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9 Latinx LGBTQ People Who Deserve An ‘Out Magazine’ Cover More Than This White Supremacist

“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:


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.


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.


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.

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So, we’d like to offer up a few LGBTQ Latinos that would probably make for a better feature:

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1. Carmen Carrera

That aids thing has to go✌️… #amfAR #makingaidshistory

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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

Sometimes I miss the smell of a hanger. #memories

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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

THANK YOU, TORONTO! ❤️❤️ #pride #goodtimes

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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

FEELING THE LOVE AT NYC PRIDE MARCH! #keepkissing

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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 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

Before the Molly's…??❤

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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!

And finally…

9. Juan Gabriel

Gracias a todos los que comparten alegrías

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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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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin has long been an international superstar – even long before ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ took over virtually every airway in the world. But it’s hard to deny that with that song, the Puerto Rican singer entered the global mainstream and ever since he’s been a pop icon.

From being one of the first major pop stars to publicly come out as gay, to acting in popular TV series, and getting married and becoming a father of four, Ricky Martin has always been a very busy man.

And despite a global pandemic that has forced all of us to stay at home and find a ‘new normal,’ Martin has forged a path forward. He recently sat down for an interview with Billboard to discuss everything from new music, the global Coronavirus pandemic, and his identity as an out and proud gay Latino.

Considering we’re all still living amid a global pandemic, the Billboard interview started on this very relevant topic.

Billboard points out that Martin and his family live in a very big and beautiful house in Beverly Hills, which likely makes staying at home a bit easier compared to the rest of us. However, Martin points out that he has a very loud home – with four kids and his mom all living under one roof. But he admits, “…I am very lucky. I am in a comfortable home where my kids can play.”

Ricky Martin is also working on new music. He released Pausa in May, and now as he works on new music the world is a very different place. He told Billboard: “I started working on my music maybe nine months ago. In my mind, the album was going to be called Movimiento, which means movement. But with all this [pandemic], it just told me… “The way it was, was not working. Let’s do it differently.” I have music with rhythm, but I was not going to tell people to move! So I named it Pausa.”

He also speaks about his close relationship with fellow Puerto Rican, El Conejo Malo.

Shortly after Billboard released its history-making cover with Bad Bunny on the the cover, Martin described San Benito as a “Latin queer icon.” Many people – of all backgrounds – took issue with that. But Ricky Martin tells Billboard that “allies are so important. Without them, our fight for equality is impossible. It really tickles me to see Bad Bunny as a gay icon — just like Cher could be. Why not?”

The Puerto Rican singer shared what his coming out experience was like and reveals he never tires of sharing it.

In the interview, Martin is very open about his coming out as gay. The singer came out as gay in 2010, married husband Jwan Yosef in 2017, and together the couple is raising four children.

Rolling Stone asked Martin, 48, what it was like to remain closeted during “the most public, exposed period” of his life.

“I had moments of extreme positivity, and not so positive [moments],” Martin answered. “Life was a bit on steroids in those days. Everything was really intense, but I could take it! I come from a school of military discipline when it comes to training for music, dance, and acting. I started when I was 12. So for me, it was about not being ready to open [up]. When you open an egg from the outside, what comes out is death. But when the egg opens from the inside, what comes out is life. It’s something that needs to come from within. Every time someone forces someone to come out, what you’re doing is you’re destroying the natural flow of the self-discovery.”

When asked what motivated him to come out publicly, Martin said that a kid somewhere in America needs to see positive headlines about coming out.

“Today I woke up to this beautiful headline that I know someone out there is in need of. The headline was something like, ‘I came out. And ever since I’ve been the happiest.’ Something like that, something… My heart is beating faster because I know today a kid somewhere in America woke up needing to hear those words. A lot of people say they get tired of talking about the same thing. Why would I? Are you kidding me? For so many years I had to keep it inside. And then the effect of someone… What people are getting from it in their healing process?”

Billboard also asked Martin his feelings on how the media is profiting and accepting Puerto Rican and Latinx culture.

When asked if he feels that the American media has gotten better or more open to understanding Puerto Rican culture, Martin responded: “We certainly have a long way to go, but the important thing is that we see that there’s an audience that is interested. And it’s up to us to bring [the] education.”

And he’s absolutely right. This year has seen several Latino artists rise to the top of all sorts of charts. Bad Bunny and J Balvin are among the most streamed artists globally and Bad Bunny is one of the most streamed artists on YouTube as well.

Meanwhile, Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are working on a film that will be out early next year. The Emmy’s, VMAs, and other award shows finally had decent representation of artists of color – particularly among the Latinx community.

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for his progressive views on contemporary issues. Since his election to papal office in 2013, Pope Francis has largely been considered open-minded due to his comparatively laid-back stances on controversial topics like divorce, climate change, and LGBT issues.

On Thursday, the Jesuit publication American Magazine reported that Pope Francis recently told the parents of LGBT children that “God loves your children as they are.”

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According to the publication, the Pope was having a dialogue with the parent of a lapsed-Catholic gay child who had left the church because “he did not feel accepted in his diversity”. The woman, whose name is Mara Grassi, is the Vice President of an association called “Jonathan’s Tent,” which “welcomes and provides information and formation to L.G.B.T. Christians, their families and pastoral workers.”

Before describing her interaction with the Pope, Grassi explained her journey as a Catholic parent of a gay child to American Magazine. “For many years I was like a blind person,” she said.

“After I came to know that my son was homosexual, I suffered a lot because the rules of the church made me think that he was excluded from the love of God. Nobody helped me,” Grassi added.

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It was only when Grassi attended a Catholic vigil against homophobia and connected with other parents of gay children that she realized that “faith and homosexuality are not in opposition” and that “God loves my son as he is.” And according to this most recent report, the Pope’s opinion seems to be in accordance with Grassi’s beliefs.

Grassi told American Magazine that she told the Pope she wanted to “create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.” It was in response to this statement that the Pope told her: “The church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.”

According to the same report, before he left, Jonathan’s Tent gifted the Pope a rainbow-colored T-shirt with the words “In love there is no fear” written across the front.

Considering the Catholic Church’s traditionally conservative stances on gay issues, the Pope’s statement was surprising to many. In the past, the Catholic Church’s stance has been that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law.”

The Pope himself also has a complicated track record on gay rights, implying that gay marriage “threatens” the “very institution of marriage”. However, he has also previously expressed sympathy and modest support for people in the queer community as well as their loved ones, saying “If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”.

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