Ariana deBose is the first openly gay actor of color ever to win an Oscar.

Actress Ariana was the first Afro Latina actress and the first openly lesbian actor to earn an Oscar. In her acceptance speech, DeBose said “dreams do come true. “

Imagine this tiny girl sitting in the backseat of a Ford Focus. If you take a look at her eyes you will see a queer Afro Latina woman who is openly gay. DeBose stated that this is what she believes we are here to celebrate.

“So, to anyone who has ever doubted their identity or found themselves living in gray spaces, I can promise this: “There is indeed a home for us,” she said, paraphrasing from West Side Story.

Aaaah, that’s history . #Oscars

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 27, 2022

During her acceptance speech, the actress thanked the film’s director Steven Spielberg and Rita Moreno, who originated the role in the 1961 movies, saying they were instrumental in her performance.

Moreno made history 60 years ago when she became the first Latina to win an Oscar, which she won for the same role of Anita. But Moreno told “60 Minutes” last year that it wasn’t the starting off point for her career as she hoped.

” “The phone was not ringing off-the-hook,” Moreno stated. After West Side Story, I was unable to get any job other than in the gang movies or lesser ones. “

Tre’Vaughn Howard


Tre’Vaughn Howard is a digital associate producer and writer for CBS News, focusing on international and culture stories.

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