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LGBT en Español: Grindr Scandal, Controversial Topics on Daytime TV and More

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Welcome to the new edition of “LGBT en Español.” If you see, read, or hear something problematic, offensive, or defamatory in English or Spanish, let us know! We also want to know if you read a great article or see a good representation or segment on television. Write to us at incident@glaad.org.

Legislator with Anti-Gay Record Exposed in Grindr Profile

In late August, Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango resigned after the disclosure of explicit photos that came to light through Grindr (a smart phone application for gay and bisexual men). Although Arango has yet to confirm or deny the photos, the LGBT community has also been affected by the controversy. The story was extensively covered in Puerto Rico’s leading dailies El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora. The popular Puerto Rican gossip show SuperXclusivo, which airs on Wapa América, dedicated several segments to the scandal.  Unfortunately, the show’s host, La Comay, a puppet created and voiced by Kobbo Santarrosa, made implicit references to a derogatory term used in Puerto Rico.  GLAAD has had many discussions with Wapa-TV about Santarossa and even media trained Wapa-TV staff. We’re keeping an eye on this show.

Spanish language media outlets in the United States didn’t shy away from the controversy either. In the Mega TV show, Paparazzi Magazine, which features a roundtable discussion of current celebrity gossip, condemned the former senator’s hypocrisy for using a site for gay and bi men while being an anti-gay activist. The daily news and entertainment program Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste Arrarás, did a piece on the media coverage surrounding Arango, including web posts that criticized Arango and messages of support on his Facebook profile.

Not Prime Time, but Interesting: Daytime Shows Embrace Controversial Topics

Univision daytime talk show, Casos de Familia recently dealt with issues of family acceptance. On a segment titled “Por la novia de mi hija” (My daughter’s girlfriend), a mother expressed her disapproval of her lesbian daughter, who had recently given birth. The show’s host, Judith Grace, stressed the importance of familial cohesion and dialogue in order to work out differences.
Telemundo’s Emmy nominated court show, Caso Cerrado, dealt with the topic of safe sex and HIV prevention. In the case, an accepting mother of two gay sons tried to file a restraining order against her older HIV-positive son whom she felt he was a bad influence on her younger son. The older son organizes parties that encourage unsafe sex practices. Host Ana María Polo, used the story as an opportunity to educate viewers on the importance of practicing safer sex.

Social Media Poll: "Would it Hurt More to be Left for Someone of the Same or Opposite Sex?"

On Aug. 23 the Facebook page of Telemundo’s morning variety show, Levántate asked viewers if they would feel more hurt being left by their partner for someone of the opposite or same sex. The results showed that 45% would feel more hurt if their partner left for someone of the opposite sex and 55% would be more upset if they were left for someone of their partner’s same-sex. The results in the poll did not address the difficulties of coming out or the lack of acceptance for gay and lesbian couples in society.

Gun Hill Road Star Proliferates Message of Family Acceptance
Esai Morales was recently interviewed on the CNN en Español’s entertainment news show, Escenario and, as he's done on other Spanish-language media interviews, spoke about the importance of family acceptance. In his new film Gun Hill Road, Morales plays a father who recently got out of prison and is struggling to accept his transgender daughter (Harmony Santana). Morales spoke at length about the need for family acceptance and greater understanding around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Queer Art Exhibit Opens in Queens
El Diaro la Prensa in New York, published an article by Gloria Medina titled “Queer art exhibits in Queens,” which is about a new gallery space that opened in Jackson Heights, Queens, a heavily Latino neighborhood, to exhibit art that focuses on the identities and lives of LGBT people. The newly-created project, which will have different themes for its monthly exhibits, aims to create a stronger community in terms of arts and culture.

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation is Now Illegal in Colombia
The Associated Press covered the criminalization of discrimination in the South American nation. In Bogota, Colombia, legislators passed a law that sentences those who commit discriminatory actions based on someone's race, sexual orientation, political or philosophical ideology to one to three years in prison. The article included a comment from Marcela Sanchez, the executive director from the LGBT organization Colombia Diversa, who said, “this is not the ultimate solution for discrimination, but it is positive that it now remains clear that this practice cannot be tolerated.”

Deportation Halts Affect Gay and Lesbian Couples
Spanish-language media outlets have continued to cover stories about the halt of deportations and how this affects all undocumented people, including those who are LGBT. Atlanta’s Mundo Hispánico ran an article that included three gay couples who were spared from separation as a result of new immigration policies.


-Daniel Alvarenga, Brian Pacheco and Monica Trasandes contributed to this report.

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Every day, GLAAD’s Spanish-Language Media team monitors news and entertainment content in film, television, print and online media. We often find interesting stories that we want to share with you, which is why we created LGBT en Español, a look at depictions of LGBT people and issues in Spanish-Language media.

In recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of positive representations of LGBT people and issues in Spanish-language media. This means millions of Latinos are getting to know LGBT people as their neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members.

As with English-language media, of course, there’s plenty of room for improvement, and anti-LGBT defamation, invisibility and the use of stereotypes are persistent challenges. We’ll do our best to keep you apprised of the most interesting media representations, but we also need your help to monitor the large amount of content on the air and radio waves. Please help us by writing to incident@glaad.org if you see, read or hear anything problematic, offensive or defamatory in English or in Spanish. Or if you see or read a great story, please also let us know about that.