Gay Latinos on CNN

header_cnn_com_logoCNN premieres its four-hour two-part series “Latino in America” at 9 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22. Soledad O’Brien hosts.

Here’s a brief description of the series from its website:

By 2050, the U.S. Latino population is expected to nearly triple. This October, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien explores how Latinos are reshaping our communities and culture and forcing a nation of immigrants to rediscover what it means to be an American.

The Latino series was inspired by CNN’s coverage of the African-American community in two series—”Black in America” and “Black in America 2“—that also were hosted by Soledad O’Brien.

CNN has been promoting the Latino series on CNN.com with related articles, including an article titled “Gay Latino Americans are ‘coming of age’” by John Blake.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Latino community has long had a reputation for being notoriously homophobic. But some surprising developments within the Latino world—in the United States and abroad—suggest that may be changing, gay scholars and activists say.

The article starts with blogger Perez Hilton, who is “one of the first Latino public figures in the U.S. to be openly gay.” He’s referred to as a “pioneer” because “gay Latinos in the nation’s public arena remain largely invisible.”

Others quoted include author Charlie Vazquez; Lourdes Torres, president of Amigas Latinas; poet and author Emanuel Xavier; and blogger Andres Duque.

It’s not every day that a mainstream media outlet focuses on LGBT Latinos. When such an outlet does such a great job, it’s worth taking note. The sources referenced above were excellent and the writing was fair and accurate. My only quibble with language use in the article would be the writer’s constant use of “gay” instead of “LGBT” to refer to the community.

What was most satisfying to read was that actions by a Spanish-language newspaper were cited as progress for LGBT Latinos:

Gay Latino activists point to several signs of this transformation: El Diario La Prensa, one of the oldest and largest Spanish-language newspapers in the U.S., recently endorsed the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

I too was taken aback when El Diario La Prensa endorsed marriage for same-sex couples. Kudos to El Diario La Prensa, but double kudos to CNN for recognizing the influence that media still exerts.

One Response

  1. Soledad O’Brien is such a phony. In April 2008, Reverend Jeremiah Wright gave a speech in Detroit to the NAACP.  One of the things that  he said in this speech was that black and white children learn with different parts of their brain, and then gave an “unflattering imitation of the way white pastors speak.”  Peoples comments were that he gave a racial speech. Soledad  O’Brien, on CNN, was quoted as saying, in a gushing manner, that the speech was a “home run” and “really funny.” When questioned about the things he said in the speech, she would say things like, what he really meant was …..or what he wanted to say was… Once again she’s covering the truth and being racist.  Just as with the Henry Gates incident.  In an appearance on Anderson Cooper, the night or so before CNN’s “The Moment of Truth” she appeared enraged that it was a racial profile against Gates. She said that she got calls from her FRIENDS saying it was all about Gates being black.  She went on that show with the purpose, at all costs, to destroy the credibility of the white police officer and throw him under the bus.  When Cooper was talking she wanted to make the point that Gates said “Thank You” to the police officers.  By mentioning that, she was purposely misrepresenting the truth by playing down Gates’ belligerence and racial remarks, which she didn’t even mention.  Even Gates’ attorney and friend, said to the media that he used very strong language. Colon Powell and President Obama both said he should take blame in the incident.  I have seen this in many occasions with her, where she doesn’t speak the truth and hides the true facts.  Another time on Anderson Cooper, Cooper said to O’Brien that Senator John McCain hasn’t brought race into the campaign, like he said he wouldn’t.  You would think her response would have been something like, that’s great because he shouldn’t.  Instead she strongly insinuated that he would, even in the last week of the campaign. Also, her questioning style, in interviews  is completely different with a white person than it is with a black person.  Like in her interview with Henry Gates in “The Moment of Truth”  She just went along with his lies. I have seen several comments on various websites about her racism.  There are many other examples I could give of her racial bias, dishonesty and hypocrisy. She seems to consider herself to be black. She mentioned in an interview that her parents made it clear to her “you’re black” and that’s all there is to it.
    She’s all about being #1, she wants the world to revolve around her. She comes first, before her family. She wants to be a celebrity figure and a star. In interviews she says she works 6 days a week, mostly out of town, and on some holidays. She goes to gala events, concerts, lots of entertainment events, as a single woman, leaving her husband and kids behind.
    I think Soledad O’Brien is a very poor journalist. What ever happened to the days of CNN with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff? T hey were honorable journalists. You could believe what they said. John Las Vegas

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