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Should Anyone Ask If Laurie Hernandez Is Puerto Rican Enough?

CREDIT: LAURIE HERNANDEZ / INSTAGRAM

On the surface, it’s been a great year for Laurie Hernandez.

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After taking home the team gold at this year’s Olympics and getting to meet Beyoncé at MTV’s Video Music Awards, 16-year-old Hernandez is now turning heads on this season of “Dancing With The Stars.” But as mainstream acceptance grows, Hernandez is getting flak for, of all things, not being Puerto Rican enough. As The Undefeated pointed out in a recent piece on Hernandez, this kind of criticism has followed Laurie since she entered the spotlight, and it’s the same kind of criticism many first generation Latinos face.

Writer Sarina Morales points out one of the main reasons for this kind of negativity: “Either you’ve integrated yourself too much or not enough.”

CREDIT: LAURIE HERNANDEZ / INSTAGRAM

Like many first generation Latinos, Laurie’s parents did their best to make sure Laurie didn’t have to struggle integrating into U.S. culture. This meant that they focused on her English skills, rather than her Spanish. This doesn’t mean they turned their backs on their Puerto Rican heritage. All it means is that they were trying do what was best for their child – and with a gold medal under her belt, Laurie is doing pretty good, all things considered. For the record, Laurie can speak Spanish, just not as fluently as someone who grew up in Puerto Rico. When asked if she gets criticized for her Spanish, Laurie confirmed, saying,  “Yeah, I do.” Then adding, “It’s kind of, like, ‘fake’ Puerto Rican.” This kind of prejudice is sad, but if her track record is any indication, Hernandez will rise above and come out a champ.

Read the whole story: “LAURIE HERNANDEZ IS PUERTO RICAN, WHETHER ANYONE AGREES OR NOT.


READ: Laurie Hernandez And Her “DWTS” Partner Are Adorable AF

"House Of Mayhem" Seeks To Bring More LGBTQ Representation To Your Screen

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“House Of Mayhem” Seeks To Bring More LGBTQ Representation To Your Screen

House of Mayhem / Seed & Spark

Fans of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will recognize a couple of familiar faces among the cast of “House of Mayhem,” a new series about the families we create for ourselves. Currently, the show–which co-stars actress Carmen Carrera and drag queen extraordinaire Ginger Minj (both of whom are Latinx!)–is seeking crowdfunding via Seed & Spark.

Based on the GLAAD Award-nominated play “Auntie Mayhem” by playwright David Pumo, the show, inspired by Pumo’s own work with LGBTQ teens, follows three teens (Dennis, Ivan and Epiphany) after they’re turned away by their own families and forge a new one with fashion photographer Felony Mayhem and his husband, Bobo. (I mean, the names alone…) The series is directed by Henry Alberto, who shares that his work aspires “to speak the untold, and to honor the outcast and ignored.”

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Ginger Minj plays Charlotte, a drag star and friend of Felony’s who isn’t exactly the kids’ biggest fan:

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And Carmen Carrera plays Farrah, a social worker who advocates on behalf of at-risk LGBTQ teens:

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Credit: House of Mayhem / Seed & Spark

Donation incentives for the show’s fundraising efforts range from gratitude and credit on their official website, to having a character named for you and even a special “brought to you by” credit on an episode.

Here’s a lil’ sneak peek of what you can expect from the show:

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READ: These Filmmakers Are Fed Up With How TV Kills Off Queer Characters

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