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EXCLUSIVE: Look out ‘Drag Race’, a new class of queens is headed to TV with ‘Drag Latina’
A post shared by Draglatina (@draglatina)Muévete de aquí, Drag Race. There’s a new class of queens coming to TV!LGBTQ streaming platform Revry just announced its all-new Spanish language drag competition and we’ve got all the exclusive details here.Hosted by Mexican actress Ninel Conde with pop star Fedro as mentor and judge, the first two episodes of Drag Latina will land on Revry’s LatinX platform October 16.Each week, contestants from a range of Hispanic backgrounds–Cuban, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, Mexican, Colombian, and more–will show off their hottest runway looks for the judges, battle it out with lipsync competitions, and try to avoid elimination.  A post shared by Draglatina (@draglatina)The inaugural season’s queens include Afrika Mendiola, Anika Leclere, Amalara Sofia, Chichi Fuera, Leyla Edwards, Mariah Spanic, Sunel Molina, Valeria Sparx, Venus Carangi, and Vicky Chavarria.“We are thrilled to bring this Spanish language series to Revry,” Damian Pelliccione, CEO and co-founder of Revry, says. “Our hope is not only to dazzle and entertain our audiences with the glamor and depth of these queens but to also educate the viewers on drag culture.”Drag Latina will be available to on Revry beginning October 16, with new episodes airing every Sunday until the finale on November 20. Watch the exclusive teaser trailer below.
Miami-Dade School Board Rejects Naming October LGBTQ+ History Month
The Miami-Dade School Board decided against declaring October LGBTQ+ History Month.Parents, teachers, and students debated the issue for three hours on Wednesday, during which one group emphasized indoctrination while the other cited the pink triangle used by Nazis to isolate gays and lesbians. The board voted 8-1 against the measure.“A year ago, the board supported an inclusive LGBTQ+ month measure in a 7 to 1 vote, and the only thing that has changed is that Ron DeSantis is making Florida more hateful,” says Cuban-American social activist Mike Rivero.Rivero is with the group Cubanos Palante, which sets out to represent the Cuban-American community in progressive spaces and to demonstrate that the Cuban community is not a monolith.Rivero says he’s experienced an incredible amount of bullying and abuse after right-wing trolls targeted one of his tweets.“Although I am straight, I recognize that I probably went through a fraction of what LGBTQ+ people facing bigotry go through, but I can say I understand.” He says that since tweeting about the school board meeting Tuesday, he’s been inundated by right-wing trolls who have targeted his account and him personally for attacks, including death threats.“I do believe that this is a result of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric ad culture wars coming out of the legislature and the governor’s office," board member Lucia Baez-Geller, who was the lone vote to recognize the month, told NBC News.One group that targeted Miami-Dade Public Schools is Gays Against Groomers.
Cuba to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage As Pressure Builds to End it in U.S.
Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, a communist-led country just 90 miles away is poised to make history with a referendum that could usher in a new era for its LGBT+ community.The vote in Cuba, scheduled for September, would rewrite nearly half of the nation's Family Code, which until 2019 strictly defined marriage as "a voluntary union between a man and a woman." That language was removed after a previous referendum held that year. Now, a new draft code approved by lawmakers in December seeks an even more ambitious set of reforms that would enshrine rights such as marriage and adoption to same-sex couples as well.Among those advocating for such a change are Leonardo Pérez Gallardo and Yamila González Ferrer, law professors at the University of Havana who serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the National Union of Jurists of Cuba's Society of Civil and Family Law.In joint responses sent to Newsweek, the pair pointed out that the reforms were rooted in codifying three major principles when it came to defining the Family Code in Cuba: "family pluralism," "inclusion" and "affection as the foundation of family relationships." These extended to affording extra rights not only to same-sex couples, but also to single-parent households, victims of domestic violence and others who have traditionally fallen through the cracks of the country's legal system."The Draft Code is one of the most important standards for the social life of the nation," Pérez Gallardo and González Ferrer said.
Cuba Spanish pronunciation, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The area of the Republic of Cuba is 110,860 square kilometers (42,800 sq mi) (109,884 square kilometers (42,426 sq mi) without the territorial waters).