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‘One Night’ Is A Love Story Between Latinx Trans And Queer Childhood Friends In Chicago

While trans people encounter several forms of societal discrimination, violence and injustice that cis individuals often don’t experience, Elliott Feliciano wants everyone to know that the two are not so different. That’s why the nonbinary Puerto Rican filmmaker wrote “One Night,” a romance short film between transgender and queer Latinx characters that they hope all audiences can relate to.

Set in Chicago’s historically Boricua neighborhood of Humboldt Park, “One Night” shares the story of Alex, a nonbinary Puerto Rican who returns home to receive the ashes of their estranged father. While in town, they reconnect with their childhood crush, Mari. The pair spend an entire evening together, re-exploring the “Windy City,” reminiscing about their Catholic school days and falling hopelessly in love with one another.  

“LGBTQ stories don’t have to be an LGBTQ story. This is a story that anyone can relate to. It just so happens to be LGBTQ characters,” the Chicago-raised, Los Angeles-living Feliciano tells Fierce. “I want people to see that we are just like everyone else. Just because we happen to fall in the LGBTQ category doesn’t make us different from everyone else. We are humans, we have feelings and we fall in love.”

Feliciano, a long-time admirer of rom-coms, never saw characters like themselves — LGBTQ people of color — represented in the genre. That erasure is what inspired them to break into the industry and create media where individuals like them are not only visible but centered.

“Not seeing myself in films and TV, for me growing up, felt like I couldn’t be who I was. Only recently, last year, did I come out as trans, and that’s due to not seeing that representation and being afraid of who I am,” they said.

Unlike mainstream films and series, which often cast cis and straight characters for trans and queer roles, Feliciano has brought together a team of predominantly LGBTQ and Latinx/Latina identified individuals, working both in front and behind the camera.

In order to bring the 20-minute project to life, Feliciano, 35, has started a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark. They are hoping to raise $7,500, which will be used to purchase items like equipment, costumes and props, help compensate cast and crew members and cover their airfare, transportation and food.

Feliciano wants viewers who, like them, are tired of seeing LGBTQ storylines end in tragedy to support the film.

“One of the things we wanted to do with this story is to see a happy ending, not see something horrible happen. These characters are just existing and falling in love. That’s what I wanted to do, make stories that show us in a positive light,” they said.

Want to watch this queer Latinx love story? Donate to the crowdfunding campaign here.

Read: The Witchy ’90s Hit ‘Charmed’ Is Getting A Reboot, And This Latina Was Just Cast As A Lesbian Lead

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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

Shade is often thrown around on any given episode of the Real Housewives franchises. Gossip is what makes the reality show interesting. Sometimes, however, when lies spread, the truth that is ultimately revealed can be hurtful and speak more about reality than what was intended.

On last night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” one of the women, Marlo, tried to come for a castmate to poke fun at her financial woes. The shade turned out to expose longtime abuse.

Eva Marcille revealed on RHOA that the reason she has been moving from house to house isn’t that she’s lacking money but rather scared for her safety.

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“I still feel a sense of threat,” Marcille told her castmates on last night’s episode. “I have had to move five times, and I still feel a sense of uneasiness. He’s just so petty sometimes. I’ve walked outside of my balcony before, and he’s been standing in the dark. And it is the scariest feeling ever.”

Marcille is an American actress and former winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Marcille alleged that she has a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Kevin McCall due to stalking and domestic abuse.

The couple, who share a daughter together (though she refers to him as a “donor”), separated in 2015. She has since gone on to marry Atlanta lawyer Micheal T. Sterling; they too share a child.

Marcille dispelled gossip that she and Sterling have frequently moved around because of financial troubles.

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“Every time I move, he finds me,” Marcille said on the episode. “Because of that, I live in multiple places. Safety is a priority for me.”

Sterling took to social media to support his wife by saying “Everything we got, we earned the hard way. And every day that I wake up, I work for legacy, not labels. Motivational use only.”

Marcille told the women that a former friend, who she had a falling out with, began spreading lies about her. “The lies are real gross, and the hate is beyond,” she said on Instagram.

Her alleged abuser, who’s had a history of erratic behavior at least on social media, said Marcille is just using the claims against him as a fake storyline.

“It’s sad when she gotta keep using my name for her storyline if I was the husband I would be like “Real hoe of Atlanta is you out your mind, or is you still obsessed with your child’s Father? Why is he in our storyline so much ain’t I enuff headline for our relationship?” McCall said on Twitter.

Marlo also said on last night’s episode that Marcille was using old claims to back up her current financial situation.

Last year on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Marcille said that McCall has never been a part of her daughter’s life.

“He thinks that biology is more important than being present,” Marcille said of McCall. “He’s extremely dysfunctional, and he’s not at a place where it’s safe for himself or for others.”

Fans of Marcille were quick to offer her support on Twitter.

The less reasonable are demanding more details.

Others were quick to highlight their favorite and most empowering quotes from Eva on the episode.


READ: News Of This Woman Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Because She Suspected Her of ‘Having Sex’ Is Proof Of The Perils Of Purity Culture

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A Transgender Latina Who Was Deported From The US Was Murdered In El Salvador

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A Transgender Latina Who Was Deported From The US Was Murdered In El Salvador

A transgender woman who was deported from the US after seeking refuge from anti-LGBTQ violence in her homeland was murdered following her return to El Salvador, the Washington Blade reports.

When the woman, who was known as Camila, went missing, the Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans, a trans advocacy group in the Central American country, started a search and discovered that she had been admitted to a hospital in San Salvador, the nation’s capital, on Jan. 31. She passed away on Feb. 3.

Authorities are still unsure what happened during the attack, but she was found outside the capital and transported to Rosales National Hospital with “multiple injuries.”

Camila entered the US on one of the migrant caravans last year after receiving threats because of her gender identity. According to Salvadoran activists, US officials did not believe her life was in danger and deported her back to her home country four-to-five months before her death.

“She migrated to the US because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn’t believe her,” Aislinn Odaly, an independent LGBTI rights advocate, told the publication.

Camila is the second trans woman who was murdered in El Salvador this month. On Feb. 8, a woman named Lolita was killed with a machete in Sonsonate, but there are little more details surrounding her death.

According to the Washington Blade, neither El Salvador’s National Civil Police nor the country’s attorney general has classified the murders as hate crimes, particularly because Lolita and Camila died in public hospitals where reports didn’t identify them as victims of violence.

“We want justice and that these cases are investigated and the reformed penal code procedures to be applied when those who are responsible are found,” Alfaro told the Blade, alluding to a 2015 amendment to El Salvador’s legal code that enhances penalties for hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Although we have begun the year badly, we hope these crimes establish precedents for there to also be a positive legal framework that regulates the situation of trans people, especially the situation of violence and insecurity,” she continued.

Read: In Chile, This School For Transgender Students Allows Kids To Learn In A Safe And Affirming Environment

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