Coming out is never easy, but it's especially difficult in the Latino community. As a culture, there are still strides we need to take when it comes to accepting homosexuality. Much of the Latino community tends to still embrace machista and anti-gay sentiments, which explains why it sometimes takes our people, like Ricky Martin , so long to come out as gay. When photos of the late singer Jenni Rivera 's year-old son Johnny Lopez and his boyfriend Joaquin came out in , they went viral and the internet had a field day. But Johnny quickly shut the haters down by officially coming out in a video he recorded with his older sister, Chiquis Rivera, and shared to Facebook.
Actor Wilson Cruz Lost Family Member in Orlando Massacre
Wilson Cruz - Wikipedia
Birthday: Dec 27, Born Wilson Echevarria to Puerto Rican parents in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on December 27, , Cruz began performing in stage productions at an early age, and toured the country as a member of the Young Americans goodwill charity. He relocated with his family to Rialto, California, where he performed in the school choir and band at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Shortly after graduation, he came out to his parents as gay, which prompted his father to throw him out of their house.
I'll never forget the evening of December 22, , when I saw the " So-Called Angels " episode of My So-Called Life , which was the most emotional episode of any television show I had seen up to that point. It was the episode where one of the first main gay characters on television at least one that wasn't portrayed in a negative light , teenager Rickie Vasquez played brilliantly by actor Wilson Cruz , gets thrown out of his house and becomes homeless on Christmas Eve. I have to admit to not being a huge fan of Rickie before this episode. As a closeted gay man in his early 20s, Ricky was too stereotypically "gay" for my senses. Of course, I laugh about this now and realize the problem was with me, not the character.
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