JLo tributed her lesbian aunt

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Jennifer Lopez has paid an emotional tribute to her gay kin writing a letter to Billboard. The magazine asked stars to write down what the LGBT community meant to them personally. And for Jennifer it is her aunt whom she loved and admired. “When I was growing up in the Bronx, I always thought my Aunt Myrza was the coolest,” Lopez begins, “She lived in NYC and wanted to be an actress. I wanted to be just like her. What I didn’t realise was that she was struggling with being gay. At that time, families didn’t sit around a dinner table and talk about tolerance and acceptance. Life was different and it is heartbreaking for me to think about it now. The people she watched on TV didn’t represent her. Movies didn’t represent her. She thought she was alone. Myzra isn’t with us anymore, but I like to think she is proudly looking down on me from above – the way I always looked up to her.” The singer and actress says the legacy of her aunt’s struggle gave her a sourse of inspiration for LGBT drama The Fosters. “That is why I’m proud of The Fosters, a show celebrating its 100th episode,” Jennifer explains in her Billboard love letter. A show that holds a mirror to society and shines a light on what love looks like. It doesn’t matter your race or sexual orientation. Love is love.”

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