A Gender Fluid Tribe Lives in the Colombian Amazon Jungle

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The Ticuna tribe is the definition of gender fluid. Nelson Morales photographed the Ticuna tribe in the Colombian Amazon for Vice and found it to be super similar to his photo essay of the Muxes, a third gender community of Oaxaca.

The Ticunas “have loudly campaigned for the right to be able to express their fluid gender, and to be seen and admired by others without prejudice,” Morales writes for Vice. “You see them in the jungle, wading in the river, walking down the streets in their villages, adding color and flavor to the region.”

Just like Oaxaca’s Muxes, Ticunas are well-accepted by their community thanks to the help of mass media. In a series of portraits, Morales captures their beauty and their playful nature.

See the entire photo essay in Vice here.

READ: Not Male, Not Female, but Muxe, Mexico’s Third Gender

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Sesame Street's New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud


Sesame Street’s New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud

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For a lot of us, “Sesame Street” was our first teacher and the show introduced us to many kinds of people (and muppets) living all over the world. So we were obviously excited when it was announced that TV’s most famous street was getting a new Latina resident to introduce to kids. Suki Lopez is now speaking out about how her Latina pride will be featured in the show.

Originally from Miami, Cuban-American Suki  grew up among many other Latinos and has always been proud of her heritage, something that seemed to confuse people outside of her hometown. As she told The Miami New Times, “I once had somebody comment to me: ‘It’s funny — you’re so proud to be Latina. I’ve never met somebody who’s so proud.'” Her reaction is one that many of have: “Why wouldn’t I be?” She hopes pride comes through in her character,  a bilingual college student named Nina. You can get a peek into Nina’s world (including the bike shop where she works) on Suki’s Instagram. Warning: There will be monsters.

Sesame Street’s other notable Latino residents have included the Delgado family (Luis, Maria, and Gabi), lovable monster Rosita, and – fun fact –Boricua actor Raúl Julía, who played a handyman in the ’70s!

Below, check out Suki talking to “American Latino” about her Cuban background (which includes having lots of café con leche and tostada for breakfast – she’s legit) and what it’s like working on “Sesame Street”:

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READ: How Sesame Street’s Maria Schooled Us on Dreaming Big

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