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LGBT stories that impact Spanish-speaking communities, and analysis of the media that serves those communities

A word that haunts us all

In 1962 boxer Emile Griffith was in the ring against Benny Paret, when he seemed to explode with anger and pummeled his opponent with such force that, after getting knocked out, Paret died of his injuries. It was eventually revealed that before that some time before the fight Paret had called Griffith a "maricón."

Mexican rock band Molotov to remove anti-gay slur from track, speak out against anti-LGBT violence during national tour

Popular Mexican rock band Molotov's today decided to remove the anti-gay slur "maricón" from its 1997 song "Puto" during this summer's Jägermeister Music Tour. Along with removing "maricón," from the "matarile al maricón" lyric, the band will introduce the song during the tour with a message of support for LGBT people. The band will be donating some of the tour's proceeds to LGBT organizations and to help Esteban Navarro, the young victim of a recent anti-gay attack in Chile.

GLAAD sponsors first annual LGBTQ Latino film festival

GLAAD is proud to sponsor a launch event for the first annual Latino/a Queer Film Festival (LQFF) on Sunday, June 21 in Los Angeles, CA. The event will feature films by and about LGBTQ Latinos that reflect the community's struggles, lives, and achievements.

Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee To Dominican Republic Exposes Cultural Rift

When the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez called President Barack Obama's openly-gay U.S. ambassador nominee to the island nation a "maricon,” or "f----t," it raised eyebrows across the world — for different reasons.

Perhaps a generation ago, the Cardinal's comment would not have created much controversy in the country’s press, the government or the people.

Today, it’s a different story.

Fox News Latino
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July 11, 2013

Dominicans Freak Out Over Obama's Gay Ambassador Pick

If confirmed, Brewster will be the first openly gay ambassador to the country, a prospect that is not going over well with some segments of this conservative Christian country of 9 million people. Local reports indicate that church leaders are pressuring the government to reject Brewster's nomination and calling on the faithful to dress in black on Monday in solidarity against him.

Foreign Policy
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July 11, 2013

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