with his twins and his husband Jwan Yosef. Martin is not hiding himself anymore.

24. Wilson Cruz

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If you have ever consumed gay media, you have seen Wilson Cruz. The actor has long played gay characters and recently starred in “Star Trek.” While he makes money by entertaining us, he uses his free time to talk politics and get politicians to pay attention to the things that matter. During the 2016 campaign, Cruz was walking down Santa Monica Boulevard with then-candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss the issues facing the LGBTQ community.

25. Orlando Cruz

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Orlando Cruz is a boxer who was prompted to come out after the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The Puerto Rican, Orlando-based boxer realized that life is short and he can live his life to the fullest unlike the 49 people who died in the nightclub that night in 2016.

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These 25 Graduation Caps Will Make You Proud To Be A Latino

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These 25 Graduation Caps Will Make You Proud To Be A Latino

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There are so many ways you can wear your Latino and cultural pride on your sleeve, but what about on your head? Well, if you are getting ready to graduate this semester, you might want to start working on that. Now that you are finally on the way out, you definitely want to leave an impression. Decorating your graduation cap is one of the best ways to really stand out. Here are 25 Latino-inspired graduation caps decorations to motivate you to add some flair to your ceremony.

1. Show of how diverse you and your community is.

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This is a perfect way to remind all the non-Latinos at the ceremony that Latinos come in all shades, colors, sizes, and from more than 20 countries. Might as well leave people with more knowledge since you are celebrating being educated.

2. Give your parents the ultimate shoutout for their sacrifices.

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Maybe your parents were born in the U.S. and you don’t have the same story. That’s fine. Everyone’s parents did some kind of sacrificing to get their children to the stage. Good thing is that your madre always reminded you of what she gave up for you so it should be easy to figure out what to put on your cap.

3. Give some love to la raza on your special day.

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The more of us that graduate and go into the workforce, the more diversity we bring into our fields. Bringing our diverse backgrounds and stories into the workforce will only make it better and easier for other Latinos after us to follow in our footsteps.

Happy graduation, everybody! We are so proud of you that we made stuff to celebrate your moment.

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Click here if you want to buy the hat. Click here if you want to buy the shirt.

4. Let everyone know that you are changing the trajectory of your whole family.

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Are you a first-generation graduate? Be proud of that. Make sure you include that story on your graduation cap to make sure everyone around you knows just how hard you worked for your moment.

5. Don’t be afraid to be funny with it.

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“Better late than never” is too true for so many. The scenic route through college is something that you are probably finally ending and it’s probably because the school is out of classes for you to take.

6. Strike fear into President Trump.

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There is no question that the man is afraid of immigrants. Even scarier is going to be the educated children of those immigrants he is trying so hard to stop.

7. Let Frida Kahlo accompany you on your special day.

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For some people, mom and dad are not in the picture for whatever reason. In those moments, it is someone else that gives you the courage and motivation to get to your goals. Let your classmates know that Kahlo, or whoever it is, helped get you to the stage.

8. Let the haters know that you f*cking made it.

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For those of you who don’t know, “Ya chingué” basically means you slayed that damn thing. We all have haters whether you know it or not so make them see what you can do.

9. If you can’t find the words, let Selena say it for you.

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Not only is this phrase super iconic, it is probably going to be recognized by so many people. Selena has had a stellar couple of years and, clearly, so have you.

10. Take a moment to let everyone know what you think about borders.

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Like, everyone has been so obsessed with borders and walls and keeping people separated but that’s just not the world we live in. Embrace the modern world and give borders the finger as you spread your wings and soar.

11. Now is a great time to let everyone know that you are contributing to this country.

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If you are an immigrant and are graduating, celebrate. You are what is keeping this country running. We are a nation of immigrants and nothing and no one will ever be able to change that.

12. Plus, you can make fun of all those people who think immigrants steal jobs.

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It’s almost like they don’t know that immigrants get educated to earn the good jobs. It is always funny to take something that someone is using to demean you to make fun of them. Try it out.

13. Make something special that you can use later.

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Use it to cover your head as you walk across the stage then use it to play lotería with your family that night. That is what you call versatility.

14. Celebrate your feminine power.

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More Latinas are graduating from college than ever before. You are making history by flipping that tassel to the other side. Make sure that everyone recognizes your major accomplishment.

15. You can be as sappy as you want.

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Nothing like a sweet, sweet poem to make your parents proud of your hard work and their sacrifices. After all, they are going to make sure that you remember how much work they put in to making sure you graduated.

16. Seriously. Just honor their sacrifices.

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Nothing is done without your parents. If they are Latino they will even take credit for feeding you the right food when you were younger that made you so smart.

17. Use our culture to add some real flair.

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Not everyone can use bright colors, rhinestones, and flowers to decorate a graduation cap, but you can. Our culture is vibrant, colorful, and super floral.

18. Take a bad phrase and turn it around.

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The flowers perfectly frame the phrase “Hija de mi madre” which is really close to a phrase that means something very rude. Make your mom blush with pride when she sees you cross that stage.

19. “Hamilton” is still a thing so…

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Keep using it until people are sick of it. It doesn’t seem like that will ever happen but you never know until you try and try and try. You won’t be the only one with this idea, though.

20. Get as minimalistic with it as you want.

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No need to get too crazy with things. Just a few well thought out words and some simple drawings should be enough. There is no need to get too crazy.

21. Add a poquito de español to confuse some folks.

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Sure. You can just write University of Central Florida, but where’s the fun in that? Universidad de Florida Central is much more impactful and more likely to be noticed.

22. It’s a wrap, y’all.

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Make Ana Maria Polo proud. You finally finished your four-year degree so celebrate the fact that it’s a wrap.

23. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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In this case, that dreaded chancla is the ultimate enemy that really made a difference. If it wasn’t for all that discipline, who knows where you’d be.

24. Simple. Clean. Thankful.

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Get crafty, bust out our paint, and get to work. It isn’t hard to make a big impact with a simple design like this beautiful cap.

25. Use some Latino history to show your pride.

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This phrase is one of the most recited by Latinos. Makes sense that it will see you through to the end.