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These Queer And Trans Latinos Are Calling For Minority Groups To Unite And Fight Together

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You can see the pain in their eyes.

As Orlando and the world try to make sense of the horrific attack on an LGBTQ club in Orlando, Familia:TQLM talked with people in the trans and queer community about the incident. The timing of the attack — it took place on the club’s “Latin Night” — is more than an attack on the LGBTQ community, but on people of color that exist within the LGBTQ community. The feeling of being marginalized on two fronts is the theme of this emotional and impactful video. According to those in the video, the attack in Orlando is another example of the country’s long-standing history of violence against “queer and trans people of color.”


“What happened in Orlando is not new, because we, people of color, have a history in the U.S. of never mattering,” Alan Pelaez Lopez says in the video. “We have a history of enslavement, we have a history of exploitation, we have a history of criminalization, and we have a history of violence. And that is what happened today.”


The video is also a call for ALL people of color and minority groups to unite and fight for equal rights, protections and progress.


READ: Remembering The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting, Many Of Whom Were Latino

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This Former Presidential Candidate Just Channeled His Inner Nacho Libre

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This Former Presidential Candidate Just Channeled His Inner Nacho Libre

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Nachoooooooooooo Liiiiiibre!

Mitt Romney has come a long way from his “self-deportation” days. The former Republican presidential candidate recently embraced his Mexican roots and jumped inside the lucha ring dressed as Nacho Libre, the character made famous by Jack Black.


It was all for a good cause: Romney rocked the stretchy pants at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, that benefitted CharityVision International, a nonprofit spearheaded by his son that combats blindness in developing nations, according to MassLive. The headliners of the evening were none other than former boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya and actor/presenter Mario Lopez.


For his part, Romney appears to have enjoyed himself.


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And in case you’re wondering why a Latino-themed event would even take place in a place like Utah, you should probably know that the state’s Latino population has exploded by nearly 78 percent in the last decade. In fact, Latinos now constitute 13 percent of all Utahns. This is yet another example that shows that we’re taking over,  which makes us feel like:


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READ: Trump Says Racism is Bad After Repeatedly Being Racist

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