“Out Magazine,” an LGBTQ fashion and lifestyle magazine, recently published an article about Milo Yiannopoulos, and the Twitter world was. not. having. it. If you don’t know Yiannopoulos, he is the self-proclaimed Twitter troll that led the racist, hate-filled attack against Leslie Jones that ultimately got him banned from the platform for life.
This is the tweet/story that had people up in arms:
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) September 21, 2016
As many of the comments pointed out, readers were pissed that the LGBTQ magazine gave a “white supremacist” a platform while continuously ignoring LGBTQ people of color.
Twitter users went in on “Out Magazine” for giving an alt-right personality a platform, while also attempting to humanize him for readers.
What most disturbs me about the Milo imagery is that he’s being sexualized — another instance of white guy getting a pass bc of thirst. pic.twitter.com/MxVpkMAydM
— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) September 21, 2016
Now, everyone deserves to be who they want to be, but when you promote “equality,” it’s probably best to be equal in who you promote and give a platform to.
And people were not going to let the magazine off the hook for its latest stunt.
— Matthew D'Ambrosio (@drmattdambrosio) September 21, 2016
If they were looking for free publicity, they definitely found it.
People wanted to know why LGBTQ people of color aren’t being featured, but a highly controversial white supremacist is.
CREDIT: Credit: @outmagazine / Twitter
So, we’d like to offer up a few LGBTQ Latinos that would probably make for a better feature:
CREDIT: Credit: RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo / RuPaul’s Drag Race S5
1. Carmen Carrera
Carmen Carrera rose to fame after appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2. She didn’t win, but since being on the show, she has publicly transitioned and has used her own fame to challenge stereotypes of trans people. But more than that, Carrera has been a big activist on the global platform. She volunteers for amfAR, working to eradicate AIDS and has also teamed up with HBO to do a documentary about LGBTQ issues in South America.
2. Laith Ashley De La Cruz
This Dominican model is another trans Latino who is making a name for himself. Not only is he dreamy, De La Cruz has been vocal about the violence trans people of color have been facing on an escalating scale. De La Cruz has been open and public about his transition, serving as a role model for young Latinos and other people of color who are struggling with their own identity.
3. Wilson Cruz
Wilson Cruz has been one of the most politically active voices in the Latino LGBTQ community this year. Immigration rights and a transparent democracy have been at the center of his messaging since the primary races, and he even walked down Santa Monica Blvd. with Bernie Sanders earlier this year. For a magazine claiming that Yiannopoulos was covered because of political engagement, maybe they should take a peep into Wilson Cruz’s own political involvements.
4. Shane Ortega
Shane Ortega is more than just a pioneering trans military serviceman, he’s a LGBTQ rights activist and a disabled combat veteran, according to his Instagram profile. It was reported that during his time in the military, he was forced to wear a female uniform due to the procedures banning trans people from openly serving in the military. This year, the Pentagon did away with the ban of trans people serving in the military, giving many Americans a chance to finally serve their nation openly.
5. Bianca Del Rio
This fierce af drag queen has been making headlines because of her foul-mouthed, Joan Rivers-inspired style of comedy. Not only is she consistently touring around the country with her comedy shows, she is also starring in a brand new comedy, “Hurricane Bianca.” The movie, which is guaranteed to leave you rolling with laughter, not only tackles the negative LGBTQ stereotypes that exist in Texas (where the movie is set), but also calls out the racism and micro-aggressions Latinos face on a daily basis.
6. Mondo Guerra
Mondo Guerra was the “Project Runway” season 8 runner up who came out as HIV positive while on the show in 2010. The emotional moment when he disclosed his status to the world is something that Guerra should definitely be proud of. Since the show, Guerra has been a big HIV and AIDS activist, from designing limited edition clothing for Dining Out For Life and creating art installations for the 2016 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA).
7. Moises Serrano
Moises Serrano is a strong man fighting for undocuqueer rights. Raised in rural North Carolina, Moises has faced challenges because of his undocumented status, sexual orientation and race. It is such an honor to have worked with @bigapedance and Moises on this story. Read his compelling story of acceptance, hope and activism by clicking the link in my bio. Photo Credit: Kathi Barnhill #gay #gaysofinstagram #instagay #activism #undocumented #undocuqueer #northcarolina #moisesserrano #hope #latino #pride #lgbt #lgbtpride #equality #mitu #wearemitu #mituworld #mitumix
Moises Serrano might not be the biggest name out there, but his story is resonating with a national audience. Serrano is the focus of “Forbidden: Undocumented And Queer In Rural America,” which follows his life and experience in North Carolina as, well, undocumented and queer. The documentary premiered this year at OutFest and has since one two awards, including the Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
8. Monica Raymund
Monica Raymund is one of the main stars of “Chicago Fire” and only recently came out as bisexual on Twitter. Now, it wasn’t like she wasn’t out before: According to a follow up tweet, Raymond had been out privately to those close to her for 10 years, but she shows that coming out is an ongoing process and would give Out a chance to represent bisexual people, as well!
9. Juan Gabriel
Juan Gabriel is recently passed, but that doesn’t mean that Out Magazine shouldn’t have done an extensive interview with the Mexican music and fashion icon. He never openly came out, but he had the greatest response ever when he was asked if he was gay: “They say you shouldn’t ask questions about the things you can easily see.” He also holds special meaning for queer Latinos and offered an alternative view of masculinity not often represented in media.
So seriously, “Out Magazine.” It’s time for you to start recognizing more LGBTQ people of color. And now we’ve made it that much easier for you!
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