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Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

Governors in the U.S. have tried and failed multiple times to enshrine discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by passing “religious freedom” bills. At the heart of these bills is the idea that someone’s religion is enough to discriminate against those of different faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Puerto Rico tried to follow the same failed path as Indiana and the backlash was swift and victorious after Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny (Benito Martinez) spoke out against the bill forcing Governor Ricardo Rosselló to backtrack on his bill to discriminate.

In April, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló presented the Puerto Rican House of Representatives a “religious freedom” bill.

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The bill was months in the making and Gov. Rosselló showed his full support for the bill, House Bill 2069. The bill would have allowed for government employees to openly discriminate against people who went against their religious beliefs.

Ricky Martin spoke up against the measure and called out the Puerto Rican government and their willingness to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

“While the world calls for equality, respect for diversity and the defense of human rights, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Governor of Puerto Rico are pushing for a measure that goes against all of the above and it encourages division, prejudice, hatred and the lack of respect for individuality,” Martin wrote on his fan website. “It does so under a premise that undermines the constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of race, sex or belief, and in its place, justifies an irrational protection of the religious convictions of government employees.”

“As a member of the LGBTT community, I join the constituency that affirms that there has never been a willingness among our LGBTT people to allow for the validation or legalization of discrimination against us.”

“House Bill 2069, filed at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and promoted by Representative Charbonier, achieve nothing more than opening the doors to hatred towards anyone who doesn’t share the same ideology, who simply belong to the LGBTT community, or who don’t  have the same color skin, amidst many other discriminatory measures.”

“Authentic religious freedom calls for respecting everyone equally.”

Bad Bunny also used his platform to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Rico.

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“While we ‘bad guys’ do out to unite people and try to send a message of respect and tolerance, the leaders of my country work to do the opposite,” he wrote on Instagram. “We cannot take steps backwards, NEVER! @ricardorossello you make excellent coffee, I know that you can also make an excellent decision.”

Calle 13’s Residente joined his Puerto Rican peers to call out the Puerto Rican government’s wishes to strip LGBTQ+ people of their humanity with the law.

These calls against the action came during Pride month when the U.S. is supposed to be celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, which still faces discrimination and violence.

After the outcry, Gov. Rosselló reversed his support for the bill and ordered the Puerto Rican House of Representatives to shelf the bill.

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“WE WON! The recent years, Western countries have made significant advances in guaranteeing equal right for the LGBTT community,” Martin tweeted.

Martin celebrated the decision by educating his followers about what the measure would mean for the LGBTQ+ community.

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“These advances were threatened recently in Puerto Rico, where the House fo Representatives passed legislation that endangered the progress won in the last decade and risked feeding the division, prejudice, and tensions between the communities.”

He did not sugar coat the true meaning behind the legislation.

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“By granting government employees the power to act in accordance with their religious convictions, personal values, and principles, this regressive legislation would have sanctioned the practice of institutional discrimination on the part of those who committed themselves to a life in public service.”

Congratulations, Ricky!

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It just goes to show that enough public outcry can make politicians listen to the majority instead of the vocal minority.

READ: After Delay Caused By Border Wall And Trump’s Feud with Puerto Rico, Congress Finally Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package

Ricky Martin And Enrique Iglesias Are Teaming Up For A New Super Tour

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Ricky Martin And Enrique Iglesias Are Teaming Up For A New Super Tour

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Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias are planning a mega tour to bring their music to the masses. The two heartthrobs are teaming up to treat Canada and the U.S. audiences to a show they will never forget.

Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin are coming together to give their fans a collab they didn’t know they needed.

“I thought this would happen some time, but didn’t know when,” Iglesias told reporters during a press conference.

Young musician Sebastián Yatra will be joining the two musical powerhouses as a special guest for this North American tour.

For Yatra, the chance to perform with Iglesias and Martin is a dream come true.

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“If I didn’t have the chance to be onstage, I would buy a ticket to see you,” Yatra said about the show at the press conference. “I visualized this in my life. They are two of my biggest idols.”

Fans cannot wait for the tour to start.

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Who doesn’t want to see these three gorgeous men rock the stage? Just think about what you might see when Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Sebastián Yatra each take the stage. It is likely going to be a very sexy show.

However, people are begging the trio to make a trip overseas with their show.

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It must be so frustrating to know that this show is happening but you have no chance to participate. Iglesias and Martin will be leaving it all on the stage and there are so many billions of people who don’t even have the chance to see them live.

Of course, people are definitely asking for them to tour Latin America.

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You can catch the show at any of the tour dates below!

Sept. 5 – Phoenix, Arizona
Sept. 6 – El Paso, Texas
Sept. 9 – Edinburg , Texas
Sept. 11 – San Antonio, Texas
Sept. 12 – Houston, Texas
Sept. 13 – Dallas, Texas
Sept. 17 – Los Angeles, California
Sept. 22 – San Jose, California
Sept. 24 – Sacramento, California
Sept. 26 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 1 – Chicago, Illinois
Oct. 6 – Boston, Massachusetts
Oct. 8 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 10 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Oct. 14 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct. 17 – Newark, New Jersey
Oct. 18 – New York City, New York
Oct. 23 – Miami, Florida
Oct. 29 – Orlando, Florida
Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Georgia

READ: Enrique Iglesias Got On One Knee To Present Pitbull His Award At The Latin AMAs

Recruiter Told Oklahoma Students To Line Up By Skin Color And ‘Nappiest’ Hair

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Recruiter Told Oklahoma Students To Line Up By Skin Color And ‘Nappiest’ Hair

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There’s a lot to learn from college officials and recruiters, including how ignorant the world can be.

According to recent reports, a recruiter for an Oklahoma Christian college was fired after directing students at a high school in Oklahoma to line themselves up by the color of their skin as well as how “nappy” to “straight” their hair was.

During a visit to Harding Charter Preparatory, the unidentified white recruiter had teachers in tears.

According to KFOR-TV, the recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University went to the school last Monday and upset teachers so much that some of them were int ears.

“He was like, ‘Let’s play a little game,’” one 11th-grade student told KFOR-TV in an interview about the recruiter. “He said, ‘Okay everyone, now line up from darkest to lightest skin complexion.’ ”

According to the station, the recruiter never gave an explanation about his request and he also told students to order themselves by kinkiest hair.

“He told us nappiest hair in the back and straighter hair in the front,” another student from the high school told KFOR-TV. “Teachers left. They were crying because they were offended. It’s just horrible.”

Since the incident, the recruiter has been fired from the university.

In a statementto KFORTV, the university confirmed the firing saying “OC admissions leadership did not approve the inappropriate activity in advance and has communicated closely with Harding administration since the visit. Admissions staff are scheduled to visit the academy Monday to apologize to Harding students and staff on behalf of the University.”

In a separate statement about the incident Harding Charter Prep’s principal, Steven Stefanick called the recruiters actions “inappropriate and hurtful” and said that it left everyone “stunned and distraught. “Over the years, we have had a strong relationship with the university and have never encountered events as such,” he wrote in a Facebook statement.