7 Extraordinary LGBTQ+ Latinas in Multimedia Who Are Giving Us Visibility
Taboos around the LGBTQ+ community have created unnecessary hardships for women of color who are part of the community. These seven Latinas don’t give a f*ck about the negative stereotype and rise above as advocates for the equality of LGBTQ+ community.
Natalie Morales is well-known from her roles in “White Collar” and “Parks and Rec.” Morales is a self-identifying queer woman who came out when she tweeted a link to her personal essay she wrote about coming to terms with her sexuality. In the personal essay Morales wrote, “What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all.” Her refusal to be put in a box makes her a role model for many young LGBTQ+ individuals who do not want to be defined by their sexual orientation either.
Salice Rose is a comedic content creator on multiple social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Her comedy skits on Instagram and her storytimes on YouTube often address topics related to her daily life experiences, song covers, makeup challenges and more. Rose, who is a devout Catholic and a lesbian, often uses her voice to advocate for LGBTQ+ members who subscribe to religious doctrines.
Carmen Carrera first stepped into the media spotlight while appearing on the TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3. She didn’t win the grand prize, but that did not stop her from becoming a successful and influential woman. After her appearance on the show in 2010, she began the process of gender confirmation.
Carrera is now a model and a trans activist who advocates for trans rights in Central and South America, where those rights are hardly recognized.
Singer and songwriter Lauren Jauregui is one Latina that you don’t want to mess with. In 2016, Jauregui came out by writing an open letter to Donald Trump stating, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.” She is not only a role model to many but also defender of her fans. On social media sites, like Twitter, Jauregui can be seen from time to time defending her fans against the never ending troll.
Sara Ramirez is best known from her iconic groundbreaking role on the ABC TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” as Callie Torres. Since Ramirez came out in 2016, she has been an advocate for the bisexual community. She is one of the strongest voices for bi visibility in the entertainment industry and continues to unapologetically support LGBTQ+ rights.
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Leiomy Maldonado was the first openly transgender woman to appear in the MTV TV series “America’s Best Dance Crew Season 4.” Maldonado is professional dancer whose choreography has inspired singers like Beyonce and Britney Spears. The Latina, also known as, “the Wonder Woman of Vogue” is a trans activist. She is using her platform to advocate for trans rights and visibility in the modeling and entertainment industry.
These seven are just a few of the many badass women who make up the LGBTQ+ community! For more, stay tuned!
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