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North Carolina Passed A Law That Pissed This Latina Off So Much She Canceled Her Show

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Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are giving a big face palm to North Carolina now that the state government has passed HB2, an anti-LGBT law. The singers cancelled all of their concerts for their Future Now tour because, clearly, the state is stuck in the past.

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Here’s what they said in a statement:

“After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.

North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance.

We know the cancellation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law. #RepealHB2”

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Demi’s been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community and received GLAAD’s Vangard Award during GLAAD’s Media Awards, but she and Nick have a point – it’s about basic human rights.

This law they’re standing up against prohibits anyone to go into the restroom of the gender they identify with. Instead, it states a person must go to the bathroom of the gender they were assigned to at birth. Which means that a transgender person would have to go into a woman’s restroom because that’s the gender they were born with. The law also gives the power to the state and overrides any local government ordinances.

“Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas continue to be fearless advocates for LGBT equality and acceptance,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “By taking a firm stand against North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law, they’re sending a clear message to fans and lawmakers alike: hate should never be tolerated.”

Read more about Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s statement here

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Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” is truly one of the only sitcom comedies so many people have been able to relate to. Based on the CBS sitcom of the same name, Netflix upped its relevance by basing the story around a Cuban-American family. The show features a single mom, who is also a veteran suffering from PTSD; an abuelita Cuban immigrant; her pet grandson who can do no wrong; and Elena Alvarez, a teenage girl coming to terms with her sexuality.

Watching a gay Latina, well-played by straight ally Isabella Gomez, navigate teenagehood in an overprotective Latino home is a world of difference from similar shows targeting white audiences. Often, our experiences don’t come close to the loving response Elena gets, but seeing it come to fruition for a fictional character is everything. Here are some of the times Elena was the queer Latina representation that has been missing for too long.

We said it to our mami’s over and over again and they thought we were wacky feminists.

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Well, it was all true. Elena’s mom’s response was like all of ours: “I know, honey, but you’ll find the right boy and then you’ll know.” Nope. There never was a right boy.

We all had one best friend that we called wifey and held hands with.

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You didn’t have romantic feelings for them (or maybe you did), but the intimacy you craved most was with girls and your lesbian heart knows no depths of love for your BFF. 

IRL, Gomez is besties with her on-screen bestie, played by Ariela Barer.

You were excited about saving the planet as a teenager.

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Sure, the activist lesbian is a stereotype, but I haven’t found a fellow queero who wasn’t either vegan, plastic-free, or concerned about world affairs as a teenager. The world needs us.

You were the feminist authority in the house.

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Before Elena’s sexuality ever came into question on the show, she was teaching Feminism 101 to all the generations that came before her. Same.

And you were never trying to be ladylike.

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The “how are you going to get a husband with Cheetos for fingers?” worked nothing on us. No me importa.

You were a constant disappointment for your lack of enthusiasm for beauty products.

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My mom threw away my skater Vans in a public dumpster to force me to buy different shoes or walk home barefoot, HBU?

Your reaction to kissing a boy for the first time was something like this:

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I mean, it usually wasn’t, right? 🤞Elena thought that if there was ever a boy that she would like, it would be cutie pie Josh. Raise your hand if you gave yourself this test before just letting yourself be gay? 🙋‍♀️

Your abuela or tías kept trying to force boys onto you.

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Or Elena onto Josh, in this case. Or your cousins kept calling you a snob for not being into the cutest boy on the block. “What, are you too good for him?” Uh, probably, yes.

When Elena justifies her attraction to Josh because he likes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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These are solid reasons, Elena. Most people don’t have to write a list of nice things about a person to convince them they like them. Take note, baby gays.

“I feel more when I see a photo of Kristen Stewart than I do when I’m kissing him.”

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During Elena’s official coming out to her mom, it all clicked for Lupe right here in this moment. For my mom it was, “I had a feeling. You always made a disgusting face when I mentioned cojones.”

It’s like, you’re my mother. Who wouldn’t make a face?

When it’s so complicated figuring out if the girl you like also likes girls (and you)…

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Sometimes, you have to revert to cave speak. Let’s be real, coming out at any age is like resetting the clock to a 12-year-old boy. Eyes up, eyes up.

ODAAT devotes so much good screen time to getting Elena’s S.O., Syd’s pronouns right.

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They identify as they/them and when Elena’s mom starts calling them girlfriends, these two set everyone straight. They spent half an episode trying to figure out a gender neutral, affectionate term for each other. 

And the right amount of awkwardness when Lupe gives Elena the ‘sex talk.’

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Lupe goes to her “lesbian Yoda”, played by Judy Reyes, for advice and comes back with this. K…

When Elena’s dramatic abuela tells her how to come out of the closet.

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Apparently, flamingo style and with lots of flair. Lydia proves to be a priceless element of what it means to be queer and Latina.

Having to explain to her abuela identifying as gay is important by bringing up her Cubanidad.

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How many times have we heard someone’s abuela complain about why the gays have to have their own parade? But, yeah, we’re here to build the floats for all your Cuban parades, too.

When the abuela is in pure denial about the other gays in the family.

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“How is that gay?”

Literally, they all went to her wedding but Lydia eventually confesses she thought it was just a “very affectionate BBQ.” 

When Elena asked if she could wear Docs with her quince dress. 💀

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I’m dead. When her abuela surprised her with a pantsuit instead of a poofy dress on her big day, I was sobbing right along with Elena.

Of course, what’s being a queer Latina without a homophobic dad to throw into the mix.

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Luckily, he ends up coming around, but not before bailing on her at her own quince. ODAAT isn’t the fantasy world of what we all wish our childhood could have been. The machismo is real, and it made her dad bounce during the father-daughter dance.

Seeing Elena dance the father-daughter dance with her mami had us all 😭 😭 😭 

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Above all, this is a show about strong, empowered women, of all sexualities, ages, and interests coming together. There’s a reason why therapists are prescribing this show to their lesbian Latina clients (it me.)

We ultimately get to see Elena become comfortable and confident in her identity.

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When she confronts her father again and someone made a hat that said V.A.G. (short for Victor Alvarez Guapísimo), he refused to wear it. This. 😂 

And watch her family climb on board…

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Granted, Lydia had to become accidentally super duper high to make this realization, but, yes, the opera is gay. ; ) If you are, too, we highly recommend “One Day at a Time,” now streaming all three seasons on Netflix.

READ: The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable

Here’s How The Internet Reacted When Demi Lovato Tweeted About The 21 Savage Controversy

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Here’s How The Internet Reacted When Demi Lovato Tweeted About The 21 Savage Controversy

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We all know Demi Lovato is just six months sober from a major overdose in July 2018. She’s spent 90 days in rehab, out of the public eye, and has been slowing returning to social media. First, it started out with Instagram likes and gradually progressed to the singer calling out body-shaming gaming app advertisements on the platform.

Now, the international icon has deleted her Twitter platform after users assumed the worst in her and started attacking her mental health struggles. Lovato took to her Instagram stories to explain exactly what went down.

It all started when rapper 21 Savage was arrested by ICE for deportation.

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The whole internet was shook to learn that 21 Savage was even British to begin with. The rapper entered the US legally in 2005 but has allegedly failed to renew his visa to legally stay in the country.

“So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.”

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Lovato tweeted and then quickly deleted the tweet after people starting attacking her past drug use. Before deleting her account, she parted with these words, “If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me for something original and not involving drugs.”

Lovato was quick to get the story straight, however.

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Get it? Because who knew that 21 Savage was British and do they even have pens over there yet? Let the record show that the whole internet was already laughing at this.

And quick to call out the truly barbaric attacks she was receiving.

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“Go shoot some more heroine Demi”? Really? It is never okay to bully someone for mental health problems.

Lovato is known for being vulnerable and honest about her battles with addiction.

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Her fanbase is so big and devoted because of that vulnerability. Lovato has always taken us all along for the ride.

That vulnerability made her a quick target.

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It’s hard enough to overcome an addiction in private. We can’t imagine how difficult it must be as a public figure.

People shouldn’t be directing their anger with ICE at Demi Lovato.

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Understandably, the immigrant community and its allies have well-deserved anger and resentment towards the free range that ICE as a federal agency receives. They’re the ones separating children from their families without any intent or means to reunite them.

Because, really, there’s no excuse for this kind of dangerous behavior.

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And yet, all that ugly that ICE brings to the table doesn’t permit ugly to be dished out at other vulnerable populations. Haven’t we been educated enough to arrive at the scientific consensus that addiction and alcoholism is a disease? Nobody is cracking lupus jokes at Selena Gomez.

Could Lovato have provided some compassionate context?

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Completely out of the context of her personality, you could question what she was referring to. But we do know the context, and Lovato isn’t AOC. She’s perusing the Twitterverse like everyone else.

Even Wale came out to throw shade at Lovato.

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At first, he just replied to her saying, “Why is somebody freedom funny…I don’t get the joke.” Lovato’s now deleted response was, “Wale just salty I never replied to his desperate tweets years ago.”

Wale responded, “Still ain’t gon disrespect you…still praying for you Demi. Glad u seen my old tweets. Hopefully you seen the ones providing comfort and prayer when you were down. I don’t kick people when they down. Go queen.”

Lovato spells it out crystal clear:

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Wale kept going, but, understandably, Lovato wants to keep the conversation more private. Being a celebrity sounds terrible.

Some celebrities have come out to support Demi.

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In an Instagram live stream, Tory Lanez pulled for Demi. “I’m not feeling this whole coming for Demi Lovato thing B, I’m not feeling it. I’m not feeling it. Some n***as really don’t watch the Super Bowl my n***a? And I’m not gonna lie that shit is wild entertaining n***a. I’m not for this whole coming for Demi Lovato thing.”

And now, there are even memes about the meme scandal. #TheInternet

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It’s crazy how that went from 0 to 100 real quick. Demi laughed alongside The Internet at a truly non-offensive meme and now she’s canceled Twitter.

Some of the memes are painfully accurate of how it went down.

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I’m cringing. The internet calls out Demi for laughing at one element of an otherwise traumatic event, and the internet responds by wielding her own trauma as the butt of a joke. Cool.

Even if your racist tio tweeted that meme, you’d probably let it slide.

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You have to pick your battles, right? And making fun of British quills ain’t mierda compared to everything else out there. Not even relatively speaking, is the meme offensive.

Our societal double standards around drug addiction need to change.

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I’d also like to point out how sexism allows people to subconsciously respect one man’s addiction and use a woman’s addiction as a ‘flaw.’ We can do better.

Meanwhile, the internet has largely left this one alone.

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Tomi Lahren is still on Twitter?! Excuse me?! Where the trolls at?

Except for Cardi B. She’s revving up for a dog walk.

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If you missed the epic interchange between Cardi B and conservative pundit Tomi Lahren, let’s just say that Lahren tried it with Cardi B but Cardi B shut her down hard.

Now we’ve lost our Twitter privileges with Demi.

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We don’t know how long she’ll be breaking from Twitter, but we hope it’s not long. Since she’s been back on social media, she’s rallied her fan base to petition Instagram to remove advertisements for a hugely problematic body shaming game.

It’s agreed that Lovato, nor anyone else, deserves to be bullied.

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The internet is a place where bullying can run rampant. It those times, if you are exepriencing or witnessing bullying that affects you, it is important to know that you can walk away. Silence the notifications, put the phone down, and take time for yourself.

READ: Demi Lovato Clapped Back At A Body Shaming Game App Advertisement On Instagram And We’re All In

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