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Struggles Of Moving Back Home Every Latino Understands

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So, you’re one of the ones that left the nest, huh? That’s cool, so did I. I lived in Brooklyn and paid $9823759 a month for a 10×10 room – and I had zero regrets (that I’ll talk about later). I decided to leave NYC and move back home to Miami where I quickly learned what moving back home means…

You’ll experience round 2 of the guilt trip you got when you decided to leave.

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“¿Qué pasó? ¿Te fayó el plan? ¿No que te creías muy grande?”

Then they’ll be so happy and spoil you to death.

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By this, I mean feed you forever and make you re-gain those freshmen 15 from college. Don’t worry, mom will point that out soon enough!

They might just fix up your old room again.

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If not, you’re stuck sharing your room with abuelita that she claimed the very day you left to college.

…But then, reality sets in.

Oh, you know they were waiting for this to happen!

Going out past 9:00 p.m. is met with many, many concerns.

“But it’s so late!” “Who are you going with?” “Do you really want to leave now?” “How will I sleep knowing you’re out so late?”

You will become internal IT support.

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They can’t connect to WiFi? They can’t figure out how to post on Facebook? They WILL expect you to teach them how to do it because apparently, we’re all computer geniuses.

Your dating life is Netflix & Chill…by yourself.

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The thought of bringing anyone home to your parents’ house is enough to make you cringe forever so getting creative is key…

You will have to come up with a codeword for those Tinder dates.

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When you’re on your own, that dude you hung out with a few times and lost touch with is no big deal, but mention a man’s name around mom ONCE and she will be asking about “that boy you met in Wynwood” for about four months and she’ll want to know when she can meet him.  Don’t do it.

You won’t have any control over the dinner menu.

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It’ll be full of surprises…but free and delicious. Requests of your favorite childhood meals will be fulfilled every now and then, so you still have it pretty good, even if you can’t eat nachos at your heart’s content (every day) anymore. It’s a tough life, I know. :p

You’ll have absolutely. No. Privacy.

Oh, and every outfit will be judged. Actually, everything will be judged. But what did you really expect?

You’ll receive many passive-aggressive texts about everything you didn’t do around the house.

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Nothing is cooler than getting an 11:37 p.m. “why is your bathroom una porqueria?” text while you’re out having drinks with your friends. And you literally probably only left your CHI on the counter. SMH.

Then they’ll say the words you never thought you’d hear when they say they’ll be happy when you move out…

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…and then cry and bring on guilt trip 3 when you actually talk about doing it again.

But, this is only temporary, right?

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Even after seemingly hating and nagging you as an adult roommate, they’ll still love you and support you as their adult child in your next phase, whatever it may be. Now, get out.

READ: 10 Reasons Why Latinos Never Move Out Of Their Parents’ House

Did you move back home after college or in your ~transition period? Was it a nightmare or kind of awesome? Let us know!

This Photo Of A Dad Showing Up To Pride Even Though His Daughter Had Moved Away Is The Sweetest Thing I’ve Seen In My Life

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This Photo Of A Dad Showing Up To Pride Even Though His Daughter Had Moved Away Is The Sweetest Thing I’ve Seen In My Life

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It’s Pride Month. And, it’s also the month that we celebrate Father’s Day. So why not take the opportunity to celebrate the fathers that support their LGBTQ+ kids? We’ve scoured the farthest reaches of the internet so that you won’t have to and found 13 adorable and sweet stories that show the real love that fathers have for their LGBTQ+ children, young, or all grown up. Read on, and see if you can get to the end without tearing up!

Proud dad with an even prouder gay son.

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It was this dad’s first time celebrating Pride, who accompanied his son to show true fatherly love and support at the Los Angeles LGBT Pride Festival. Of course, do the dad duty and try to embarrass his son with a silly t-shirt.

This dad took his daughter and her friends to Pride.

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It doesn’t get much more supportive than bringing your kids to Pride, to celebrate who they are with a community of like-minded people. Even more so when it means that this dad would have had to spend hours trailing after his daughter and friends, as a chaperone. If that isn’t a labor of love, then we don’t know what is.

One proud dad at Pride.

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One super proud son had this to say about his father, “This guy had me tearing up today. My dad attending his first pride parade in DC with my little brother. I love you … and I wouldn’t have you any other way.” Because love isn’t just about emblazoning how proud you are of your son on your shirt! It’s about showing up when your children need support. This dad clears knows that, and has shown up for his son – selfies and all.

This dad and daughter duo are well-suited for each other.

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It’s great when kids show their parents love, but it’s even better when they show their love to their kids. And what better time to show off your love for your daughter, than when the two of you are dressed to the nines, and clearly having a good time? This dad knows how to make his daughter feel special – and wouldn’t we all want someone to look at us with as much love and awe as this dad does with his daughter?

A No. 1 supporter, through and through.

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Being a good father isn’t just about making sure your kids are clothed and fed, with a roof over their heads. It’s about showing support for who your kids are, through whatever trials and tribulations they face. It’s obvious that this dad knows that the main thing his son needs is his support, through thick and thin – and this son has taken the opportunity to show his thanks.

All smiles for Pride celebrations.

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This child was all smiles and happiness when both their dad and stepmom came to Pride to support them. And who can blame them? There’s a reason why Pride has the name that it’s been given. It’s not just about being proud of who you are, warts and all, but being proud of how far you’ve come as a person, and who you’ll grow to be in the future. Even though this dad has seen his child grow up, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t stop being a dad, or that he should stop supporting his child. And that warrants at least one happy, candid selfie.

Sometimes a supportive dad just needs to taste the rainbow.

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This daughter knew that the best way to celebrate Pride month was to fill up on Skittles. So you know what this supportive dad did? He bought them for his daughter. Only one rainbow matters during Pride.

Dads can support Pride, with our without their kids.

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This dad knew that he didn’t need his child with him to go to Pride – it was his responsibility as a father to show up and give support to the community, anyway. 

 One super girl and one proud dad.

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This dad knew that the best way to show his love and support for his daughter was to give her the spotlight when she participated in a Pride parade, bearing the Pride flag. Showing support as a parent means not only giving your love to your children but also having the self-control and smarts to know when to give your kids the attention and platform they need when they need it.

Someone else’s dad supports LGBTQ+ children, too.

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Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone’s dad is supportive of their LGBTQ+ children. The beauty of the LGBTQ+ community is that it is also filled with dads who are supportive of the queer children in the community. And sometimes we all just need to hear from a parental figure that we’re doing okay and that someone is proud of us. So thanks, someone else’s dad.

A simple message is enough to tell the young’uns that they’re okay.

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They say that actions speak louder than words. Well, sometimes it’s just nice to see parents taking the action of sending a quick text to tell say how proud they are of their child and what they’re doing, and that they care about their safety and wellbeing. This dad took the time to make sure his daughter definitely knew how loved she is – no matter who she loves. Because hey, love is love, guys.

Who says working and supporting your son are mutually exclusive?

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This son was excited to announce to the Twitterverse that, “… my dad shows off my boyfriend and I at work”. There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing that your dad loves you so much, and is so overwhelmingly proud of you, that he wants to tell the world about you. The fact that this dad is doing the digital equivalent of whipping a roll of photos of his son from his wallet to talk the ear off his workmates really shows the strong bond he has with his son.

Dads can support their kids and their LGBTQ+ journey at any age.

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Sam painted his nails not only because it “looks pretty”, but because it gave him time to bond with his grandmother, who was a manicurist in her working life. But, this gave rise to bullying at school. So, you know what his dad did? He took to social media, to break down barriers around masculinity and show how much he loved his son for who he is. Even if this is just dabbling in nail polish, or if Sam wants to explore his identity further, he’ll know that no matter what happens his dad will continue to be proud of him, and support him in what he does.

So, how long did it take for you to start shedding a tear or two over these loving fathers? Have you got your own stories about your father supporting the LGBTQ+ community? Let us know about your experiences on Facebook – just click the logo at the top of the page.

READ: Mexico City Paints Its LGBTQ Pride Across A Pedestrian Crossing And The People Are Here For It

This Dad Turned Their Garage Into A Disco For His Mija To Escape An Argument With Her Mom And It’s Pure Magic

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This Dad Turned Their Garage Into A Disco For His Mija To Escape An Argument With Her Mom And It’s Pure Magic

We all know that where there is love, there is war. Disagreeing with your parents is normal, and so is fighting with your parents. We love the way one dad intervened an escalating fight between his daughter and wife, and so do 9 million other Twitter users.

Ivana Reynoso posted a video of her and her dad dancing in their garage to Lady Gaga with an actual disco ball and the video went viral. With over 800k likes and 9 million views, it’s safe to say the world prefers this alternative to luchando con madre.

Ivana Reynoso posted a video of her and her father dancing to Lady Gaga and he is the clear winner.

They spent an hour dancing out the bad vibes left behind by the argument. It is one of the greatest ways we have ever seen someone deescalate an argument. 10/10

That said, the comment section lit up in good and bad ways.

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Of course, most of the world just straight up stans this duo. Can’t imagine why anyone would use their garage in any other way.

Some were really feeling for how her mom might be feeling a little left out at this point.

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If lighthearted bonding, while you’re raging on the inside isn’t painful enough, the video went viral. Thanks, internet, for always getting in the middle of relationships.

Reynoso wasn’t going to have anyone dissing her mami, as any good Latino child.

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Nice comeback, Reynoso. Life is in session, folks. Anything perfect sounds boring as hell. Also, perfect relationships are not a real thing.

Ivana took her 15 minutes of fame to plug three important issues to her.

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Reynoso wanted to take the opportunity to remind folks that trans rights are human rights, to believe women and stop littering. Solid messaging. She even added her Instagram handle to the tweet for good measure.

With that, the standom grew.

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Reynoso probably knew that this video would become the news of yesteryear by the end of the day, and jumped on the moment to normalize the issues dearest to her. That’s a strategy for the greater good right there.

Folks were inspired to see such a light and fun father-daughter relationship, as well.

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For those of us who don’t speak with our fathers or who never experienced playfulness with a parent, getting a glimpse into an hour of plain fun in the garage is like a breath of fresh air.

The comment threat is half made up of praise and adoration.

Wait for it. You know the other half is going to be straight hate (as in puro hate, that happens to single-handedly be from straight people).

Then there’s this men’s rights activist.

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This is a case of #BlackLivesMatter. Yes, sure, all lives matter, but that is mega tone-deaf. Men are assaulted, and it’s horrible and it shouldn’t happen. However, the U.S. is fighting like hell right now over abortion rights.

Allies were here to diss the transphobic trolls.

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Of which there were far too many. Thank you @paranoidangel18, for stopping hate in its tracks.

Reading a comment thread is always going to be painful, but is nearly unbearable when transphobia is involved.

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Reynoso brought up an important message, which in turn gave us all a reminder that the hate for trans people is very real in this country. We need more Ivanas plugging the cause.

In conclusion, we stan a woke, progressive Disco Queen.

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Thank you for sharing this moment of fun, and giving us all one more option to turn to when tensions start running high. 🕺🕺🕺

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