This Netflix actor posted a moving video supporting same-sex marriage, and it went viral.

You might not know about Luis Gerardo Méndez, but he's kind of a big deal.

He plays Chava Iglesias in "Club de Cuervos," Netflix's only original Spanish-language show. And he's been using his fame to speak up about an incredibly important issue: homophobia.

Recently, he posted a video about homophobia, which is still an incredibly big problem in Mexico, to his Facebook page.


Promotional still for "Club de Cuervos." Image by Netflix.

His video has gone viral, with over 850,000 views and 14,000 shares so far.

The caption reads: "Mexico is more than its divisiveness. I am in favor of same-sex marriage. We are all family. #TodosSomosFamilia."

In the video he says (in Spanish):

"Hello, I'm Luis Gerardo Méndez. The diversity of our families is what makes Mexico strong. We are all Mexico. We are all family. Being able to get married is a right, recognized in a universal declaration of human rights, and in Mexico by the Supreme Court of Justice.

But the reality is that in the majority of states in Mexico, same-sex couples must pay for protection to be able to get married. That's unacceptable. Because we are all family.

Congress has in its hands legislation that would end this injustice. It would also protect all families in Mexico, and their children — because we're all family.

To the political parties in Mexico, we ask you to vote in favor of all the families. This is a priority. To all Catholics, we ask you to listen to the pope's message to love, and to be inclusive of people of all sexual orientations. We are all family.

To the defenders of human rights, feminists, our partners from various social movements, artists, businessmen and women, students — we ask for solidarity with the LGBT movement. We can't leave them to fight alone. We ask of the families in Mexico to support this initiative because same-sex marriage protects us all. And to you, we ask that you contact your local lawmakers, your senators through social media, and ask them to approve this legislation for same-sex marriage. Remind them that we are all family.

Congress should approve the legislation for same-sex marriage. Because it's only fair, because it demonstrates love, and because it's the law.

Mexico is so much more than its divisiveness and its hate. Let's build together a country that's inclusive — without discrimination, in which we are all family."











México es más que sus divisiones. Estoy a favor del matrimonio igualitario. Todos somos familia. #TodosSomosFamilia

Posted by Luis Gerardo Méndez Oficial on Friday, September 9, 2016

While this might seem like a run-of-the-mill speech in America, Mexico is an entirely different story.

Recently, thousands of people held huge pro-family/anti-gay marriage marches in several big cities across Mexico. And the country has been slow to fully accept the LGBTQ community in general, as the machista mentality still rears its ugly head in Mexico all too often.

But Méndez bravely breaks down the power of inclusivity in his video, using the idea of family, which is hugely important in Mexican culture, to highlight a key point (which he repeats several times throughout the video): "Todos somos familia."  

I love that Méndez is using his fame to "come out" against homophobia.

It takes a lot of guts to post a video calling out the Mexican government for not allowing the LGBTQ community the same freedoms and rights as others ... especially when it comes to marriage, a sacred institution. So huge kudos to Méndez for posting this video.

It's only through brave, poignant commentaries like this that we can continue to move toward a more peaceful and unified future, where love is love is love.

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Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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