LGBT en Español: DADT Repeal Sparks Joy, Latino Gay Parenting, and Marytrini Talks Drag
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Repeal of DADT Sparks Joy
History was made this week with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and numerous Spanish-language media outlets told the stories of gay men and lesbians who want to serve openly. Viewers of the national show Primer Impacto on Univision saw Solomon Romano, a former US Navy reservist who resigned after 6 years of service, express his happiness, “it’s a day of joy…we can finally honestly and openly serve our country.” In the piece, reporter Ricardo Arambarri caught up with GLAAD’s Director of Spanish-Language Media Monica Trasandes and with Luz Bautista, an expecting Navy officer who despite lack of relationship recognition causing her to be stationed away from her partner, was celebrating the victory. Noticiero 62 in Los Angeles followed Romano to his home and interviewed ex-military member Jorge Vargas who was discharged for being gay, adding another layer of personal experience to the piece. Both Univision and Telemundo daily newscasts covered the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, as well as online outlets like BBC Mundo and the independent Voz de América.
A Great Profile of Two Expectant Gay Dads in El Nuevo Herald
Claudia Torrens of the Associated Press wrote a lengthy feature that was picked up in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald about a gay Latino couple, Farid Alí Lancheros and George Constantinou, and their journey to becoming parents to two biological offspring. Lancheros, 46 years old, is Colombian and his partner of over ten years, Constantinou, 35 years old, of Costa Rican origins are expecting twins, Gustavo and Milena, in November. The article focuses on the lives of Constantinou and Lancheros, and how their desire to make their own family evolved through interactions with gay parents in their jointly owned Colombian restaurant “Bogotá Latin Bistro” in Brooklyn. Family members abroad and the surrogate mother are interviewed. Insight is also given into
the costly and arduous selection process of finding the right donor for ovules. Given the couples strong ties to Latin America, the piece also confronts the international and cultural debate about marriage equality and LGBT adoption rights in the region.
Marytrini, the drag queen persona of openly gay Alexis Fernandez was interviewed on Mega TV’s Paparazzi Magazine. Fernandez used the opportunity to promote her tribute to the Mexican transgender woman and famous drag performer of 28 years, Francis García, who passed away in 2007. She was also interviewed on Bayly, an hour long talk show hosted by Jaime Bayly on Mega TV. Marytrini’s personas include Bombón and Niñón. Bombón appears regularly on the variety show Pellízcame Que Estoy Soñando (Pinch Me I'm Dreaming) on América TeVé, while Ninón stars in Flor de Hialeah, a telenovela on CaribeVision that airs in Miami, New York, and Puerto Rico.
LGBT People and Issues in Mexican Media
An unfortunate comment about cross dressing was broadcast in MTV LatinoAmérica’s Mexico-based weekly music magazine MTV Güik. The show’s host Gabo was commenting on fans who dress like their favorite artists at concerts when he derided a male fan who, for example, would impersonate female musicians, like Katy Perry. In more positive news, CNN México highlighted the need for LGBT inclusion in medicine in an article titled “Medical Schools Dedicate Little Time to LGBT Issues.” The piece explores the institutional barriers for LGBT people in medicine and society and the health implications that may have. (from Enrique Torre Molina in Mexico City)
Military Men Marry in Argentina
As the United States repeals Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and works toward marriage equality, Argentina is set to wed its first military members of the same-sex. International media outlets on September 7 reported that the Argentine military has authorized two non-commissioned officers to get married. This news comes one year after same-sex marriage was legalized in the South American country. Argentina’s Cadena 3 published blurred photos of the officers to protect their identity. This news was also featured in BBC Mundo.
Cristian Castro Accepts Kiss from His Male Fans
The reporters at Telefutura’s Escándalo TV caught up with recently divorced Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro during the shoot of one of his new videos. They asked him about a recent Los Angeles performance, where one of his male fans kissed Castro on stage. The show’s hosts made insinuations and childish jokes about the incident, but Castro refused to take the bait. He responded positively, “I liked it a lot. The truth is that I was very exciting, you don’t often see a man give such a big display of affection.” This was also covered in Telemundo’s Levántate, and Al Rojo Vivo.
-Daniel Alvarenga, Brian Pacheco, Monica Trasandes and Enrique Torre Molina contributed to this report.
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 email@example.com 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.