“oh but you don’t look latine”

what? i have no idea what you’re talking about. i’m guessing you have a preconceived idea of what a latine should look / sound / do based on the “classic” latines that you see in the media all the time, like:

and they’re great, but there’s also white latines, like:

and don’t forget about the black latines, such as:

and the indigenous latines are also very important:

and there’s also chinese latines, like Harry Shum, Jr. yeah, thay guy from glee and the shadowhunters (the netflix show). i don’t know if he self identifies as latino, but he was born in Costa Rica and lived there for six years, so that makes him latino by definition.

in fact, there’s presence of many asian racial / ethnic groups, but they’re not very common in the media. that’s why i’m not including any pictures. but they’re here and we love them.

and let’s not even talk about the mixing going on with all of the above because this post could go on for years

so bottom line: 

  1. latinoamérica is a big beautiful melting pot of everything
  2. latine is not a skin color, it’s an ethnicity
  3. there’s no such thing as “looking latine”. all latines are different
  4. and it is possible that not every latine self identifies as poc
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Today In Solidarity (6/12/18): As we remember the two year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, it is important that we reflect on narrative and who gets to write history. In the weeks following the tragedy, police were lauded as heroes for their response. In reality, they dragged their feet in responding to the shooting, sprayed bullets indiscriminately into the club, and have used the opportunity to muscle their way deeper into queer spaces, potentially threatening the safety of them. Survivors have recently filed a lawsuit around parts of this reality. 

Alternately, we must remember that the victims of this massacre were predominantly Latinx, some even with hazy immigration statuses. The reality is that to this day member of the Latinx LGBTQ community (in Orlando and across the country) experience xenophobia, racism, and classism at the hands of police/authorities. We must not allow the Pulse tragedy to be white-washed. We must demand accountability for the lives lost not just at the hands of terrorists, but due to the cavalier and reckless way police acted in response. #nojusticenopeace #noprideforpolice

npr.org
Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism
Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

Black and latinx children are getting diagnosed as autistic less often than their white peers, due to many factors, including doctors’ own hesitance. These communities are also at a greater risk of misdiagnosis based on racist biases.

IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT A GOOD LGBTQ FILM PLEASE SUPPORT “A FANTASTIC WOMAN” (Una Mujer Fantástica) IS A CHILEAN MOVIE WITH A TRANS WOMAN AS THE PROTAGONIST PORTRAYED BY A TRANS WOMAN AND IS ON THE RUN FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM ON THE OSCARS.

I should’ve made this post when call me by your name first came out but imma say it. Why are they making novels about unhealthily gay relationships into films when they could make Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz a film? A novel about two Mexican American boys and their struggles and journey through racial identity, sexuality, and finding out your place and meaning in the universe. I cried when I first read it, its so deep and philosofical, I felt like it put how I was feeling into words. It’s a life changing book, that’s so relatable and positive for teens. And it actually has a happy ending unlike most lgbt literature. So why are making these shitty novels written by straight men into films again?

Anyways since no one is talking about it

This week is the 50th anniversary of the L.A. high school walkouts where Mexican American students fought the racist injustice towards them in the American education system. Mexican American high school students were beaten mercilessly by the police, were spat racist comments by their own teachers, and told that they should just shut up because they will never have a voice in our school system. In many schools throughout L.A, students were punished for speaking Spanish. Chicanxs were taught to hate their culture, they were taught by their own school to despise being Mexican. Being able to stand up to the people in power takes great courage. Consequently, many Mexican American students that participated were threatened to lose precious things such as their acceptance to a university. Although countless threats were thrown at chicanxs, they fought for what they believed in. Let’s not forget it.

What happened to the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro is a reflection of the negligence of the state of Brazil towards culture, history and science.

This is not a big loss for Brazil only, but for the world. The museum was once home to the Portuguese Royal Family (1808-1821), when the crown had moved to Brazil due to Napoleon troups invading Portugal. For 200 years it stored original documents, like the first constitution of the country and important objects from brazilian history. It also stored the largest collection of egyptian artefacts in Latin America, pre-historic fossils, the esqueleton of the largest flying dinosaur fossil found in Brazil, a 12 thousand year old human skeleton, who was named Luzia, the first ever found in the Americas, a meteorite found almost 300 years ago, and the list goes on. It’s estimated that around 20 million itens were lost forever.

For decades the administration had been asking the government for monetary help because the building had a lot of problems. And this is not the first time something like that happened. A few years ago, the Portuguese Language Museum, in São Paulo, burned down, destroying the largest collection of portuguese language related documents.

It’s funny how it happened on Independence week (sep 7th). How is Brazil supposed to celebrate its history when most of the documented history is now gone?

Now, museologists of Rio are organizing a digital collection of all the itens that were once stored at the Museu Nacional. If you have ever been there, please send photos to thg.museu@gmail.com and help Brazil to at least get a digital memory of what was lost.

willi ninja was a pioneer and architect of the vogue art form.

born & raised in middleton, NY, the self-taught dancer perfected his style of voguing & became a fixture in the NY ballroom scene in the 1980s. it was during this time he founded the legendary house of ninja. a house that provided a safe space for black & latinx LGBTQ youth.

in 1989, an ENTIRE year before madonna released “vogue”, willi was already introducing the art of vogue to the mainstream world when he was featured in malcolmmclaren’s 1989 music video “deep in vogue.”

willi ninja became one of the breakout stars of the 1990 documentary, “paris is burning.” willi’s perfection of voguing separated him and his house from the others. it was also his unapologetic audacity to dream during a time when the dreams of queer folks were thwarted.

willi leveraged his fame & notoriety from “paris is burning” to make his dream of becoming an internationally known dancer & performer come true. he went from teaching models in new york how to walk to posing with legendary model iman in russia.

willi made each and every one of his dreams come true. he toured the globe spreading the gospel of vogue. he walked at runway shows by mugler and jean-paul gaultier. he was also featured in the 2006 documentary “how do i look”, which many consider a follow-up to “paris is burning”

in 2004, willi was still informing the world about the art and culture of voguing when he was a special guest on jimmiekimmel live. willi gave late night america a taste of black queer excellence even when they weren’t sure what they were watching. THIS IS WHY HE IS AN PIONEER!

on september 2, 2006, willi ninja died at the age of 45 from heart failure due to complications of HIV. his loss continues to be felt through the entire world. his legacy continues to inspire a new generation of black & latinx queer and trans young people.

while vogueing had been around for years, it was willi, who through his brilliance and perfection, brought the art form to an international level of visibility. he will always and forever be synonymous with the art form and with the courage to dream fiercely. 

today we speak the name and honor the black queer pioneer and godfather of vogue, the iconic willi ninja!