Archive for November 19th, 2010

November 19, 2010

Ricky Martin: Being Latino and Gay

by Gabriela Lazzaro

I have loved Ricky Martin for a long time — since the days of Menudo, and the telenovelaAlcanzar una Estrella.”  Through the years, speculations of him being gay never affected how I felt about him. Now that he is out as a gay Latino, I think I love him infinitely more.

I have since heard him describe the pain, loneliness and desperation that came with living a lie for most of his life.  How he had to keep his romantic relationships a secret. How he was afraid of losing everything he had worked so hard for. How he felt constant pressure to remain a closeted gay man. It’s heartbreaking to hear him talk about growing up and feeling like there was something wrong with him, and that he was a bad person for feeling the way he felt and being who he was.

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November 19, 2010

Latina in a “Man’s World”

by Cristina Villarreal

I am a lawyer by training, but by profession I work in politics.  Traditionally, both careers have been predominately male professions.   I have heard the most successful politicians are tall white men.  I am a 5’2’’ Latina.  I am aware that the odds are against me.  Most of the time, I do not notice my race, my gender, or even my height, but there are definitely those moments where I cannot and do not want to hide who I am.

There have been many times when I have been the only Latina in the classroom, the courtroom, or the conference room.  While some may see me as the “weak link,” I know who I am helps to contribute to my strengths.  I can relate well to the average client, tax-payer, and voter.  I can research in two languages, and I can stay connected to “the people” in two languages.  I am like a chameleon; I can fit in anywhere.

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