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Nuestra belleza lesbiana

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It’s happened. Homosexuals have infiltrated the hallowed stages of our beauty contests:

“In her audition for Univision’s popular beauty-pageant reality series Nuestra Belleza Latina, Karina Hermosillo came out as a proud and openly lesbian Latina. And live on-air on last night’s episode — the third in the season — Karina wept as she spoke on the phone with her partner, Ruth Gómez.

In the audition segment, Karina told a great story of family acceptance, taking the time to recount her mother’s journey and saying that although her dad had died before she was able to come out to him, she knows he would have supported her. She finished by singing a song dedicated to her dad. You can follow Karina on Facebook and Twitter.

Nuestra Belleza Latina is one of Univision’s most popular programs, with over 4 million people  who tuned in to watch last season’s premiere.”

Undoubtedly, gays have long been associated with beauty pageants in the form of hair stylist, make-up artists and whatnot. But I can’t remember the last time a gay person was in the actual contest.

Notwithstanding the bikinis and fake breasts, beauty pageants are usually centered on the wholesome, which for decades has been the exclusive property of heterosexuals.

But now, finally, gays, lesbians and other inhabitants of the LGBT* umbrella are beginning to be accepted as wholesome, too. (Well, Karina hasn’t won yet, so we’ll have to stay tuned.)

Some people are feeling the pressure.

“This issue [marriage equality] is lost,” conservative talk radio host and yeti Rush Limbaugh ranted last week. “I don’t care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable.”

It is inevitable, Rush.

That’s because, despite the language war Limbaugh’s obsessing over, homosexuality and other LGBT lifestyles were never about sex — well, not mostly about sex. They’re about identity: who you are and who you love.

Calling it a “sexual preference” just makes it sound like an extreme fetish. Spanking or having your hair pulled is a sexual preference, for example.

Those in the traditional-marriage camp refuse to see marriage equality as a civil rights issue and are clearly disturbed whenever they’re compared to racists of the Civil Rights Era.

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown called it “a slur on the Americans — the majority of Americans — who stood up to vote for what Pres. Obama a year ago agreed to, what Sec. Clinton two weeks ago agreed to: that it takes a man and woman to make a marriage. It’s a slur on them to say that somehow opponents of redefining marriage are in the same boat as those who opposed interracial marriage.”

It is a slur, but as Al Sharpton argued on Sunday’s show, it’s an accurate one.

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People who believe in the traditional definition of marriage, one between a man and a woman, have the right to believe that and enter into such a marriage. But then what leads them to believe they have the right to impose their definition of marriage on everyone else?

I can take it guess. It rhymes with “meligion.”

And isn’t that what the marriage equality issue boils down to: one group attempting to impose its religious views on the rest of the country through laws, court rulings and constitutional amendments?

Secularly and civically, the law and the state don’t concern themselves with who marries whom, so long as everyone involved is a consenting adult. Marriage is a personal right and not a civic one.

Only in holy texts do you see it said that marriages can only be between one man and one woman — unless you’re reading the Old Testament or the Qur’an — and that sex should always be a procreative act, which means no condoms, money shots or abortions.

Thank the founders we live in a secular nation, where the wall of separation between religion and state is high, and the only imperative is that laws are constitutional, not Biblical.

About Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., is the associate editor at Being Latino and a native son of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. He received a B.A. in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States. While at UIC, he worked first as a staff writer for the Chicago Flame and later became the newspaper's Opinions editor. He contributes to various Chicago-area publications, most notably, the RedEye and Gozamos. He's also a cultural critic for 'LLERO magazine. He has maintained a personal blog since 2007, YoungObservers.blogspot.com, where he discusses topics ranging from political history and philosophy to culture and music.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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