• Q&A with Gay Latino Rapper Loco Ninja

    Q&A with Gay Latino Rapper Loco Ninja

    Richie Ruperto was a teen when a guest appearance on the Tyra Banks Show in 2008 for a segment on anti-LGBTQ bullying afforded him the opportunity of meeting voguing legend Benny Ninja (coach on America’s Next Top Model). Shortly thereafter, the openly gay teen of Puerto Rican and Italian decent entered the world of hip hop music as Loco Ninja. […]

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  • Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Last Saturday, in the presence elected officials, community leaders, and Humboldt Park residents, Vida/SIDA officially opened the doors of El Rescate, an assisted living space for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, bringing a much needed service to the predominately Puerto Rican and Latino neighborhood. “This is about hope. It’s about dignity. it’s about saving lives,” said […]

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  • Women’s History Month: Sylvia Rae Rivera

    Women’s History Month: Sylvia Rae Rivera

    Sylvia Rae Rivera is possibly one of the best-known transgender women of all time. A co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front and STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), she dedicated her entire life to help empower homeless trans and queer youth while advocating for the rights of trans people in New York City and throughout the country. Born on July 2, […]

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  • Open Letter to ABC: Transphobia is not Puerto Rican

    Open Letter to ABC: Transphobia is not Puerto Rican

    UPDATE 1/14/12: ABC has cancelled “Work It.” Dear ABC, As difficult as it may be for you to understand, transphobia is not an inherent Puerto Rican trait. Working with LGBTQ news, I knew what to expect even before tuning in to your premier of “Work It.” I had not only seen the preview, I had been reading everything the trans […]

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