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Posted on Jul 23, 2014

Emily Rios talks about her role on The Bridge and being an out Latina actress

Emily Rios, a Mexican-American actress on Fox's The Bridge, reflects on her role in an article on After Ellen and the influence she is able to have on her character's story arc in After-Ellen-coming out in the process. This will be The Bridge's second season, Ms. Rios's character will now be a regular character. Rios looks forward to showing her character's sexuality as just one part of the story now that the "coming out" storyline was completed in season one.

Rios also talked about the difference between her character on the show, Adrianna, compared to Rios' own life when it comes to family acceptance. She notes that Adrianna faced a mom who was ashamed, embarrassed and rejected her, while in real life Rios' family went through an initial period of concern about what her life would be like, but then became supportive. This reflects information from various polls that show that family wins out in Latino communities who are increasingly supportive of their LGBT members.

Rios' early credits include the movie Quinceanera, which won a GLAAD Media award in 2007.


July 23, 2014
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Posted on Jul 22, 2014

Two Congresswomen write about why Latino families support marriage equality

California representatives Linda Sanchez and Lucille Roybal-Allard wrote a joint opinion piece in the Huffington Post about the impact of the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act decisions have had on Latino families. They point out in the article that 56% of the country still does not have marriage equality, including Latino lesbian and gay couples in states like Nevada and Arizona.

"When we can't come together to celebrate a wedding for all of our friends, gay or straight, and when we know they don't have the same opportunities we take for granted, it affects us all. Somos familia, we are family -- and that means we fight for and love each other unconditionally."

Representative Linda Sanchez convened a field hearing last year to discuss a report about the impact of discrimination on LGBT workers of color and has spoken out against the bullying of LGBT youth.

You can read their full op-ed here.


July 22, 2014
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Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Portland day laborer group loses Catholic charity grant because of ties to pro marriage-equality Latino organization

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project (VOZ) is a small non-profit in Oregon dedicated to empowering day laborers and immigrants. Its budget included a $75,000 grant they expected to get from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). But then CCHD informed the group that it would not get funded it if didn't cut its affiliation with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) a national Latino/a advocacy organization because NCLR supports marriage equality. Voz refused to do so and lost the grant.

National Council of la Raza voted to adopt a position in support of marriage equality in 2012.

This is not the first time that groups have been asked to drop relationships with national organizations, or risk losing funding. A Colorado group that helps low-income Latinos had a similar experience several years ago.

In Oregon, Tom Chamberlain of the AFL-CIO told the Oregonian that he was concerned about the vital resources provided by Voz' Worker's Center and the impact that their reduction in services would have on the state's "lowest-paid workers."

Voz has launched a petition and released a statement asking for local and national support.


July 16, 2014
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