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Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boy Howie D Among Latino Celebs Who Support LGBT Equality

jennifer lopezThis year we’ve seen more and more Latino celebrities, including A Listers such as Jennifer Lopez and boy band vet Howie Dorough, who have come out in support for the LGBT community, and Latina has gathered some who’ve openly shown support over the years.

The list includes Lopez, who produced  The Fosters, a TV series built around a same-sex household,  as well as Howie Dorough, better known as Howie D., who with his reunited Backstreet Boys performed at London Pride and gave a nod to gay marriage in their new music video for  “In a World Like This”), plus there’s Glee star Naya Rivera, who has been a consistent ally and a rising to LGBT people.

The growing love from celebs is mirrored by the current strong support from the Latino community as a whole. An NBC poll from last fall shows that a firm 60% of Latinos support marriage for same-sex couples, and website Latino Decisions recently found that 64% of Hispanic voters believed comprehensive immigration reform should include the same rights for same-sex couples as for opposite-sex couples.

Dolores Huerta, a labor and civil rights activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, mentioned these findings in an op-ed for NBC Latino in which she noted that while growing up Latinos are taught to support all family members unconditionally “no matter the circumstance.”

“Our relationships with the ones we love and our Latino identities are two of the biggest reasons why we should care about equality for [LGBT] people in America,” Huerta said, providing a thought provoking article for any Latinos who still don’t support LGBT family members or the community as a whole.

Huerta finished by stating that in every sense, Latinos support the end of discrimination against LGBT people, and like these polls show, “the numbers continue to rise.”