In honor of Pride Month, Latino USA brings you stories of love, vulnerability, and resilience in LGBTQ communities of color. We'll hear the love story of gay migrants from El Salvador navigating the asylum system in Mexico and the story of a nine-year-old boy who got kicked out of the Boy Scouts after they found out that little Joe had been born as "Jody." Plus, an update on the San Antonio Four—a group of lesbian women falsely convicted of a gruesome crime. And, a look back at the Pulse nightclub shooting and how it affected one gay Puerto Rican man as he struggled to come out.
In honor of Father's Day, Latino USA breaks down the different relationships between fathers and sons. From an adult son who reflects back on how his dad treated him like the little prince of the household to a teen dad whose masculinity was defined during his challenging journey to fatherhood. Plus, soul artist Nick Hakim on learning to fight his bully.
Sometimes in life, unexpected events cause us to change course. This week on Latino USA we take a trip to Waukegan, Illinois where a local election puts the future of a coal plant in limbo. We meet Lizzie Velásquez, who became an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker after finding a video online that called her the "World's Ugliest Woman." And we speak to The Kid Mero about how he went from semi-employed and making jokes on Twitter to the star of Viceland's late-night comedy & news commentary show.
In 2014, the wealth of white households was ten times that of Latino households. Why does the racial wealth gap continue to hold Latinos back economically? From going to college to making a will, we look at how lack of knowledge and systemic inequalities are obstacles for building wealth. MacArthur-winner José Quiñonez talks about how to build credit in immigrant communities, and we dive into contracts for deed—often misleading property deals that trick black and Latino homebuyers into thinking they've bought a house, when instead they've signed up for years of expensive repairs.
What happens when immigration laws and policies—intended for immigrants—affect U.S. citizens? For this episode of Latino USA we meet the De La Rosa family, four U.S.-born siblings who are defying the odds and making it work despite being separated from their mother, from 15-year-old Naomi taking on the mom role at home, to Jim, the oldest, joining the military in hopes of getting his mom legal status in the U.S. We also talk to Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles about how immigration policies can put local governments between a rock and a hard place.
This week on Latino USA — it's all about fighters. Standing up for what you believe in, and finding the strength to get back up when you fall. We catch up on news from Puerto Rico, where there is a crippling debt crisis, a university strike, and an upcoming referendum that could determine the island's future. Plus, conversations with Mexican soap star Kate Del Castillo, and WWE star "AJ" Mendez Brooks.